The Treasure Box: A Novel

By Penelope J. Stokes

Vita Kirk is a go back and forth author who hasn't ever left her native land. in truth, she not often leaves her apartment. because of deep wounds and sour losses, Vita has selected isolation over vulnerability. but if she stumbles throughout an vintage chest in a hole-in-the-wall boutique, she discovers a confusing hyperlink to her earlier and her actual atmosphere mysteriously start to swap. Inscribed within the treasure chest are the phrases, "Love is the foremost that unlocks each portal."

The energy of those phrases turn out to unencumber part of Vita she notion had died years ago.

"Stories like this move through many various names-fantasy, time-shift, magical realism. a few are openly Christian or non secular in nature, others will not be. yet from a religious point of view, the typical thread in these kind of works is the redeeming, remodeling strength of God's grace not just to change the longer term yet to alter our realizing of the past."--Penelope Stokes

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Cathleen wouldn’t have even recognized the place the Treasure field and Rachel’s funds have been hidden if Derrick hadn’t instructed her. Cathleen had replaced. in additional than two decades, Rachel had by no means as soon as heard her sister say, “I’m sorry. ” Now she used to be not just apologizing, yet taking accountability for what she had performed to harm others. possibly the sour disappointments she had confronted had introduced her to an figuring out of different people’s discomfort. or perhaps she easily had to unburden herself, to admit and discover a degree of absolution. no matter what her reasons, it infrequently mattered anymore. What mattered was once that she had requested a query, a question that also hung unanswered among them: Will you forgive me? Her sister had already confronted the truth—now it was once time for Rachel to do an identical. Time for her to recognize the soreness Cathleen had triggered and free up it. Time for her to forestall mouthing facile platitudes and converse the phrases that might free up her from the bondage of anger and vengeance. She had to forgive, no longer for the sake of Cathleen’s freedom, yet her personal. She by no means obtained the opportunity. whilst she became again towards Cathleen, Rachel came upon her sister doubled up in silent discomfort, her hands clutched round her belly. Her cheeks had long gone faded, and the gruesome puckered scar stood out vividly opposed to the ashen dermis. regardless of the chill of the room, a sheen of sweat lined her face. at the seat among them, anything hot and rainy oozed into the cloth of the couch. “The child! ” Cathleen gasped, achieving a hand towards Rachel. “But it’s now not time. Didn’t you say—” “Whether it’s time or now not, this child is coming. ” Vita stared on the reveal whereas sunrise crept over the horizon and pierced throughout the excessive privet hedge, portray the sunroom in watercolor colours of red and gold. stories layered one upon the opposite like transparencies. Scenes from the previous: Hattie Parker’s scarred face turning away for the final time. Rain pounding opposed to the uncooked mound of earth at Mama’s grave. Gordon’s voice at the mobilephone, telling her that Mary Kate was once in exertions and used to be soliciting for her to return. And different, more moderen thoughts: Sophie mendacity within the shallows of the river. The weeping willow tree within the again backyard, draping its branches over the wall. The little brown poultry nesting within the hedge. crimson wine flowing throughout a white linen tablecloth. She closed her eyes, attempting to close off the pictures, yet they wouldn’t depart. They pressed into her mind as though etched there with acid. much more photographs got here. Hap Reardon’s snort. Jacob Stillwater in his workshop. The unusual darkish guy in interests. The Treasure field, with its delicately painted maps and the little smiling dragon within the waters. Then Cathleen’s voice got here in the course of the machine audio system back, screaming, and Vita opened her eyes. “Bring the entire candles over here,” Grace ordered, taking command of the placement. “We’ll want as a lot gentle as we will be able to get. And in that crate subsequent to my mattress you’ll locate a few fresh towels and 2 scissors. ” At Rachel’s wondering glance, she gave a bit shrug and a smile.

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