TEN YEN TRUE
AMANDA ARMSTRONG & CHRISTINA ST. CLAIR
20 February 2013
Rogue Phoenix Press
Contemporary Fiction, Inspirational
Rating: 3 Cups
Caitlin, JJ, Paul, and Tommy are all in need of some sort of healing in their lives. When each of them come across a ten yen true coin they do not expect that it will be just a beginning to a journey, one that can bring them profound changes. They all come from different parts of the world and have different backgrounds, but will come together in one place.
One person is Caitlin, who only cares about climbing the corporate ladder and avoiding any sort of relationship with other people, including what family she has left. Another is JJ, a nurse fresh from a failed relationship who questions the beliefs that he was raised with and his own worth. There is also Paul, a former actor with aspirations to be governor, who is selfish, not knowing how to love. Lastly, there is Tommy, a 5-year-old boy diagnosed with cancer who just wants to see his dad once before he dies.
Little do they know their journeys will bring them together, where they will be faced with choices, choices that can bring changes to their lives. In the background there is a Japanese monk who is praying for their peace, that they will all make the right decisions, and heal their relationships. The relationships they have with themselves and that they have with the people around them.
I enjoyed reading this story, it is always good to be reminded that good things can still happen, even if it seems hopeless. The characters felt tangible. I saw their vanity, arrogance, wisdom, acceptance and strengths. I also felt embarrassment and sadness for them when things did not go their way, and I felt happiness for them when things did turn towards the better. Even though there was more than one character, each point-of-view switch was smooth and meshed together and made a strong tale of hope and healing.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More