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Review: Closed Doors by Lisa O’Donnell

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (May 20, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 006227189X
  • Source: Publisher

Eleven-year-old Michael Murray lives on a small Scottish island, a community so small that there are no secrets. His mother and grandmother are often found sitting at the kitchen table, gossiping about one person or another. Believing Michael too young to listen in, they banish him from the kitchen. Little do they know, he can often be found on the other side of the kitchen door, listening in.

When something devastating happens to his family, they attempt to protect him from knowing the truth.  Yet it isn’t after too many opportunities spent eavesdropping that Michael is able to uncover what really transpired. Questioning why his family has remained silent, even after others are affected, Michael is desperate to uncover the root of the event that has forever transformed his family.

Told by Michael’s point of view, readers experience this harrowing situation through his innocent, yet perceptive, eyes. That’s what makes this novel stand out, for it so honestly captures Michael’s interpretation of the actions that transpire to alter his family.  Intermixed with the main storyline are subplots involving Michael’s trials and tribulations as a prepubescent young man, including discovering and understanding the changes in his own body.

While the premise may lead you to believe this is a thriller, while it has some of the characteristics it is more of a coming of age, for we watch as Michael loses a bit of his own innocence in discovering the truth. At the beginning, he is quite naive but is slowly developed into an aware and cognizant young man. The pacing is slow, yet not drawn out, allowing readers to form a genuine connection with Michael and his family.

While it did take some time for me to become invested in Michael and his family, I ultimately found this book to be wholly rewarding and heartwarming. At its very core, it is an exploration of the value of love and family, despite of (and due to) harrowing and devastating situations. Recommended.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me the opportunity to review this title. Please be sure to check out the other stops along the way!

 

Lisa O’Donnell won the Orange Screenwriting Prize in 2000 for her screenplay The Wedding Gift. Her debut novel, The Death of Bees, was the winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize. She lives in Scotland.

Visit Lisa at her website, connect with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

Review: The Blessings by Elise Juska

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 6, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1455574031
  • Source: Publisher

The Blessings are a large, tightly-knit family.  Celebrations are large and grand like the family itself. When John Blessing, the oldest son, passes away at a young age, his death causes a rippling affect that alters the lives of each generation. While the family was able to deal with his father’s death months early, John’s death came far too soon and at far too young an age. Some family members, like his wife Lauren, found solace and comfort in the family.  Others, like his nephew, followed a darker path.  Despite the different courses each family member decides to take, the strength of their family continues to unite them.

Told in chapters alternating between the many family members, readers follow the Blessings family in the years following John’s death. The battles and obstacles they face are not easy, ranging from infertility to eating disorders and the slow decline of older family members. For this reason, readers from all walks of life will find a connection with this family.  They are flawed, far from perfect. We see them at their strongest moments and feel the urge to comfort them at their weakest. A genuine family, one that will have a lasting impression.

Initially, upon reading the novel’s synopsis, I feared the tone would be dreary and depressing. It was actually the opposite; the story that Juska creates in The Blessings is a heartwarming and uplifting. It reminded me my own family’s blessings, the ties that bind us together, the times we are drawn together in loss and in celebration. In the end, The Blessings lived up to it’s title. Upon reading the final chapters, I felt blessed to have met and experienced this fine family and reminded of the blessings within my own. Highly, highly recommended.

Review: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (April 1, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1616203218
  • Source: Publisher

A.J. Fikry is…to put it gently, a curmudgeon.  After his wife passes away, he discovers his life isn’t as he planned. The small independent bookstore the couple owned on the small island of Alice is suffering. It’s peak season is summer when vacationers visit the store to stock up on their beach reads. A.J. isn’t your typical bookseller, to say the least. He’s quite particular in the books he stocks, not taking risks by only shelving what he knows will sell.  His wife’s death has left him a bitter, angry man.

