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Reviewed by Tina Gibbons for Readers' Favorite
Yellow Pansies in a Blue Cobalt Jar by Nancy LaPonzina brings Rhose Guerin's life to the page. A bibliotherapist, Rhose uses books, movies, poetry, anything with words really, as tools in her private practice. At an age between where her daughter's and mother's lives are, she reflects about where she is in her career and decides she wants to move forward while there is still time. Taking an advanced credentialing course far away from her home in Raleigh, N.C., she encounters a man from her past, discovers a secret from her mother's, deals with relationship and business problems that her daughter encounters, and has to contemplate what will become of her marriage. How can she focus on her studies and achieve her goals when she is so distracted?
Nancy LaPonzina does a lovely job describing the thoughts, concerns, and feelings of someone at the age where retirement may be near, whose parents are aging and are in need of care, and whose children are taking flight in a life of their own. Yellow Pansies in a Blue Cobalt Jar is an emotional journey and Rhose, who is a strong, smart, and independent character, still has self doubts. There is always room for change, and even after a lifetime you may still question the choices you've made. Sometimes, you find out the path you took was the right one after all. The family unit, the mother/daughter, sister/sister, and husband/wife relationships were an intricate force, and kept me involved in this wonderful story.