#BookReview: “Stillwater Rising” Struck by how well Steena Holmes tells this heartwrenching story.

stillwater risingReview:

After reading the pre-quell to this story (Before the Storm), I waited for “Stillwater Rising” to be available, like a child waiting for Santa to arrive on Christmas Eve.  Needless to say, when I had the book in my hand, I had to read it in one sitting.  I was surprised to learn that Steena Holmes has even more to tell about the town of Stillwater Bay, Washington, USA.  But, really?  Isn’t that her style?

Steena Holmes has the power to grip her readers, and have them hold on tight, as she always has more to share about a character, an event, or a town.  Stillwater Bay is no different.

Just when you think there cannot be possibly more….she gifts you with another addition to the story.  At the end of this book, we get a little glimpse in to the next story in her Stillwater Bay Series, called “Stillwater Deep”.  So, here I am waiting for “Santa” again. J

Stillwater Bay Elementary had school shooting.  Gabriel Berry was the teenage shooter. He shot and killed ten students and two teachers, before killing himself.  You can only imagine what this town goes through after such an event.  That is exactly what Steena shares in this novel.  And, just as she did in “Before the Storm”, it is told with real ease, heart and dignity.

The characters in this story are all suffering a loss, each in a different way.  This book is about how they get through it, or try to….and, about how a community can Rise again from this tragedy.

Again, like “Before the Storm”, this is a book I will never forget. Steena Holmes delivers another brilliant story.

5 Stars.