Featured: The Night of Many Endings by Melissa Payne
An emotionally rich, feel-good novel about hope, second chances, and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes.
Orphaned at a young age and witness to her brother’s decline into addiction, Nora Martinez has every excuse to question the fairness of life. Instead, the openhearted librarian in the small Colorado community of Silver Ridge sees only promise.
She holds on to the hope that she’ll be reunited with her missing brother and does what she can at the town library.
It’s her home away from home, but it’s also a sanctuary for others who, like her brother, could use a second chance.
There’s Marlene, an elderly loner who believes that, apart from her husband, there’s little good left in the world; Jasmine, a troubled teen; Lewis, a homeless man with lost hope and one last wish; and Vlado, the security guard who loves a good book and, from afar, Nora.
As a winter storm buries Silver Ridge, this collection of lonely hearts takes shelter in the library.
They’ll discover more about each other, and themselves, than they ever knew—and Nora will be forced to question her brother’s disappearance in ways she never could have imagined.
No matter how stranded in life they feel, this fateful night could be the new beginning they didn’t think was possible.
Meet Melissa Payne:
As a middle child, Melissa Payne was born to tell stories.
What started with blaming her brother for breaking the car window evolved to a graduate thesis that she desperately wishes she could rewrite to blogging on motherhood and marriage.
Now she likes to create stories set in wild and beautiful places with characters in flawed and imperfect relationships, whether that’s between a mother and a daughter, friends or strangers.
And imagining all of it with just a hint of the ethereal, a whisper of something beyond what we can see and a sense that it’s all for a purpose.
Review by Mr.F.Parker:
The quality of the writing in this book is superb. It reminded me of John Steinbeck in the way that a place and its people are drawn, so that one immediately feels an intimacy with both.
As the story progresses the inner fears, frustrations, and motivations of the characters are revealed, their exterior armor being carefully peeled away, layer by delicate layer.
Like Steinbeck, too, the author paints a picture of life as it is experienced by many ordinary Americans.
The difference is that Steinbeck was writing a century ago about the hardships of the great depression era. It is impossible not to be shocked by the revelation that, in a small mountain community in present-day Colorado, there could be so much poverty that the existence of a homeless shelter and soup kitchen are a given.
The town librarian volunteers for both. An unexpected late spring snowstorm leaves her trapped in the library with a small group of relative strangers, presenting a rare opportunity for them to get to know each other.
As conditions deteriorate, each is forced to question the past circumstances that have brought them to this point.
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