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Homeless (The Home Series) (Volume 3) Paperback – November 13, 2013
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About the Author
Michele Feltman Strider was born in Trenton, Michigan but quickly relocated to The Deep South after discovering that winter was a recurring event. There she received a degree in Theater from the University of South Alabama and a pretty decent tan for a natural redhead. Homeless is the final book of her “Southern Trilogy,” including Homecoming: A Novella and Hometown. Michele currently enjoys the moderate climes of the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two cats and hopes to explore the titular potential of the other twenty-five letters of the alphabet.
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The structure made the story that much more intriguing, allowing the reader to learn about Laura-Lynn's life and character in bits and pieces, much as Daisy, herself, was doing.
Overall, the book was a wonderful experience full of discovery and charm. Speaking of charm, Michele Strider seems to have quite a knack for charming characters, with Laura-Lynn being the most enigmatic of charmers.
I chose my title for this review, because I would love to see a talented actress take on such an intriguing character. I also wouldn't mind seeing the debonair John Anders Erickson fleshed out, in Hollywood hunk form. I've thought about it for a while, and I think Michael Fassbender would be perfect. :)
Daisy is the first of the main characters in the Home series who doesn't have some sort of weirdly unstable family and seems comfortable in her own skin and happy with her life. She has a good job as a librarian, a kind and loving fiancé and decent coworkers. Her life is turned upside down when she discovers a secret from her past, but Daisy handles it well and with the help of her family goes to find the truth. Her long bus trip from Oklahoma to Key West, Florida was a delight to read. Feltman-Strider managed to capture the true feeling of sitting on a bus for hours with random seat mates, and the hodgepodge of humanity found in bus stations.
I can't wait to see what Feltman-Strider has in store for us next. Her writing has evolved into something that flows from the pages and straight into the reader's mind with delectable images, tastes, sounds and smells.
I highly recommend this book, especially if you read the previous books. There are callbacks to characters from previous books, one of whom plays an unexpected role in Daisy's life. Don't miss out on an up and coming writer!
holds your attention. Each book she has written gets more interesting.
It was enjoyable reading the life of Daisy working as a librarian and in
the end finding out her father was an author.
I'm hoping there will be another book. I feel she is an accomplished
Daisy McLean has a great life - She's been raised by loving adoptive parents, has a terrific job as a librarian at a branch library that she loves, enjoys living independently in her own apartment, has a fiancé that she loves dearly and who is quite understanding about extending the engagement beyond three (3) previously-selected wedding dates. But a few months after attending a funeral with her adoptive Mother for a cousin that she remembered meeting as a child, she opens one of the "new arrival" books which is a new release by award-winning author, John Anders Erickson entitled, "Red Sky Mourning". With further exploration of the book, Daisy notes that it has been autographed by the author. And with a little further exploration of the book, a photograph "fluttered out from between the pages and landed on my (Daisy's) face." What a shock to realize that the author in the photograph is the same man that Daisy saw at the funeral but "standing well away from the rest of the assembled at the graveside service" and to simultaneously discover that in the picture "he was smiling widely, with his long arms wrapped tightly around a slim young woman with long, coppery hair - Laura-Lynn Weaver, my (Daisy's) dead cousin".
Receipt of this "new arrival" autographed book and photograph begins Daisy's adventurous and brave journey into learning her personal history and traveling to meet her biological father. The journey takes Daisy on a bus trip in which she meets many intriguing characters and as is the case of all travels, sometimes conversations with strangers lead us to the next step of our life journey with new insight and/or add to our personal growth in a way that we wouldn't have reached on our own.
I loved this book! I loved Daisy, fiancé Jeremy, adoptive parents Peggy and Dean, Aunt Louise, library clerk Barbara, and the characters Daisy met during her travels to meet her father, John Anders Erickson. Everything about this book is "just right" from the addition of just the right amount of library humor to the description of Daisy's bus ride across the South from Oklahoma to Florida to meet her biological father to the outstanding chronicle that flows so smoothly between Daisy's `real time' life experience and is interspersed with reading her biological father's novel of "Red Sky Mourning" and reading her biological mother's diary. This story is compelling and artistically crafted into a beautiful and meaningful presentation that in learning more about your personal history you can enrich your life to be even more meaningful than you ever imagined. I couldn't wait to turn each page and yet each piece of the presentation was significant to savor for the depth of understanding as Daisy evolved during this special part of her life journey.
I wish I could gift this book to every librarian and especially to all adults who are searching for answers about their birth parents. I am not so naïve to think that all those searching for a birth parent(s) will have the same experience as Daisy but I believe in the hope, the strength, the acceptance that in fulfilling answers to your life questions you can reach a deeper appreciation and understanding not only of and for yourself but as you embrace life and build even more meaningful relationships in the path forward.
I received a pre-publication copy from the author by entering the "Giveaways" program for this title through GoodReads. It was absolutely delightful to receive this book and be introduced to a new author. The author also included a hand-written note and two (2) tea bag packets which made the `win' and my delight even more extraordinary.