Thursday, September 7, 2017

Interesting Story -- Will Not See

Will Not See-smAt the time I decided to read and review Chautona Havig's Will Not See, I didn't catch that it was the second book in a series.  Thankfully, she worked in enough of the story from the first book, None So Blind, to make sense of what was going on . . . but also sparked an interest in wanting to go back and pick up that story as well.

Chautona has an interesting style to her stories, something that I can't really identify, but that makes her writing stand out in kind of a "quirky" way.  She enables you to jump right into the middle of her characters' lives, as though you had already met them, and then fills you in on necessary details of their background.

Vikki's story, and the continuation of Ella's story, are definitely intriguing and keep the interest level high.  The other characters in their lives certainly added important elements to their stories as well.  I have to admit that I had some trouble keeping up with some of the "bad guys" and "potential bad guys" -- who was "in charge," how they fit together, etc.  And there were occasional elements that seemed a little choppy and not fitting into a smooth flow of the story.  Of course, the overall story of Vikki's life was definitely not one that fit any kind of smooth flow anyway!

Overall this was an enjoyable story that held my interest pretty well.  And then there is that tricky ending to the story that practically compels you to go into a waiting pattern for the next book.  How in the world will all this work out in the end?

Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of this book.  I am happy to share my own thoughts for this review.

About the Book

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

media-headshotAuthor of the Amazon bestselling 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

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 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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To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize of the None So Blind Paperback,
the Will Not See Paperback, a Journaling Bible (Choice of KJV or NLT), Prismacolor Pencils,
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  1. Great review!I enjoyed the book to but agree about the somewhat choppy areas. Can't wait for book 3.

  2. Sounds like there is suspense involved!

  3. I'm sorry the choppy bits were frustrating, but I'm actually quite excited to see a couple of people mention them, because if they're the ones I intended to happen, then I did my job. When it came to the bad guys, I wanted it to feel a bit disconnected--almost as it would to Vikki to give a sense of what she experiences with it. It may not have worked well but I tried.

    And you described my intent for introducing characters exactly how I mean it to be. I don't enjoy reading openings of books that read like dossiers or personal ads. I want to get to know the character as I go along. That other information that comes later is usually more interesting, so I go with that. :) Glad you enjoyed it (mostly)!!! :D