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The winter! The brightness that blinds you, the white land locked tight as a drum, the cold fear that follows and finds you, the silence that bludgeons you dumb. The snows that are older than history, the woods where the weird shadows slant; the stillness, the moonlight, the mystery, I've bade them good-bye - but I can't." Robert W. Service


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My Father was in the Marines during World War II.  As a child I asked him many times about his shiny medals, photos, letters and postcards to my Mom, things about the war.  It seemed the more I pressed for answers, the more reticent he became.  By the time I was eight years old I was writing war stories in the closet where my Father's uniform hung.  I became obsessed with writing, and then one day I mailed one of my stories to the Oakland Tribune, and it was published the next weekend in the Aunt Elsie column.  Well, that did it for me.  I was a PUBLISHED author!  I lived in Berkeley, California and a few years later I entered college and majored in English.  I was still writing stories in my free time.  A friend of mine, who was editing for me, suggested I attend the Iowa Writer's Workshop in Iowa City, Iowa.  So off I went to write more stories, and I absolutely loved it!  I had just finished a summer session when I received a phone call from my Mother telling me that my Father had just died from an aneurysm.  I was devastated.  My chance to know him was over.  A few months later, a package arrived for me in the mail.  I quickly opened it, and found wrapped in old newspaper, my Father's war journals.  What a day that was for me!  Though, by the time I began reading it, I soon understood why he never spoke of war.  It took me a long time to absorb, to rethink, rehash everything that had happened to him.  I really took it hard.  My husband, Ken and my daughters suggested I write his story, that it would be therapeutic.  So, I began writing and I could see with every page I completed that I was beginning to come to terms with it all.  By the time I was finished, I was healed.  My book, EVENSONG is dedicated to my Father.

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PROFESSIONAL BOOK REVIEW:

Evensong
By M.L. St. Sure

ISBN: 978-1-4196-6824-1

214 pages

Life is only a fleeting liaison for the wandering soul, but lately, I’ve come to grasp its truth: the feelings of another person’s misery, the faraway look in a dead child’s eyes, man’s inhumanity to man, rage, helplessness (173).

There are moments when we are all tested. A time when, like an artichoke, we are peeled away layer by layer to get to the heart of our existence. Who we really are and what we are made of usually does not materialize until these moments, and like the artichoke, what we find is worth savoring. M.L. St. Sure’s Evensong beautifully portrays such moments. From the first lines, the reader becomes engaged in a story that is sure to touch souls and inspire.

Christina Cross is a spirited young woman who knows there is something better for her family than the harsh farmland in Kelly Flat, Missouri. Her mind yearns to unlock the secrets of her father’s past, to know about the possible, to break out of her petrified cocoon and emerge to live life. She is strong, devoted, and loyal, even when her mother blames her for her father’s death and ejects Christina from his funeral.

When she tries to save her family from destruction, Christina pits herself against her own brother, Marcel, who by gender and their mother’s support, becomes the assumed head of the family. However, Christina decides to take matters into her own hands and take action for their survival.

Christina’s departure begins a journey that tests the very core of her being. She is challenged to make difficult decisions and weigh out possibilities that put her morals on the line. Does she cross the line to benefit her family or take the high road and risk losing an opportunity in hopes of one that does not compromise who and what she is?

But it is Christina’s voice that becomes means to a new life for her family. What she once regarded as a chore becomes her lifeline. She gets the support and opportunity to provide a new life for her family from a benefactor, one that is quickly extinguished by her brother’s maliciousness and her mother’s bitterness.

In this family game, it is the young sister, Nicolette who is caught up in the dramatic struggle for control. Cruel Marcel wants power for powers sake. Christina’s desire is less control and power and more salvation, trying to lead her family toward the life she feels they all deserve.

Christina’s travels are directly connected with the events of the war around her, tragedies shadowing small triumphs, moments that too quickly become memories. The memories are what haunt Christina, memories of what was before her crusade. “Father worked and lived in poverty, and it should have been enough, but it has been beneath her dignity to indulge in such a life. She had chosen instead to coerce a miracle … No amount of poverty could have made Father feel ashamed….” (168).

To act or not to act, that is the question that St. Sure cleverly puts to her readers. Is to take a risk and lose than not to risk at all? We rush to cheer the hero who gallantly jumps on the white horse to save the day, but perhaps the day might not have been so bad with a little patience and perseverance. Maybe being rescued, or the attempt to rescue, harms more than helps in some cases.

St. Sure challenges us to think through what so many might call a “no brainer” situation. Of course one wants better for the family. Of course one should jump up and meet the challenge, taking a proactive role and doing something. Of course, “perhaps the fault lies with us for being compliant, not making our voices heard, and marching meekly to the orders of destruction. Fear is an awful thing and bravery is rare” (183).

Readers will be emotionally charged and shocked into evaluating their immediate actions and perspectives. They will be taken through situations that no one should have to face. Your hopes and beliefs will be pushed to limits as fragile as the lines between warring countries. And like a haunting melody, Evensong glides over the emotions and resonates with words not soon forgotten. They are to be examined and held as valuable as an ancient piece of amber in light.


Jacqueline Aguilera, MLA

AuthorsDen.com Reviewer

Additional Information

M. L. St. Sure Book Signing in Baileys Harbor, WI. CHRISTMAS GOES TO THE DOGS M. L. St. Sure will be signing copies of her new novel,'Evensong,'a poignant story set in France during WWII, at Novel Ideas Bookstore in Baileys Harbor, WI, December 20, 2008 from 3:00-5:00 PM. Proceeds will benefit the Sturgeon Bay Humane Society.

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