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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Fathers of Edenville is a work of fiction written in the literary style by author Corrine Ardoin. A darkly dramatic tale penned for mature reading audiences, this slice of life explores powerful themes of jealousy and unfaithfulness in relationships. The central figures in this intrigue are Sylvia Sumner and her husband Forty, Sylvia’s lover Jim Hart, and Tucker Stewart, who has always adored Sylvia since their high school days. When one of them is suddenly found dead, questions arise and the past is examined with a painfully raw process of psychological unraveling to find the truth. Seeking redemption and salvation are high on the list for this complex set of emotions and situations.
Author Corrine Ardoin has crafted a beautifully complex tale of affairs, secrets, family dramas, losses, and lies, and one which any fan of contemporary drama will be sure to adore from cover to cover. The literary style of the work gives it a more sedate pace, but with this comes a much deeper exploration of the psyche and emotional state of the characters which is really intense and rewarding to read. Tucker and Forty were favorites of mine and I was very interested in their dynamic as the tale progressed, but every central character has a chance to shine. The plot handles time jumps and the complexities between past and present really well, and overall Fathers of Edenville is a highly accomplished work. I would certainly recommend it and the author to literary fiction fans everywhere.