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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!  🙂



Book Review: If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? – by Melissa Kantor

Book: If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince?
Author: Melissa Kantor
Publisher: Hyperion
Date: March 27, 2007
Genre: YA fiction
Pages: 320; paperback
Price:$8.99 US; $11.99 CAN
My Rating: An enjoyable read that includes some real teen issues

I was delighted to win this book from the author.

When you hear the title – If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? – what do you think of? Probably the first thing that comes to mind is Cinderella. And you are not far off. The main character in this enjoyable book feels as if she is being treated like a Cinderella; even her new friends think so.

When Lucy’s mother died, leaving behind her husband and young daughter, it meant it was just the two of them for several years. Then her dad remarried and moved them to live in another city with his new wife and her two (younger-than-Lucy) daughters. Lucy was relegated to a room in the basement, a very inadequately furnished room, and her dad was hardly ever home because he was still working in the city where they had lived before Lucy’s life was turned upside down.

Lucy felt unfairly treated, being expected to do chores the other girls were not asked to do and not treated very nicely. She felt like a  .. well, the way Cinderella may have felt. Then she falls for a boy and things just get more complicated.

This is a story that holds the reader’s interest, and I think especially young teen girls will like it. I found myself thinking at times, this girl is being so emotional and self-centered … like a teenage girl with the jealousy, the angry outbursts, the drama. But that simply means Melissa Kantor hit it right on. Being on the other side of all that hormonal craziness it is easy to see what should have taken place, and I kept hoping someone would see through everyone’s foolishness and set things right. (Even the stepmother was exasperating.)

I won’t tell you what happened. ** Possible spoiler alert ** What I will say is .. there is some of the normal temptation stuff, but it’s the drinking that becomes the issue for awhile. It is handled well by the author, Melissa Kantor.

This is an easy book to read, interesting and engaging, and not simply a young person’s book. Why not branch out and see what our young people are reading these days? 🙂

You can find If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