Saturday, March 2, 2019

Drops of Cerulean: A Tale of Houston History and Reincarnation

I got a request to review Drops of Cerulean by Dawn Adams Cole from publicist Wiley Saichek.  Wiley Saichek normally promotes mysteries and thrillers.  This book is in neither of those categories.   It's a dual period novel dealing with reincarnation.  Fortunately, I am a very eclectic reader with an interest in spiritual themes.   I downloaded a review copy from the publisher via Net Galley.


Drops of Cerulean reminded me of Braided Dimensions, a recent read by Marie Judson which I reviewed here.  Both books deal with a mysterious spiritual connection between two women who live in different historical periods.  Dawn Adams Cole and Marie Judson have different spiritual perspectives.  After reading Dawn Adam Cole's Q&A, I would say that my own spiritual approach is more akin to Marie Judson's, but I feel that there is room for a great deal of variation in spiritual outlooks.

Although I was critical of some fine points in the portrayal of medieval Wales in Braided Dimensions, I had no such problems with  Drops of Cerulean.  Everything that I checked out about Cole's depiction of life in Houston, Texas during the 1930's was authentic.  As a native of Houston, Cole would certainly have been motivated to get every detail right.

I hadn't been aware that the Great Depression hit Houston later than in other parts of the United States. This means that it lasted for less time in that city.  So I imagine that it would have been easier for Houston to recover economically.  The characters in Drops of Cerulean from the well-heeled Doyle family had some setbacks during the Great Depression, but they seemed to have pretty much retained their wealth and status afterward.

Prejudice was an important theme in Drops of Cerulean.   Historical protagonist Ilona had to deal with ethnic and class prejudice.  Her son Cadmus later faced prejudice over his gay identity.  They both experienced rejection by the Doyles.

Delphina appeared late in the narrative, but she turned out to be a pivotal character.   I wondered if her name was intended as a connection to the ancient priestesses of Delphi who were visionaries like Delphina.

I appreciated the integration of the themes in this book with the lives of the characters, and the times in which they lived.  The spiritual aspect wove them all together in a satisfying way.   I would give Drops of Cerulean four stars.




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