It seems as though a lifetime has passed since I started reading Orion’s Gift by Anneli Purchase.
Then, over a month ago, life was sweet and simple.
Now, adjusting to the new normal,* I am finding my way back to some of my pleasures such as reading.
Reading at the end of the day is my “happy hour”.
In chapter one, we meet Sylvia as she decides to leave her husband.
What a Jerk!
It was good to get back to the story of Sylvia leaving her husband.
Purchase does not reveal the reason for Sylvia’s drastic action.
After meeting her husband Joel in chapter 2, I would have left him too.
Insecure, self-centered men can be dangerous.
Joel’s ego will not allow him to let her go.
Sylvia needs to be careful!
Joel Comes Home
Chapter 2 opens with Joel coming home to an empty house annoyed that his Sylvia is not there to make his dinner.
His reaction is about his needs. He shows no concern about why Sylvia might not be at home.
Instead, to punish her and amuse himself, he plans an assignation with Melinda.
In Joel’s words:
“This was going to be good—an evening with Melinda and a present from Sylvia. I rummaged through the rows of casual shirts in my walk-in closet, all neatly pressed and hung up in groups by color. Sylvia knew how I liked things done. A man had to be demanding. Some women needed that. Humph! Not some—all women! I pulled down a pale blue shirt that enhanced my eyes and made my blond hair look even blonder. Melinda says I look like a California surfer boy. She’s so perceptive.
“Now for the pants. Maybe the cream chinos. I finished my wine and pulled them on, leaving my soiled clothes on the floor. Sylvia could deal with them. Serve her right for not being here for me.” Orion’s Gift by Anneli Purchase
The author’s talent in developing engaging characters and story lines makes Orion’s Gift a compelling and enjoyable book.
*My daughter in law is fighting Stage 4 cancer. A Special Hell