Orange Petals in a Storm: A Review
A well-written novel with a fairytale quality.
Orange Petals in a Storm is a well-written novel with a fairytale quality. Orphaned and left with her stepfather who cares only for her inheritance, Skyla faces daily ridicule and abuse from her two wicked step sisters.
Grandmothers are supposed to be sweet and caring, even step-grandmothers, but not this one. A master at manipulation, Skyla’s step-grandmother gives veiled and not-so-veiled threats to keep Skyla from revealing the mistreatment and to squash any thoughts of trying to run away.
You’ll fall in love with Skyla. She’s a sweet young girl seeking to survive the harshness of her life. Finding herself incapable of physically escaping, Skyla escapes mentally into a mystical world. She is joined there by the Mick, the cat. Together they seek to right the many wrongs in their real world. It’s a a new twist on an old story line. It’s a story of good overcoming evil. It’s a story of perseverance in well-doing. It is sad, yet joyful.
Your heart will weep for Skyla. You will feel her vulnerability and marvel at her strength. With wisdom beyond her years, she sees the root problems that bring about perpetuated abuse—and she gently pushes change through. You’ll be cheering Skyla on as she brings about positive change in the lives of others, all the while hoping to see a change in her tragic circumstances.
The author, Niamh Clune, does a superb job of writing a novel with a fairy-tale quality and taking it to new heights. There a unique blend of realism with a mystical element. Though dealing with harsh realities, it is a strangely sweet story.