Tuesday 19 October 2021

Down Right Good - Karen Kelly Boyce and Sue Anderson Gioulis

Down Right Good
Karen Kelly Boyce
Sue Anderson Gioulis (Illustrator)
ISBN 9780982895917

I have read all the Sisters of the Last Straw books from the duo of Karen Kelly Boyce and Sue Anderson Gioulis. I have also read Jenna's Journey the first in a new trilogy from the pen of Boyce. But this book is something very very different. The description of this book is:

“On an unseasonably warm February day, ten-year-old Angie delivers the town tabloid with natural wisdom and confidence. The characters she meets along her way have varied adult troubles and lives. Born with Down syndrome and an ability to see angels, Angie’s simple knowledge and common sense transform those who line her route. Based on the third joyful mystery of the Rosary – the birth of Christ, Angie’s story emphasizes that God often speaks to us through others. He delights in using the weakest to reach the strongest. Christ humbled himself to come as a babe, so his wisdom comes to us through those considered the least by society. Karen’s third, highly anticipated novel continues the spiritual journey her readers have come to expect.”

This story was in part what I expected, but also in many ways much more. In some ways based on Angie’s speech and thought pattern it reminded me of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. Because of the sentence structure and style through most of Angie’s speech and though this book was difficult to read as someone with dyslexia. But it was worth the effort.

Again as someone who grew up with a learning disability, I spent a lot ot time in and around fellow students with special needs. From grade school all the way through to my second time in University. This book does an amazing job of capturing and expressing those experiences. It captures the hurt and depression associated with abuse and abandonment. It captures spiritual warfare. It will open our eyes.

The best stories are not only ones that entertain for a few hours while we read them, but are stories that stay with us. Stories that leave an impression and an impact upon us, that help us to see the world in a new and different way. This is such a story. It is masterfully written. There are many characters from this story I wish to know what happened next. The priest, the pastor, the young man. … Angie’s story comes to an end but many other stories are changed. An excellent read!

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews 2021 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Karen Kelly Boyce:
A Bend in the Road: A Year's Journey Through Breast Cancer
Down Right Good
According to Thy Word
Into the Way of Peace
In the Midst of Wolves

Sisters of the Last Straw Series:
The Cause of the Haunted Chapel
The Case of the Missing Novice
The Case of the Stolen Rosaries
The Case of the Flower Phantom
The Case of the Christmas Tree Capers
The Case of the Easter Egg Escapades
The Case of the Campground Creature
The Case of the Mixed-Up Marathon

The Hope Trilogy:


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