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Carolina Sunshower [Kindle Edition]

Kat Spencer
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A girl from a small, rural North Carolina mountain community faces the challenges of growing up in a severely dysfunctional family. Kat is one of 6 children born to parents with an eighth grade education. Kat's mama is hard-working and long suffering, while Kat's father is a troubled alcoholic. Statistically, Kat should not have been able to rise above her raisings, but she manages to triumph over violence, betrayal and ignorance to live a life that she had dared not dream. This riveting memoir reads like fiction, but Kat lived every moment of it.


Product Details

  • File Size: 405 KB
  • Print Length: 163 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kat Spencer; 1 edition (September 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095MCI8Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,326 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a good read. Not a typical memoir, though. June 17, 2013
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There are certain things about this book that don't ring true to me. For starters, there is no such place as Dirks County, NC. This is supposed to be a memoir, a factual book, yet the setting is a fictional place. Being from NC, this drove me crazy every time it was mentioned.

I had great sympathy for the author up until the point in the book where she cusses out the young mother of her father's illegitimate child. The author was an adult, yet she berates the mother, who is a victim of incest and child molestation for being such. She blames her father's willingness to have sex with a child on his use of cocaine. Please. I was thoroughly disgusted and it stuck with me for the remainder of the book. I also had sympathy for the author's mother until it is revealed that she was just another ignorant, mean person in the long line of them characterized in this book.

In the end, I think the author gives her rat father way more credit than is deserved.

The Kindle version needs a good editor as there were tons of punctuation mistakes, mainly commas where they didn't belong.

I enjoy memoirs and this one started out great.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspriring Strength November 1, 2012
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After reading my book, Kat contacted me and asked me to read hers. I put it on my list to read next and I was so glad I did. It is the amazing story of coming up from basically bare necessities and being chastised, and coming out stronger. Most people would not have been as strong as she was. She is a very strong and determined person and I think she gets a lot of that from her Mom. I did not understand her Mom at first, but then it all made sense. They were both determined to reach their goals and dreams and they both did in their own ways. Thank you Kat for asking me to read this. I loved it! There were so many sayings in the book that my Nanny used to say and I had forgot about. It made me laugh at the memories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This book was a quick, easy read. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one night. As someone with a similar background, I found this book very relatable. I would love to read more about the author's adult life and how her early experiences influence her adult relationship with her mother.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring September 16, 2013
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Really enjoyed reading about your life. What a courageous person you are and I truly believe God was with you through all the hard times that you went through. God bless you and your family.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! March 10, 2013
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An amazing story of one girl's journey out of poverty and breaking the cycle of dysfunctionality! First book I've read on my ipad, loved it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the cycle March 15, 2013
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What a story. Hard to believe that this is truth but beautiful to see that Kat was able to follow a higher road. This book is one of courage and strength and that Kat was able to make a wonderful life with her husband and son. I recommend this great read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad how some folks go through life. March 2, 2014
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Kat is a really good writer, her story flowed, and had great description. Growing up in a dysfunctional family is so common these days, it's nothing new, but her determination to change was what kept me reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting July 6, 2014
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As a personal story, the book is Mrs. Spencer's interruption of the way things were. I grew up in an area like this and attended school with people who had the same attitudes and problems. I even know a few who pulled themselves out of horrible situations and became successful. Still, something didn't ring true about the book.
The 'can biscuit cobbler' brought back memories. The sudden 'religious conversion' and subsequent retreating back to a former way of life was familiar. Details were a good mixture of rural foothills Carolina...but seemed more reminiscent of the fifties and sixties instead of the eighties. Hopefully, the mythical Dirks County, and the real one, have changed.
However, Mrs. Spencer has writing skills . I wish her luck with future novels.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars such an engaging book!
I was skeptical at first but this book draws you in quickly and makes you feel like you are there with Kat. Very good read
Published 4 days ago by bec74
3.0 out of 5 stars The abuse in this story is pretty horrifying, mostly in that it seems...
When they say dysfunctional family, they aren't kidding. The abuse in this story is pretty horrifying, mostly in that it seems to have been NORMAL for the author, her family, and... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rebecca Widder
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. That seems to be the case with Kat's life story. I read the other reviews and some people seem skeptical that this story could be true. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Nekomata
3.0 out of 5 stars I read it.
It was ok.
Published 3 months ago by Dragonfly Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I really enjoyed reading this book. It definately was not mundane as as lot of autobiography's can sometimes be.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Her father seems to have one great moment of parenting when as a first...
This book is a memoir of Kat Spencer's life; the obstacles she was born into and how she overcame them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by alinefromabook
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice, easy read...memoirs are always fun.
Published 4 months ago by Paige
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
What a wonderful book ,, and so easy to follow and understand ,,, so memorable,,, I shall remember this book for a long time ,,, the things people must endure is terrible,,, and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by lola w dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Books
It was a good read and I enjoyed the book.
Published 4 months ago by Bernice
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good, brutally honest
What a life. I felt how she felt at times. And she made it. Really good, brutally honest.
Published 5 months ago by Judi
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More About the Author

Kat Spencer lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons. She dedicates the majority of her time as CEO of household operations for her family, but does work part-time from home as a human resources consultant. Kat enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing, and running the occasional 5k. If you would like to contact Kat, you may do so at: contact@katspencerbooks.com

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