Shocking story of risk taking behavior, sexual experimentation and love. Curious about life, Sue's journey of risk taking behavior is halted by a tragedy. As she copes with the pain, she is forced to face overwhelming evidence of a love beyond her comprehension. . . . 'A rewarding read.' KIRKUS Review.
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L. K. Craft
As a child, Sue Martin struggles to understand why her mother keeps her at a distance. Always eavesdropping, she hears her mother constantly referring to her as poor ol’ Sue. This contributes to her low self-esteem and leaves her feeling abnormal. The story begins in the 1960's, and spans the most formative years of her life. Possessing an intensity about everything, Sue intellectually and emotionally matures at a young age.
Gary Waltham, a student of art seeks to show her the beauty of the world. Everything about him is a contrast to the turmoil and unrest inside her. Very mature for their age, they grow in love. However, one night while Sue is alone at a party, her curiosity about alcohol leads to reckless drinking. As her inhibitions diminish, her repressed sexual desires quickly unfold. This is the beginning of Sue’s secret life of sexual exploration. Slowly the reckless disregard for herself erodes her stability. Seeking to sort life out at college, Sue is stunned by the coldness and indifference of Dr. Sarah McBride, the Dean of Women. Challenged by her demeanor, Sue relentlessly breaks through her facade and discovers an amazing story of Sarah’s character and strength to out live her sentence of death. Unbeknownst to either of them, their lives have a parallel reality and connection. Sarah McBride, now in her sixties, is forced to look back at the great love story of her life, meanwhile Sue is forced to cope with a devastating tragedy that reveals overwhelming evidence of a love beyond her comprehension.
|Reviewed by Jonathan Bekham
|How extraordinarily thankful I am to have stumbled across this incredible work. It captivated me like no other novel.. L.K. Craft has written an inspired story that heals one’s soul, and exactly at a time that I needed healing. Love is too often presented as heavy on infatuation and short on substance. Always Enough is nothing but substance. It is a celebration of how powerful true love can be. L. K. Craft has deeply given of herself in this book. If you are reading this Ms. Craft, I say thank you for writing from your heart. I say thank you for awakening me to the beauty that I take for granted. Thank you creating characters that are real and insightful, sexually intense and provocative. Thank you for your refreshing, nonjudgmental view of spirituality. Most of all, I thank you for bringing to light how true love, like nothing else, can heal and inspire people to the highest pinnacles of creativity and artistry, and goodness and joy. We can all be better “lovers” because of your book.
Author: Craft, L.K.
Review Date: AUGUST 17, 2006
Publisher:iUniverse (316 pp.)
Price (paperback): $19.95
Publication Date: June 20, 2006
ISBN (paperback): 0-595-39551-1
An appealing 1960s coming-of-age story.
Sue Martin, struggling with an emotionally distant mother who refers to her as “poor ol’ Sue,” suffers from low self-esteem and feelings of abnormality. Gary savors every moment of what they already share, while Sue has a restless nature and wants to seek out new experiences. When Sue goes off to college in Illinois and Gary moves to New York City to study painting, they still remain deeply connected by their love. Narrated by Sue, the story reads like a diary, imbued with all of the attendant emotional intimacy and quotidian minutiae. Always Enough is a pleasant reminder of the magic of young love and the importance of cherishing our loved ones. A rewarding read.