***WINNER OF THE DIAMOND BOOK AWARD FOR BOOK OF THE YEAR***
Cynthia Reyes has done it again. Weaving together the strands of her life -- the pain, the joy and the totally unexpected -- she shares in this new book intensely lyrical stories of life with her husband in their historic farmhouse north of Toronto.
As in her first book, A Good Home, Cynthia pulls you right into her life - into the couple's kitchen, the bedroom, the verandah, under the ancient apple trees, and in the prolific gardens she and her husband created before a car accident changed their lives. After years of being held hostage in the farmhouse by her injuries -- post-traumatic stress, a head injury and excruciating pain -- the author takes the reader with her on her search for joy, beauty and faith.
You will experience her daily challenges, but you will also find yourself immersed in beauty and love. You will walk beside her in the garden, hear the birds sing, smell the flowers. You will sit at the harvest table of the large farmhouse kitchen, laugh with her at life's surprises, and taste the food she and her husband prepare from the vegetables, herbs, fruit and berries grown on the lush land surrounding the farmhouse.
You will hear her private conversations with her husband and children, sit beside them in the back pew of the small historic church they attend, and hear her conversations with friends and neighbours.
This is a book about a woman's commitment to creating beauty from the materials that life serves up to her, whether they be dark and haunting or light and joyful.
Praise for the author's previous book, A Good Home:
"...full of warmth, deep emotions, and a vibrant understanding of just what a home can mean." --YVONNE BLACKWOOD, author of Into Africa: The Return
"Reyes' glass is almost always half full, but ours, as we read her uplifting story, always brims over." --COLIN McALLISTER and JUSTIN RYAN, colinandjustin.tv
"...There is magic in these words." --DEBRA USHER, President and Editor-in-Chief, Arabella Magazine
"...proves -- word by word, line by line, and page by page -- you can go home again." --LEE GOWAN, author of Confession
"... contains some of the most moving and recognizable accounts of happiness and grief that I have ever come across." --HILARY CUSTANCE GREEN, author of Surviving the Death Railway: A POW's Memoir and Letters from Home
About the Author
CYNTHIA REYES is also the author of "A Good Home: A Memoir." A frequent contributor to "Arabella Magazine," she has published non-fiction stories in the "Toronto Star," the "Globe and Mail," and "Toronto Life." Reyes is a former journalist and executive producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the winner of the Children's Broadcast Institute Award, the Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television, and other national and international awards.