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I'm here to help [Kindle Edition]

S F Chapman , Mark Chapman Ph.D. , Clinton D. Anderson , Christina Chapman
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It had all seemed so right at the time, Sharon realized with a shudder.

Long ago she had made a collection of tiny and innocent decisions that had precipitated a most profound and unpredictable outcome.

Minutes ago her seventeen-year-old daughter, Renita had stumbled upon the subtle inconsistencies of her birth while completing some college applications. Now she waited reproachfully for Sharon to explain the discrepancies.

It was clearly the time, Sharon brooded uneasily, when she would have to finally disclose to her daughter both the laudable good deeds and the lamentable oversights that had led them to the current situation.

S F Chapman has cleverly crafted I’m here to help as a social commentary in the form of an often poignant literary novella.


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About the Author

A lifelong Northern Californian, S F Chapman traded his construction job for the more docile profession of novelist in 2008 when the US economy faltered. The tireless author has since written eight books. His first, “I'm here to help” (published by Striped Cat Press in July of 2012), is a literary fiction novella about a teenage daughter looking for answers to some troubling inconsistencies in her birth certificate. “The Ripple in Space-Time” (published by Striped Cat Press in February of 2013) is Chapman's second book. It is an exciting science fiction detective adventure set in a moldering and corrupt future controlled by greedy warlords. The author’s third novel “On the Back of the Beast” is an action-packed Contemporary Fiction tale about a massive earthquake that destroys the San Francisco Bay Area. It is now available from Striped Cat Press. Other completed works awaiting publication are the post-apocalyptic soft science fiction MAC Series consisting of “Floyd 5.136,” “Xea in the Library” and “Beyond the Habitable Limit;” and a recently completed sequel to “The Ripple in Space-Time” entitled “Torn From On High.” Chapman is currently writing a rough-and-tumble literary fiction novel about homelessness called “The Missive In The Margins.” S F's huge gray male tabby cat keeps him company while he writes and was the inspiration for Striped Cat Press.

Product Details

  • File Size: 407 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Striped Cat Press; 1 edition (June 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GF3TU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Here to Help June 29, 2012
Format:Paperback
I'm Here To Help by SF Chapman
Renita is preparing college applications and one asks for a birth certificate and she can't figure a few things out. Why was she not born in a hospital.
The mother, Sharon takes her to the living room and with the pictures on the walls proceeds to explain the events that lead up to the day she was born.
Found this light reading although intense at different moments while reading as extreme things occurred.
Love how a picture is worth a thousand words and that all the events were chronologically categorized on the walls of their loving house.
I've had similar childhood memories about our car, this caused me a chuckle.
Love hearing of the travels and what was there, what they did and people along the way.
Like how the title becomes part of the whole book and how the roles reverse to the other being the one to help.
Glad this book had a handful of characters because I feel that many more and there would be such confusion with situations.
Love the close relationship the mother and daughter have and that they can and do talk about everything.
Rate this a 5 out of 5 because it took me to places I'll never get to in my lifetime and it taught me new things-the problems after a birth.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read, Lasting Impression July 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm Here to Help is a short story that relates the tale of a mother, Sharon, when she has to tell her adopted daughter about her past. Stumped by inconsistencies on her birth certificate, the young Renita questions her mother and learns more than she bargained for.

For a relatively short story, I'm Here to Help is very complete and doesn't leave readers hanging. There's a problem and a solution, and even growth in Sharon and Renita's relationship. The story's subject isn't generally a happy one, but the characters are optimistic and loving.

The story in itself is intriguing, but the execution of the story failed to do the plot justice. I'm Here to Help has big themes: grief, depression, adoption, and Chapman subtly focuses on them. Sharon tells Renita the hows and whys of her sketchy adoption in a drawn out fashion. The one problem is that the narration is too detailed for the conversation between mother and daughter. It doesn't feel natural, Sharon including details like, '"...about four in the afternoon I got up and took a shower."' It read as if Sharon tells the story to readers, not to her daughter.

Many readers will be able to appreciate I'm Here to Help. It's a quick read that will leave readers in deep contemplation.

Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is stronger than a mother's love. November 28, 2013
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Oh Renita.. You force us to look at a subject that is so often so ugly .. but we are grateful for you because the perspective in this novella is outstanding. I

S.F Chapman helps us see the beauty of a mother's love. A mother who raises a child and the love of a mother who can't.
The novella is a backward reflection after Renita discovers some wonky inconsistencies surrounding her birth .. Her mother shows her a backwards sort of inventory using pictures of how Renita came to be her daughter.

