Come Sunday is a debut novel by Isla Morley. It deals with one of those subjects that many moms do anything to avoid pondering — in fiction or otherwise — the death of a child.
But if you will give me some latitude, I will try to convince you that’s not what this book is about (in fact, that’s not what most of them are about). Yes, her only child is killed in an accident. Yes, that changes who she is overnight, but the death of her child is actually a force that causes her to examine other things in her life — her marriage, her past, and her future.
The writing is good — honest and true without going over the top. I think it’s because it’s not overly introspective. The story is rooted to place and to events and to objects.
The place element is interesting and unique. Morley is from South Africa, as is her protagonist. But Abbe has left her troubled South African behind, and settled with her husband in Hawaii, where he is the pastor of a foundering church. Each setting helps to tell Abbe’s story.
If you don’t usually read “sad stories,” but do enjoy a well-written human drama that highlights all the roles that are a part of woman’s life — friend, wife, daughter, sister, mother, employee — I recommend that you give Come Sunday a try.
One of you can enter to win a copy of the book by leaving a comment here. We’ll announce the winner on August 25.
Jennifer Donovan loves to read about the human experience, especially when set in exotic locales. She blogs about the human drama in her own life at Snapshot.