Review of The Ascension of Mary

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Review of The Ascension of Mary

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Ascension of Mary" by William West.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Jonah Culpepper is an old black man who sits on his porch waiting for his dead wife, Esther, to come and get him because he is all alone. When tragedy struck his perfect life, Jonah gave up all hope and quit playing the piano. He is filled with guilt thinking he failed to protect his beloved family. Fourteen-year-old Mary and her single mother, Rachel, moved from California to the Village of Oak Park, west of Chicago, into Rachel's parents' house. Mary thinks a ghost lives in her bedroom, but her mother tells her it is the faulty light in her room. One day she sketches a face she dreams about, and her mother tells her it is the face of the father she never knew. Mary is scared because she doesn't know if the ghost wants to hurt her or not. Rachel warns Mary that the house across the street is evil. Is there a connection between Jonah, Mary, and Rachel? Why did Rachel move back home? Does a ghost haunt Mary's bedroom? What is dangerous about the house across the street?

The Ascension of Mary by William West has many positive aspects. This book has many lessons that we can all learn to make this world a better place without racism. The lesson I felt most relevant in today's world was "Politeness is not a characteristic of race." Regardless of your race, I agree that politeness is a choice we each make. Each chapter is written in the first tense and is devoted to Jonah, Mary, or Rachel. The plot flows smoothly through the book's three parts: “Apparitions,” “Miracles,” and “Revelations.”

Although the book involves racism, child molestation, hatred, and guilt, there was nothing I disliked. William West did a fantastic job of explaining how these topics affected the individuals involved. For example, he describes how hate destroys people and changes them. People who hate cannot find a way out of their misery and tend to lose hope and blame others for their unhappiness.

There are only two minor errors in this well-written book. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense I encountered throughout the book. I have no reason to give this book less than 4 out of 4 stars.

Adult readers who enjoy reading mysteries or crime thrillers involving ghosts are the best audience for this book. I do not recommend this book to sensitive readers triggered by racism, child abuse, violence, hatred, or borderline profanity. The sexual content is implied and non-descriptive.

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Post by Raymond N »

This story sounds spooky. Maybe, there could be a connection between all three of them, but how's that even possible? I'm interested in finding out
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Given the plot and the themes, I'm really interested to explore this book. I'm curious to find out about a lot of things! Definitely going to add on my shelf, thanks for the recommendation.😄
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The non-spoiler review of this book definitely invokes curiosity in my mind for knowing the logical end of the story. Would surely go through the book one day.
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Given the plot and review, I definitely want to read this to find out the connection Mary, Rachel and Jonah has.
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[bco=][quote] :cry: :P [bco=][bn=][/bn][/bco][/quote][/bco]touching story but mary don't have to be afraid just believe in herself
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Curious to know if Mary's room is haunted. Thank you for this awesome review.
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NwakorVian wrote: 05 Jan 2022, 12:01 Given the plot and review, I definitely want to read this to find out the connection Mary, Rachel and Jonah has.
From the review, the plot seems catchy. I hope you have a fantastic time reading
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nwachukwu raymond wrote: 05 Jan 2022, 03:43 This story sounds spooky. Maybe, there could be a connection between all three of them, but how's that even possible? I'm interested in finding out
I believe there is a connection among three of them.
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I believe that the world would be better off without racism. Thank you for your review
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Post by Edem Michael »

The book seems to have many positive aspect according to the review. The ascension involves Jonah and Mary, a fourteen-year-old girl. Mary is experiencing a weird thing, and I'd love to know if she survived it. Good review.
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Interesting storyline. Lovers of mysteries and crime thrillers will have a great time reading this one. Great review.
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