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Orange Petals In A Storm (Skyla McFee Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 190 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 2307 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Plum Tree Books; 1 edition (November 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055DVQEG
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I write compulsively. In my younger days, I was a dancer, singer and songwriter. When I morphed into a psychotherapist, I tried to work it all out and lay the ghosts of childhood past. Then I was lucky enough to work in Africa, so any remainder of youthful self-indulgence was cured. I can't tolerate seeing starving or abused children or cruelty to animals or corporations who abuse the environment. I campaigned loudly against all of those things and sang a song I wrote at the World Summit in 2002. l earned the title of Ph.D for specialising in Learning Through The Imagination. This seems like quite a list of varied things to have spent one's life on ~ all of it passion-soaked ~ all of it born of a strong sense of justice for the underdog. Several books later, I became a Nana, found another calling, and love pouring a lifetime's experiences into writing for children.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By betty l. dravis VINE VOICE on September 20, 2011
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If you think there's nothing new in a poor-little-orphan-abused-by-guardians story, you're in for a real surprise! This author is a miracle worker; not only does she take an often-used but guaranteed tear-jerker plot and turn it into something uniquely enchanting, but she has so many twists and turns in her story it will keep you entranced to the end.

Author Niamh Clune's story of recently orphaned, eleven-year-old Skyla McFee is hauntingly beautiful and will blow your mind when you read the superb prose that flows from her magical, mystical mind. Her words flow across the pages as easily and musically as ripples on a tinkling brook in a breath-taking meadow. And with her charming main character's penchant for creative thinking and paranormal actions, the plot bubbles with style, grace and spookiness.

Since Pat Conroy is my all-time favorite author (with Joseph Finder running a close second), I'll even go so far as to say that Niamh Clune is a female Pat Conroy. And everyone knows how I feel about Conroy's fanciful, poetic prose and mastery of the English language.

Clune's wondrous story begins with a bedraggled and bruised Skyla racing down the rain-drenched streets of East London as though the hounds of hell were after her. She's struggling to reach the home of her childhood, a home that was hers until her mother's recent death.

The little girl's favorite possession is a chair she inherited from her mother and when she's abused she learns how to escape her tormentors by sitting in this magical chair where she learns to use her imagination. She's transported to a parallel universe riddled with mysteries and peopled with characters that help her find the answers to her dilemma.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Happy Mom on October 9, 2011
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When you open this book, you find a child in dire straits. She is running in the rain, back to her beloved former home, only to succumb to the cold before reaching freedom. Young Skyla McFee is trapped in a situation that no child should ever endure, that of a cold family who cares little for her following the death of her mother. However Skyla is a survivor, and she soon learns that she has a gift. What the horrible Roche family views as her escaping reality and turning to her imagination is actually Skyla learning that she is a powerful and gifted girl with the ability to ease the pain in others, including the child who once bullied her.

This is not an action-packed, fast-paced story, where every scene follows one after another like a bullet from a gun. Rather it is a soft story, full of mysticism and guidance - a modern-day fairytale for our youth. I almost had the feeling that the characters in her dream world were whispering the entire time. This story would be perfect for reading aloud, with just enough fantasy in it to hold a child captive. It is a touching and poetically written story with a strong and hopeful message. Evil will never triumph over good. Skyla does not succumb to despair, and her optimism is rewarded. It ends on a glimmer of hope, and I'm sure in book two we will see her become even stronger and more powerful!

I have a daughter, and I could very easily see myself passing it on to her to read. Not only for the lovely fantasy weaved into it, but also for the message of never giving in or giving up and standing tall for what you believe in. I think we may read this together soon!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C.C.Cole on October 15, 2011
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"Orange Petals in a Storm" by Niamh Clune is a beautifully-written story about a young girl who's life is turned upside down by a terrible loss, then finds her way enduring hardship, and eventually finding potential happiness. The paranormal events are illustrated in the imagination by use of well-descriptive prose and less use of dialogue, but in this setting it strengthens the story. This is a beautiful novel, well-written, and suitable for most audiences looking for inspiration with a tasteful twist of the paranormal. Four Stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lougrahamii on November 8, 2011
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Orange Petals in a Storm is the first in the series following the life of Skyla McFee written by Niamh Clune.

We meet 11-year-old Skyla McFee who through tragic circumstances is living with her stepfather and his family. Unloved and ignored Sklya runs away but no further than her old home she once shared with her beloved Mother and Father. Such happy times now seem such a distant memory.

Fighting with the elements and sorrow for what she has lost she find herself transported into an inner world where life becomes clearer with the help of Mick the Cat and the Treads of Prophecy she sets upon helping the least likely of people.

Can Skyla change the circle of life for a family? Can she survive long enough to find happiness in her own world?

This is a very short novel and I read it cover to cover in just a few hours. I didn't know what to expect from this book. As anyone who regularly reads my book reviews will know, despite trying, I have difficulties big time with anything that is not physical on this earth or not real (in the human form), yet again, I have found a book that has puzzled me!

I adored the story of Skyla, the struggles she endured and felt that Niamh had written a beautifully poignant tale of this little girl's early life. I loved all the descriptive text around her feeling, her surroundings and relationships with the people around her. My heart went out to her and wanted so much for things to turn out right for her. Elements of the story made me think of a very modern Cinderella due to the life Skyla had.

Forgive me for being honest, I struggled with the parts of the story that transported Skyla into the inner world and spiritual lands.
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