Silhouette of the Sun
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (9/13)
“Silhouette of the Sun” by Avery Davis was such a captivating read for me at first. I thumbed through the pages that were written so eloquently. Words so perfectly placed on the pages, I felt like the first-person narration was illustrated very well.
Starting with the Preface, I knew right away this book was going to rip my heart to shreds. I found myself crying on several occasions. At one point, I had to put the book down to regain my composure. I could hear and feel everything.
The story begins with Constance Young, a keeper of bees and single mother, raising honey bees and studying them to determine why they are dying. She finds supporting data that the bees are suffering from a combination of virus and fungus. While having dinner with her friends, Constance predicts that the bees will be extinct by 2050. By the end of the first chapter, Constance dies from her injuries due to a car accident on her way back home.
Anna Young Adams is the one and only daughter of Constance, happily married to Drew. Anna always knew her mother never liked anyone she dated until Drew came along. Drew was her man and Constance knew it even when Anna tried to deny it. After Anna and Drew were married, they attempted to start a family. They would try and they would fail. This repeated itself until they finally gave up. Later, Anna finds out she has cancer. In the midst of fighting the cancer, she discovers she is pregnant.
I refuse to give away any more of the story as it continuously rolls down from each generation; Constance, Anna, then Paige. This story is very emotional and unique but just as I got to chapter 34 (41 total), I found myself slightly disrupted by inconsistencies. I became slightly confused at the timeline of events, as some of the chapters include dates to give an idea of where and when things happen, i.e., birthdays, deaths, etc.
My heart was in shambles for the most part of this book, then all the sudden I was dropped into slight boredom. The closing of the story was immaculate but I got so lost between chapter 34 and 41, I wasn’t sure how that happened. The writing was consistent in its tone but I couldn’t find interest in the latter chapters. When I closed the book, I really felt sad about having to write this in my review. I honestly believe that with a few editing efforts, this book will be a smash.
I have yet to read anything that has touched my heart like “Silhouette of the Sun” by Avery Davis. This is a beautiful love story between generations of mother and daughter and a husband and his wife.