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April was here, leaving my mark Kindle Edition

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Length: 297 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 769 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004RPRNLI
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I have published three books and have written six. I am working on two more. I am not locked into one genre, I write everything from action adventure, psychological thrillers to my autobiography (better than any novel) and I am working on a book of short stories, a YA novel, a sequel to "April was here" as well as a sequel to "Enter." I also write poetry and painted the pictures that grace the covers of my books.
Enjoy and thank you for reading my books. If you enjoyed one of my books, please feel free to post a review on Amazon. Be honest, good, bad or in between. I welcome your feedback to better my books.

One question asked over and over is if "April was here" is really true? I can assure you it is. I was true to my autobiography, even if I wanted to omit some of it.

My books are gripping, interesting and leave you wanting more.

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This book grabbed me from the beginning. April O'Brien proves that one can make good choices even if they have had a terrible childhood. Some of her insights on poverty and youth were inspiring. There is some doubt that it all happened. (Can someone really make all this up?)

Why the four star rating for this fascinating book? I think that the lack of a stable education and the Heavenly Haymow School took its toll. There are many repeated errors like steel/steal, knew/new, to/too plus much repetition of details. The lack of paragraph structure makes much of the story confusing and transitions hard to follow. (I'm not sure of how much is due to poor Kindle formatting.) April is a gifted writer, but needs to have assistance with proofing and editing (as most writers do), to be taken seriously.

O'Brien has a story to tell. Her mother's mental illness, neglect and selfishness robbed April of a loving childhood. I am sure the love and acceptance of Grandma and Grandpa were her saving grace. I especially appreciated that she broke the cycle with her own child. She really has to be commended for "telling it like she remembered, the good, bad and the ugly."

O'Brien has raised my awareness of the teens I encounter in my volunteer work. Because of reading her book, I am more sensitive to their situations. Thank you, April, for reaching out and writing this memoir. APRIL WAS HERE-LEAVING MY MARK
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I read some of the reviews and I understand what they are saying as far as the mistakes. I read it like a diary and I didn't care about the errors. Now I got it for free and maybe that helped but I still really enjoyed this story. It had love, heartbreak, humor and it felt sincere. I respect the author's honesty and I truly hope that there is a sequel.
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First of all, let me explain my rating. This memoir itself deserves 4 stars. The story is intriguing and hard to put down. In fact, it stayed with me after the book was finished. As some of the other reviewers have pointed out, there are some grammar, spelling, and editing errors. HOWEVER, once you read the story, you will understand these errors because the author did not have the benefit of a normal education. She was taught in the "Heavenly Loft" of the despicable Rebekkah School for Girls, a weird classroom situated above a working barn located on a sprawling cult-sponsored home for wayward girls that was little more than a prison.
I admire the author's tenacity and resilience of spirit. She endured a childhood sprinkled with abuse, poverty, and domination by various inept and sometimes vicious authority figures. Born to a young mother who had no idea how to be a parent and absent her father, the author never had a loving relationship with a parent. It seemed to me that even when she was young, April was the scapegoat for her mother's bad decisions. Her mother eventually put her in this home for wayward girls where she was brainwashed and further abused by religious zealots. These are the hypocritical types that give Christians a bad name. I cannot call these people at the Rebekkah school Christian, for true Christians would never behave the way these people did.
The author is far more generous than me when describing the keepers of this school. She states they may have had good intentions. I think they were cruel, domineering people who found a cash cow and rode it as far as they could. I am stunned that none of these people ended up in prison or as subjects of a class action law suit.
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By REgina on April 2, 2012
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April really was here! This is a remarkable book. Yes, I saw the grammatical errors but I loved this book. It is so inspirational. My Kindle Fire kept dying on me and I hated having to wait for it to recharge. I don't know how she survived her childhood but it sounds like she finally found her way.

April, you are here. You really are here. Thank you for sharing your story. While it was sad, it shared hoped and the point, that no one should ever give up.
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....the worst spelling, grammatical errors, punctuation and sentence structure I've seen in a long time. Normally I would delete a book like this almost immediately, but I read the entire book because so much of April's life paralleled my own. (Not that I was ever sent to a "home" - but I might have been happier if I had been.) My parents were never divorced but they never showed me any affection. I also remember everything that I ever loved being taken from me - my dogs, my horse, my goat...anything and everything. I was a good student, never had to be told to study, to brush my teeth, whatever. Except for receiving criticism and control by my parents, I pretty much raised myself.

Any help my parents ever gave me was conditional, as happened in April's life. I was also very promiscuous in my earlier life because I so very much needed to be held/loved, and I thought sex was the only thing I had to offer. I graduated high school in three years so I could get married and get away from home. I, too, had a child while I was 17, still just a child myself. And although I had always sworn I'd never raise a child like my parents did, I made many of the same mistakes with my daughter. I just didn't know any better. I never had a childhood myself.

But I agree that everything any of us has gone through makes us who we are today. Everything is a potential learning experience, and I know now that nothing is "good" or "bad" but simply the way we perceive the event.
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