The Art of My Life
on Oct. 01, 2012
Honest, earthy, visceral - Ann uses all the senses to describe twenty something relationships. Glimpses of the need for protection, boundaries and forgiveness abound.
Kicking Eternity leaves us with Cal and Aly's rift, Art of My Life explores the long road to healing. Frank feelings, tender and heartbreaking give life to the characters who are beautifully drawn (as are the descriptions of Cal's art - reminiscent of the novel, Girl With a Pearl Earring).
The-Art-of-my-life.blogspot.com blog entries at the beginning of each chapter are a delightful bonus. The blog is real and full of wonderful paintings.
Ann Lee Miller lives up to her tagline in this novel; Flawed people. Flawless God.
on Dec. 02, 2012
"It was just wrong to talk about God while you were looking at a girls legs."
This line pretty much sums up Ann Miller's novels, and this one in particular. Neither sexual attraction nor God is off limits in her books.
Avra's God is laced with both, giving heady results. Jesse and Cisco have been friends since they were toddlers, Avra and Kallie become friends as college study buddies. Their relationships become intertwined and deep, exploring love, fear and rejection - of one another, of their fathers.
Grounded in an understanding of God from the book of Isaiah, this story is set apart from other `boy meets girl' tales.
The Art of My Life gave us the rest of the story of Kicking Eternity. Avra's God is the prequel, shedding light on Aly's big sister, Kallie, and Cal's big bro, Jesse. Take my advice - read them all!
Seventeen years in the making, Ann Miller's Tattered Innocence nails the question, "What does forgiveness feel like?"
In keeping with her tagline Flawed people, Flawless God, Ann drops us into the uber drama of Jake and Rachel, both raw with the hurt of breakups, setting sail on The Smyrna Queen. Captain Jake is clearly unhappy, but so is his new first mate, Rachel. Together, they learn that God meant it when He said, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you." Physically, spiritually and emotionally, they are forced to face their deepest fears and flaws.
Rachel is reminded of "how she used to listen for God, the sound of the ocean in a conch shell - constant, ethereal. But she'd dropped the shell, not wanting to hear what He had to say about Bret...Did she have the strength left to pick up the God-shell?"
Ann's Tattered Innocence is full of anguish and beauty. If you loved her 20-something novels Kicking Eternity, The Art of My Life and Avra's God, you will fall in love again with the New Smyrna Beach extended family and friends.