It is about a traumatic time in the the author's life when she was 17 years-old, graduating high school early, juggling three part-time jobs, and trying to find herself.
In one part of the story, she had just finished her waitressing job at midnight. Exhausted, she focused on getting home and going to bed--as school started in a few hours.
As she went to her car, a guy friend suddenly appeared and invited her to go sand jumping.
He had brought her a large coffee (her favorite blend) and was charmingly persistent.
Eventually, she decided against sleep, and joined the boy and several others for sand skiing at an old gravel pit. It was the kind of thing that young people do--make quick and sometimes irrational decisions and find themselves playing under the stars.
She had told no one about her change in plans.
Anyway, this scene from Elisa's book reminded me of an aspect of the Brianna Maitland missing person case. Between guest blogger BobKat and I, we have probably written more than anyone on the Internet about Brianna's disappearance.
In sum about the case, the 17-year-old Maitland was seen leaving her job at a Vermont bed breakfast around midnight.
Early the next morning, she was scheduled to work at a second job, but did not show. Unknown that anything was wrong, her vehicle had been found abandoned less than a mile from the bed-and breakfast. It had been backed into a deserted farm house (depicted in the image below).
Brianna Maitland's Abandoned Vehicle (as photographed by a citizen)
Brianna has never been found.
So what does the excerpt from Bible Girl... have to do with a missing woman from Vermont?
Logically, one would think that Brianna would go straight home and get some sleep before starting her second job a few hours later; that she would contact her roommate or someone else if there was a change in plans.
I would--that is me thinking like an old guy.
But, perhaps a friend suddenly appeared with an appealing offer. Something that would not take long.
Brianna had lots of friends.
What is a few hours of lost sleep for a young person?
E.C. Stilson changed her mind and her plans. It is certainly possible that a spontaneous Brianna Maitland did the same.
Unfortunately, Brianna's case remains unsolved.
You can read more about the Brianna Maitland case by clicking here, or visit Elisa's blog, The Crazy Life of a Writing Mom, by going here.
NOTE: Just a reminder to readers regarding any of the books that I mention in my posts--I only review or discuss books that I have purchased and have read (or am reading).