Monday, March 9, 2015
Why are we so fascinated by these communities? In theory, "the outside" is what poisons our minds and bodies, but the community in author Lisa Heathfield's book, Seed, is perfect on the outside, but pure evil on the inside. And as we slowly turn the pages to delve deeper into the story of Seed, we find exactly what makes some of these communities front page news...
About The Book: Seed by Lisa Heathfield: All that Pearl knows can be encapsulated in one word: Seed. It is the isolated community that she was born into. It is the land that she sows and reaps. It is the center of her family and everything that means home. And it is all kept under the watchful eye of Papa S.
At fifteen years old, Pearl is finally old enough to be chosen as Papa S.'s companion. She feels excitement . . . and surprising trepidation that she cannot explain. The arrival of a new family into the Seed community—particularly the teenage son, Ellis—only complicates the life and lifestyle that Pearl has depended upon as safe and constant. Ellis is compelling, charming, and worldly, and he seems to have a lot of answers to questions Pearl has never thought to ask. But as Pearl digs to the roots of the truth, only she can decide what she will allow to come to the surface.
What did I think of the book? I was captivated from the first page! The writing just drew me in and the characters were so real and full of heart. Pearl stole my heart from the beginning with her innocence and tentative inquisitiveness. Though born and brought up in this environment, she had a keen sense of right & wrong and had feelings that were "normal". Trying to deal with her growing pangs of adulthood while maintaining her "obedience" became an ever growing problem that made the story all the more real. A few shockers and a larger than life ending made it quite the literary trip. I have to say that I read it in one sitting because I just could not put it down. The story slowly builds into the climatic ending and when I turned to that last page I was looking for more! And I am going to get it, because there will be a sequel! Thank goodness, because when you read this first installment, you are going to want more too! Definitely a book for readers who enjoy those stories with the conflict of the cloistered world versus the "outside" with a touch of mad cult leader. The book reminded me a bit of those Amish literary books, but with a heftier dose of real world.
A Little About The Author...
Lisa Heathfield is a former secondary school English teacher, specializing in working with hearing-impaired children. Seed is her debut novel. She lives in Brighton, England, with her husband and three children.
Chick with Books is just one stop of Lisa Heathfield's Blog Tour for her book, Seed, which will be published March 10th, 2015 by Running Press, and available at your local bookstore then! I want to thank Running Press for the review copy of Seed!