Friday, November 6, 2009

The Hour I First Believed

The Hour I First Believed is a moving novel about Caelum Quirk and his wife Maureen as they try to revive their marriage after Maureen's affair with one of her co-workers. A high school English teacher, Caelum and his wife both work at Columbine High School during April 1999. However, a death in his family calls Caelum back to his hometwon of Three Rivers and pulls him into thoughts of the family of which he is now the last. During his absence from Columbine, the school shooting occurs and Maureen finds herself hiding in the break room as she hears the explosions and gun shots go off near-by. Maureen tramautized convinces Caelum to move back to Three Rivers, Conneticut as she readapts to to life and her fears. They move back to his family farm hoping for a new start but find the trauma follows them even there as they battle to begin a new life. Maureen traumitized and Caelum wrapped up in his family history, will they ever be able to find peace in their lives again?

The story is both moving and uplifting as Caelum and Maureen struggle to refind themselves and find a routine to deal with their seperate and personal issues. Thy novel explores the outes they take to recovery and will pull the reader deep into its tale. I highly recommend this book. =D

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