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Reviewed by Steven Robson for Readers' Favorite
Marianne Holmes’s Blind Acorn is a graphic personal exploration of family life through the eyes of a loving wife and mother, Trinity Barrett, known as Trin to her family and friends. When Trin has a disturbing dream about her husband, it triggers her to closely examine how her relationship with her husband Mitchell has changed. Undertaking this process in the vortex of an active family that includes two teenagers is never easy, and in seeking answers Trin decides to create her own space in the form of an apartment shared with her best friend Gina. Whilst this was to be her sanctuary, the ultimate irony comes with the realization that she was running away from herself. Just when it seems Trin has made the journey to reconciliation, life comes back to inflict a devastating injury and powers a shocking climax to what is the disturbingly real experience this book shares.
Blind Acorn by Marianne Holmes is a truly wonderful story crafted with style and elegance, allowing the reader to move smoothly into the story arc and become fully engaged with little effort. All of the characters are very real, and so many of their experiences spoke directly to my past in very specific ways. This is a book you can’t read without experiencing the full spectrum of emotions, having you laughing out loud at times and crying the next. As you become more entangled in the Barretts' lives, you will find it increasingly difficult to stop reading, being swept on to a conclusion that will leave you realizing that this is life, pure and simple.