Book: Joy Comes To Dinsmore Street by Linda Wood Rondeaucategories: Book, Christian, Family Relationships, Depression, Christmas, Vietnam War, Farming, Contemporary Fiction
Linda Wood Rondeauabout this book: Growing up, I was very close to one of my cousins. Near the same age, both of us were the only girls in our prospective families. For many years, all the family gatherings were held at my cousin's home. Many times, my cousin would come and stay with me, and at other times I stayed at her home. Life happens. After I graduated from high school, I went away to college. She didn't. I moved out of the area. We lost contact over the years. Not because of an argument but because life pulled us in different directions. One weekend I visited near where she lived and we reconnected. I make it a point to visit whenever I'm in the area. It is always a joy. I wondered what kinds of things might come between two cousins who were like sisters? The seeds of Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street were sown into my heart.
I chose a challenging point of view format for the book, something I had never done before. Colin O'Donnell's journey to eke out the truth is told from first person point of view. His story takes place from Christmas Eve into Christmas morning. The rest of the book is told in third person narrative from the point of view of the principle characters and spans forty years: Ma, Joy, and Ginny, the bearers of the secrets Colin desires.
The historical elements of the book, even the near history of Colin's point of view, required much research for accuracy in context. For example, many people do not realize how the Vietnam War impacted the farm industry. It is this labor shortage that causes Joy's father to hire a drifter, the catalyst of the rift between Joy and Ma.
Besides gaining an appreciation for the relationships of my youth, while writing this book I learned that no relationship is beyond God's ability to mend. This is what I hope readers gain from reading Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street.
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