The Rules of Inheritance

Packing, organizing, making lists. Mind on what I want to say about faith and grief and Tiggy’s House. Worried that when the time comes no words will come. And I have a book review due on Tiggy’s birthday.

How I didn’t notice that way back when I applied, I do not know. It only just occurs to me as time is running out and I realize it isn’t getting written before we leave. The book wasn’t getting read before we leave.

I take it to the car, to the passenger seat, so it won’t get forgotten.

And I didn’t really know what the book was about. The Rules of Inheritance. The title wasn’t really suggestive of anything to me.

So I start reading it somewhere south of Beatrice, after our last errand and we’re finally really on the road. And I realize this is going to be hard. Hard to read. Hard to review.

It’s about a girl, a young woman, really, consumed by the grief of losing her mother at 18, and then her father. Both to cancer. Both after years of medications and hospital stays and alternative treatments.

And she is lost. Adrift in a sea of grief. The alcohol, the cigarrettes, the sex, the abortion at 19 . . . it is all so raw and so hopeless and so close. I have a husband, children and a faith that sustains. I have anchors so that when the world seemed to wash away, there was a limit to just how far I could drift.

But I was always aware of the darkness on the other side, always a little afraid of just how strong the desire to escape was. But Claire Bidwell had no such anchors in her life and she spent years running away from her grief.

Except that only left her deeper within its grasp.

And I’m not really sure whether or not to recommend this book. It is good. It is well-written. It is hard to read. I don’t regret having read it and it certainly gives insight into just how hard it can be to lose someone you love. And there is hope as well as you are slowly introduced to an older, more mature Claire who stops running and starts finding a way to help others. But the journey is ugly and maybe not one everyone will want to accompany her on.

This is a paid review for the BlogHer book club, however all opinions are my own.

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Dana homeschools her children on five acres in the country with her husband John.
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2 Responses to The Rules of Inheritance

  1. Jacque says:

    The book sounds good to me, Dana.

    I am finding that life is hard all the way around, for everyone. Some harder than others; Believer or not, rich and poor, famous or not: life is just difficult. Blessings may abound, and our God is the Great and Mighty God, but life is full of difficulties in everyone’s journey.
    Yeshua Messiah said that these troubles would come. Sin rips apart people’s lives… things often go wrong. and we must go on.
    I am sending prayers for your heart on the rest of your journey.
    (((HUGS))) to you and yours and many many blessings from the Most High.

    May you feel his love daily.

  2. Virginia says:

    I think the review was perfect. Some books are just like that- painful and heart-wrenching. they remind us how many people are there to catch us as we fall.

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