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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Milk and Honey Land: A Story of Grief, Grace, and Goats by J. M. Huxley is a story of faith, loss, hardships, and finding hope once again. Divided into four parts, the story follows the journey of Janet Huxley, the author, as she retells her life’s story. Living in San Diego, she was aware of the PSA 727 plane crash tragedy, but Janet did not expect to lose her father in an airline crash. Her life changed forever. From having nightmares to feeling adrift, Janet was not ready to live a life where her beloved father was not part of her story anymore. Soon after, she lost more people in airline-related incidents and that made Janet feel more removed from reality. Losing faith, Janet was moving away from God before she knew it. But when things got too bleak, she felt closer to her spirituality and learned that hardships are just a way to feel closer to God.
Acceptance has a way of healing all wounds, and that rang true for Janet Huxley. I am so glad that she chose to share her story. Not many people have been in a similar situation, so this book can be a comfort for those who are grieving or have lost someone in a situation like this. The narrative was nostalgic and melancholic. The author talked about her father with so much pain, love, and appreciation that my heart ached just from reading it. The narrative felt like a conversation. I felt as if the author was sitting right in front of me and narrating her story. While the themes of religion, finding God, and exploring spirituality were very prominent, the themes of hope, rising above, and personal growth were also there. I would highly recommend Milk and Honey Land: A Story of Grief, Grace, and Goats to everyone.