When his prized book, a rare collection of Poe stories, is stolen, A.J. doesn’t think his life could get any worse. Everything changes when an item of the most unusual sorts is left behind at his store.  This delivery changes A.J., giving him the inspiration and guidance to seek a more fulfilling, happy life.  Although the life he is now living is certainly not what he expected, it is more than he could have ever dreamed.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is a story meant to be read and cherished by lovers of books. Never could I have imagined the vast beauty contained within one book. It had me laughing one minute, crying the next. By the time I finished reading it, my heart was full with emotion and the satisfaction of reading a book so poignant and brilliant.

The characters Zevin creates are so genuine it’s hard to believe they aren’t real people. At the onset, I despised A.J.’s character. He was mean  and callous, uncaring about who he offended. At the end, however, he was transformed into such a tremendous character, one of my favorite fictional characters I have ever come across. As I finished reading, I wanted to plan a trip to Fikry’s bookstore and to meet the people who played such a big part in his life. While that’s an impossible notion for obvious reasons, I am comforted to know that I can reunite with them at will, simply by opening up the pages of this tremendous book.

I don’t know if I can think of an audience that would not appreciate The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. It is a book readers will devour and fall in love with, a book you will want to talk about with everyone around you. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is a book about second chances, love, redemption and the love of books. Highly, highly recommended!

The audiobook production of this title is narrated by one of my favorites, Scott Brick. Guess what I’m listening to next?! Listen to a sample here.

 

 

Review: The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (February 4, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0345535243
  • Source: Publisher

Eve Lattimore and her family live on a quiet, suburban street. From the outside, it seems as though they live a relatively normal life. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.  Her fourteen-year-old son, Tyler, lives with a rare disease that prevents him from going outside during the day. One stray ray of sun can cause his skin to breakout into painful blisters. Eve has spent Tyler’s entire live worrying about and caring for him. During the day, he’s held captive his disease, forced to live like a prisoner in his second-floor bedroom. He can’t attend school, for that would mean he would have to go outside during daylight hours.  Instead, he Skypes into his classrooms and participates remotely. The twilight hours are his salvation; it is the only time he is able to leave the confines of his home and venture outdoors.

Taking care of a child in this condition is far from easy. Her teen daughter, Melissa, is struggling. A teen herself, she is struggling with many of the things typical girls her age face. Unfortunately, as most of her parents’ attention is focused on her brother, she feels lost and alone in the world, often wishing that she had Tyler’s disease. Eve’s husband, David, works hundreds of miles away in DC, returning home only for the weekend.   It is on one rainy night, as Eve is driving to the airport to pick up her husband, that the unthinkable happens.  Eve looks down at a text and she hits something. She assumes it is a deer but when she ventures out into the rain she discovers the unthinkable.

Fearful of what will happen to her family if something happens to her, Eve keeps the incident a secret. What she has done hits close to home; her best friend Charlotte is the most affected.  Eve is so worried about protecting her family that she doesn’t seem to realize it is crumbling before her.

You know those perfect suburban neighborhoods that seem to perfect to be true? This is most definitely one of them.  During Tyler’s nighttime adventures, he is able to see the real, hidden side of his neighbors.  It is as if his neighbors think the darkness of night shadows their true behavior. As Tyler sees his world crumbling around him, he too takes actions to protect his family, actions that are only a temporary fix to the real damage that lies beneath.

I was in a bit of a reading funk before I starting reading The Deepest Secret. I began reading it on Sunday morning and the next thing I know, two hours had passed.  From page one, I was captivated by the storyline, completely mesmerized by the characters.  While this novel is over 400 pages, it certainly didn’t feel like it. I was transfixed; unable to tear myself away for even the briefest of moments.

The characters that Buckley creates are so real, so genuine, that readers will instantly connect with them. Those of us with children, with or without disabilities, will cling to Eve as she faces the unthinkable.  That’s not to say that I didn’t have some issues with Eve; she did make quite a few decisions that made me question her motives. Things would have gone a completely different direction had she been honest up front, but as a mother myself, I constantly found myself questioning if I would have done any different in Eve’s place.

