We had all experienced that Eureka moment at some point. That time when the path (literal or figurative) looked clear, when we worked it all out. It may have been the result of an external situation or something internal.
Mine? Well, there were many. When I settled into a new life far from the old one and everything fit just fine. When I met my husband. That moment when we sat down to watch the 4th of July fireworks after a day of sightseeing (pictured above). Tired but happy. Small moments, when everything fell into place.
How This Pertains to the Story
In Stranger or Friend, Zoe Sinclair lives through difficult and painful experiences, especially toward the end of the book, but she has her Eureka moments as well.
One happens when the lawyer inside the woman is prompted into action, her understanding of what it takes to find the criminal so clear. Another is when she meets Sebastian whose smile, smooth as honey, would make him popular in any circle, and later she internalizes, was God trying to tell her she needed a man, this man, to force his way into the fortress that had become her life?
Love is a powerful force, as the author knows all too well.
And after having blamed herself for failures, she realizes She’d played a part in improving the world, but the world wasn’t her problem to figure out. Maybe another day.
Think about the time you knew exactly what you had to do and did it. At one point, Zoe Sinclair isn’t sure she’d make it through the night, but she has clarity of heart and mind. She finally understands. Despite the fact that these experiences aren’t world-changing events, the process sure feels the same. Eureka!