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Dylan's Story Paperback – September 13, 2017
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Characters: Dylan is a character you'll just want to hug. He's trying so hard to keep things going well, trying to handle his younger sister who has unreasonable temper tantrums (poor girl's been through a lot), worrying about his mother, wondering how they'll live once his mother is able to be with them again, missing his dad--Dylan's got a lot to deal with. You can feel his insecurity, his courage, his longing for a shoulder to lean on but not knowing who he can trust, and his almost constant worry that Fern will misbehave again. Fern, his younger sister, has been used to getting her own way, because her mother has not been feeling well enough to handle her temper. We get to see flashes of sweetness here and there, but not much. I got to feel almost as Dylan did--"Oh, no, what's Fern going to do next?" And Dylan's books! (That's all I'll say. ;) Her fits did provide plenty of opportunity to get to know Autumn and Scott better, though. Uncle Scott was a good, confident, strong leader, gentle with Dylan, stern with Fern when necessary. I liked how both he and Autumn respected Dylan, rather than treating him as a child. Because his recent circumstances had made him grow up more than others his age, he needed to be treated differently, and they did. Autumn was warm and caring and understanding and concerned and worried (and prone to talk in run-on thoughts =). She was the type of person I would have put in Dylan's life to help him feel loved. Each character was distinct, and full. No one was really just a name, even the sub characters who didn't have much part.
Plot: This is a relationship story--Dylan's relationship with Aunt Autumn and Uncle Scott, with his sister Fern, with his mother, and whether he'll have a relationship with God or not. There's a search instigated for what happened to his father so many months ago, and a subplot of his mother's health challenges, and how it affects Dylan. It all fits well and doesn't leave the reader wondering what's happening, or how things are supposed to be working together.
Writing Style: As with all of the author's stories I've read, this story has an old fashioned, steady, leisurely pace to it, focusing more on relationships than action or happenings. It has a natural flow to it, perfect for the story development of Dylan's growth. The author does a very good job in grounding the reader in the season and daily weather. Hot chocolate, please!
Spiritual Content: Not a lot throughout the book, but prayer and scripture sprinkled here and there, and a few good scenes where Scott points Dylan to God. It felt well-balanced.
Negative Content: None! Well, there are "bad guys" in the periphery of the story, but everything is very well handled, very "clean". Any bad attitudes have appropriate consequences, and any "sneaking" gets caught. No unsavory words or relationships or scenes.
Overall this is a story anyone can read, especially on a rainy fall afternoon. =D
I requested a copy of this story to review, and all opinions expressed here are my own. Thanks, Miss Morris!