The only issue I had with this novel is that it seemed to wrap up too quickly for me. It isn’t until the very end that the truth is revealed; the rest of the novel is spent following Eve as she evades the truth.  I would have preferred that more attention be given to the “after,” and I think many others would agree. I’d grown so close to the characters that the ending just wasn’t enough for me. I wanted more; I needed closure and to know what happened to the family.

All this said, I still do highly recommend this novel. It would be perfect for a book club discussion as it attacks quite a few themes that would generate a great deal of discussion.

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Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (February 11, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 006228553X
  • Source: Publisher

Bartholomew Neil has cared for his mother for the entire thirty-eight years of his life. When she passes away from cancer, he’s left with an emptiness in his life.  He has no concept of living on his own, free of obligation and co-dependence. Prior to her death, he finds a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere in his mother’s underwear drawer. His mother had a long-standing obsession with Gere, going so far as to call Bartholomew “Richard” in the days leading up to her death. Bartholomew feels that he has some sort of cosmic connection to Richard and begins writing a series of very personal, heartfelt letters, to Gere.  Bartholomew’s new lease on life is further hampered by mental and physical restrictions that tend to hold him back, a man who has lived a sheltered life now forced to deal with the world alone.

His only companions in life now are a struggling former priest, a “Girlbrarian” (the object of his crush) and her foul-mouthed brother. Together, the embark upon a journey that reveals to Bartholomew that he isn’t as hindered and dependent as he once thought. An adage his mother used “the good luck of right now” allows him to grasp the concept of embracing and accepting the life that has been dealt to you, and that any misfortune dealt to you may be a benefit to someone else.

Told in a series of letters to Richard Gere, The Good Luck of Right Now is an extremely heartfelt, heartwarming story rich with an equal measure of hope and humor. This is a book you should pick up and devour if you are having a particularly bad day, for its guaranteed that Bartholomew, and his naive yet hopeful outlook on life, will raise your spirits. This is a novel that will surprise you in its simple abundance and you will find yourself pausing as you read so that you may ponder the message relayed by Bartholomew and his quirky companions on his journey to a new life. Highly, highly recommended!

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Review: The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (November 5, 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062206459
  • Source: Publisher

Rain and her husband, TJ, a popular high school teacher, are struggling with infertility.  Each month Rain if faced with defeat at the news she isn’t pregnant.   She thought that this was going to be the most difficult challenge she and TJ would face together. She was wrong.

Seventeen-year-old Morgan Monetti has always been the daughter her mother, Dinah, could count on. She was an excellent student with plans to go away to college the following year.  Then it happened: an affair began between Morgan and her history teacher, Mr. Hill. When her secret was revealed, Morgan never let her parents believe that she had been taken advantage of or exploited. She knew what they were doing was wrong and assumed that since she was so close to her eighteenth birthday they could get away with it. Never did she believe that Mr. Hill would get in trouble for their indiscretions.  Her feelings were so strong that she did the unthinkable come the trial date. Rather than sit alongside her parents, she sat behind the man she loved.

Told from the perspectives of Rain, Morgan, and her mother, Dinah, The Whole Golden World brings to light a whole range of issues, from marriage and deceit, motherhood and consent.  The stories each of these women tell is remarkable. Rain, shocked at the news of the accusations against her husband immediately defends him despite the accumulating evidence. Morgan refused to be a victim, standing tall behind her feelings and responsibility to tell the truth. Dinah, so full of hope for her daughter, just wanting to protect her and give her the life she thinks she deserves. The reader follows each of these women as they juggle what is best for them and those around them.

This novel is much more than its summary suggests. It goes far beyond the story of a teacher/student affair. It goes to the very core of how we, as women, are portrayed. How we are expected to respond to certain situations, and how it is imperative that we stand up for what we believe in.  That’s not to say that these characters don’t have faults for they most certainly do.  I am certain readers will have very strong opinions about each of the characters. I, personally, found my opinion changing as the story played out and we saw the true face of the characters.

