(A novel by Chautona Havig)
Cassie Wren is a thrifter extraordinaire, a convenience queen, and a legal assistant. She was the kind of girl who used paper and plastic everything — forks, knives, spoons, cups, towels, napkins, etc. — “to save water, since I’m rarely home”, she would say.
That notion was challenged while shopping with her friend Lauren, for the coming new year. Lauren had tried to convince Cassie to at least cut back a little on her dependence on all things not-eco-friendly. “You’re filling up the landfills”, Lauren had told her friend, but Cassie said landfills exist to be filled.
One time, Lauren looked at Cassie’s cart and told her, “Do you realize you’ve got over a hundred dollars of stuff in there — a hundred dollars of stuff you are going to send to the landfill? Why don’t you just skip the party and toss the cash in the trash?” (The Vintage Wren, January. Pg.8)
Cassie’s response? — That cost is worth my time!
When Lauren told her, “You wouldn’t make it a ye—week living green. You probably wouldn’t even know where to start”, (The Vintage Wren, January. Pg.10) Cassie thought —
She started to say year. Year! She wouldn’t even downgrade to month. No! She doesn’t think I can make it a week. I’m soooo tempted to do it and prove her wrong. So tempted. (The Vintage Wren, January. Pg.12)
Lauren’s statement felt like a challenge Cassie was willing to accept. And she did.
It can’t be that hard, right? Just cut back on paper and plastic. Plus, what better way to usher in the new year than by making this sound resolution?
The Vintage Wren is a serial novel released in fifty-two episodes, each episode documenting Cassie’s journey as she took on the challenge of living green for one year.
Each month is released separately as a full length novel.
In The Vintage Wren: January, Cassie quickly finds out that the challenge was harder than she thought — there’s paper and plastic everywhere. Everything came wrapped in them. Water. Groceries. Even restaurant food.
The book is easy to read, with relatable characters. If living green is something you’re interested in, you would come across ideas on simple ways to live more eco-friendly.
Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. She uses story to point her readers to God, the Master Storyteller.
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I received this book free from the author for this review.