Friday, February 9, 2018

Book Review: 'Blue Waters' by India R. Adams

North Carolina author/singer/songwriter India R Adams has lived across the United States and endured abuse and has altered that scar to work toward educating her readers about domestic violence, sexual abuse, and human trafficking.

One of the several aspects that make India’s stories satisfying is her equal mixture of tragedy with humor – that balance playwrights strive to imitate from Shakespeare to the present. Another gift she brings to her readers is the poetic, songful phrasing of her writing. For example, in her brief Preface to his story she writes, ‘There was a beauty in dying that day, one I did not expect when I’d imagined meeting my maker. The blue water I sank through was angelic, quiet, peaceful. Link glided through the crystal waters as if he belonged to the gods of lakes and rivers. A lake was killing me that day. No, I take that back; my decisions were killing me that day, and he knew what decision had been made. The sun shined, lighting the way as I sank farther and farther. His youthful-yet-wise eyes were so painfully determined to reach me, not to let me go, so determined to see my attempt fail. My one hand graciously floated above me as my weighted foot led my final descent. I’ll never forget the touch of his skin after his fingers stretched then touched the tips of mine— a sensation recognized only by one passing… saying goodbye, giving up, surrendering to the life he or she no longer wanted to live. I found a beauty in dying that day.’

The well-scribed synopsis gives us entry into this adventure: ‘Whitney is a vivacious, highly spirited 17-year-old girl. Her motto, “Live life to the fullest,” is derailed when the young man who’s captured her attention turns out to be the son of a the drug tycoon who provided the drugs that killed her brother. Whitney believes she needs to heal from her first heartache, not knowing she is a part of a devious trade— one that violates human rights, and she has been… since the day she was born. Blue Waters begins a story of deception, corruption, self discovery, and love with all that it demands you sacrifice…’

India R Adams will be a name to watch as she matures into a significant novelist. Be aware. Grady Harp, May 16

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