Review – Faith
Faith is an exceedingly personal thing, and not just for us real people. It is for characters, as well.
This story was written in response to a week-long series of seven prompts. I had wanted to explore Declan and his later life and his conversion to Judaism, and then when the first prompt was ‘in the beginning’, the telling became easier and almost imperative.
I firmly believe that ‘Faith of the Heart‘ means all faiths (even questioning and the absence of same), and also all hearts. This story brings those two ideas together.
Declan Reed‘s conversion to Judaism, and his relationship with Rebecca Shapiro, are explored in depth. Along the way, I also touched on his relationship with Norri Digiorno, Joss Beckett and Jia Sulu, Neil Digiorno-Madden and Ines Ramirez, Marie Patrice Beckett, and Tommy Digiorno-Madden.
Declan asks for advice, he learns Hebrew, and he eventually participates in the rituals of conversion. He spends time with the family and with Rebecca, who shows that she is just as ready, willing, and able to commit as he is. He even contacts his nasty ex-wife, Louise Schiller to tell her that he’s remarrying. A glimpse at Louise reveals a selfish, self-centered individual. In many ways, Louise is Pamela Hudson but without a heart.
The story is rated K.
I like how the rather disparate prompts were able to come together into a whole. I learned a bit about Louise Schiller, too, who I had only shown as a child before, in Saturn Rise. The story gave me the opportunity to see her more clearly, too.
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