Debra Thomas, the author of “Josie and Vic,” has written a powerful and emotional novel. I love how the author vividly describes the plot, the scenery, and the dramatic characters. I also appreciate that the author demonstrates an affection for animals and their significance as characters and support. The themes throughout the story are loss, forgiveness, second chances, finding a sense of purpose, self-worth, the importance of family and friends, love, and hope. The author also discusses important topics such as post-traumatic stress from Vietnam Vets, the trauma of 9/11, the problems immigrants encounter entering the United States, the importance of sibling relationships, emotional support, and professional mental support for grieving people.
Josie Serafini makes arrangements to go to Los Angeles to help her brother Vic, who has tragically lost his family. Josie rents her house in New York and ensures her beloved horses are cared for. Josie has a frustrating relationship with her daughter and hesitates to deal with her estranged father. Josie and Vic are learning to deal with the past to move on.
The author writes and tells her story compassionately and compellingly. I highly recommend this thought-provoking novel.