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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In Bristlecone Magic by Dennis De Rose, Jim Honeycutt sits beside a creek, contemplating his past. He is still haunted by the memory of losing his twin brother John so tragically. Jim cannot bear the thought of life without John, especially since it was his actions that caused the tragedy. Suddenly, something magical occurs which Jim cannot explain and as John's funeral is planned, the strange occurrences continue. As Jim struggles to come to terms with his grief, he begins a journey of self-enlightenment with the help of his family and the wider community. Jim realizes that to truly live, your life must have a worthwhile purpose. He begins to understand the difference that small acts of kindness and generosity can make to another person's life. As Jim heals and ensures his brother will always be remembered, he discovers that every action has a consequence. Positive actions towards others are rewarded and returned to you always if you pledge to do the right thing every day.
Bristlecone Magic by Dennis De Rose is such a comforting read and full of important moral lessons. I adored the beginning when Jim was recollecting the events that led to losing his beloved twin John. The author captured Jim's grief, guilt, and sadness perfectly. There are many emotional scenes throughout the novel, especially when Jim placed the purple pine cone in John's hand and said his goodbyes. The plot highlights the magical powers we all possess if we let go of our negative inner dialogue. The events in this novel demonstrate that everything happens for a reason; even negative situations are there to teach us valuable lessons. The community spirit throughout the story was extremely heartwarming and shows what can be accomplished by working as a collective. I loved the scenes which showed the power of gratitude and the importance of generosity to others. The telescope scene also highlighted the law of attraction beautifully. The relationship between Jim and Julie was so loving and supportive and this developed perfectly as the plot progressed. Every character was created with a great deal of care and consideration and the dialogue exchanges between them were amazing. This is a wonderful story of hope, positivity, and optimism.