Anchors of the Soul: A Novel

Anchors of the Soul: A Novel

by Carol Egmont St John


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Told from two perspectives, the new novel by Carol Egmont St. John, Anchors of the Soul, (now available through 1stBooks) is a tale of secrets, lust and intrigue, where life can be seen on a purely physical plane or as a series of magical events.
"Call it witchcraft, call it superstition, call it holy, when belief is present, all things are possible," St. John says.

Anchors of the Soul revolves around the lives of Gwen Townsend and Serena Tesorerio. They have been neighbors, loved the same men, but never met. When they do, their outlooks are dramatically changed.
Serena is the young, brainy, passionate daughter of a New England fisherman named Whitey. Most of her life has been spent on the sea where she escaped many of the predictable problems of a more traditional life.
Gwen has lived a life of privilege but now faces the realities of loss and middle age. She is a disciplined person who worked hard to be the quintessential mother, wife and daughter. Shocked by the disappearance of her husband, and paralyzed emotionally, she meets Serena and slowly falls under her spell. A tenuous relationship evolves despite the disparity between their social status, age and experience. 

St. John transports her readers to Granite Shores, Mass, Key West, Fla, Washington, D.C. and post-revolutionary Nicaragua, as the women's adventures take them down roads leading to broader perspectives.
An overt artist and covert poet, St. John discovered that her paintings and her poetry drew upon the same metaphors.  It was then she decided to compile a book of poems, homilies and paintings to demonstrate her creative process.  The result was her first book, Taproots; Where Ideas are Born (Twin Lights Publishers, 1999, Gloucester, MA).

Anchors of the Soul is St. John's first novel. It draws upon her experiences as a painter on the North Shore of Massachusetts and her work with Habitat for Humanity in the Nicaraguan hillsides.

The mother of two girls and a stepmother to two more, St. John is naturally invested in women's issues. Currently, St. John runs a winter art gallery in Tubac, AZ, where she writes and paints daily. Summer happily returns her to her other self in New England.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410716583
Publisher: Author Solutions Inc
Publication date: 05/28/2003
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Anchors of the Soul: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The struggle between the younger woman, Serena and the older woman, Gwen took many twists and turns. Each of them keeping secrets. Many families face these sam decisions of keeping family trusts. You see yourself in Serena- strong and bold with no boundaries. And then again in Gwen-broken then reborn with a real lust for life again. You cry with Gwen as she tries to bring back some sense of reality to her mother. Carol st John is truly an inspiration to us all as a gifted artist and writer of this inspring novel. Her spirit shines through. A true Goddess!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A master at storytelling-in her paintings, poetry and now, her fiction. When St.John wrote about Gwen, I was she; switching to Serena, so unalike Gwen, I was she too. The settings added much to the flavor. Twice, I could not put this down nor can you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
St. John has written a good, long fascinating read deep enough to remember, and written so smoothly as to make the reading a real pleasure. The characters are well drawn, the locale is presented expertly, and it has the many layers of a good novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Filled with powerful imagery, this novel takes you on a journey from the rocky shores of New England to the heart of Nicaragua and back again. It weaves seamlessly between the past and the present and between the thoughts and actions of two very different women who both love the same man and who begin an unusual sort of friendship when he disappears. This book has a fascinating plot with equally fascinating characters who grow and evolve as 'life happens'. St. John keeps you guessing up until the end.