Ten-year-old Lori Jean believes that love can heal Ray, her abusive stepfather whose drunken rages have left Lori Jean and her mother beaten and bruised. Growing up impoverished in rural Georgia in the 1950s, Lori Jean survives abandonment by her biological father, as well as the deaths of her grandmother and her best friend, Carolee. Despite these tragedies, Lori Jean clings tenaciously to faith and hope. When she discovers that her stepfather was the victim of sexual abuse as a child, she struggles to "fix" Ray's problems, but unfortunately, his illness runs too deep. Told in southern dialect through the innocent eyes of a child, the first-person narrative effectively draws the reader into Lori Jean's world. Though the ending is a bit contrived, Miles' story proves haunting and even inspirational. Linda Zeilstra
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A small book but it has a huge impact.
There are certain novels that stay with the reader long after the story is completed and Roseflower Creek is such a book.
Truly mesmerizing and raw ... A brilliant job... so heartfelt and personal.
A very moving story... Highly recommended with a box of tissues.
This was a tough book to read and is certainly not for everyone! Told from a child's perspective after they had died at the hands of theirPublished 2 months ago by sharon walker
This book touched my heart. I don't believe I've ever read a story quite like this. Poor little Lori Jean who tried her best with what life handed out to her. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kristie Leigh Maguire
I liked this book a lot. It was different. The main character was a 10-year old child. The story is written from her perspective. It speaks of a simple life. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Synzeeza
I recommend this book to all my friends. It was silly and sad roll up in one book. Told by a child's point of view. The first sentence hooked me.. Read morePublished 16 months ago by tntea
A great read, and an unexpected gem. I have passed this on to many book lovers whom have enjoyed it is much as I have.Published 18 months ago by F. Brown
This book is AMAZING! It made me cry, laugh, hope, and believe. I read it in one sitting, and even after I closed the book, the main character, Lori Jean stayed with me. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Wendy L. Hines
Lot to learn from a little girl who lived way too much life way too soon. Stressful but thought provoking.Published on August 8, 2013 by mustang74