I love how the mother is reflective and open to have this journey of truth with her daughter, she is also very candid and owns her own shortcomings as a parent and sometimes as a decision maker.

This is a really important topic and I think that Chapman handles it like a pro. When I got to the author bio,I was actually surprised to discover that the author is male. Well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational.... November 18, 2013
By Mela
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A story about the love of two mothers for one child. A quasi-illegal adoption, with a loving and tear-inspiring story told with the help of photographs, is related to the adoptee, with a view to telling her about the incredible devotion of her birth mother. Also touches on the hereditary nature of mental illness and suicide. A very well done story, with enough background to be interesting, but not so much as to seem overwhelming to the reader. Kudos to Chapman for a lovely and well written story about a mother's love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant story of love, loss, and human fallibility July 30, 2013
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Renita knows she was adopted, but while filling out college applications she finds a strange discrepancy on her birth certificate. She questions Sharon, her adoptive mother, who decides to tell all.
Relying on family photographs Sharon leads Renita through the events that preceded and surrounded her birth, candidly admitting to her own failings and reiterating her profound love for her adopted daughter.
The story is both tragic and uplifting. It definitely deserves to be read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down January 1, 2013
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I gave this book 4 stars because I really liked the story alot. It was more than I was expecting. It was very lovingly written and sweet. The main character struggles with depression and doesn't seem to know whats going on with her until she opens up to her mom and her mom tells her the story about where she came from. She realizes that the way she feels is not her fault and that she can do something about it. I think this book hits a subject really well about how people can be really good at hiding how they feel instead of opening up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm here to help September 4, 2012
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This was a really fun book. I totally did not expect the ending! Being from New Mexico (where we have a lot of Mexican nationals as well as a 35%Hispanic population), it was great to see a book that dealt with a Mexican national as a person first, a nationality only as a side note. The love and caring exhibited in this book by all of the characters was a welcome contrast to the "gloom and doom" in the papers today. I highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, falsely promoted.
First of all, this book is being vastly misrepresented in the description. I read it on my Kindle in less than two hours, so there is no way that it would be 289 print pages. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dodo
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
This was a quick read but it was an enjoyable story. It makes you think and consider things from different points of view, which is something I like books to do.
Published 7 months ago by WDfam
4.0 out of 5 stars what a story
amazing the story of a young family and their trip which changes their life. The struggle of a young single pregnant woman and the lengths she will go through to better herself and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jamie Bergwick
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing
A mother shares the story of her daughter's birth. The daughter is able to connect the dots on her mysterious birth certificate.
Published 11 months ago by MJDL
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read...great story.
I started reading this book one night and couldn't put it down. I finished it in less than two hours, but I really enjoyed reading it. I couldn't and didn't want to put it down. Read more
Published 11 months ago by E. Labbe
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting story line
A n easy read . Kind of meandered mid-story, but still finished okay . Worth downloading for a nice free read
Published 12 months ago by Paige
4.0 out of 5 stars An author finding his dream
SF Chapman must be feeling richly fulfilled. Of all the many people who dream of writing `the novel', he has succeeded. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Grady Harp
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Her to Help
From the very beginning I couldn't put the book down. At first I was intrigued with the writers method of telling the story, but the the characters pulled me in deeper. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sharon
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and sorrowful story
Sweet little story that was a quick read. No profanity, which is a major criteria in what I read. Would definitely be interested in reading more from this author.
Published 13 months ago by P. Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Subject Matter
Chapman's storyline was intriguing but it seemed more narrative backstory than telling the story to the daughter. Read more
Published 16 months ago by R. Burton
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More About the Author

A lifelong Northern Californian, S F Chapman traded his construction job for the more docile profession of novelist in 2008 when the economy faltered.

The tireless author has since written eight books. His first, "I'm here to help" (published by Striped Cat Press in July of 2012), is a literary fiction novella about a teenage daughter looking for answers to some troubling inconsistencies in her birth certificate. "The Ripple in Space-Time" (published by Striped Cat Press in February of 2013) is Chapman's second book. It is an exciting science fiction detective adventure set in a moldering and corrupt future controlled by greedy warlords.

Chapman's third novel "On the Back of the Beast" is about a huge earthquake that destroys much of the San Francisco Bay Area. It will be available in August 2013 from Striped Cat Press.

Other completed works awaiting publication are the post-apocalyptic soft science fiction MAC Series consisting of "Floyd 5.136", "Xea in the Library" and "Beyond the Habitable Limit"; and a recently completed sequel to "The Ripple in Space-Time" entitled "Torn From On High."

Chapman is currently writing a rough and tumble literary fiction novel about homelessness called "The Missive In The Margins."

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