Riggle faces a truly difficult subject matter and proves that, in some cases, the guilty party isn’t obvious. In cases like this, we most often assume that the teacher is the perpetrator, the individual pursuing the student. But what if that isn’t the case? What if the lines of guilt are vague and wavering? While this topic matter is emotional and difficult to face, Riggle does it with an intensity and respect not seen before in other books like it.  It’s obvious that she developed each of her characters with an intense amount of thought, patience, and consideration. She illustrates that it only takes a single lapse in judgement, one single moment in time, to forever alter one’s life and those around them.

Since there are so many topics of discussion in this novel, I highly recommend it to book clubs. After reading it, you will want to discuss it with others. This is a book that still has me thinking, long after I finished read it. Highly, highly recommended.

 

Review: Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (July 9, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0062224840
  • Source: Publisher

Holly is a thirty-two year old widow. After her husband’s death, food was her only source of comfort. She didn’t plan on getting as large but without anyone to stop her, she frequently binge-eats rather than dealing with her loss. Logan Montgomery is a professional trainer catering to many of the big name athletes. Logan and Holly are forced together on a small flight, both would have preferred first class but were relegated to coach instead.

Holly certainly isn’t the sort of woman Logan would normally find attractive, but her sharp wit and sense of humor intrigues him. During the short flight, Holly frequently makes jokes about her own weight, but also lets Logan see a more vulnerable side of her. Against his better judgement, Logan offers to work with Holly on improving her physical fitness.

Holly turns out to be a natural in the gym, the pounds pouring off quite easily. Simultaneously, Logan sees a newer, more confidant side to Holly. She’s a relief to the perfectly toned, high-maintenance models he usually dates. As Holly transforms, so does Logan, and the two find themselves moving their relationship to a more intimate (and quite steamy) level.  Watching this transformation are Chase and Amanda Walker, Logan’s closest friends and confidants. They see the relationship is more serious than Holly and Logan will let on. Logan needs something more stable and genuine in his life, but once Holly’s new-and-improved body starts turning the heads of other men, Logan finds he has some competition.  Is Logan truly ready to give up his carefree life in order to be with a woman who goes against his typical mold for a partner? Is Holly ready to settle down again, just as her life is reawakening?

After meeting the author at BEA (Book Expo America), I was beyond thrilled to read her novel. Stephanie, much like Holly, is confidant, witty with a sharp sense of humor. What I valued the most is that she, like Holly, is a true, genuine woman. Stephanie has dealt with her weight all of her life and that thereby makes her an author I can trust due to her ability to share her own experiences through Holly’s characters.

Admittedly, going in, I was fearful that Big Girl Panties was a fluffy, chick-lit sort of novel that typically turn me off. Boy, was I wrong!  There is a huge message blended in this truly fantastic debut novel. True, Holly did lose weight in order to be happy, but in doing so she didn’t lose her own identity. And while Logan did aid her in this journey, she didn’t rely on him to make this transformation.  She took off on her own, not relying on anyone but herself to complete this journey of personal growth.

Holly and Logan as a couple…I admit it took me a little while to accept this. I was fearful Evanovich was embarking upon a formulaic path in which the ugly duckling falls for the gorgeous prince. That said, since itwasn’t a a forced or synthetic relationship but one that certainly broke all molds. Oh…and the sex. Whew! Let’s just say the steaminess went beyond the gym and the work-out routines!  Holly and Logan were one hot couple, to say the least!  What makes these scenes different than all others was the fact that Logan found most attractive in Holly the very things she thought would turn him off. He appreciated her natural beauty and found sensuality in aspects of her physique that she believed were her faults.

Ultimately, I was completely taken aback by how much I truly valued and appreciated this novel.  And, unlike many of the books I read and review, I was able to share my experiences with fellow readers almost immediately.  I was fortunate enough to be a winner of one of the Big Girl Panties House parties. Sponsored by the publisher, we received party favors, decorations, etc. During this discussion, we chatted about Logan’s revelations about the definition of true beauty reminded us of the interview in which Dustin Hoffman shares the sudden realization he experienced while preparing for his role in Tootsie. Finally, we were also given the opportunity to as questions of Stephanie live through a Spreecast chat. A truly wonderful and memorable experience overall!

