following the reviewer's synopsis: "...Ranging from the African continent's blazing sun to the wave-caressed shores of America's West Coast, two different worlds and the people who sometimes occupy both are explored in this novel's examination of relationships, religion, and life. Author Mendenhall weaves the disparate stories of these souls together inventively as they share the highs and lows of life. From triumphs to tragedies, their private thoughts and public behaviors are revealed dramatically through the author's use of engaging prose and believable dialogue. While she unspools her characters' physical fate, she also illuminates each of her major player's particular relationship with God and the role belief has in guiding one's life instead of merely coping with it. This is not the kind of novel one finds a lot of these days, making it the kind of novel worth finding."
-- Joe Kilgore, The US Review of Books
Mary got her Masters (Education) in May, and promptly moved to Bellingham, WA, to be closer to her (grown) kids. She still reads voraciously and keeps in touch with Companions (SCHC) and Franciscans (TSSF) through the amazing service of Zoom. Her third book (The Dream of Saint Clare) is 'cooking on the back burner' -- taking shape very, very slowly. Mary is convinced (despite modern advice to the contrary) that taking one's time with a piece of writing contributes to its quality.