ANDAL'S GARLAND by Helen Burns
A powerful read
Burns pens a magnificently written story in ANDAL'S GARLAND. I have read work from this author before, and I really enjoyed it, well, more than enjoyed it. In the 8th Century, in India, which has a different cultural mindset and belief system. Andal is a very unique character but the culture she was born into, makes it also indicative of what she almost demands for herself. At fourteen, a girl should be married, but Andal didn't want a man, she wanted a literal God. She has her own visionary path for herself, and mystical and spiritual capabilities, so she composes her songs to her God. Her songs are found by Saisha, who has her own wishes for her fate, and future. The songs of Andal speak to Saisha, and that's where this plot continues. I couldn't put the story down. It was undeniably wonderfully spiritual and even inspirational. Faith is what we all have when we believe in something, no matter what that something is. It’s one of those embraceable stories. It’s definitely un-put-downable! Simply awe-inspiring. Very impressive story telling. ANDAL'S GARLAND is a definite recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews. I look forward to reading many more stories by this author.