It was recently that Celia's Journey was recommended to me by a dear friend. I recognized the writer's name because of the spelling, and it reminded me of a book that I had read some 10 years ago. I found out that this is the sophomore offering from this author. I started this book with every intention of finishing it in a few short sessions. My journey through this book took much longer.
Ms. Muzik has, with this story, pushed me through an emotional roller coaster. The characters become very real, mostly due to the ease at which the dialogue is delivered. The descriptions are not so over done that they become tedious to read, but give enough to get the imagination flowing. I fell for the Strane family instantly, seeing pieces of people from my own life as the characters in the story. I was stopped dead in my tracks when one of these characters died in a tragic accident. I, recently, experienced the tragic loss of my wife. While life has moved on for me and our two girls, there is a part of me that still grieves. I was taken back to the moment of my wife's accident, (cerebral hemorrhage), and spent the next few weeks afraid to pick up the book again. Every time I did, I found myself crying and sobbing so much that I couldn't continue reading. I did, however, manage to finish in spite of the maelstrom of emotions that I felt. Bravo for a truly touching story, and a realistic view of marital relationships. I hope that more people give this book a chance to touch them as well. I heard rumor that Ms. Muzik has another book coming, and I say count me in. If it is as good as this was at putting me in the story, I can't wait to read it too!