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Interrupted: Life Beyond Words Hardcover – March 11, 2012

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'Coker writes an emotionally compelling and psychologically nuanced tale. The plot has some weak spots: Allie manages to overhear not one but two crucial incidents that give her unexpected information, and some of her character development late in the story is abrupt. But the historical context is an engaging narrative frame. Coker is one to watch.' - Publishers Weekly Review (Publishers Weekly Review)

'A feel-good story for both heart and soul.' - Kirkus Review (Kirkus Review)

About the Author

Rachel Coker is a homeschool student who lives in Virginia with her parents and two sisters. She has a passion for great books and has been surrounded by them all her life. In fact, as a young child, Rachel helped her parents in a family-run Christian book business. Her gift for writing became apparent at the age of eleven at which time her parents signed her up for a year of lessons with a professional writing coach. When she is not writing or playing the piano, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1st Printing edition (March 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310729734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310729730
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Interrupted: A life beyond words, by Rachel Coker is a stunning portrayal of Allie's life from daughter to orphan, from a steeled heart to growing up in a new world.

I must say: wow. This book had depth beyond the fourteen years of Rachel, her age when she wrote this story. The year is 1939 and at thirteen, Allie is her mother's carer. Her mother -- her only parent -- has a brain tumor, which alters her moods. If that's not hard enough, Allie feels ridiculed for having an "insane" mum from other people in town.

Sam is the closest boy she has to a friend. They're opposites in many ways but they connect -- something Allie is reluctant to admit, but grateful for.

Days after Allie's fourteenth birthday, her mum loses her battle with cancer. Allie is taken away to someone's house, Miss Beatrice. She can't take her cat. Most of her possessions must be left behind.

Interrupted: A life beyond words follows the subsequent years as Allie grows through her teenage years. She clings onto the memories from when she shared tender moments with her mum: poetry, piano, the stars. Her adoptive mother, Miss Beatrice is a kind, accommodating person, but Allie wants her mum and wants to go back to her real home -- Miss Beatrice's house has never felt like her own.

Sam arrives back in her life one day and Allie, who's repressed love from other people, is faced with more choices. As she hangs onto her past, her chance for love slips away. World War II rattles her town, and the world around her. Devastation is everywhere.

This novel is a perfect weekend read. Rachel takes you into this war era, where struggles are daily chores. Allie is a troubled person who blocks out the people who mean the most

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First of all, I have to admit the main reason I bought this book - and paid full price - was because Rachel Coker was a teen author, and you all know what that means to me. However, as a Christian writer published with Zondervan, I knew her book had to be pretty good and definitely my taste.

I enjoyed the story and the characters, and it was a good read. It wasn't the huge, heavy, deep read some might expect from a book involving death. Neither was it a light, easy breeze-through-it-during-summer-vacation kind of book. Really, it was a simply story about faith and love and not letting bitterness or fear take over your life.

This is one book where, honestly, while I liked the story, I didn't really care for the main character. Allie is harsh and critical of others and can have a very narrow point of view sometimes. I'm a subscriber to Rachel's blog, so I know Allie was written that way on purpose, but those kind of characters just don't win my heart.

Sam, on the other hand... oh, Sam. :) Sam was so amazing and awesome and perfect. Loyal, sweet, gentle, undemanding, Sam knew when to push Allie and when to step back. He knew when she needed space or time and when was the right time to talk to her. And he was so patient. Did I mention loyal? Because I really don't want anyone to miss that bit.

I loved the ending. I won't spoil anything, but let's say the World War II setting definitely allows for a beautiful, sweet ending to a beautiful, sweet book.

Other than Allie, there was really just two things I didn't like, and they're little things. I felt like the book was a little too short or undeveloped somehow. The problem is, I can't really put my finger on when, or why, or how.
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Format: Paperback
Historical, Christian fiction---one of my favorite genres! I went into Interrupted with very little expectations, as I had forgotten what the story was about from the time I accepted the review copy to the time I finally got to sit down and read. I like when I can go into a book totally open-minded.

My husband asked me, "What book are you reading?" I answered him, telling him about the book, and he said, "What, no werewolves, aliens, futuristic setting, dystopia, or vampires? I didn't know you still read "regular" books!" And I answered, "Yes, I do and this book right here is why----it is so good!"

I was drawn into the story from the very first page. I really felt for Allie, a 14 year-old having to completely care for her sick mother. Allie and her mother are separated from everyone and live a sheltered existence. Allie's only friend is her neighbor Sam Carroll, whom she considers to be a nuisance as he is always following her around. Then, one day, an accident happens, which leads to her mother's death. Allie blames Sam, and is sent to Maine to be adopted by a stranger. Allie's heart is as hard as stone, as she never fully recovers from the loss of her mother. Her only comfort is her art: she draws and writes poetry.

Overall, I loved the story, and Allie's growth. The first person narrative gave so much insight into Allie's thoughts, which really added a lot of depth to the story. I thought her coming to Christ experience was very sweet and well-handled. I also loved the poems by Emily Dickinson at the beginning of each chapter, which really set the tone for the book.

My only complaint was that some of the vernacular did not sound appropriate to the time period. There were a couple of times while reading that I thought, "what?
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