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Like A Flip Turn [Kindle Edition]

Hannah Rae
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Book Description

Lake Caywood is a place where magic happens, and magic is exactly what the three women in Like A Flip Turn need.

Jenny, having just relocated from the west coast to the east, holds the hope that this new town will result in a new start: one that will allow her to forget a broken relationship and the emotional abuse that went with it. She finds a friend in happy-go-lucky Petey Goode, a quirky young man who seems always to know what a person needs most, whether it be a lift on his tandem bicycle or a song played on his cello. With his help, and the kind words of a few important kids, Jenny takes the steps to get back on her feet.

But Jenny’s not the only one in Lake Caywood struggling to create a new start. Twelve-year-old Lydia exists in a world of denial, unable to face the hand she's been dealt, and until she’s willing to acknowledge the loss that has been given her, she cannot begin to learn to cope. Fortunately, there is a Ria. A foul-mouthed therapist who knows how to reach the heart of the matter, Lydia is lucky to have her in her life.

And then there’s Old Lady Gallagher… Although she wants nothing more than to be left alone, the town is simply unwilling to grant her this wish, and so she keeps to herself, rarely leaving her house at the top of the hill. There are visitors, though, every now and again. They seek her services, appearing on her doorstep because they’ve a desire that needs to be filled. Ruby Gallagher always helps, but it’s possible that these visitors offer more to her than she to them.

Although never solidly connected, these three women rely on one another – and help one another – to overcome obstacles too great to be tackled alone. Comprised of colorful characters, intricately woven plots, and a tightly knit theme of coping with loss, Like A Flip Turn is a beautiful patchwork that readers will want to curl up with again and again.

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  • Print Length: 344 pages
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and riveting to the last page September 9, 2014
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"Like A Flip Turn" is one of those books that can connect with nearly any age group. It's a funny, touching, and gripping story that follows multiple characters throughout a school year and overcome their individual hardships, which is something anyone can relate to.

The character development is well-paced and deep, with surprises abound that will undoubtedly catch you off guard throughout the book. You really gain a connection and an understanding for what these characters are going through - even if you haven't experienced the exact situations they have. There were multiple times when some life-lesson-truth-bomb was dropped by a character and I just had to put the book down for a second and be like..."yeah, that's kinda like this other thing that happened to me. How eye-opening." And it helps you deal with stuff like that. In the past and in the future.

With super loveable characters, an engaging & winding story, humor, tragedy, romance, life lessons, and a little bit of fantasy, "Like A Flip Turn" truly encapsulates what it means grow up, move on, and live life to the fullest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the backdrop of a small town September 28, 2014
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I selected this book because, as a swimmer, I thought it might have interesting characters, and it does! Although the plot has surprisingly little to do with a pool or competitive swimming, I was immediately drawn into Jenny’s life. Then, the switch in perspective to Lydia drew me in further until I practically had to fast-forward to solve the mystery of Old Lady Gallagher. I loved the backdrop of a small town; magic never sounded so real! What a fun way to spend my evenings last week.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the character development in this book August 10, 2014
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I loved the character development in this book. When I read, I like an author to connect me with people as well as the plot. This book treats the reader like an intelligent consumer and I appreciate that. I want to see a book two focused on the main character's mom because she seems to have a story to tell too!
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You can hear the water swish by and feel its tingle as you turn pages in chapter one. Imagery abounds throughout this book- lending delight to the senses. These characters come to life as their individual stories entwine one another. I love the magic!
Can't wait for Hannah Rae to publish her next novel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Kathy S
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a must read! Hannah Rae keeps readers fascinated with interesting character development, an engaging plot, and a bit of magic! Readers can imagine the quaint town of Lake Caywood as the imagery of this amazing author is abundant. You will laugh and cry and fall in love with this story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love about Petey Goode? September 22, 2014
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Upon a friend’s recommendation, I recently read this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect; I’m not much of a swimmer and I’ve never once in my life attempted a flip turn. If I’m being completely honest, I’ve never even thought to attempt a flip turn. I’m glad I took a chance on this book, though, because it’s impacted my life in a way that I didn’t expect it to.

I’m a huge fan of both Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen, and Hannah Rae’s writing style reminds me of theirs. Her use of language paints such a vivid picture, her plot lines contain just the right amount of twists and turns, and boy does she ever know a thing or two about characterization! What I wouldn’t give to acquire my own Petey Goode…

Petey aside, I loved all of the characters – and I loved that Rae allowed each of those characters to speak in her own voice. Jenny’s chapters incorporated color in a way I’d never before considered; Lydia, young artist that she is, peppered her story with pictures; and Ruby told her own tale via a series of flashbacks. But the best part, by far, was how all of the characters – both with starring and supporting roles – connected throughout the book. I loved, for example, viewing the characters of Gabe and Sam from different perspectives. It was just a neat concept.

I could write paragraphs and paragraphs about this novel, but I’m going to limit myself to four. I do want to comment on the author’s use of magic, though. The first chapter let me know that Jenny had her own unique gift, and I hypothesized about some things in the second chapter… but when the words and the flowers came together? I fell in love. I fell in love with the magic and I fell in love with the characters and I quite simply fell in love with Like A Flip Turn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read August 9, 2014
By TracyH
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This book had me laughing and in tears throughout the entire book! The characters came to life in such a way that I couldn't wait to see what happened next. As a mother, it truly hit all my emotions!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story line September 11, 2014
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Wonderful story line, well written, couldn't stop reading. Each page was a delight, liked her use of words.
Hope to see more of her writing very soon. A 5 star rating from me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant debut novel
Such an enjoyable read! I felt the three POV characters each had such unique voices, slowing linking together until the ending. Read more
Published 3 days ago by blackberrytea
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic!
This book was absolutely MAGICAL. And what a terrific name! As I read, I found myself guessing what might happen next. Read more
Published 4 days ago by John Oliver
3.0 out of 5 stars but this book could have been so much better with a good editor
Reasonable character development and plot line, but this book could have been so much better with a good editor. Read more
Published 7 days ago by C. Birdie
5.0 out of 5 stars what a good read!
The stories shared & the characters
in this novel captivated me! I really enjoyed meeting the folks in this book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Margaret V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the twists and turns in this debut novel by ...
Loved the twists and turns in this debut novel by Hannah Rae. Ghost story, fantasy, realistic fiction? Each chapter kept me guessing as to what was coming next. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kimberly Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars but it was like staring into the bottom of a pool
I have never read much magical realism before, but it was like staring into the bottom of a pool, when things drift slightly and the clarity becomes nearly blinding. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Thomas Hazlett
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed how the story of all the main women characters ...
I really enjoyed how the story of all the main women characters were so cleverly woven together. All the characters were richly described, and I felt I knew each one personally by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jodee
5.0 out of 5 stars Life comes at the residents of Lake Caywood just as ...
Life comes at the residents of Lake Caywood just as the title promises. These pages are filled with magic and not just in the plot line. Intriguing story, memorable characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dorothy K Puhl
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More About the Author

When she was in the fourth grade, Hannah Rae couldn't fall asleep one night. She climbed out of bed, padded down the hallway to her parents' bedroom, and said, "Mom, I can't sleep." To which her mother replied, "Make up a story in your head." So Hannah Rae created a cast of characters, and a setting, and a plot... and to this day, the first thing she thinks about when she snuggles under the covers each night are those characters and that setting. But the plot is always changing.

Like A Flip Turn is Hannah Rae's first published book. It will not be her last.

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