"Rose in the Sand by Julie Catterson Lindahl
Review by Sundeep Waslekar
Reading Julie Lindahl's Rose in the Sand is not like reading a book at all. It is like listening to soothing music, or watching an elegant movie or even more so, feeling like you are part of the movie. This is not a book with a plot where you are anxious to know about the next chapter. The beauty, tension, drama is in this chapter, on this page, in this line, in this word. The author's skill with words and her vivid descriptions of everyday life make the book real. Lindahl's stories about mushroom pickers group, bee harvesting, planting a rose garden, joining the mid-summer festivities make you want to be there. Her affection for Claes, who comes across as the real hero in this book without a plot, is touching. It reveals that romance is about hundreds of daily humdrum things, and not as much about candlelight dinners and glasses of wine. She also describes tough challenges of life on an island, when her boat is about to sink and claw prints of a strange animal makes her worried about her children's life, and many dramatic less events. Freezing of water can be a tough challenge when no help is available but it can also be a family union in bathroom. The book is not about the author's personal experiences alone. Well, at the surface it appears to be. But beneath the surface, it exposes the new consciousness that is growing in parts of Europe. If you have not read this book, you are missing something in life.