Book 5: The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
This book was just what I needed to read. A sort of coming of age for middle aged folks, a working through the mid-life crisis story.
After twenty years of marriage, Jessie Sullivan is questioning her place, her life when she is forced to return to the island where she grew up to deal with her possibly insane and religiously fervent mother who has inflicted injury upon herself. While facing the past of her father's death and contemplating the future with her husband, Jessie encounters Brother Thomas, a monk at the monastery where her mother was the cook, with whom she shares an intensive and passionate connection.
Through her artwork and reconnections with island family and friends, Jessie becomes more aware of herself, her wants and needs, her sacrifices, as she reconciles the past and the present.
A really nice read in which enduring love, beautiful love, wins out in the end.