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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Tara Benwell (March 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986865907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986865909
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,032,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tara Benwell is an ESL teacher and materials writer who balances a freelance career with fiction writing and motherhood. Visit Tara’s website to read her blog, listen to her podcasts, and find out what she’s writing next. www.tarabenwell.com

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Tara Benwell (www.tarabenwell.com) is an ESL teacher and materials writer who balances a freelance career with fiction writing and motherhood. Her debut novel, The Proper Order of Things, is available on Amazon (print or Kindle). In 2010, Tara decided to let her agent go and publish her first novel on her own. Reading this editor's comment second-hand through her agent helped Tara decide that after years of writing, revising, and waiting, it was okay to hire an editor and get the job done on her own:

"Sorry it's taken me forever to answer you about Tara Benwell's novel. I've really been agonizing over it! What a great book! Crazy characters, really fine writing, good narrative. I loved every minute of reading it! But I've been swamped with exceptional manuscripts. And we can publish only four or five novels per year. After struggling my way to several really difficult decisions, I find myself unfortunately having to say no. Please tell Tara how impressed I am with the novel and her writing and congratulate her. And please do keep me in mind for any of her future projects."

Visit Tara's website to read her blog, listen to her podcasts, and find out what she's writing next. You can also check out the discussion forum below to read the first few reviews from Tara's readers. A video reading from Chapter 1 is available on the right of this screen. Listen to Chapter 1-3 on Tara's blog: www.tarabenwell.com
Follow Tara on twitter @tarabenwell

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on June 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was very impressed and quite captivated by Tara Benwell's book "The Proper Order Of Things" The family dynamics are quirky yet somehow normal.. familiar feelings to many past memories of teenage years.. Very humorous and I enjoyed the anticipation of what was coming next.. Brought back good memories of "Do you pinky swear" !! I LOVED finding out the truth about a certain secret ..you will know what I mean if you have read the book.. If you haven't.. do so.. It's a very good read.. I look forward to Ms. Benwell's next novel..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pixie on August 4, 2011
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I loved this book! It is a beautifully written coming-of-age story. This book has it all. Ms. Benwell effortlessly combines drama, intrigue and humor and she throws in a couple of surprising twists. Her characters are unique yet relatable, and she deals with some difficult topics with insight and humor. I couldn't put it down! Highly recommended.
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The story is narrated by Caroline, a child of nine, who, according to her Mom, was born on the unluckiest day of the year, July 6th, but is the luckiest one to be baptized on the day she was born. Caroline discovers the untold secret of her Mom and Dad; the secret that she does not have the guts to share with any of her other sisters and brothers, and has to carry the burden alone. She discovers the secret in a shoe box that is kept hidden in her Mom’s closet. In the quick time that she finds to go through some of the newspaper articles that her Mom keeps from a distant past, she discovers about a fire in a circus in Connecticut on July 6th 1944, and how the only survivors were two kids, a boy and his sister toddler. At that time she realizes how her Mom and Dad look unbelievably similar and decides to bury the secret in her heart and keep it untold; the secret that unfolds differently after her mother’s death, when her father tells her everything.

The story could have been written in fewer pages, but the author is successful in keeping the reader interested until the last pages of the book.
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