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The Rocking Horse of Tuscumbia [Kindle Edition]

Kimberley G. Graham
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A spiritually blind and deaf woman confronts her long-buried past when she returns to her hometown, the birthplace of Helen Keller.

Because Amanda Crosby shares her birthday with the town’s matriarch, Helen Keller, she feels no identity apart from Tuscumbia. When the pain of her past collides with her uncertain future, she realizes she’s spiritually blind and deaf--and teetering back and forth between her husband and her lost love like one of her rocking horses.

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About the Author

Kimberley Gardner Graham grew up in Madison, Mississippi. She’s always been fascinated with the art of storytelling, but for most of her life she studied the visual arts, not the literary arts. Before earning her BFA in Graphic Design and Photography from Memphis College of Art, Kimberley studied design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and photography at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She now lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and three wonderful children. She believes that through writing, she’s able to use the creative gifts God’s given her to tell stories that bring glory and honor to the Lord.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1562 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989789810
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EVZ4ZR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story of redemption! Creative & Amazing! September 13, 2013
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I cannot believe this is Mrs. Graham's first novel and hope and pray she continues to share her gift of writing with us! I could not put this book down, devouring it in 3 days time. The characters were dynamic and very real, and I was surprised several times by the twists and turns in the plot. The descriptions of both Tuscumbia and Memphis were well researched and life-like throughout the novel. If you enjoy Southern writing, you will thoroughly enjoy this novel. The quotes by Helen Keller at the beginning of each chapter were thought provoking, and they tied in so beautifully with the overall message of redemption depicted in this novel. Setting this story in the hometown of Helen Keller was beyond creative and powerful way to communicate spiritual deafness & blindness. I now want to know more about Amanda, Beeny, and Helen Keller. Mrs. Graham, keep writing! The Lord is using you mightily.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Moving September 3, 2013
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This is an incredible first novel by Kimberely G. Graham. The Rocking Horse of Tuscumbia captures your interest & steals your heart from the very first chapter. It is a thought provoking novel that encourages the reader to explore there own life/faith & possibly prioritize a bit!!! I strongly recommend reading this book. Thank you Kimberely for sharing your story!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!! September 22, 2013
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Let me begin by saying that this is the first review I have ever written. I absolutely fell in love with the characters in this story. On one hand I found myself not wanting to put the book down and on the other I didn't want it to end!
It is amazing to me that this is Kimberley Graham's first novel. My hope now, is that she will continue sharing this gift of writing The Lord has given her!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Open Your Eyes September 10, 2013
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I was amazed that this was Mrs. Graham's debut novel. The complexity of style and characters won me over and drew me in. I could relate to many things as a southern woman. The personal challenge to be aware of my own spiritual deafness and blindness made it applicable and enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Christian Read! September 5, 2013
By Karen
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed how the story included a bi-racial couple. I wish I could of read more of what the future holds for them. I think the book also had a very good Christian foundation. I look forward to reading Kimberly Graham's next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Changed My Opinion of This One October 18, 2013
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Amanda Crosby grew up in the hometown of Helen Keller and in the shadow of the legend, and she hated it. Her mother spent more time keeping the memories of Helen alive than she spent with Amanda. She seemed to volunteer at the home for unwed mothers just to get away from Amanda, and when her father dies, Amanda needs someone more than ever. This story begins with Amanda having her ninth birthday, takes the reader through her teenage years, and ends in her adult years.

I didn't like Amanda at all to start with. I didn't like her selfishness, her outlook on life, or her choices. I couldn't understand why she caved into her mother's demands, when she didn't like her mother very much and had such a bold, spunky, stubborn personality. I didn't think a young woman like her was likely to abandon the love of her life, her soul mate, just because her mother told her to. I also thought the writing was too sluggish and slow. There was way too much description about mundane and unimportant things, and the story and plot became depressing to me. There were mistakes, too, like "slid" for "slide," "drunks" for "drinks," and "...decided to join Frank and I...." I would have only rated the first two-thirds of the book a two.

It was only in the last quarter of the book that it switched directions for me. Amanda began learning some important lessons that changed her. I did like Frank, her husband, who was dying of cancer. He almost seemed like a Christ-like figure. In this section, Amanda began to take an interest in things besides herself, and the story became redemptive and uplifting. I wouldn't say it made all of the first sections worth the read, because I still think there was too much descriptive narrative that needs editing, but it certainly changed my perspective and upped how I rated it. If there was a follow-up, I would likely read it, because I would like to see if Amanda found a happy-ever-after in the romantic sense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read! September 30, 2013
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This book is a fantastic read for anyone. I felt a connection with almost every character. The depth of the characters and the story grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let you go! You will hang on with anticipation through smiles and tears. I have personally recommended it making sure people download it in my presence, don't miss out- you won't regret the read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful journey September 25, 2013
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Kimberley takes the reader on powerful journey of a young lady's life and heart experiences. Soon you find yourself in the midst of walking your own journey as you experience that character's growth and healing. Thank you! Looking forward to the next novel!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars No ordinary love story
I like stories in which two people who were childhood friends fall in love, but this is no ordinary love story. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Cynthia T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Characters
Kimberley Graham has penned an amazing story of betrayal, heartbreak, redemption, and love. It felt like I visited Hellen Keller's small town and watched the lives of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter Leavell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty Good.
Published 5 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
Loved this book! Read with my book club and it is my favorite so far! Lots of familiar places and I definitely related to the characters.
Published 7 months ago by macasnap
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 7 months ago by Sharonw
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This book held me captive from the first page. I found it amazing that this is the author's debut novel. She has strong characters who are believable. Read more
Published 8 months ago by pjk
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A really good, easy read book!!!
Published 9 months ago by Lucy Boyette
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, excellent story
Ms. Graham writes a thoughtful, moving tale. Of love, self-examination, and redemption.

Also, good doses of Southern culture and history.
Published 9 months ago by Duck Mad Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating read with characters who linger in your mind long after...
Loved the setting and story line. At times I became irritated with a few characters, but they redeemed themselves before the end of the book. Put this book on your must read list. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paula Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid read
A good story, great character development. Kimberley takes cues from Sue Monk Kidd in her writing style. Great job on her first novel! Hope she writes more!
Published 11 months ago by Lisa
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More About the Author

Kimberley G. Graham caused a lot of trouble in Madison, Mississippi before she finally left for college. Four years later, she earned a BFA from Memphis College of Art without ever taking a painting class. Kimberley now lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and three wonderful children. She enjoys reading, writing, taking photographs, and creating things.

Kimberley also stays busy leading a group of moms through a Bible study called A Mother's Heart. She is responsible for organizing curriculum and small-group leaders as well as leading group lectures. Moms can follow A Mother's Heart (Memphis) on Facebook and Twitter while attending weekly meetings or listen online at

You can follow Kimberley on Twitter: @KimberleyGraham
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