Carolynn Aarsen File:
Reviewed by Rel Mollet
All in One Place by Carolyne
"The only thing lacking with All in One Place is a sequel!"
"Leslie lived in the wilds of Montana, and I...well, I just lived wild."
Living without direction has its fun moments but Terra Froese's reckless behaviour is wearing thin. To protect her own hide Terra seeks refuge in the small Montana town of Harland, the home of her sister Leslie, estranged from a relationship at Terra's choosing.
Leslie, finally settled in Harland after a difficult transition from city life doesn't need her wayward sister blowing in and wreaking havoc with her new-found contentment. Her husband Dan is unhappy with Terra's presence, sure she will cause more trouble. When Leslie is summoned to the Harland County jail by good friend Lieutenant Jack DeWindt to bail Terra out of another scrape, her husband is proven right once again!
All In One Place poignantly reveals Terra's inner struggle as she seeks to find belonging in a town more used to cows and Stetsons than designer boots and nose piercings. Carolyne Aarsen creates an irresponsible yet appealing character in Terra, whose first person voice is exceptional. Jack, Leslie and Dan's individuality is captured beautifully through Terra's viewpoint and Cor DeWindt and Father Sam's diner conversations weave spiritual issues seamlessly in to the storyline.
I was captivated by Terra's journey and all it entailed, including Jack's attraction, Cor's meddling and Leslie's frustration. The depth of Terra's struggle to see herself as more than the sum of her mistakes is genuine and moving, and her unsteady steps toward forgiveness heartbreakingly realistic. The supporting characters add great humour and drama when Terra's past collides with her present as she tries to protect a friend. Terra and Leslie's relationship is one all sisters will relate to and is a reminder of the wonderful bond of sisterhood.The only thing lacking with All In One Place is a sequel - I hope we get to visit Harland and its engaging inhabitants again!
Rel Mollet is a lawyer, wife and mother of three young daughters and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Reading has been her passion since childhood. She is a Book Club Co-ordinator and has her own website ~ relzreviewz ~ dedicated to reviews and author interviews with the sole aim to support authors writing from a Christian worldview. She believes Sir Francis Bacon's (1561 - 1626) creed, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body".