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Pearl [Kindle Edition]

C.E. Weisman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Pearl Water's childhood was shattered the night she stood at her bedroom window and watched her mother run away without a glance back. Only ten years old, Pearl was left to care for the family and take over her mother's responsibilities.
Eight years later as the approach of midnight beckons, Pearl finds herself on the edge of eighteen and running, as her mother did, in search of freedom and the youth she'd been denied.
But freedom has a price.
She ends up on foreign turf; a farm in Oregon with her volatile boyfriend, Roy and his family, who seem to hold even more secrets than her own. As time goes by, Pearl is drawn into beautiful but also tumultuous relationships with these strangers in Oregon, all the while losing a bit of herself with each drop of booze Roy drinks.
As secrets unfold, Pearl wonders how much of her own past is truth and what has been a lie.
And would the answer come too late, as her world spirals down into a path of destruction?

Product Details

  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Julla Publishing (December 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AP84AMG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a beautiful story. December 18, 2012
By MWagers
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Pearl and her journey to explore the freedom of adulthood is a classic coming of age story. I empathized with her growing pains of understanding men, herself and the childhood she knew. There were many times throughout this story I found myself silently begging her to not be so foolish for fear of the unjust outcome. Other times, I rooted her on like a girlfriend to succumb to the whimsy of life when she was forced to be mature beyond her years. I was mesmerized with the thorough description of people and places. Not all at once, but snippets of details. I could nearly see and hear the characters who filled the pages and smell the room or state Pearl occupied. Truly loved this book and would recommend it to anyone. You too will love it!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great story, keeps you curious and engaged January 10, 2013
By andrala
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I feel a little bad for being the first 4-star reviews after all these 5-stars, but it's only because I reserve 5-stars for my most cherished favorites. I really did love this book. The only actual negative point I have is that there were a few small grammatical/syntax errors, but nothing glaring. I am just an annoying turd about little things (and I'm sure I have errors in this very review). But seriously, Pearl is a great read. It's an amazing value at $2.99; I definitely would have paid the normal $9.99 new release Kindle price for this book. I read the entire book the day I bought it, and it was actually the first book I bought and read on my new e-reader.

I must say, Pearl exceeded my expectations. As evidenced by my reading it in one day, the book was hard to put down. The plot and characters held my interest and were believable without being at all predictable. I loved all the twists and getting to know Pearl, the people in her life, and their hardships and triumphs.

Pearl was a great debut by Weisman, and I look forward to reading her future work. I definitely recommend Pearl to other lovers of fiction.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars AT LEAST TRY TO MAKE THE STORY REAL April 26, 2013
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This story lost me in the first 5% of the book. Pearl is from Arizona (where I live and have traveled the entire state), and has only seen the dull green of cactus. Cactus grow in both the low and high desert, where there are trees (green) and riots of wild flowers, so there is bright green and red and yellow and orange and blue and . . . Then she gets to Oregon, and the first thing she sees are the red and yellow apples on the trees and the blooming cherry trees. In Oregon, cherry trees bloom from March to May, depending on the location and variety, and apples (blooming at the same time) are ripe from late summer to late fall. This kind of thing just distracts me from the story. Is it too much to ask someone to set a stage where there is some reality?

I went back to try to finish this book, and only got through another 10%. She is from Tucson, which has tons of "green", and is over-looked by Mt. Lemon, which has tall green pine trees and a ski resort. It is also a college town with the large University of Arizona. She says she does not have much experience because she was home schooled, but by who? Her mother left when she was only 10, and it was just her, her father and her 7 year younger brother. If her father worked, who stayed with the children and schooled them? And she goes out to pick apples to make pies for supper that night, but then they have the peach pies she made that day??? Even for free, I spent too much on this book because it was a waste of my time.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book December 19, 2012
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I was completely captured by this story. It is the perfect thing to read when you need to escape, and lose yourself in someone else's life. I was moved, mad, hopeful and enthralled as I followed Pearl's journey. I was so anxious to find out what happened, I wasn't able to parcel out the story. I gobbled it up!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Meh. It took me several tries to get through the first 30% of this book so I checked the reviews to see what others were saying. I'm very skeptical of all the five star reviews... especially those that are barely two lines and/or not marked as verified purchases.

With that said, I plugged along through the next 50% and then skimmed to the end. I thought it was slow in places and then got downright depressing with a twist in the end. Roy's a jerk and his family is nothing but enablers and not worth much. The plot had merit but I couldn't recommend the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark side of romance March 24, 2013
By sobryan
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The struggles of a young woman caught up in the cycle of low esteem, isolation and domestic violence are played out in "Pearl" by C.E. Weisman.

Pearl barely stays afloat after her mother walked out on the family. The lack of
self-worth follows her as she tries to find a place as an 18-year-old newlywed without friends or family. Her drunken, lying and cheating husband takes out his failures on his young bride, leaving her battered and bruised physically and emotionally.

Weisman, however, provides a sense of hope amidst violence by giving Pearl a chance to build a few friendships, develop a shaky form of family and just a touch of independence. While the narrative is predictable, Weisman's writing style pulls in readers who want a happy ending and new beginning for the young heroine. The build-up is expected, but the conclusion will take you by surprise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pearl
Great book. Well written. Easy to share the emotions of Pearl and all the different phases she went through. Very believable characters.
Published 12 days ago by DS
5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing love story.
I really liked the passion in this book. You could feel the love, hate and vileness in the characters. I am so glad that the ending was like expected but with a twist.
Published 1 month ago by Jean Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a wonderful book to lose yourself in.
The truth is that you can never really know the truth.... sometimes what a child sees and hears can truly affect them through their life. Knowing the truth and accepting it ... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Avid Reader of Anything!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story
Very interesting. Love, betrayal, frightening moments, peaceful moments. This female character has a life of experiences that you can feel with her through this book.
Published 5 months ago by ET43
2.0 out of 5 stars Pearl
The book was a little too cookie cutter material for me. It was the same old, same old. Girl falls in love with a not so nice guy. Then prince charming comes to the rescue. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rachel
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Going
I found this a bit slow but I hung in there thinking it would get a lot better. It took better than half the book before I really got interested in following Pearl's life. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeannine L. Helveston
5.0 out of 5 stars I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at the excellent job she...
I have know the author since she was in high school, and when I learned that she had written I really had to read it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Grandma Cori
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt
Amazing story of life, loss, love, broken dreams and dreams coming to fruition with a new love. I loved Pearl and I would have loved to strangle Roy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carole A. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Very good book.
Published 7 months ago by Sandra Bosomworth
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C.E. Weisman lives with her family in Oregon. A mother and wife, she can be found engrossed in a good book or working on her next Women's Fiction and Romance novel.

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