Have you ever picked up a book, and part way through you think to yourself: “Wow, this resembles my life?” This is one of them. As an avid reader, I aHave you ever picked up a book, and part way through you think to yourself: “Wow, this resembles my life?” This is one of them. As an avid reader, I am in constant search for fiction which resonates with me, and The Divine Pumpkin surely found it’s way to my heart. Not only did I feel great love for Paloma, every single character brought up emotions in me ranging from compassion, sadness and even revolt! (ok I was angry at a couple!) This book truly hit home, and I believe many of you will relate.
If you are looking for Part II of It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, this isn’t it, as no Divine pumpkin raises from the dead. As you read, you will discover the subtle meaning of this book’s title.
This novel is about Paloma Parker, Paloma, a Forensic Nurse, who finds herself secretly comparing her life to one of her “newest patients Ella, an incarcerated, yet endearing juvenile. Not only does the book explore the particular relationship these two share, it speaks about family, most importantly dysfunctional families and those notorious “skeleton’s in the closet” and family secrets, which if not divulged early enough, can haunt a child into adulthood.
The relationship between Paloma and Ella, is one I will always remember. The parallels of their lives, brings the reader to look forward to their talks, as both of them grow simultaneously. I love the way they both help each other harmoniously (which I think surprises Paloma on her end), thus leading them to actually look at themselves, as if they were a reflection of each other.
Not only do the main characters mirror each other, but their lives and family as well. Hemmie writes her story in a way which allows you to see two different generations repeat certain patterns which, in turn, permits the reader to evaluate cycles in their own family lives. The days of family dysfunction is not a rarity in this world, and I love the way Hemmie Martin brings out these issues without making me feel like I am watching an episode of Jerry Springer who is notorious for making some families (in my opinion) look bad.
Oh Night in Shining Armor come to me!
Whether Paloma seems to be desperately seeking love or feeling the pressure from family to do so, Hemmie carries you through a woman’s search not only for true love, but for the love of herself. Right away I felt attracted to the relationships she tries to establish. Yet, I feel Paloma would prefer to do things her way, without the outside pressure and constant self-judgement.
Lust r bust, bad vs good!
The lust for the “bad boy”, the lack of respect for herself in the name of sex, continuing an unhealthy relationship despite the obvious red flags, thus closing her eyes due to a need to be loved. You can sense, as you read, Paloma’s tremendous pangs of guilt over having other people’s needs come before her own. Hemmie’s story telling really brings you right into Paloma’s life and turmoil. You can sense Paloma’s gut wrenching anxiety about doing the “right thing” vs listening to her own needs. A common trait among women.
Hemmie’s metaphorical descriptions throughout the entire book are absolutely brilliant! I found myself smiling, thus the narration, enveloped me like a baby snuggling in the arms of it’s mother. She (Hemmie) really brings you to the feeling and into the moment, leading the reader into the exact instant a particular event is taking place. This is quite appealing, as I felt Hemmie really wanting her reader to bridge each paragraph and sentence to keep you mindfully present.
The Divine Pumpkin allowed me to reflect, relate, and feel as if I was part of the story. I love the way Hemmie also explored, mental illness, a subject which is very close to my heart. How someone perceives themselves, self-worth, guilt and the constant feeling of judgement from others, but most importantly the judgement of oneself.
If you want a book which speaks to you as you kick back on a rainy Sunday afternoon, or just sitting in your hammock on a sunny Saturday, The Divine Pumpkin will surely bring you home, and leave you feeling pretty good inside.Hemmie Martin...more
“It almost seems like it was masterminded for me to be in the right place at the right time” Huston Smith San Francisco Chronicle, May 21st, 2009
I am“It almost seems like it was masterminded for me to be in the right place at the right time” Huston Smith San Francisco Chronicle, May 21st, 2009
I am quite embarrassed to admit, I never heard of Huston Smith before New World Library sent me And Live Rejoicing last month. How did I go my whole spiritual life without picking up one of his books, or seen his name on a quote? I guess the important thing here is I finally was introduced to one of the most “traveled” and amazing men I have ever read about. Not only has Mr. Smith gone around the world 3 times over, he has met, had lunch with, vacationed with, interviewed, toured, studied, meditated and discussed world views with some of the most spiritual and influential authors, gurus, religious leaders, and advocates of all time!
The Title “And Live Rejoicing” reflects Smith's key values on how every moment counts. From getting a flat tire in the Serengeti Plain where lions are amok, to witnessing and experiencing many Native Rituals . The key to life, according to Smith is JOY!
One of my favorite new authors is Hemmie Martin. I have interviewed her and reviewed her first release with Winter Goose Publishing, The Divine PumpkiOne of my favorite new authors is Hemmie Martin. I have interviewed her and reviewed her first release with Winter Goose Publishing, The Divine Pumpkin. This winter I received her latest book Attic of the Mind, and had not picked it up until last month! However, the day I picked it up, I never put it down!
Why? Because Hemmie has a way of pulling you right into the story in the first 10 pages. A talent not every author has, even great books like Eat, Pray, Love, took me 50 pages to get into. not that I am comparing both books, just that once you start Attic of the Mind I guarantee you will read it in one night; maximum 2!
What I love about Hemmie Martin books is that they have a style of their own. You can relate easily with each character, and in AOTM, there are plenty characters to love, and a couple you just love to hate, this, in fact, for me makes a great story.
Once upon a time, a 10-year-old boy named Larry wrote a story about a Toy Soldier who prevented a Toy Shop from being robbed. He loved it so much he sOnce upon a time, a 10-year-old boy named Larry wrote a story about a Toy Soldier who prevented a Toy Shop from being robbed. He loved it so much he stashed it in a special place, never to be lost. 35 years later, he opened his mailbox and in an envelope addressed to him, the story came alive.
His mother (and biggest fan) was cleaning out the basement, found the story and mailed it to him. Today this story has merged with another story roaming around Lawrence H. Sola’s mind. It is Jeremy’s Adventures: Miracle on Main Street. Read More...more