It was a strange feeling as the major events of her life whizzed by. Some were shown with actual scenes played out for dramatic effect while others simply told in the narrative. That took some of the power away from those life experiences. The book's a short story or short novella. I get that. But again, some dramatic moments were lost with Siccardi's decision to inform the reader via narrative through the flashbacks in the mind of Samantha. I guess I wanted more depth and Siccardi had enough material for a full-length book. Again, it's a novella that actually read like a memoir. I'm used to reading longer pieces. It wasn't dull that's for sure.
In the end, all roads lead to what happens to Samantha and her mother, who remained distant and critical of her daughter growing up. This relationship drove the story and reading it to the end will answer the question of what happens to them. The use of a few profane words wasn't necessary at all and jarred the reading for a moment.
Overall, I give Heaven Shining Through 3.5 stars but with no half star designations available I'll make it a three.