Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Everything You Are” by Kerry Anne King, Lake Union, Oct.1, 2019.
Bravo! Kerry Anne King, Author of “Everything You Are” has orchestrated such an intense, captivating, fascinating, unique, emotional, symbolic and thought-provoking and suspenseful novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Folklore with a Musical Background. The timeline for this story is in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the events or characters in the story. The author has vividly described her setting and characters leading to a certain pattern. The author describes her dramatic characters as complex, complicated, flawed and stressed.
Can you imagine a musical instrument choosing YOU to caress it, take care of it, and play it? Phee MacPhee has not only inherited her Grandfather’s Musical shop, but also some dark secrets and unusual promises. Phee’s grandfather claims that he re-built many instruments after World War Two, and they consist of terrible memories during that time. The instruments have a soul, just as music has a soul. It is Phee’s job to ensure that certain people who did sign a contract for an instrument continue to play it, or there could be a devastating effect.
Braden Healey was chosen by a cello from Phee’s grandfather shop. Braden had a successful musical career until there was a terrible accident. Braden claims he can’t play the cello anymore. His daughter Allie now plays it. Unfortunately, tragedy occurs, where Phee has to find Braden immediately.
Kerry Anne’s vivid descriptions remind me of “Peter and the Wolf”,(Serge Prokofiev) where the instruments tell a story. I can almost choose an instrument for each character, in this story. There is such a magical and mystical feel to this story. There is so much symbolism in this story!!
Kerry Anne King describes the importance of facing your problems, seeking help, the importance of family, friends, forgiveness, communication, love, and hope. I highly recommend this thought-provoking story.