Turnstiles by Andrea Raine is a thought-provoking adventure about how one decision can change the world.
~~~~Some Spoilers Ahead!~~~~
Marty has lived on the streets of London for a long time. He considers himself isolated from the world at large, a decision that was made by choice, but he’s quickly realized that a person cannot live an isolated existence. He decides that he needs to reenter society, but has no idea how to do so.
Then he met Willis.
Willis is a powerful attorney who just inherited a law firm and a small fortune from his late father’s estate. The only problem is that Willis doesn’t want it. When he meets Marty on the street, it’s the perfect opportunity to rid himself of the unwanted funds. What Willis doesn’t realize is that by giving Marty such a large amount of money, he sets in motion a series of events that will influence several people’s lives; bringing them answers to their deepest questions.
I really enjoyed this book! It starts out as an unlikely story of one man giving another (homeless) man enough money to change his life forever, but it quickly turns into a tale about how our choices always take us where we need to be, even if we don’t know it at the time. It’s full of philosophical questions about the world, and we get to watch as the main characters try and answer these questions for themselves. The characters all grow and change as the story progresses, revealing more of their soul to us (and themselves) and they face their demons in their quest for growth. The settings are well defined, and the dialogue does a good job in propelling the story along.
I did have some slight issues with the formatting of the book. There were a lot of characters, and the chapters tended to bounce around between their lives. I liked that the author gave us a clear separation by giving us their name at the beginning of the chapter, but it still made the story feel a bit bouncy at times when one life appeared in the middle of another. However, it doesn’t really take away from the overall story.
I give this book a solid 5 of 5. I thought the individual lives intertwined well together, and it really makes you wonder just how much a single choice can affect the lives of those around us. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who’s looking for an interesting, thoughtful read.
About the Author:
Andrea Raine is an author and poet who grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. She found her passion for writing at a young age and pursued it through college, where she graduated with a B.A. in English Literature. Turnstiles was published in 2013 and is just one of her many titles. Her other titles include A Mother’s String and A Crowded Heart. To learn more about this author and her works, you can visit her Amazon Page, connect with her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter. If you’d like a copy of Turnstiles for yourself, check out the link below!
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