Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 8 by Chautona Havig
Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.
Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.
When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.
From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.
In this episode, Chad wrestles with truths he’s not ready to acknowledge while Willow becomes a little better acquainted with both sets of grandparents, discovering things about each she wasn’t prepared to handle.
Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.
Released weekly as a serial novel.
Unlike last weeks, this one had me engaged from the start. Taking place just before Christmas its interesting how Chautona Havig addresses Willow’s isolation during the holidays. Her apparent naïveté to Christmas traditions is refreshing.
This episode addresses one of the “elephants in the room,” Willow’s grandparents. Their characterizations fall into the suspected coloring with their previous introduction to the reader. I’m shocked at the deceitfulness and depravity that doesn’t become known until the end of this episode. And yet I should have, I mean if you can raise a man to rape a woman, that’s an reflection on the people you are.
The drama and conflict in this episode is more subtle than in the previous ones and you know it’s about to rise to the fan. It’s also developing more branches of conflict as ones from previous episodes come to a close.
If you haven’t started reading this serial novel you really should. I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy taking the time to invest in a serial novel. As this is the first one I’ve ever read coming back to it is quickly becoming one of my sweet of the week.