In Resurrection in May, May Seymour was a young girl without direction. After graduating from college in Kentucky in 1993, and with no job offers in sight, she heads off to Rwanda to work with a mission. While she is there her village is attacked. She is tortured and left for dead, but she is miraculously found, and she is the lone survivor. May is sent back home, a woman forever changed, but the emotional scars run deep.
May ends up spending years on the farm of an elderly gentleman named Claudius Borne. The two met when she was still in college. He picked her up while she was walking home late one night; she was drunk and needed a ride. Claudius has taken May under his wings, now when she is so fragile. She is afraid to leave the farm --her safe haven. Little by little her life improves, and when she learns an old college boyfriend is a death row inmate refusing to appeal his sentence, she is hoping she can convince him to change his mind.
Without giving away spoilers, I'll just say that this book was not what I expected. I didn't realize that this book was in the Christian fiction genre --my fault. The writing was fine, the plot seemed a bit contrived. The plot touches on a variety of topics: genocide, death penalty, PTSD and even college drinking. With themes like faith, hope and redemption, The Resurrection in May is a book steeped in faith, and readers should be aware of that in advance.
RATING - 3/5 (review copy)