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Book Review: Cape Maybe – by Carol Fragale Brill

Cape Maybe by Carol BrillBook: Cape Maybe
Author: Carol Fragale Brill
Publisher: Brilliant Beach Books
Date: October 26, 2013
Genre: women’s fiction
Pages: 354
Price: $12.99; Kindle under $3.00
 
My Rating: true-to-life story that keeps the pages turning
 

I received a copy of Cape Maybe through an offer by the author, with the expectation of a review.

At the time of this writing, I finished reading Cape Maybe by Carol Fragale Brill about an hour ago. OH MY GOSH! Talk about getting into a story!

This novel begins with the young main character, Katie, arriving home from school to find a not-so-good situation involving her alcoholic mother. Immediately, the reader is rooting for Katie, annoyed with but hoping for her mother, sympathizing with her grandfather.

I have to tell you, there were parts of this story that were a little hard to read because of the honesty portrayed. The rawness of human emotion and reactions was so very well presented that I felt a range of my own emotions as I followed Katie through several years of her life. I should say, her difficult growing up years – the shame, the mistakes, the secrets, the lies, the promises, the denial, the anger, the tears, the discoveries, the regrets … but Cape Maybe is a story not only of the struggle but also one of love and hope. It is a story that won’t let you go, has to be heard, and doesn’t disappoint.

Katie’s mother stubbornly clings to her addiction after many failed attempts at sobriety. Although hating what it did to her mother, Katie feels the pull toward alcohol, and at a young age begins the slow tumble down that dark tunnel. It is a story I’m sure many can relate to from one side of the experience or the other – meaning, as one caught or as someone loving the one caught. And it is a story that carries the reader on the bumpy ride of Katie’s struggle, not letting go until the very last page. Even then, the characters linger in one’s mind.

When I reached that last page, I admit, tears welled up in my eyes. And I wanted more even though it was so fitting an ending. It was so well done I really felt that I didn’t want to go home from there!

There are other things I would like to share about Cape Maybe by Carol Fragale Brill, but I don’t want to have to issue a spoiler alert.  😉  You are going to have to get your own copy to find out. I’m sure you won’t regret it. 

You can find Cape Maybe listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

 

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Book Review: Untraceable – by S. R. Johannes

Untraceable by S.R.JohannesBook: Untraceable
Author: S. R. Johannes
Publisher: Coleman and Stott
Date: January 10, 2014
Genre: teen thriller
Pages: 314
Price: $11.50 on Kindle
My rating: Action-packed, suspenseful adventure
 

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Author S.R. Johannes has created an action-packed thriller for young adults that will certainly keep them reading. In Untraceable she introduces us to Grace, the teen daughter of a forest ranger who went missing three months before and whom everyone has given up as dead. Everyone, that is, except Grace, who gets into trouble more than once in her quest to find her father. Not only does she get into trouble with the local police and her mother (with whom she is always fighting), she becomes caught up in a very dangerous situation when discovering something she is not supposed to know.

Grace does have an ally – an ex-boyfriend who, although not as nature savvy as she, has stuck by her through her risky schemes while trying his best to help at great risk to himself. Then there is the mystery guy Grace comes across while fishing. She can’t help falling for him, even though she is nervous about getting involved with anyone. Unfortunately, what she learns about him turns her world, and her heart, upside down.

S. R. Johannes builds suspense as Grace keeps seeking clues, getting deeper into a mess she may not be able to remedy. What she finds is shocking. The visuals in this story make the reader wince but simultaneously want to keep reading because it’s hard to put the book down.

Untraceable by S.R. Johannes is an action-packed novel teens will enjoy. It is the first book in the Nature of Grace teen thriller series. Book two has been released and the third book is to be released in June 2014.

You can find Untraceable listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

 Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

 
 

Facing one’s fear – a talk by Chris Hadfield

Do you have a dream? A fantastic plan? A seemingly impossible goal? but you can’t seem to move forward to achieve it? Could fear be holding you back?

Do you know who I mean by Chris Hadfield? He is the Canadian astronaut who became very well-known when he went into space in 2013. He sent images back to Earth and communicated with thousands of people through tweets from Space. You can read about him here. He is a man of many talents.

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Here is a very interesting talk by Chris Hadfield, spoken in his funny and calm way. I’m sure you will enjoy it. He talks about mastering fear, and about when he went blind in space. Literally in space during a space walk!

So … what scares you?

Do you have a dream? What’s holding you back?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