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on 1 July 2014
AL Jackson never ceases to amaze me in how much emotion she can invoke through her writing. Her characters become deeply entrenched within your own psyche that their emotion becomes your own.
While I didn’t fully connect with Jared due mainly to his idealized view of his mother, his emotional pain and growth were none-the-less poignant. Re-uniting with Aly, he strives toward a better life for the both of them. Unfortunately, for him this means burying his demons deep within himself rather than dealing with his trauma. Plagued by feelings of worthlessness and guilt all buried beneath a false exterior, it’s like seeing him swim through tar to try to reach the light.
There is a continual air of apprehension within the narrative while you wait for the inevitable explosion of emotion. At times the apprehension clouds the moments of joy. Making the connection to Jared that little bit stronger, due to the fact that no matter how much happiness he has in his life it is always overshadowed by his past. The plot-line is equally emotional and intense, readers need to be prepared to have their emotions stripped raw. It was hard to witness Jared’s easy acceptance of negativity when he is surrounded by so much love and happiness.
Aly is an amazing character. To see her gain confidence, self-assurance and independence as the story progressed was a privilege. Her capacity for forgiveness, compassion and love was awe-inspiring. The sibling relationship between Aly and Christopher added to the emotion within the story. Together, brother and sister, provide an emotional stability for the other that they can always rely on, carefully concealed beneath a barrier of sarcasm ;)
While I enjoyed Come to Me Softly I did feel as if Jared’s view of his mother I felt bordered on obsession, twisting his love for Aly when tied to memories/emotions of his mother. The outstanding feature for me and the aspect that eclipsed any negativity I may have had towards the story was how the strength of someone’s love can provide the necessary stability in which all those touched by it can thrive.