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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Setting in Roots is the first part of a series by Dymphna. Trixie easily gets annoyed, bored, worried, and within her heart is the ache for adventure, for freedom. She lives with Mr. Jim, who brought her to Wicker Soul in Colorado. He is a caring man who is the father figure she never had, but she wants more from life — adventure, freedom to live on her terms. When she runs away and goes to the northern spring, everything changes when she meets someone who will leave her altered, disgraced, and broken. But can she ever become whole again?
Setting in Roots is a beautiful story with powerful lessons and characters that are rock-solid, genuinely flawed, and realistic. The protagonist is a broken soul, a girl with a secret longing for a love she has never had, and it is a pain that will accompany her just like it accompanies every orphan. Wallace is the kind of character that I detested, a man who preys on the vulnerable to please himself, and he is well-written. He offers Trixie love tied in a ribbon and blessed with good intentions, but he cannot fill the void she feels within, the longing for a love that is asexual, with intimate caresses of the soul so, he finally does something that leaves her hurt. The writing is gorgeous and the point of view expertly written, with Trixie’s unique and humorous way of looking at life dominating the narrative. I enjoyed the terrific descriptions. Setting in Roots by Dymphna is an emotionally and psychologically rich story with strong religious themes, excellent prose, and characters that are unforgettable. It is deeply moving and utterly engaging.