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Tamara's Child [Kindle Edition]

B K Mayo
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Book Description

This award-winning novel is a captivating and profoundly relevant story about the struggles of a homeless pregnant teenager, set against a backdrop of murder and deceit. The novel won the 2011 Eric Hoffer Award in the Young Adult book category. It was also named a Finalist in the Popular Fiction category of the 2010 National Indie Excellence Book Awards. Midwest Book Review says, "'Tamara’s Child' is a thought provoking and heartstring jerking tale that should not be passed up.”

Tamara Ames is sixteen years old, pregnant, and on her own when she arrives in the small lumber town of Fir Valley, Oregon, determined to make a new and better life for herself and her child. And when she falls victim to a diabolical scheme to steal her newborn baby from her, she is not about to give her child up without a fight, even if she has to take on the wealthiest and most powerful family in the county. But is Tamara fighting against her child's own best interests? Only she can decide. And it's a decision that she--and her child--will have to live with for the rest of their lives.

In "Tamara's Child," B K Mayo weaves from sensuous detail a storyline as gritty and complex as life itself. Loss, treachery, greed, even murder play roles in this riveting tale. But in the end, it is the redemptive value of unconditional love that drives the pivotal action of the novel. One part suspense, one part drama, and wholly satisfying, "Tamara's Child" plumbs the psyche of a dynamic cast of characters, some motivated by self-interest, some by self-sacrifice, some by self-doubt, but all clinging to the hope that they can ultimately wring from life the happiness and fulfillment that has thus far been denied them.

“It took me less than 24 hours to read this book because I couldn’t put it down.”
—Tricia Dias, Douglas County News





Editorial Reviews

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It is 1979 and Tamara Ames is in desperate trouble. She's just turned 16, homeless, friendless, and six months pregnant! What's she going to do? Where's she going to go? How's she going to care for herself and her baby?

Having left Eugene, she arrives in the (fictional) lumber town of Fir Valley, Douglas County, where she stubbornly sets out to make a new life for herself and her child. Unfortunately, she becomes one of the victims in a horrid scheme to steal her newborn baby. When she figures out what has happened, she refuses to give up her baby without a fight, even if she has to take on the town's most powerful and richest family. Through it all, Tamara's one controlling thought is, ''What's the best thing I can do for my baby?''

The storyline is as complex as it is sinister. There is evil personified, treachery, deceit, greed and murder. There is also the totally human need for family and love--the love of another and the love FOR another. Some of the scenes and language are necessarily gritty, but that's the way life can (but shouldn't) be. However, there is also tenderness and poignancy, especially for a lost child in pain who is, in turn, having a child. The author doesn't ask you to pity Tamara or excuse her bad decisions, but you ARE asked to try to understand--put yourself in HER shoes--don't judge, just reach out a hand to another human in pain and fear. These are very real characters and they draw you in immediately; their motivations include self-interest, self-sacrifice, self-doubt and selfishness. It took me less than 24 hours to read this book, because I couldn't put it down.

This is B K Mayo's first published novel. Another in the growing list of Douglas County writers and artists, Mayo has worked with ''at risk'' children (as part of the education system) for 20 years; the last 5 were as In-School Suspension Supervisor in Roseburg High School. Several Amazon.com reviewers talked about the ''suspense with mysterious twists'' while containing ''a lot of heart.'' One reviewer ''got so involved with the characters that I felt like traveling to Oregon and looking (them) up so I could talk to them--but, oh, that's right, it's fictional.'' I understand this last comment very well, as I, too, had very intense, negative feelings for one of the characters (as I was meant to have). This is a fine author with lots of good books waiting in his fertile mind. I look forward to his next one. --Tricia Dias, Douglas County News Copyright 2009: Reprinted by permission of the reviewer

About the Author

B K Mayo is a member of the Willamette Writers Association. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies, including Zahir, The Wordstock Ten, and Waterfall of Words. He is also a contributing columnist for The News Review of Roseburg, Oregon. While honing his skills as a writer, Mayo worked as a park caretaker, an accounting clerk, a school bus driver, a library aide, a teacher's assistant, a special education teacher, and a high school detention room supervisor. His novel Tamara's Child was inspired by his work with at-risk youth. Mayo currently lives with his wife, Karen, in an area of southwestern Oregon known as the Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua.

