Hanna Who Fell from the Sky + Giveaway
From highly acclaimed, award-winning author Christopher Meades comes a magical, provocative tale of forbidden love and one girl’s struggle for liberation
Hanna has never been outside her secluded community of Clearhaven. She has never questioned why her father has four wives or why she has fourteen brothers and sisters. And in only one week, on her eighteenth birthday, Hanna will follow tradition and become the fifth wife of a man more than twice her age.
But just days before the wedding, Hanna meets Daniel, an enigmatic stranger who challenges her to question her fate and to follow her own will. Then her mother tells her a secret—one that could grant Hanna the freedom she’s known only in her dreams. As her world unravels around her, Hanna must decide whether she was really meant for something greater than the claustrophobic world of Clearhaven. But can she abandon her beloved younger sister and the only home she’s ever known? Or is there another option—one too fantastical to believe?
With lush, evocative prose, Christopher Meades takes readers on an emotional journey into a fascinating, unknown world—and, along the way, brilliantly illuminates complexities of faith, identity and how our origins shape who we are.
This book started out as a gradual read for me. It took me a slow while to get into the story and the characters. Yet, I don't think that I fully ever connected with Hanna, Daniel or any of the other characters in the story. Sadly, this did not help my reading situation. As it made it hard to stick with the story. Additionally, it made for slow reading.
When it came to Hanna, I wanted her voice to be stronger. It seemed to get muddled by her conflict to family and duty and love. Which in my case, I did not experience a great love connection between Hanna and Daniel. It seemed more that Hanna was in love with the idea of someone who was on the outside and could show her that there was more to life than what she was used to. Plus, the story seemed to stray on the lighter side of what cult life is like then digging deeper. Had that happy medium been found along with stronger voices lent to the characters, this would have different reading experience for me.
Christopher Meades is the author of three previous novels, including THE LAST HICCUP, which won the 2013 Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction. In addition, Meades’s work has appeared in several literary journals including The Potomac Review and The Fiddlehead. He lives in British Columbia, Canada, with his family.
Christopher Meades’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, September 25th: Mama Reads
Wednesday, September 27th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Thursday, September 28th: Kahakai Kitchen
Friday, September 29th: SJ2B House of Books
Wednesday, October 4th: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Friday, October 6th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, October 9th: Caryn, The Book Whisperer
Wednesday, October 11th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Thursday, October 12th: Blogging with A
Friday, October 13th: A Holland Reads
Monday, October 16th: Books & Bindings
Wednesday, October 18th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Thursday, October 19th: Suzy Approved
Friday, October 20th: Thoughts from a Highly Caffeinated Mind
Monday, October 23rd: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, October 24th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Thursday, October 26th: Girl Who Reads
Thursday, October 26th: The Sketchy Reader
I have 1 copy to giveaway of this book. US only. Please leave a comment with your email address. Winner chosen October 8th.