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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Storm of Joy by Sherri Sengsouvanna is a powerful, symbolic, and spiritual story that will inspire both young and old, a well-crafted story with colorful and adorable illustrations. It’s a story of love, loss, and redemption. The Queen of Danshan has magical powers. She heals people, plants, and animals, and she inspires joy wherever she goes. She has a son, the handsome but mischievous Prince, the object of her affections, but when the Prince dies in an unprecedented accident, a deadly pallor descends on her and she loses touch with her power to heal. Ironically, she pines with the desire to hear her son, the Prince, or at least to know that he is well wherever he is. Little does she know that her precious Prince has never left her, even for a moment. He only needs her permission to bring back the light in her life and she gives this permission in a very unusual way.
Laced with powerful lessons like “Love never dies,” a statement that is brilliantly inserted in the dedication of this work, the book reminds me of the immortal words of the poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson, “The dead are not dead but alive.” Sherri Sengsouvanna writes beautifully on a very intimate and existential theme: loss! Her writing will resonate with many readers. I loved the endearing message that we can open our hearts to love, that love heals. This book will encourage people traversing a painful experience of loss to discover the light and joy that come from love. The dead are not dead, they are part of us, they are part of our journey, and are the source of our healing only when we accept the reality and open our hearts to love. Such seems to be the message of Storm of Joy. Brilliant, warm, and beautiful.