Book Review: Vignettes of Life, Love and the Search for Happiness

Literary Book Review


Shaking Out The Dead 

By K.M. Cholewa



 K.M. Cholewa shares a fantastic look into everyday lives of a charming cast of characters. They are in search of love, companionship, and the ever elusive happiness.

 This debut novel is deep in philosophical musings and a treatise of dealing with grief and imminent death. There is a plethora of themes and it would be remiss if it didn’t include searching for the meaning of their existences. While intensely dark moments pull the reader into empathy for the characters the over arching theme is neither negative nor depressing. Cholewa handles these subject matters as if she were well experienced with numerous novels under her pen. It is truly one of those novels that stays with you after you’ve put the book down. The characters will haunt your thoughts as you reflect on the journey they take.

 This novel is not meant to be devoured in a day, but to be savored as if on the journey along with the characters. It is thought provoking and tear inducing within the whole gamut of emotions; laughter, sadness, wonderment. You might even get mad wanting two of them to act instead of hiding behind fear and shocked by the audacity of others.

 You will become so entrenched in the minds of the characters that while examining their actions and thought processes the reader will be pleasantly astonished while rooting for a hopeful outcome.

 The ending is not to be missed, in the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel; this too has an unexpected light.

 I highly recommend this novel to anyone daring to meet this wonderful cast of characters and fall into their world that is as rich as the real one we live in.

It is available now for pre order for the release date of 

To learn about this author visit her page at:




FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title by Story Plant for review purposes only, no other compensation was awarded.




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