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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Black Rose Writing (August 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935605585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935605584
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,686,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

     What woman doesn't wish at some point for a chance to reinvent herself?  Just as Rebecca faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles to start living her authentic life in Cole Creek, I have resurrected the dream of becoming an author after raising four children.  This story has brewed within me for more than a decade and a couple of real attempts were made during the intense parenting years.  I have told the story of Cole Creek as a narration during long horseback rides to my riding partners who seemed eager to listen.  The act of storytelling in its original form, the oral sharing of my ideas, helped me to shape the direction of the characters.  But still, during the writing process itself, the characters became their own people, the story changed according to who they became and I let go of the trappings of any rigid structure that colored the story with preconceived ideas.
  
     The concept of ceremony was to simply be a side note, but it instead became a strong thread throughout the book.  The notion of a passage became a central theme, a catalyst in the characters' quests to realize their full potentials as human beings on this earth.  My hope is that readers of Cole Creek will become inspired to make positive changes through interactions with the natural world and feel connected to other people who have made mistakes and conquered their pain to live fully.

From the Back Cover

When Rebecca Jackson makes the choice to reclaim her autonomy, three generations of women embark on separate quests to the same remote family cabin in the Sierra that offers each an opportunity to put past demons to rest.    Elements of nature combine with the power of ritual to strengthen and aid the women's chances for survival.  Will Rebecca succeed in escaping the misery of her past decisions and find the personal determination to carry on her mission to reunite her family?

 

Cole Creek illustrates the ability we all have to change the course of our lives.  As escalating tension hurls Rebecca to a lonely precipice, she must unlock her secrets to find a chance for hope and redemption. It is a call to let the heart have its day.

More About the Author

Julie Anne Morley feels most at home out in the backcountry astride a horse, strapped into snowshoes or laced into well worn hiking boots. Her love of the wilderness helps her to create vivid characters who experience the outdoors in life altering situations. Julie hopes to bring her readers closer to the natural world through story and also to inspire people to seek the magic that can be found by stepping outside.

After raising four children, Julie has reinvented herself, much as her characters do in Cole Creek. She lives with her husband in Santa Cruz, California and north of Mackay, Idaho in the Big Lost River Valley.

Visit Julie on her website @ www.JulieAnneMorley.com

Julie has an active blog and welcomes comments.

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Her characters were real and fun.
Dee
You'll feel hopeful and reassured at the possibilities of achieving positive emotional depth in relationships.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eva on September 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
Within reading the first page of Cole Creek, I was instantly hooked. This novel rang true to me, Morley conveys the broad spectrum of human emotion and capabilities in the most heartfelt sense. You feel as if you were projected into the novel, living through each of the characters, experiencing each change of emotion and plot. I laughed, cried, much to the amusement of others in my company. I read cover to cover in a few days. I could not help but continue reading, all women of any age can identify with the characters in the novel. This brings to life the everyday magic we have but might choose to ignore, if we just decide to tune in. I highly recommend reading to all, it has the love story, the evolution of youth, and of course, adventure and danger. A 5-star read! I also have read Morley's blog, very insightful, funny, and touching. Check it out at [...]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee on October 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
I loved this book!!!! Almost from the beginning I was hooked and reading as fast as I could to find out "what happened!" And the ending did not disappoint! Her characters were real and fun. Her descriptions were some of the most creative I've seen. Nice messages, great plot! Can't wait for another!
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Rebecca Jackson and the father of her daughter Toni are divorced, after the trauma of a terrible mistake, she observed her husband David cycling with another woman. This led to a split and she is now living with Jason, a man that defines one who controls women. She has finally reached the point where she has the strength to leave and she decides to return to an isolated family cabin at Cole Creek in the Rockies.
Toni is in David's custody and Rebecca has not seen her for approximately two years. She is a strong and intelligent child, but she is still in middle school and has very little knowledge of the ways of the world. David's mother Irene is a widowed woman and David's father was a man that strayed many times. Yet, she managed to keep the marriage together and there was reconciliation between them in the months before he died.
Toni, Irene and even David have a form of connection with Rebecca, somehow they know that she is troubled and on her way to the cabin at Cole Creek. Toni and Irene leave for the cabin without telling David, when he arrives at the house he realizes what is at stake and follows as fast as he can.
When Jason realizes that Rebecca has left him he is filled with a cold and brutal anger and searches through some letters she has until he finds a map to the cabin at Cole Creek. Realizing that Rebecca is probably going to the cabin, he follows her across the country. Somehow, Toni, Irene and David also know this so there is a convergence of the four forces that will take place with a showdown.
As the story of all of them moving to the climax takes place, there are flashbacks to other times in their lives. David and Rebecca recall happier times in their marriage and Toni remembers what it was like when her parents were together.
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Ms. Morley's style kept me interested throughout each chapter. I liked the idea of going backwards and forward in time between chapters and thought it refreshing that each differed in length. Her novel is filled with strong imagery and detailed, often poetic descriptions. For example, I could smell those trees around the cabin, appreciate the various inherited personal articles inside and on the porch of the cabin, and was reminded of the wonderful sounds and coolness of the Sierra streams and pools. I really saw and heard her owl clearly! I think Ms. Morley's "Cole Creek" lends itself to a possible screen play. A stage play, maybe, but it would be a challenge to duplicate on stage all of the detailed feelings of her characters and adhere to what she conveys strongly in her novel. I hope she continues to write.
Margaret
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