None So Blind
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: None So Blind
Author: Chautona Havig
Series: Sight Unseen
Major Themes: Marriage, Motherhood
Synopsis: When Dani Weeks wakes up one morning with no memory of the past, can she ever rebuild her life—and does she want to be the same person again?
I have a new favorite among Chautona Havig’s books. I read None So Blind over last weekend, and felt like my toes were being stepped on. That’s one thing I appreciate about a book, though—when I get a lot to think about from a story that pulls me in.
None So Blind is based on quite an interesting premise. Dani Weeks wakes up one morning and can’t remember anything. She has no idea what her name is, who the person looking at her in the mirror is, or who her husband and children are. She doesn’t recognize her home, and in terror she takes off running down the street. After a couple of weeks in the hospital, where the doctors can’t find anything wrong, she comes home and the Weeks family try to rebuild their lives. As Dani learns how to live again, she tries to discover who Dani Weeks was—and hates what she finds. Taking a new nickname, Ella is a completely different person. Will she learn to love the man who claims he married her? Can she learn to love her children again? Will she ever lose her memory again?
What I liked the most about None So Blind was the picture presented of two vastly different mothers—which one am I to my children? Which one should I be? Also, which wife am I to my husband? Which one should I be? There are two very different women described in this story—in one body. The juxtaposition is fascinating—as well as the transformation of a family and home. I also loved the views of marriage that are presented. At one point I was getting downright angry with some of the characters and the advice they were giving Ella. The Biblical view of marriage came through very clearly, as well as today’s prevailing attitudes—which viewpoint would Ella accept?
This is a wonderful story for wives and mothers to read, and I ought to reread it every so often.