If you are looking for a beach read that is full of genuine characters and a bit of steam, this is the novel for you. Highly, highly recommended!

 

Review: The Exiles by Allison Lynn

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little A / New Harvest (July 2, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 054410210X
  • Source: Publisher

After realizing their Manhattan lifestyle was far more than they could afford, Nate Bedecker, Emily Latham, and their ten-month-old son Trevor, leave the city and head to Newport, Rhode Island.  Nate was “the only pauper on Wall Street” and Emily worked in advertising. The quiet, relaxed, and more affordable way of life in Newport was just what they needed.

Unfortunately, within hours of their arrival, their Jeep containing all of their valuables was stolen. Forced to cancel all their credit cards, the only money they had was the small amount of cash in their wallets. Despite having the keys to an empty house they now owned, the couple opts to retreat to a hotel and treat their first few days living as tourists.  The recent lost of their vehicle and all their prized possessions is just one of the many things tormenting this young, unmarried couple.

Nate never had what one would refer to as a healthy relationship with his father. The two hadn’t spoken in years, yet the one thing that connects the two is a genetic condition that plagued Nate’s grandfather, one that was likely passed on to his father and Nate himself as well. The disease, which Nate recalls his mother calling “hunting sons” (Huntington’s). Nate almost obsessively monitors his own health and fitness, certain that any changes are an indication of the disease. Still, he shares none of this with Emily.

Emily is host to her own secrets. An act of theft before they left Manhattan torments her; repercussions for her actions may shatter whatever dreams she and Nate had for building a new life in Newport. Like Nate, she keeps her fears and anxiety hidden, the secrets the two keep from one another adding additional stress to an already tumultuous new beginning.

Meanwhile, Nate’s father embarks on his own journey, attempting to return to his family’s old home in Newport to tie up loose ends before the disease takes him as its next victim.

The Exiles is a novel that focuses on many complex issues including honesty, family, trust and more. Emily and Nate aren’t appealing characters because of the lies they keep from one another. Still, readers can’t help feel compassion for these genuine and flawed characters, forced to deal with a reality that fate has dealt them. Lynn’s raw and emotional prose captivates readers, tethering them to this couple as they embark on a journey that is both physical and emotional. While aspects of the story are quite bleak and depressing, a current of positive and hopeful vibes flows beneath the surface, showing that even in the darkest of situations a bit of light shines through.  Highly recommended.

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Review: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

  • Hardcover: 320 pgs.
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (July 2, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1476707723
  • Source: Publisher

My daddy says that when you do somethin’ to distract you from your worstest fears, it’s like whistlin’ past the graveyard. You know, making a racket to keep the scaredness and the ghosts away. He says that’s how we get by sometimes. But it’s not weak, like hiding’…it’s strong. It means you’re able to go on..

Mississippi, 1963: Nine-year-old Starla Claudelle hasn’t seen her mother in six years.  When Starla was just three years old, Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer.  Starla’s father works on an oil-rig in the Gulf, so she is under the watchful eye of her grandmother, Mamie. As is quite typical for her age, Starla has a streak of defiance in her and, despite being put on restriction due to mouthing off, she sneaks out to watch the Fourth of July parade. After she is discovered, Starla is fearful for the punishment Mamie is certain to invoke, so she begins walking. Even after she reaches the outskirts of town, she continues to walk. If she can only reach her mother in Nashville, surely she will find salvation.  Once her father learns of her actions, he too will move to Nashville and they will be one big happy family again.

As she is walking down a desolate country road, Starla accepts a ride from a black woman with a white baby. It is this decision that alters her life forever, shedding light on the world outside Starla’s quiet, safe home.  Despite her young age, by the time Starla reaches the end of her long and harrowing journey she has discovered and experienced more than most adults do in a lifetime.

