A Visionary is someone who sees into the future; Taylor Forrestier sees into the past but only as it pertains to her work. Hailed by her peers as “a visionary with an instinct for beauty and an eye for the unique” Taylor is undoubtedly a brilliant architect and gifted designer. But she and twin brother Trevor share more than a successful business. The two share a childhood wrought with lies and deceit and the kind of abuse that’s disgustingly prevalent in today’s society. Can the love of God and the awesome healing power of His grace and mercy free the twins from their past and open their hearts to the good plan and the future He has for their lives?
Absolutely amazing writing!
I read The Visionary without benefit of any kind of blurb, so I had no idea what it was about when I started reading. Now I’ve decided I may do that more often. This book slammed me with a force I was totally unprepared for, and left me breathlessly turning pages, forced to keep reading until I knew more…and then more.
Trevor and Taylor’s mind-shattering secrets could destroy them. Only the twins' love for each other, the devotion and dedication of loyal friends, the prayers and counsel of a wise minister…and the perfect plan of God keep them sane, sober, and stubbornly determined to rise above their past and make a better future for themselves and each other.
Thibodeaux leads the reader through from the first page to the last without once relinquishing control. She hooks them, holds them, and keeps them enthralled until the last line. Having reached it, they’re saddened to know they must part company with the intricately developed and beautifully portrayed characters.
That said, this is not a storyline for the squeamish. The author grapples with troubling subject and handles it with the utmost grace and finesse. Child abuse in any form is horrifying; the kind depicted (without being graphic) in the pages of The Visionary is beyond the ability of a sane mind to understand. That children can survive such cruelty and manipulation and still grow up to be productive, caring, normal individuals is a tribute to the healing power of God. I salute this author for her expert handling of a difficult, heart-rending topic.
I can promise you this: The Visionary is not a book you’ll finish and forget. It will hold your attention while you hold it in your hand, and then haunt your mind long after you reach “the end.” My hat’s off to Pamela S. Thibodeaux… way to write a book!
Reviewed by Delia Latham @ 2011.