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About the Book
Book title: Will Not See
Author: Chautona Havig
Release date: August 29, 2017
Genre: Christian Fiction / contemporary / suspense (light)
When Vikki Jeffries wakes up in a Rockland hotel with no idea of who she is and why she can’t remember… well, anything, the Rockland medical community begins to take a closer look at what may have happened to cause a second case of inexplicable amnesia.
But for Vikki, this is more than a medical anomaly–it’s her life. What is she doing in Rockland, thousands of miles away from her home in Apache Junction, Arizona? Who is she? Why is no one looking for her? Or are they?
Will Not See: Not everything is as it seems.
About the Author
Author of the Amazon best-selling Aggie and Past Forward Series, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. With dozens of books to her name, Chautona spends most of her time writing, but when she takes the rare break, she can be found reading, sewing, paper crafting, or sleeping and dreaming of finishing the dozens of books swirling in her overly-active imagination at any given moment.
Good news! My husband Leon is much better now, and it is with much pleasure that I put forward my review.
Having read “None So Blind” by Chautona Havig, I just had to raise hand to read and review the second book in the “Sight Unseen” series, “Will Not See”.
I assumed that this book would be a continuation of Ella (Dani) and David’s journey. That would have been lovely, however “Will Not See” is the best of both worlds, so to speak.
In this brilliant book, we are introduced to Vikki, Brandon, Tammy, and some other not quite so desirable characters. Ella and David also feature in this suspenseful story.
Both Vikki and Ella have inexplicable amnesia, so they have similar but different problems. Ella realized that she wasn’t happy with the person she was, and strived to reinvent herself, causing a plethora of ramifications for herself and those who loved her. Vikki, on the other hand, was terrified to learn too much about her past, being certain that she had good reason to be afraid of what she may find. Ironically, she was aided by a journal which surfaced, carrying with it sensitive details of her early past. Although painful to read, it was also therapeutic. Her dear friend Brandon also played an enormous part in bringing back the Tori he knew. In fact, he was a vital instrument.
I relate to Vikki (Victoria) on many levels and understand her completely, nevertheless, Ella is the woman I aspire to.
Chautona writes with a gentle and faithful style, her characters being well rounded and credible. I feel what her characters are feeling at every twist and turn. I love reading her ‘suspense novels’, which always contain adequate amounts of psychological confusion and lashings of clever wit.
I did find the dialogue difficult to follow in places, however in terms of keeping the reader glued to the page … “Chautona, you have nailed it once again!”
Both books in this series so far, have kept me consumed as a reader with their mindful suspense and captivating style. I cannot wait to read the third book in this series “Ties that Blind”. Not every loose end has been tied into a neat bow, the conclusion is quite a way off with all kinds of revelations, I am willing to bet. Wow, what a story! You’ll really want to read all three books, and any more if Chautona writes them.
I received an ARC from the author via CelebrateLit, which I happily read being under no obligation to provide a positive review. I have not been paid for this review.
Guest Post from Chautona Havig
The circle of death swirls on the screen and it shifts. The bank balance appears, and with it, my heart sinks. It’s been a tough few months, financially. The bottom line proves it.
My reaction? Inhale. Exhale. “Okay, now we know the worst. We can do something about it.”
My husband, on the other hand, suffers a definite blow. Kevin might not sleep that night. Instead, he’ll mull over what we could have done differently, how we can make changes if he’s a failure at this thing called life. He’ll pray—for hours.
They say ignorance is bliss. And sometimes, that’s true. It’s also a personality thing, I think. I tend to be a “let me have your worst” kind of gal. But when the negative arrives, I also tend to want to shield Kevin from it all. I don’t know how he can worry so much. He can’t fathom how I can turn it off.
But sometimes those personality things go deeper—into what can be serious faults. It has been said,
“There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”
Or, in the words of Jeremiah,
“Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear.”
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH NOT SEEING?
As I work on the Sight Unseen series, one recurring theme happens, of course. Memory loss—the removal of all insight into one’s past. You can hear who you were, be informed of what you did and why others think you did it, but you can’t know your own self the way you once did. It’s a fresh slate, and it can be a good thing in some respects.
Those around you can now see the difference between habits and personality traits—true dislikes and those conditioned by life. What might have been a fear once could be gone if the cause of that fear is blotted out.
But even for these fictional characters, truth doesn’t change. In None So Blind, Ella takes her memory loss and uses it as an opportunity to reinvent herself, if you will.
And you know what? If you asked her family about it, they’d tell you that it fits her personality. That take-charge gotta get ’er done attitude Dani may have used in different ways, but both “manifestations” of the woman had those qualities. Sure, Ella’s was tempered by recent experience, but not much.
VIKKI JEFFRIES, IS ALMOST THE ANTITHESIS OF ELLA IN THAT RESPECT.
The past is in the past. It scares her. Is it because she doesn’t know it? Because she’s frightened by the unknown? We don’t know. But what we do know is anything associated with that past, even the few very personal items she finds, she rejects. It’s as if ignorance of them will protect her from them. Where Ella runs to face her problems, Vikki runs from them.
But despite those differences, I find it interesting that both women did the same thing, basically—just at different times.
Before her “episode,” Ella chose to blind herself to her faults. She knew them. Lived with them daily, but couldn’t face or address them. So, she “refused to see.”
Vikki—we don’t know. But I think the story shows that she couldn’t blind herself to the truth before her episode. As much as she might have ached to, she just couldn’t. Now that the opportunity is here, however, she grasps it and if she insists on squeezing her eyes shut indefinitely, it may cost her everything—her life. Her soul.
PHILIPPIANS 4:8, “…WHATEVER IS TRUE.”
They say ignorance is bliss. Well, “they” also say, “Truth hurts.” And sometimes it does. But so do the consequences of that ignorance. I guess the next time the bank balance dips low, I won’t be handling the fallout alone. Then again, one can always pray that it doesn’t dip low! I think we’ll start there.
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