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The Circus In Me Paperback – April 24, 2014
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About the Author
S.M.'sorigin of script commenced at the earliest of eons. Growing copious ambitiousdesires to become a novelist and alter the world. Once deliberatingself-publishing an opportunity to get her words out she came into print. Herfirst novella The Tangled Tears waspublished in 2013. The Circus in Me, followed next year in April of 2014. The Sacrificing Mother, made its debutlater that year in October. She dreams of belonging to the community of SimonPulse authors. She is currently working on three very dissimilar angles ofstorylines.
Anaffection for poetry leads her creative voice. Generates short essays forvarious literary publications. When clean of ink stains and paper cuts, shedabbles in crafts and baking. S.M. lives with her husband and two sons whereverthe journey leads. Coaching and motivating others through the inspirationmovement of hypnosis.
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Over four hundred years later a small Amish colony in Indiana was home to sixteen year old, Tracey Aliza Livingston. Her desire to see what existed beyond their boarders, became a reality. Tracey Aliza enters different seasons of change and ultimately ... I can't spoil the ending!
S.M. Bjarnson's second novel, The Circus In Me, is written from her heart. You'll love this rare treat. Enjoy!
(Setting up this Reviewer's, rendition.)
Levi Livingston, was raised within a closely knit Amish family where the only thing greater than family, was God. Levi now with his wife, Rebecca, rarely deviated from scriptural principals when raising their Plain family. The Amish believe that the strength of their personal faith, reflects in their family, how they live their lives and their commitment to their community. Their forefathers and Biblical principals teach that they (the Plain or Dutch) are to be separate (different) from the outside (our English world). Their belief is that the English world will take their focus off God, tearing apart their family unit, church and community.
It is with the Amish's, obedient beliefs that this S.M. Bjarnson book begins.
(This Reviewer's, rendition.)
It was dark outside as Levi and Rebecca waited up for Malachi their first born, to come home. Weary of his disobedience and consistently late routine they never knew what state of coherence they'd find him in. They blamed themselves for some flaw in the parenting of their eldest child. The Plain community was equally unhappy, and Levi felt their scorn and pressure to put the ban on their son. Malachi still may have had ample opportunity to repent and stop sinning, but the Bishop and their Ordnung, reflected otherwise. For some time, Malachi and a friend had been mixed up in illegal atrocities within their Dutch and the English worlds. Driving fancy automobiles, drinking alcohol, drug abuse and their addictions.
Levi and Rebecca heard knocking at their door. Malachi would never have knocked and they would've heard his heavy boots on the porch proceeding his bumbling entrance. Answering the door, Levi learns the inevitable that their first born had outdone himself and was sent to the English hospital just over their Indiana boarder. Rebecca cried and was unable to be consoled by some of their older children. Levi, personal emotion's aside, told their Brother on the porch, that the time of shunning their son had begun. Swift measures were now needed to regain coherence of his family and for their community. Life in their world would go on.
Levi promptly put family arrangements into motion. Their second born, Tracey Aliza, would go ahead to see Malachi at the hospital. Her father asked a Mennonite, neighbour to drive Tracey Aliza while she packed her belongings. Levi gave her more than enough money along with a strict list of instructions. She was not to contact him, unless the end was near. Tracey Aliza, wasn't all that younger than Malachi. From her earliest memories they'd run and play in the creeks and fields and snitch cooling cookies. She was his closest confidant and he, her protector, inseparable by love.
At the hospital she stood close to her comatose sibling clinging to life, connected to tubes and hanging bags. She watched the constant stream of doctors and nurses enter and exist his room. So much tape stuck to bruised skin, so many tubes of blood taken she wondered if he had any left. She couldn't help notice that this once muscular and happy young man, had withered so quickly from the alcohol and drugs. Tracey Aliza held the small exposed part of his hand. Her head bowed and eyes closed, she listened to the hum of the machines keeping her brother alive. Less than a day later she saw the life fade in her brother's life monitoring machines.
Hurrying to the pay phone, she made that promised call that would get word to her Father. Tracey Aliza went back to Malachi's room taking deep breaths, wiping her nose as her tears stained her plain solid colored dress. Cold, shaking and terrified, she burst into heavy sobs and laid across Malachi to hold him one last time. She whispered to him about growing up together, their family and love. Tracey Aliza stared at her brother for a long time, holding his exposed knuckles to her cheek while her mind raced. She stood wiped her face, said goodbye and left.
On the street in Chicago, she stood still but her eyes moved toward each movement and every sound. She slowly turned while shielding her eyes from the intermittent sun. While blinking, a grin spread across her face. The young Amish girl only waited a minute or two, organized her belongings, picked a direction and began walking.
She bought a train ticket that would be the beginning, of a fast ride to the rest of her life. *Read the novel for a tale that only S.M. Bjarnson can tell!
I don't know a lot about Mormon, but I feel that S.M. Bjarnson's story is a well based balance between everything. There isn't too much of one this or too much over another. I find in some stories writer don't balance, but in Bjarnson's story has that quality.
Tracey is a young girl leaning her way through life. In the being she loses someone close to her and having the change to leave, going to a new place. Building a life that she wants, being the person she wants is something that I feel Tracey thinks is import. Tracey is a different lead character, then in most books I read. In more books I read Tracey would be more like a side character. I found it to be like a fresh breath of air to be read a lead character that is so different.
This is only a 172 pages that will feel even shorter, but oh so worth the read. Readers who like a different style of writing, stories you like a quick pace and one that is different than your everyday reading. This is a book for you. I enjoy this quite a lot and will be telling all my reading friends that this is a must read.