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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461054397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461054399
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brooklyn James is an author/singer/songwriter who enjoys life in the Live Music Capital of Austin, Texas. Her first novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me, comes with an original music soundtrack, and was chosen as a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Brooklyn holds a Master's in Communication, and a Bachelor's in Nursing and Animal Science. Her second novel, Vigilare, is an adaptation from a short narrative film. She is currently working on the second book in the Trilogy. Brooklyn has a new single debuting this fall and is in studio working on her second album of original material to be released in 2012. Visit her website at brooklyn-james.com to listen to music clips and find her upcoming book signings and acoustic music sets.

More About the Author

Brooklyn James is an author/singer/songwriter inspired by life in the Live Music Capital of Austin, Texas. Her first novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me, has an original music soundtrack and was chosen as a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. This book has ranked in Kindle's Top 100 Coming of Age and Women's Fiction.

When she is not writing books, she can be found playing live music around Austin as part of an acoustic duo. Like most everyone, she treasures her time spent with family and friends. Brooklyn has been in a Weezer video, met Harry Connick Jr. as an extra on the set of When Angels Sing, and she was Mira Sorvino's stand-in on Jerry Bruckheimer's Trooper pilot for TNT. She enjoys reading, dancing, working out, fishing with her hubby, and a good glass of kombucha.

Brooklyn holds an M.A. in Communication, and a B.S. in both Nursing and Animal Science. Her nursing career has seen specialties in the areas of Intensive Care and Postpartum. She serves as a Guest Speaker with a focus on awareness and prevention of Domestic Violence and Suicide.

Find her at www.brooklyn-james.com or www.facebook.com/BrooklynJamesAuthor. You can also find her music on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, YouTube, and Pandora.

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A great story that was very well written.
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Their journey was so intense, real and emotional and I fell in complete love with Miah.
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Read this book in a few days, couldn't put it down!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TMP on March 28, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
"The Boots My Mother Gave Me" is a great coming of age fiction novel that any women can relate to. Harley's determination to survive hard times and constant need for adventure is something most anyone can relate to. The romance in the story adds to the plot while not taking away from the overall message. This book is one that you will read in one sitting. It was impossible to put down and once you are done you will wish James had a second novel published. I was dying to read about the next adventures of 'Miah and Harley when I finished the book. I can't wait for James' next novel. Finally, the soundtrack that accompanies the book is BRILLIANT!! Why has this not been done before? Check out this book and soundtrack. You WONT be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karen M on July 24, 2012
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Harley runs. An emotionally and physically abusive father has Harley running for most of her life. She grew up watching the abuse heaped upon herself, her mother and her sister and when she graduated high school she ran yet again. She follows her own path but it meanders and always seems to bring her back home whether by choice or by a cry for help.

The one comfort that has been in her life was her childhood friend, Jeremiah. Her path takes her in and out of different careers, different cities, and even in and out of the lives of different men but never does she desire to settle down, never feels really safe.

The moments growing up when her father would surprise her with kindness and love and then turn on her with hatred have her never trusting anyone including herself. This story culminates with an event that you would think would put end to Harley's fears but it causes her to finally face them.

Very good book
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on August 25, 2012
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Brooklyn James' novel tells the chronological story of Harley LeBeau as she attempts to escape her difficult childhood, perpetuated by her father's drinking. The novel is extremely enjoyable as one girl's story as she heads from place to place trying to find her way in life, but still, despite being determined to leave, irreversibly linked to her home town and her boy-next-door Jeremiah Johnson.
Harley's story is powerful and throughout the reader can totally see her strong willed nature guiding her through all the hardships she comes up against. She's also flighty and there's a sense of displacement wherever she goes, except in that one special place that it takes even her, the whole length of the story to realise.
James' strength really lies in the power of her characters, Harley particularly is captivating and you want to continue finding out what happens next in her tale. Some of the other characters could do with a little more body, her mother in particular who gives her name to the precious boots that feature in the title of the novel could be fleshed out as she seemed quite forgettable.
This novel really worked for me but I unfortunately found the ending predictable, in fact, I think it was as if it was bound to happen from the first few chapters of the novel. It was definitely the right ending for Harley and her story but it still fell flat from this reader's perspective.
That being said following Harley on her journey was enjoyable and I found myself rooting for her at every turn, showing the talent James has in creating believable, powerful characters.
Beth Townsend - The Kindle Book Review
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cknudd on March 14, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Excellent book. I had a hard time putting it down and then when I got to the end I wished the book were longer, I did not want it to be over!! This book was so well written that I could feel what the characters were going through. The outcome of the book was what I was hoping for all along!!! Great read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B Dubots on March 12, 2011
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This is by far the best book I have read in a long time! Brooklyn is a very talented writer! She really has a way to draw you into her book so that you can't stop reading. She makes you fall in love with the characters and dying to meet them. I would highly recommend this book - it's an awesome chic book! I hope she plans to write more because she definitely has a talent!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sofia Leo on January 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
At 17 the narrator has it all figured out but she stayed with her abusive family anyway? Srsly? The first 10% reads like a very bad teen novel where the heroine is the only character who has a brain. The characters were one-dimensional and I gave up after that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pink Amy on November 25, 2012
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Brooklyn James never met a cliche she didn't use in this coming of age story of Harley Le Beau, who perseveres inspire of her sometimes violent, alcoholic father.
Near the beginning of this first person account she reveals an awful Christmas when, at seven years of age she attacks her father with a shovel when he is beating her mom. I've worked with plenty of abused children, and this is more the fantasy of what a child wished she had done, than anything close to reality.
I read this on my phone, and nearly every page had at least one cliche. Additionally, James fell into the trap of over using the word "I", not uncommon for writers without good editors. Writing first person is difficult because using "I" comes naturally, but if she varied sentence structure, she could have easily gotten rid of st least half of them.
Harley is a likable enough character, and I wanted the best for her, but I never felt so connected that we were on this journey together.
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