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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
The Clay Remembers by Sharon K. Miller is the first novel in The Clay Series. Anna Robinson has a strong connection to the past. While at college studying archaeology, she meets Foster, a well-to-do man studying the same subject. They marry, Anna feeling very spoiled by the lifestyle Foster can offer. However, all is not as it seems. Her marriage is increasingly oppressive, with Foster controlling her life completely and not allowing her to practice her skill. In fact, he is violent, subjecting her to physical and sexual abuse if she defies him in any way. Fearing for her safety, Anna flees, travelling to Tucson, Arizona, and taking a job with an archaeology company working on a dig site in the desert. She meets new friends, including a forensic anthropologist, Nick. Filing for divorce, Anna cannot shake the nagging feeling Foster will hunt her down and seek retribution for disobeying him.
A beautifully composed novel, The Clay Remembers was a pleasure to read and review. Ms. Miller has done a great deal of historical research on a unique topic, all the while weaving together a fictional story surrounding it. I loved the romantic undertones as Anna learns to accept others into her life. I felt the friends around her really empowered her to stand firm in her decision to leave Foster. I felt pride when she stood up to him. I also enjoyed the historical aspects of the novel. I feel that learning about the people of the past is just as important as learning about greater historical events. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. The author should be immensely proud of this work of art.