Sunday, June 24, 2012

Interrupted:Life Beyond Words by Rachel Coker

About the Book
Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn't shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Poetry and letters written to her mother become the only things keeping Allie's heart from hardening completely. But then Sam arrives for the summer, and with him comes many confusing emotions, both toward him and the people around her. As World War II looms, Allie will be forced to decide whether hanging on to the past is worth losing her chance to be loved.

My Thoughts
This book really surprised me. The author wrote it when she was 14 and got it published at the age 16, so I wasn't sure what exactly to expect. It was amazing! The writing was very well done and the emotions were beautifully portrayed. Allie had a really rough life and is rather closed off to the idea of love whether it be from her adopted mother or a man. And I found myself thinking that if put in her shoes I would probably have the same reaction. So that was really cool to read and see how she learned to accept and give love. I also thought the Emily Dickinson quotes at the start of each chapter were really cool. This is a great book for both teenagers and adults! I can't wait for Rachel's second book Chasing Jupiter!

About the Author  
Rachel Coker is a homeschool student who lives in Virginia with her parents and two sisters. She has a passion for great books and has been surrounded by them all her life. In fact, as a young child, Rachel helped her parents in a family-run Christian book business. Her gift for writing became apparent at the age of eleven, at which time her parents signed her up for a year of lessons with a professional writing coach. When she is not writing or playing the piano, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


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