The Pelican

Because life is about living…

Julia has never been one to surrender without a fight, but when she receives a devastating diagnosis, she has a decision to make.

Even after thirty years, she can still see her mother slowly fading away with every dose of chemo, every round of radiation, and every lost shred of hope. No, she won’t do it… not to her family… and not to herself!

Without warning, she packs up her belongings and disappears, leaving behind a life that, by all accounts, had been as perfect as they come, and a distraught family full of questions.

Finding peace in a beach house in Northern California turns out to have its complications though. While only a handful of other residents share the tiny beach community, each one has brought their own baggage and developed their own way of dealing with it. All Julia wants is to be left alone, but that simply does not seem to be an option, especially when there’s a persistent bird that declares her to be his new best friend.

Haunted by the shadows of the past, Julia is struggling to cope with the present. Will she have the strength to do this alone and eventually follow through with her plan? Will her family, divided by mixed reactions to being abandoned, come together to try and track her down? And what is the deal with that pelican of hers?

Only time will tell – and time is the one thing Julia does not have…

Review The Pelican by Fany Van Hemelen:
The Pelican is deeply moving and when I start reading I couldn’t put it down anymore. It’s a beautifully written and thought provoking novel. Everybody, perhaps, may have to deal with this gravity by yourself or your beloved ones.

Julia has a happy life. She is for already twenty-seven years together with the love of her life and they have two children. Their family is filled with love and compassion, but one day Julia’s struggle begins. Her only answer to cope with the pain of the horrible news is running away. Just her best friend Rachel has been her companion in this fight at a beautiful place at the ocean in North California.

At the start it looks selfish and cruel that Julia is determined to disappear. When I read further in the tale I truly believe this sad decision is indeed a very bold action. Julia can’t beare the fact that her beloved ones, just like she did in the past, have to watch their lovely family fading away. So, she is going to get through this stuff alone. Of course you can ask yourself what’s the hardest thing to cope with when your her family? Is it not knowing why she left and grieving for the past or is it knowing the truth and saying goodbye to the one you adore? In fact, this book made me think about the difficult path Julia choose to follow. I don’t know what’s the best to do and I hope I never have to struggle with such a big question. The Pelican is a fiction novel, but it is written so delicate and realistic that it could be true. I am sure the author has thought about real events when writing this book.

Nevertheless, life always has surprises and unexpected things. In this peaceful place Julia finds new friends to conquer her diagnosis with. In the beginning she is trying to push them away, but soon she will discover kindness is everywhere. Her friends have their own baggage and every person has his story and in fact, not every friend is human after all. Is it possible Julia has a guardian angel to guide her? Will Julia cope with her illness alone or will her family accompany her?

I can tell you, when you open this book you just want to read the end and just, like me you will get emotionally touched by the vivid characters and their struggles.
A thoughtful book about saying goodbye, dealing with pain and grief and about true friendship and love.

M. Naidoo
Born and raised in Germany, M.Naidoo lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs. One of them, Dusty, a spunky terrier mix, found its way into her debut novel.
When she is not in front of her computer, pounding out storylines and characters, she enjoys reading, movies, spending time with her family, and long walks on the beach – her proverbial ‘happy place’. M’s love for the beach and ocean shine through in the vivid descriptions of the coast in The Pelican.

“Juggling my life as a writer and a full-time ‘real’ job has its challenges. I don’t get to spend half as much time as I’d like doing what I love, and there are never enough hours in the day. Still, I feel extremely lucky to be following my passion, and I am enjoying every minute of it. Getting here has been one heck of a ride!”

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Titel: The Pelican | Auteur: M. Naidoo | Uitgeverij: Kaedin Press | Categorie: Literaire romans | Uitvoering: E-book | pagina’s | ISBN13: | Verkrijgbaar sinds: 2018 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 15-04-2019 | Prijs: €1,99  | Bestellen