Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Resurrection of May Book Review

I’m a bit obsessed with books! I love buying and reading books. My bookcase is overflowing with my favorite books and books I still need to read. I find such pleasure and contentment within books. I was fortunate to review the book The Resurrection of May by Lisa Samson. I’ve never read a book like this before in my life. My usual interest is in self love books and fiction about characters struggling to gain a sense of self and make sense of the world we live in. Well I guess this book is kind of like the later, but with a whole lot of heavy issues mixed in.


The Resurrection of May focuses around two main characters: May and Claudius. An odd pair, May is a youthful College student and Claudius an elderly man who lives with his dog on a farm outside of town. Their friendship is unexpected, but turns out to be the best thing to happen to each of them. May goes on a mission trip to Africa and comes back a different person. May encounters a kind of pain and suffering she had never felt before, and it is with Claudius she is able to begin healing. It is Claudius with whom May connects most with when she returns. Claudius’ patience and understanding appeals to May and their friendship blossoms as the years go by.

My Reaction:

Wow. I expected nothing that occurred in the book. It was a complete roller coaster to my emotions. In a good way. The writing is so vivid and enlightening, you feel the words on the page. You empathize with the characters. You feel the pain and hurt and sadness. At one point during the book, I sat on the floor and cried. That is how powerful and moving this book is. It was gripping, frightening, and hopeful. There were many times I was on the edge of my seat frantic about what would happen next for May and Claudius.
May is introduced as a typical College student, but what she encounters in Africa changes her completely, and the reader is able to go through the journey of emotions with her, and watch her resurrection and growth firsthand. You want nothing more than for May to succeed and I was rooting for her the entire book. 

I was definitely entertained while reading this book. It was hard to read though, as some parts were uncomfortable to read. But, I definitely felt that it helped me take a step back and look at my life and enjoy it more. 

I would recommend the Resurrection of May to anyone wanting a great complex dynamic novel to read.

Booksneeze has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy.


  1. Will put this on my 2011 reading list!!

  2. I love a book that moves one to tears. Now THAT is truly powerful. Gotta see if I can add it to my reading list for Winter Break. Great review!

  3. One thing I definitely need to do is get back to leisurely reading. I miss it so much, but since a good chunk of my job is editing which requires a lot of reading alll day loonnng, it's usually the last thing I want to do when I get home. This book sounds really interesting though. Thanks for sharing!

  4. putting it on my list... thanks for sharing. I love a good rollercoastery book.


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