From kindergarten, we bonded over bruises and welts.”
So began the story of Margo, Darryl, and Justin. Together they faced anything life could throw at them by cussing, pretending, and fighting back. Until an event so horrible, Margo knew she couldn’t ever tell the boys. Instead,she just left.
Now she’s moving back into her Grandmother’s house – a divorced woman with two children in tow.
Can the three friends rebuild their special relationship out of the broken pieces of trust? Will Darryl forgive Margo for breaking his heart? Can they move forward with their lives without Margo telling them why she left?
When Lightning Strikes the Cottonwoods by Lisa L Borm, is a wonderfully written tale of the struggle to overcome childhood abuse and trauma through connection and lasting friendships. Friendships that last through loss and separation only to rekindle the bonds later in life. It is both a love story and a story of the importance of belonging. Ms. Borm is not only an excellent writer but sees an insight that few go into the heart and soul of people. Both male and female characters are strong with a sense of presence rarely found in many of today’s books, even from the most successful and popular authors. Her writing style allows the reader to delve deeply into the hearts and minds of the characters, walk along with them all the while feeling their pain, confusion, hope, love, and mind. One feels as if they live in this town, know these people intimately and can relate to them. It can make one long for a simpler life, without the hustle and bustle of the city. When Lightning Strikes the Cottonwoods, is one of the best of literary adventures. It is reminiscent of books written by John Steinbeck, JD Salinger, William Faulkner, and Virginia Wolff. It is a rare book, and I’d happily place it on my shelf next to these other great novels.