Ken Saik
Author of Bagage Burdens. companion to Helping Hands.
a book for family, spiritual, and romance readers.

 

Ken Saik
Author of Bagage Burdens. companion to Helping Hands.
a book for family, spiritual, and romance readers.

 

Ken Saik
Author of Bagage Burdens. companion to Helping Hands.
a book for family, spiritual, and romance readers.

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born out of past betrayals
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Review of the Book

Helping Hands
by Ken Saik
iUniverse

book review by Michael Radon
“The possibility of Jill agreeing to marriage also depends upon her dealing with the ghosts in her past. ghosts that Bill suspects reside in Ontario.”

A horrible car accident leaves Jill Kroshky with a lot of damage that needs healing. Aside frorn her injuries and spending weeks in a coma in the hospital, when she returns to her life, she finds it in disarray. The children she had once been so attentive to have now become self-reliant and independent. Her husband has opted to leave her, and without a car or a job for the entire summer, she quickly falls into a spiraling depression. The lone bright spot for her is Bill Wynchuk, a man from her church who stayed by her as she healed in the hospital. Confusing his attention for pity, she spurns his affections but slowly learns to accept him into her life. But even with things starting to look up for Jill, the massive demons of her family and her past continue to loom. unresolved.

The internal monologues and prevalent doubts that swarm through Jill’s mind as relayed by the narrator are palpably troublesorne, and anyone who has dealt with similar feelings will understand her position imrnediately. Ultimately, this is a story about faith and its ability to get those who nurture and cultivate it through even the most challenging or long-standing issues in one’s life. The interplay between Jill and her own family and that of Jill and Bill ring honest and prove to be guile ernotional at tirnes. Readers who are faith-minded will enjoy this piece of drarna that affirms the power of their beliefs, but anyone can enjoy this tale of second chances, resolved threads, and the core belief that anybody deserves to find their own peace of mind. With a powerful portrayal of ernotional struggle and sharp, realistic dialogue, this story shines in its portrayal of both highs and lows.

I found Helping Hands by Ken Saik to be an inspirational story of redemption, acceptance, faith, and love. Despite being a grown woman, it is almost a coming-of-age story for the main character, Jill, as she learns to live her life again after the tragedy of a divorce and severe accident. As a reader of this emotional story, you cheer her on as she gains acceptance of her past and eagerness for her future.

Major themes throughout the book consist of finding and offering forgiveness and allowing faith to guide the way. Much of this transformation is due to a very dear friend who plays an integral role from the start, Bill. I found that Bill has a quiet grace about him and I imagine him to be a very kind man. Based off his promptings, love and guidance, Jill is able to face her past, her present, and eventually her future. A chain of events is set in motion with Bill’s help as a son forgives a mother, a girl forgives her father, and a woman forgives herself. The concept of faith is shown predominantly through prayer and contemplation throughout the book.

While by the end of the book you have a deep understand of Jill as character, I did find myself a little confused at the beginning, wondering if this book was part of a series. I understand that the author wanted to develop her throughout the story, and in fact appreciated the information that was added along the way, but I feel a little more of an introduction at the beginning would have been beneficial to me as a reader.

I believe the author was able to accomplish his goal by making the reader really cheer Jill on as a character. The story is inspiring to others who maybe have gotten a little off track and are trying to find themselves again. As friendship and then love develops, the book, for all the romantics out there, shows that love can not only be found again but also profoundly affect your life no matter what your age or circumstances.

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