Off to a never-ending war as a Red Cross doctor before Corina was even born, Luther Marion has been a constant but increasingly distant presence in his daughter’s life for sixteen years. Damaged pictures. Short letters. And three brief phone calls received before Corina was old enough to walk.
Now, Luther Marion has returned home at last—as a body in a box to be buried. Corina’s mother is devastated. Her small, backwoods town mourns the loss of its local hero.
And Corina…isn’t sure how she feels about the death of a father she never really met.
But when a mysterious old man confronts Corina at her father’s funeral, she finds herself drawn to his impossible offer: a chance to know the late Luther Marion. And in a moment of uncertainty, Corina makes a choice with consequences she can barely fathom. A choice that sends her to the last place she ever expected to go.
Her father’s hometown. Six hundred miles south.
And twenty-five years in the past. – Goodreads.com
Well, this book just sucked me right in – what an amazing concept. It’s impossible not to like Corina – she’s smart, highly spirited, brave, and hilarious at times. I loved the way her mind worked – the short choppy sentences the author used when describing the inner workings of Corina’s mind were perfect for her character.
And what a gift Corina was given in this story – the chance to know her father, someone she’d never met. Their interactions ranged from awkward, comical, insightful, dangerous, and touching – I damn near needed a tissue at one point. She was able to meet her father at different points in his lifetime, giving her the opportunity to see the man he became and although Corina harbors some heavy negative feelings towards her father, the reader realizes long before Corina that she and her father are more alike than she ever would have believed.
Admittedly, the first few chapters were a slow build for me, but the pace quickly picked up and I doubt anyone could have pried the book from my hands after that.
This author’s books are traditionally sci-fi, but I would recommend Solace for all readers – I think there’s something here for everyone. A real treat to read.
I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.