- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492144479
- ISBN-13: 978-1492144472
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,941,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Blue Hour Paperback – October 1, 2013
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About the Author
The Blue Hour is my second self-published book through Amazon's KDP and CreateSpace. My previous eight books were conventionally published. This is the dividing line in my career as an author. By self-publishing, I have been able to recapture the joy of releasing a book into the world after living inside the story for months, even years. The Blue Hour went through many drafts, and I never lost my affection for the town of Clearoak, the mysteries of Oak Hill, and the boy Joshua, who reached out his hand to the ghost no one wanted to talk about. My hope is that this story is read on late nights by the fire, on lazy summer days, crisp fall mornings, and long afternoons that slip into the blue hour of evening. It is a story about life, death, hope, friendship, and forgiveness. It is a story about time, and all that endures.
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As always, I was left wanting more of the story.
Hats off to Ms. Davis for another success in yet another genre, Keep them coming - I look forward to the next book!
The Blue Hour is written for "young adults" and thus, an easy read. However, "older adults" will find it captivating, as well.
What fun to find a story that I couldn't put down until I finished - and then wanted more!
After a frightening incident in Los Angeles, Joshua and his family move from there, to a small, quaint town called Clearoak, where the folk aren't "unfriendly" but just "protective". Here, Joshua hears rumors and stories about the old house in which he now lives - a house that is supposedly haunted. Joshua's discovery of some curious blue marbles and his investigations around town unravel some terrible, guilty, secrets. But even as the townsfolk do their best to forget the past, they begin to relive it.
Author Patti Davis has written a captivating story revolving around themes of revenge, retribution and redemption. Joshua is a likeable and sympathetic as the misunderstood protagonist with his "unusual" ways - sitting in the yard to "watch the evening move in" and experience the moments when "the world around him was rinsed in blue." Davis effectively reveals Joshua's caring nature through his persistence in and ability to draw out the dark secrets that surround the town, and his ability to cope with both the bullies and victims that are drawn to his sensitivity.
Davis' writing offers beautifully quiet observations about life, family and secrets that are, at once, enchanting and haunting: "But houses can tell all sorts of lies when you look at them from the outsides. Windows can shine with light and never reveal the shadows that live deep inside rooms and hallways." Like the dense fog that overshadows the town, Davis' vivid imagery and ominous descriptions of the people of Clearoak as "acutely aware of visitors," and "never unfriendly or unwelcoming; they just tend to be watchful," capture an eerie atmosphere about the town and create an enticing mystery.
This foreboding and a sense of battling forces are highlighted with the contrast of images of love and hope, as a man remembers his emotions when he first found his dog: "For the first time he understood love. How it washes over you and changes the geography of your heart."
Technically, there are some issues such as typos, spelling inconsistencies and grammatical errors that need to be addressed with a further edit. However, the audience of young teens, especially those intrigued by the paranormal, will be hypnotized by the theme of cosmic consequences and powerful imagery and language in observations such as: "Dead people don't always leave the earth completely."
THE BLUE HOUR is a beautifully written, rich and poignant story about the choices we make, the actions we take in life and living with those choices and actions for the rest of our lives.
Reviewed by Maya Fleischmann for IndieReader.com
Fifteen minutes later, Chester pulled up to his lamp-lit house - a house that looked warm and inviting, a beacon in the black rainy night. But houses can tell all sorts of lies when you look at them from the outside. Windows can shine with light and never reveal the shadows that live deep inside rooms and hallways. Passersby smile and think, how lovely, but they don't see the cold corners where dreams and desires have been left to die. -The Blue Hour
The Blue Hour is imaginative and heartfelt. In this tale, Patti Davis weaves several stories into one. Past and present come together as a town and its residents come to terms with the choices they have made. While the story is written for younger readers, adults will enjoy it also.