It's Christmas Holiday and a New Year's Eve party at Delia Howard's (Adelyn's close friend). The magic of the night encompasses Adelyn, her encounter with Garnett and then ultimately with Innis as both young men are enchanted inside the circle of Adelyn's life force. Lines are drawn at this party, with Garnett just one step away from declaring his love. Somehow Adelyn notices him and reads his affection for her. But the magic continues with the older, wiser Innis Crawford as he wins this first battle. Adelyn has eyes for Innis alone, His wisdom is that he instantly knows that he may covet, but it is Adelyn who possesses. Both men will never be the same. Amid all is the changing scenery as Adelyn waltzes with Innis and sees electric chandeliers turn into candles and some dancers appearing not real, not alive. Adelyn cries out in a whisper saying to Innis, "make them go away." And, he does.
The time might be Thanksgiving but the scene is undeniably the beginning of true love between a young man, Garnett Crawford and the young girl, Adelyn Jackson. It is Thanksgiving 1922 and Adelyn had invited Garnett to visit with her family. It was part of her strategy to make their co-ed group auto trip back to Savannah easier for Adelyn's mother to accept. But for both Adelyn and Garnett there is a feeling that underscores their presence when together. The love they share for friends and family and Innis begins to glue them together.
Garnett and Adelyn were fated to come together, but no path was ever going to be easy for either of them. Adelyn travels by train with her mother from Savannah up to New York City. It is January 1923 and a new world is opening for the young couple. Though Innis, now consigned to a Sideways world, is still capable of throwing obstacles in Garnett's way. This one little ornament, a silver pin with little diamonds settles into Adelyn's short, flapper hairdo, and interrupts the love that Garnett professes and that Adelyn wants to receive.
While Adelyn waits for Garnett's train to arrive, she thinks about their recent past, hinting at the emotions that push and pull them toward and the away from one another. But now it's as though Adelyn has awaken from a dream because Innis had appeared, had made love to her, and though he fades in and out off her world, he can and does visit. Garnett senses the difference, is on the verge of saying "it's like you've been with someone." And though he discounts Innis as the source of his trouble, something insinuates itself into his thoughts.
Adelyn frets while driving from Tulip Junction to Savannah where she will fetch her husband at the train station. But until then, the magic continues when she steps into the Ladies Room and meets a young girl in a white dress. Adelyn knows immediately that the girl is a spirit because Lucienne tells her so. "You were once me." she taunts Adelyn and Adelyn knows there's truth to what she says. Adelyn is still inside Innis's world.
☆☆☆☆☆ ☆☆☆☆☆5 out of 5 stars. Steamy Tale Of Love, Magic, Suspense, And Tragedy Adelyn Jackson’s life follows a traditional path, with a loving husband and two children, in the small Southern town of Tulip Junction.. The story takes the reader on an unexpected tour of Paris, during a fascinating time in history when glamorous flappers and famous celebrities swoop in with aplomb. Dropped into the first moment when Adelyn's first touch with another world outside of Tulip Junction and any other real place. With her friend Delia and the sorcerer, Momma Sorrow, Adelyn goes deeper insider herself to answer some of the questions about her magical connection with Innis.
We start in 1931 from the moment Innis Crawford visited Adelyn on that hammock in Tulip Junction. The Aftermath of that moment spins on as Adelyn tries to make sense of her feelings for Innis and her fear of losing Garnett, her husband. But Adelyn is in a magical moment where her thoughts fly to places in the past, and she feels a strong pull to let Innis back into her life, even though he died many years earlier.
Molly Morris is a 42-year-old, headstrong Jewish New Yorker who has had it with her family's conventional middle-class values. She flees to Long Beach, California to begin a vibrant new life far from her critical mother. There, she finds love with Javier, an attractive Mexican auto mechanic who invites her into his life, his culture and his close-knit family. Life is good...very good...until tragedy strikes and Molly's grief and self-recrimination plunge her into depression and drug addiction. Bold, frank and void of sentimentality, Until the Darkness Goes explores Molly's vulnerabilities, her search for meaning in the face of tragedy, and ultimately her return to a sense of purpose in the most unexpected way.
Molly's spiraling down was inevitable. Her increasing drug intake with Marijuana mellowing out at the end of a stressful day becomes merged with something like Crystal Meth to perk her up. The only person who registers surprise is Molly. Luckily, she thinks, Javier was there to take her to the Emergency Room for the cut in her hand. Or was it luck? Javier's steadfast loyalty to her bruised spirit brought on by Molly's enormous loss of her baby, Stella. Javier, ever watchful with some surveillance brought Javier to Molly when she most needed him. Always difficult, Molly is forced to see Javier's strength and integrity and how Nugent worships him.
Until the Darkness Goes offers readers a fascinating story of a young woman’s choices as set against her troubles, the expectations of her friends and co-workers, and her mother’s own decisions in the past. While chronicling Molly Morris’s journey through grief, loss, drugs, and addiction to the other side, the book shows more interest in her emotional viewpoint as she recovers and engages in life than in the actual feelings of her addiction and sorrow. Thus, the book reads easily, moving the plot along rather than trying to create a narrative mood Those who like realism and concrete details will appreciate this story, from the snippets of Spanish that are sprinkled throughout to the characters’ outlook on life, given what they’ve seen and experienced. The narration is fair and yet clearly comes from Molly’s point of view, offering a balanced perspective for navigating the entire neighborhood without switching to someone else and allowing readers to deeply know the main character without feeling intrusive. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Online Radio Blogs offer us a chance to hear authors talk about their novels. Click on the website: www.darknessgoes.com and follow the link to Online with Andrea Garrison. You'll learn how a real life experience shaped Molly and her world. As we all know, there's always a piece of personal experience woven into any story. Andrea Garrison is superb in her command of the interview process: Her questions lead the writer through the development of the character and in this case, the origin of Molly as a woman who become addicted. Be sure to check in to the website and to listen to the interview with Renee on Andreaonline radio. The excerpt here is Molly in Group Therapy for her addictions and reflects some of her personality.
It's not unusual to try to picture your child grow: what will she look like when she's a teen? Or, how tall will she be as an adult? For Molly, the torment comes in her dreams as she sees her baby, Stella, as a toddler, running through the grass or on the beach trying to catch the waves. Stella will never know those experiences, and Molly will never see them, except in her dreams. These things Molly knows in short bursts of realizations, from that first moment when she woke to find her infant, Stella, no longer breathing.
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