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Blueberry Truth [Kindle Edition]

Ute Carbone
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Beanie MacKenzie and her husband Mac have led perfect lives, with perfect families and perfect jobs they both love, he a leading cardiologist, she a teacher at a school for troubled children. Now they have the perfect home, a big house on a quiet Albany street, just perfect for raising a big family. Only the babies they’ve been trying so hard to conceive just won’t come.

Stressed in her marriage and fearing she may never bear children, Beanie throws herself into her work, surrounded by society’s throwaways. Enter Beanie’s new student, seven-year-old Blueberry Truth Crowley, a fiercely independent child whose life had been anything but perfect. Abused, neglected, and mistrustful of everyone around her, Truth throws a monkey wrench into the perfect order of Beanie’s classroom--and into her very life--challenging Beanie’s notions of motherhood, commitment, and family. But their unlikely bond may be just the thing to teach them both about love.


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From the Author

I taught in a school much like the one where Beanie works. It was a life changing experience and,like most life changing experiences, teaching children who had been abused or neglected was fraught with challenges. It was also rewarding. Like Beanie, I love Blue and children like her. I love her resistance, her toughness. At seven, she's already a survivor. 
Beanie is the teacher and person anyone, me included, can aspire to be. She talks in the book about quiet heroes, the regular people who make a big difference to others. Beanie, although she'd never admit it, is one of those people.

About the Author

Award winning author Ute Carbone pronounces her first name Oohtah, but doesn't spell it that way. She lives with her husband in Southern NH, where she spends her days drinking coffee, eating chocolate, walking in the woods, and dreaming up stories. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Etopia Press (August 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G5U6JO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! August 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book!!! Blueberry Truth is a very easy, entertaining read. I was surprised at how quickly I became absorbed with the characters and their lives. Good story line, written in a manner that just flows so easily. You will find yourself feeling all of the emotions of the characters! I am definitely looking foward to more books by this author!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read August 23, 2011
By Sisu
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great read. The characters are so true to life that you might think they live next door. Beanie, the major character, is having problems in conceiving the child she wants so very much. But she's also having problems trying to take care of a girl in her class for emotionally disturbed children. The two issies, paired together, lead us into a very involving tale about paremting, its demands and its satisfactions. The story flows so easily that the reader is caught up in the actions and emotions of the characters without at first realizing how complexly these people are being portrayed. Once you start this book you are not going to want to put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartrending and rewarding story July 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ute Carbone's beautiful writing style would be a pleasure to read, even if this wasn't such a good and memorable story. Her characters are so real you can almost touch them. I'll remember Beanie, Mac and Blue for a long time. You can't help but love them with all their flaws, because they are so authentic, so human in every way. Warts and all. Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. I recommend it highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, Tug At Your Heartstrings Story June 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What a lovely book. Blueberry Truth is a wayward girl from a broken and horrifying background. She has learned from being an infant that the best defence is attack. Then she meets Beanie - a woman who is going through her own crisis. The two of them need each other, even though they may not realise it. I loved the pace, warmth and development of this story. It grabbed me and then refused to let go. Even if you don't normally read this genre (as I rarely do), I heartily recommend it to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story with fantastic characters April 18, 2012
By Laura
Format:Kindle Edition
This inspirational little gem is written in the tradition of great stories like My Posse Don't Do Homework (the book that inspired the movie Dangerous Minds) and The Freedom Writers Diary, without the same level of violence. This book left me feeling inspired to go out into the world and do something good....something that matters or that makes a difference. It is one of those feel-good stories that will leave you feeling good for a while after reading it.

The characters are so real, they will seem like people you know - or could know. I love that Beanie and her husband, Mac, have been together since they were kids and know each other so well. The interactions between them are very realistic, whether it's them playing around, having a serious discussion or having an argument. The family dynamic was portrayed very well too. I loved Beanie's sisters and her parents and you could tell that they were a very close family. Unfortunately, it seems that like most real families, some of them had a hard time understanding that sometimes you just don't want to share everything with your family. At least not immediately.

Beanie is special needs teacher and when she gets a new student, named Blueberry Truth, she sees something special in her. Beanie understands her in a way that nobody else seems to and, ultimately, they recognize something in each other that the other needs. As Beanie struggles with having trouble conceiving, Blueberry struggles with being abandoned by her mother and placed into a less than ideal situation. Mac has a hard time understanding Beanie's need to help this mouthy, troublesome little girl and puts up roadblocks.
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More About the Author

What do you want to be when you grow up?
There's been a long list of things I've wanted to be. Some of them were fanciful- ballerina, trapeze artist, world class ski racer. Some more serious-doctor, oceanographer, bookstore owner. Some I've actually accomplished- teacher, mother, workshop leader.
I've always loved to read books but for most of my life I never would have imagined myself writing them. Oh, I scribbled. I wrote songs for my guitar when I was a teen. I kept a journal in college. When my children were small, I began to write poetry. I joined a poetry group. I got a few things published. Then, in a writing workshop, I began writing fiction A seed got planted. The stories I wrote got longer and longer until one day I found myself writing a novel. I finished the novel in fits and starts and wrote another one. Then another. Each time, I learned a little more about the art and craft. of storytelling.
Each time, I got to enter a brand new world. Through my characters, I've gotten to be a lot of things, from a shark researcher to an 1850's heiress to a ski patrol woman. Who knows what's next? Writer, it's the perfect job for the girl who wanted to be everything.

In reading my books, you can be these things too. I hope you'll enjoy reading my stories and the journeys they take you on as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Where you can find me--
At my website: http://UteCarbone.com ;
my blog: http://ute-carbone.blogspot.com/
twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Wildwords2
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ute-Carbone/234417796596443
goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5114798.Ute_Carbone
pinterest:http://www.pinterest.com/utecarbone/

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