I really enjoyed reading The Thing with Feathers by Anne Sweazy-Kulju. This story starts off in the 1920s and is about the lives of Blair Bowman and Will Marshall. Blair has been abused by her father since she was a little girl. Will decides to sacrifice his own happiness in order to rescue Blair from him. The story then follows them through the years and the hardships that they both suffer.
The Thing with Feathers is made up of all the good stuff that keeps the reader from putting it down. I like that Sweazy-Kulju did not write a fairytale. In this story there is incest, secrets, and never ending drama. This is what makes the story believable, because it is eerily similar to real life. The story did not end the way I expected, but I rather like not being able to guess what happens in a book. The character of Will is a hero in my eyes and I cannot imagine anyone these days ever sacrificing their own happiness to save a stranger. I honestly felt Will’s pain throughout the book. Although it was Will's choice in helping Blair, the story makes the saying “No good deed goes unpunished” stand out.
The main message that I got from this awesome book was that if you care for someone, then let them know today. Tomorrow may be too late. This story made me appreciate my family more. I think Anne Sweazy-Kulju did a great job. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.