Twelve Houses by Olga Soaje
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Olga Soaje's Twelve Houses examines themes of loss, love, and self discovery as the protagonist Amelia is forcefully steered back into her present and future, after the loss of her husband has her lingering in the past. She is faced with the choice to allow her strength to elevate her work and her relationships, or to fall back, allowing her memories and past to define and defeat her. Newly widowed Amelia struggles to move on, as an undercurrent of hope and the search for meaning carries her forward.
Broken-hearted and left on her own after the death of her husband for 35 years, Amelia loses her way with her craft, unable to function as she once did. The needs of those that love her, as well as the threat of the work she cannot neglect act as a catalyst to her pursuit of something greater; something to satiate the emptiness created by the loss of her soul mate, and the strained relationship with her daughter Chloe.
In this compelling story, Amelia goes on an inspiring and telling journey toward self fulfillment and the difficulty of moving on. She shows that personal growth and development are never-ending and the ability to triumph over tragic circumstances; eventually allowing her creativity to take hold of her, and for love to embolden her once again.
Soaje's writing is gripping and emotional; the feeling of a devastating loss translates perfectly onto the page with such sensitivity and tenderness that many find so difficult to craft. She succeeds in building an incredible story for a woman who has become certain that her purpose in life has all but disappeared.
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