Product Details

  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981588476
  • Publisher: Fir Valley Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q3RRF8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Love is a powerful thing, but how to apply it is the real problem. "Tamara's Child" tells the story of a teenage mother, who faced with her new child, wants to do everything she can to protect it and care for it. When plans are put in place to separate her from her child, Tamara is left asking if resisting is really the best thing for her and her child. "Tamara's Child" is a thought provoking and heart string jerking tale that should not be passed up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars would like more December 11, 2009
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Other than for the mystery involved in this wonderful novel, Tamara's story could belong to many of the at-risk teens whom I have met and become friends. Their stories, like Tamara's, are never simple; the solutions to their problems are never easy. As I read Tamara's story, I felt that I knew her. Hers is an amazing story that describes in its own way the dilemmas that many young people face, although most with a lesser degree of intrigue. B K Mayo has told Tamara and her child's stories with such clarity that it grips the reader's attention and pulls them forward, making them want to know more. The only thing more that could be asked of the author is a sequel that continues the stories of these beautifully strong people. http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0981588476/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&qid=1260544554&sr=8-1&condition=new
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did We Need Felicity's Story? August 28, 2012
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I did enjoy this book and was ready to give it a 4 star rating until I read Felicity's Story. This completely baffled me, if she had heard the full story when she first met Tamara, I could have understood her anger and despair. However, to simply ignore her Father after all the loving care that she received and ignore his efforts to contact her, yet still take his money, simply because she found she had been adopted, simply didn't ring true to life. This girl had lost her Mother but there is a very special relationship between a father and daughter and after twenty-one years that would be difficult to break. I hardly think that a young woman who's ambition was to become a doctor to help the suffering would have ignored her Father, and carried on in such a pathetic and selfish manner. I agree that if a child is adopted it should be told at a very young age but this reaction was unrealistic. Apart from this, I for one do not agree with teenage pregnancies, having seen too many young peoples lives ruined both the Mother's and the childs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tamara's Child is an amazing book July 21, 2011
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This book is in my 'top five' of truly enjoyable reads. The book was not at all what I expected when bought it, and as I realized how the story was playing out I was more and more excited. It is a very good story with people that I could identify with. I was shocked and angry during the part of the book. It seemed like some of the people were truly evil and I wanted to rescue Tamara. I was also involved in the suspense in the story story. I wanted to read faster so I could find our what would happen next. Besides the good story, though, the book is extremely though provoking. As in 'real life' what is evil is to be hated - but the clarity fails when dealing with the perpetrators of the evil. The evil doers were clearly not evil people, but their misguided intentions clearly could not justify their actions. The question about how the 'ends justify the means' is clearly asked but is not answered. This is sold five-star read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book December 27, 2009
By S. Dean
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I loved this book. Tamara is a pregnant teen and finds herself without support from the babies father or her family. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. The writing is in such detail and also very suspenceful. You feel you are right there with Tamara and you want to keep reading to find out what will happen to her next.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tamara's Child (Deliciously Suspenseful) November 19, 2009
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When the people in this novel are introduced, you know them well, right away. Even though Tamara is the main character, the story follows the other persons in a way that I had to know what happened to them right away, so I didn't want to put the book down till I found out about them and what they had done and what they were going to do next.

Unlike some stories, these characters aren't cluttered. Each person stuck in my mind and I didn't have to keep going back to previous pages or chapters to try and remember an incident or account of these individuals. I had an image of them in my mind from beginning to end.

If you enjoy suspense with mysterious twists, you'll like this novel. This story packs a wallop. I got so involved with the characters that I felt like traveling to Oregon and looking up the characters so I could talk to them about some of the things they did but oh, that's right, it's fictional.

If I had waited just a bit longer to order, I would have saved 33%, darn it, but at least now I know what happened to Tamera's child, instead of waiting. This story is definitely a gripping read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read December 13, 2010
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I was pleasantly surprised to find Tamara's Child contains more mystery and suspense than I expected. The characters are very real to life, with real, mixed motives. We see Tamara's inner character as warm, caring and young, while she shows everyone else the typical teenage attitude of I'm tough, don't care, and don't want help. I could see an awful tragedy unfolding, which kept me reading late into the night. The author did an excellent job of creating an unique and diverse set of characters: a "good" doctor with his own motivations, a low life that seems too realistic, and a young girl that exemplifies the hopes and dreams of many teenage girls, but in a very hard situation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I was leery at first, but soon really got into the book. It had many twists and turns that held my interest. A very enjoyable read.
Published 2 months ago by Happy Grammie
5.0 out of 5 stars A Novel of Moral Complexity and Depth
This is not the sort of book I generally read, an award-winning novel about a pregnant teenager whose life is in turmoil. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael L. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and will suck you in
I actually borrowed this book because I thought it would be interesting to read this book since the cover and the title "influenced me" to read it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Laurie Tam
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional reading
This book was really long and it's hard to put it down once you start reading it. There was so many sad parts to it it was so heartbreaking at times and other times it felt... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris R H
4.0 out of 5 stars Tamara child
It was a great book to read. It was a page turner
. It keep you wanting to read more to find out what was going to happen next.
Published 9 months ago by Jennifer Hayward
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
I really enjoyed reading Tamara's child. it kept me on the edge of my seat couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I would recommend to others to read.
Published 11 months ago by Jean Alvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Tamara's Child
It wasn't predictable, I'll tell you that. It left me in suspense. I liked the ending and part 2. Keep up the good work.
Published 13 months ago by Tashema Gadsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Tamara's Child
Such a good story. The twists and turns throughout the chapters kept me involved as if I was living Tamara's life.
Published 13 months ago by M. Ackerman-Aceves
5.0 out of 5 stars True Tragedy
This is a beautifully-written book about a pregnant teen with no support system. Tamara's one goal is to give her child what she didn't have. I couldn't put the book down... Read more
Published 15 months ago by e-bev
5.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal
This book was a fantastic read! I spent hours on end reading it just so I could finish it. Definitely recommend.
Published 15 months ago by grace
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More About the Author

On his way to becoming a writer, B K Mayo worked as a fire alarm salesman, a college bookstore manager, an IRS tax auditor, a park caretaker, a school bus driver, a library aide, a special education teacher, and a high school detention room supervisor. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals and anthologies, including "Zahir: A Journal of Speculative Fiction" and "The Wordstock 10: 2011." His first novel, "Tamara's Child," inspired by his experiences working with at-risk youth, won the 2011 Eric Hoffer Award in the Young Adult book category. It was also named a Finalist in the Popular Fiction category of the 2010 National Indie Excellence Book Awards. Mayo is also a columnist for "Encore," a monthly magazine insert published by The News-Review of Roseburg, Oregon. Mayo and his wife live in an area of southwestern Oregon known as the Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua. Learn more about the author at www.bkmayo.com.

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