Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing
When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, September 16, 2012 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I review below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a new or old follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” or “Follow by Email.”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You can read details about my book giveaways here.
Still Life in Shadows by Alice J. Wisler
Alice J. Wisler is the author of four novels, two of which were nominated for a Christy Award, Rain Song and How Sweet It Is. Her other titles are Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation. Alice grew up in Japan as a missionary kid, but now writes in Durham, North Carolina. Her son Daniel died from cancer treatments in 1997 at the age of four. In addition to writing inspirational Southern fiction, Alice teaches grief-writing courses both online and at conferences. Visit with her at http://www.alicewisler.com.
From the book’s back cover:
Fifteen years ago Gideon Miller ran away from an Amish life that seemed perfect. But it held a childhood secret he could not leave behind. Gideon, now an auto mechanic in Twin Branches, North Carolina, helps Amish youth relocate to modern society, earning him the nickname the “Getaway Savior.” When Kiki, an autistic teen, enters his shop wanting a job, Gideon struggles to accept her although he’s infatuated with her sister Mari. Furthermore, a surprise visit from his younger brother Moriah forces Gideon to realize that his need for God’s forgiveness is far greater than he anticipated.
This story of a boy who runs away from his Amish family and lifestyle is somber yet enlightening. Because of the harshness of Gideon Miller’s father and his home life, Gideon doesn’t know how to have fun. Wisler expertly paints a character that is dedicated, responsible and serious. Gideon is one dimensional until a little girl and her big sister pry away his Amish shell and expose him to smiles, laughter, and God’s forgiveness. Every character is well developed and memorable, and the setting descriptions are realistic.
Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, September 16, 2012 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Still Life in Shadows by Alice J. Wisler. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address.
Till next time … keep on smiling.