- Series: The Women of Valley View
- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: A Blonde and a Prayer Books (March 19, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692410201
- ISBN-13: 978-0692410202
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 832 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Callie (The Women of Valley View) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 19, 2015
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Callie has nightmares about the one life that she failed in the worst way. Her work lead her to a mother being abused by her husband, but the abused wife won't press charges. When there was a custody hearing regarding welfare of the kids, Callie testified that the mother is fit and mother got custody. Six months later, the father in a drunken rage killed the baby, and Callie felt responsible. She tried to live on, but she cannot let go of the guilt, even though she tried by doting on her grandchildren. At her church Sunday school where she teaches, she noticed a girl Iris, unusually quiet and withdrawn. She felt compelled to investigate, even though she should not get involved... Iris has a huge secret... she and her sister Samantha Evans, were actually raising Sam's baby. Their mother died in a car crash year and a half ago. Their father left them ten years ago... Sam's working multiple jobs trying to make ends meet, and they cannot let any one know there is no adult, or CPS will break up their family. What they don't know is the father is actually looking for them. Steve Evans, the former addict, had found Christ five years ago, and dragged himself back into the light. He was sharing his experience across the country on a book tour, and had hired investigators trying to track down his family. He found the obituary of the wife, and he's desperately searching for the two daughters. When Callie decided to get involved with Iris' life, she will need all her strength and faith to reunite the broken family, and find peace with her own past.
You'll shed a few tears along the way for a family that had suffered and endured so much, and how a woman heeded God's calling to serve and protect that family with help of friends and family, despite every reason not to. The religious references are not too explicit or jarring, but you'll notice they're there. All in all, emotional book.
I thought the narrator did an outstanding job making the reader really feel the emotion that each character was going through. You could hear the pain of each one as things happened. I really enjoyed her character voices you always knew who was talking and what they were feeling. There are no repeating of words, no background noises, no volume changes and if any breaks were taken I could not tell. Ms. Marty put a lot of thought into how the story would play out giving her voice the correct tones for each scene. I had no trouble picturing what the narrator was reading. I thought her performance was outstanding and really pulled me in. The audio was very clear and clean giving you a performance you will not forget for a long time to come. She really pulled on your heartstrings in her very vivid account of story the author wrote.
I had no trouble relating to this story as I am sure most of us have had to deal with abuse of some kind. Now a day’s most of us have also dealt with divorce, a parent leaving and maybe even a drug issue. All of these issues can tear a family apart with no trouble at all. My heart went out to Callie but more so too this young girl Iris and Samantha as they deal with the road life has given them. I can’t think of anything more horrible then having no one there for you when you need them the most and to scared to reach out for help knowing your family might be torn apart at anytime. The author really put some thought into writing this as she pulls your heart one way and then another. She does add some humor lots of smiles and then breaking your heart all over again. It is a story of love of God, forgiving your self and learning to forgive others. There are some very good points here as to the reasoning of why we should forgive. I thought this was a very compelling vivid audio that really gives a punch in more ways than one. Just when you think things cannot get worse they do. The author gives you a few surprises that at first you do not know how to take it. It all does work out for the best leaving you with a smile on your face and peace in your heart. I thought this was a very uplifting and inspirational listen that I totally enjoyed. I hope others will give it a listen and really be pulled in to some outstanding narration and writing.
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