As I wrote “The Book of Esther’, where four generations of women come together to solve a family mystery, I paid special attention to the differences between those generations. Esther’s life was very different, her choices were different, than those of her granddaughter, Ivy.
This had come very much to light this week as the small town I live in suffered a tragedy. A young woman was killed by her husband. Immediately, people are thinking, how did I know her, did I know the monster she was married to, could I have done something, is there something I can do now? This is the beauty of life in a small town. The most pressing question now – who will raise her young son and what scars will he be left to bare?
Yes, times have changed, but something like this tells me that some things don’t. God speed, Dawn.
I love this part of summer when the weather is perfect and there is always a festival to be found. Today it’s Flambeau Rama in Park Falls. Always great to run into old classmates and relatives. And you never know what treasures I’ll find at the craft fair. And the music! PF always does it’s best to bring us the best.
Author Terri Kaiser
Life is about the choices we make. And while that is not a revelation, it is what draws me to my characters. I am intrigued with the choices of those that lived before us. How those choices shaped their lives and, whether good or bad, how they chose to deal with the consequences. Granted, there are those times life throws us a curve. Still, our response is character building – or not. This is why the women of “The Book of Esther” were so interesting to me.
Esther is one of those women that simply did the best she could with the life she had. Her strength of character is revealed in the fierce protection of her children and the way she allowed her heart to open one last time. Hope remained alive for her until her dying day.
Her daughter, Helen, a spitfire as a child, allowed her heart to close to those around her for her own protection. It is not until life sends her a curve that she never saw coming, does she let down her guard. Helen’s strength is truly admirable, yet she does not see that her steely countenance is damaging to those around her. Now, remains have been discovered and the whole town is looking to Helen for answers.
Ivy is Helen’s niece and Esther’s granddaughter. Her children stumble onto a body stuffed in a tree at the back of their farm. With a life already turned on its axis by cancer and a troubled marriage, she has begun to question all that she has and yearn for the love she was denied as a child.
Maddie, Ivy’s daughter, is a troubled young girl. Life was difficult enough. After finding the remains behind their farm, she becomes the victim of ridicule as well. The pain of it all becomes too much to bear.
I enjoyed writing each of these remarkable women. Just as the spirit of Esther nudged Ivy from time to time, did the voices of my past. “The Book of Esther” has a message for women of every generation. I hope you enjoy the journey.