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In the Beginning (Baby Girl Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This story is remarkable. Although short, it is moving in a way many full length novels don't manage. Cleo is resourceful, brave, smart. She never once felt sorry for herself, maybe a little envious of "normal" children, but never bitter or broken. She made due with her life and found her own happiness with Einstein. And even though they were young and mini-criminals, these two came across as innocent. They were incredibly sweet together. The book was poignant, heartbreaking, and the ending was bittersweet, yet there was a thread of hopefulness at all times. It made me think of a life lived in black and white with only small bursts of color scattered about. Cleo's life is ugly, yet it has a sense of beauty that I can't explain. I found it moving and look forward to more.
Their relationship and eventually young love is the sweetest part of the story. Sadly - Cleo has not left all the pain behind and the book ends rather tragically. This is a series, so we'll need to keep reading to find out how Cleo moves on...to Paris.
Baby Girl - In The Beginning is the first book in the Baby Girl Book series. It starts with a young girl who lives with her mother. Her mother is a druggy and leaves her home alone a lot. The one time she was left alone for over a month and the young girl decided it was time to be on her own. I don't write spoilers, but this is really a very interesting story and will keep you interested until the end.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series!!!
(Join me as I move on to Book 2 ~ Moonlighting in Paris)
The beginning had promise. We see the neglected and abandoned child strike out on her own in an attempt to survive. She finds an abandoned building to hole up in and seems to be doing fine. Then three more kids find her home to be a good place to live too. The four of them start pickpocketing and then robbing homes. Two are caught and taken away, while Cleo and Einstein run off. They start to live decent lives on the backs of others. Then, as they make plans to go to Paris, Einstein is run over. It just feels like this part doesn't even fit into the story. It feels like the author just killed him off to make Cleo's journey more dramatic.
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