But This Is Different.

Author:Gardner, Diane
Position:Book review

Mary Walker Baron (author); BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT; Steel cut Press (Fiction: Mystery) $14.95 ISBN: 9781936380008

Byline: Diane Gardner

"How could you expect me to become someone else and return to a world so changed that it no longer has a place for me? You have no right to summon me," Mere cries from her secret island home. Yet, her heart compels her on a journey to find out how much she is willing to risk, and lose, for the one dearest to her.

In But This is Different, Mary Walker Baron creates a speculative history that explores one of the twentieth century's greatest mysteries. She asks how much one should sacrifice for the sake of love. And she highlights the importance of being true to your commitments, demonstrates the grounding that comes from spirituality, and celebrates the beauty in those who see life (and sometimes even reality) differently.

The novel follows Mere, who has lived hidden on an almost unknown island for forty years, as she responds to a plea to return to civilization. But for Mere, whose true identity and location has been kept secret, the trip isn't simple. The one who calls her is dying, the same person who also deeply wounded her. And returning to civilization risks revealing what they sacrificed everything to hide. It also threatens the very sanity of Mere, who knows nothing...

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