One can’t help but fall for ginger-hair, spitfire Starla Claudelle. She has no qualms with speaking her mind and standing up for what she believes in. Unfortunately, this tends to get her in a great deal of trouble. Raised by her father’s mother, a woman not prepared or meant to raise a young girl, Starla often feels as though she is a forgotten child, a burden to those around her. So certain that her mother has made a life for herself living as a famous singer in Nashville, Starla abandons what is actually a safe and protected home and journeys out into the unknown and unfamiliar South in 1963.  This historical setting plays a key an active role in what transpires with Starla, a white child traveling with a young black woman. Crandall details life in the South without holding back any of the darker, harsher realities of segregation and racial tension.

A harrowing coming-of-age story filled to the brim with tense and terrifying moments, as well as uplifting points of hope and proof of an undying human spirit. Rich with vibrant, memorable characters, Whistling Past the Graveyard is a novel certain to pull at your heartstrings, rooting for young Starla in hopes that the life she imagined, while unrealistic, is in some way attainable. Highly, highly recommended.

Review: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

  • Hardcover: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (April 2, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 006222543X
  • Source: Publisher

Kate is a single mother working long hours as a partner at a law firm. Her teen daughter, Amelia has a bright future ahead of her, a well-respected student at the local prep high school.  When Kate receives a phone call from Amelia’s school one day, she’s shocked to learn that Amelia has been suspended. Unable to get any details over the phone, she rushes through traffic to Amelia’s school. When she gets there over an hour later, she is too late. Upon arriving at the school, she sees rescue vehicles parked in front. Within minutes of her arrival she learns that Amelia is dead, allegedly killed after jumping off the roof of the school.

In the weeks that pass, Kate must get used to being alone again. Although she worked long hours, she always made time on the weekend to spend with Amelia. Just as she starts to get back to her usual routine, she receives a text from a blocked number: Amelia didn’t jump. This text is the first of many she receives from this number. Desperate to learn more she contacts the police who had, based on the medical examiner’s report, had written Amelia’s death off as a suicide. When new evidence is uncovered, Kate learns that Amelia’s death was in fact a homicide. With the aid of a Lieutenant from the local police, Kate begins going through Amelia’s email, Facebook posts and more trying to recreate the last days of her life. Riddled by guilt, Kate soon realizes there was a lot she didn’t know about her teen daughter. To make matters worse, secrets Kate kept about the identity of Amelia’s father have surfaced. Is it possible that she is partially to blame for the cruelty her daughter experienced in the last days of her life?

Reconstructing Amelia is a heartbreaking examination of teen life and the lengths that youth will go through to be accepted. Told with haunting insight on the mysterious life of teens. From hazing to sexuality, drugs, and first secret loves, McCreight reveals a truly chilling plot that, unfortunately, isn’t far from reality. Her characterization is above par, using alternating chapters and points of view the author builds truly dynamic characters. Kate is a hard-working single mother, trying to do best for her daughter. Amelia is a teen, struggling with her own sexuality and identity amidst a world governed by social media. In addition to this shift of point of view, flashbacks to the past and unique formatting really aid in the overall flow and pacing of the novel.

As the mother of a teen myself, I wasn’t necessarily shocked but chilled to read about the cruelty displayed by those in the “in crowd.” The role of social media in the lives of teens plays a key role, reminding me just how many ways youth can be bullied in current society. This novel is a good reminder about the importance of open communication and support between parent and child, no matter how busy or complex life may get. I was stunned to learn that this is McCreight’s debut novel because her writing displays talents that typically only come with years of experience.  This is a novel that will haunt me, but remind me to never take for granted the relationship we have with our son, no matter how challenging and difficult may get.  Highly recommended, specifically for young adults or parents with teen children.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours for providing me the opportunity to review this title. Please be certain to check out the other stops along the way; I guarantee this is a book that will generate a great deal of discussion!

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