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I'm here to help by [Chapman, S F]
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A lifelong Northern Californian, S F Chapman traded his construction job for the more docile profession of novelist in 2008 when the US economy faltered. The tireless author has since written eight books. His first, “I'm here to help” (published by Striped Cat Press in July of 2012), is a literary fiction novella about a teenage daughter looking for answers to some troubling inconsistencies in her birth certificate. “The Ripple in Space-Time” (published by Striped Cat Press in February of 2013) is Chapman's second book. It is an exciting science fiction detective adventure set in a moldering and corrupt future controlled by greedy warlords. The author’s third novel “On the Back of the Beast” is an action-packed Contemporary Fiction tale about a massive earthquake that destroys the San Francisco Bay Area. It is now available from Striped Cat Press. Other completed works awaiting publication are the post-apocalyptic soft science fiction MAC Series consisting of “Floyd 5.136,” “Xea in the Library” and “Beyond the Habitable Limit;” and a recently completed sequel to “The Ripple in Space-Time” entitled “Torn From On High.” Chapman is currently writing a rough-and-tumble literary fiction novel about homelessness called “The Missive In The Margins.” S F's huge gray male tabby cat keeps him company while he writes and was the inspiration for Striped Cat Press.

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  • File Size: 479 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Striped Cat Press; 1 edition (June 29, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GF3TU4
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I'm Here To Help by SF Chapman
Renita is preparing college applications and one asks for a birth certificate and she can't figure a few things out. Why was she not born in a hospital.
The mother, Sharon takes her to the living room and with the pictures on the walls proceeds to explain the events that lead up to the day she was born.
Found this light reading although intense at different moments while reading as extreme things occurred.
Love how a picture is worth a thousand words and that all the events were chronologically categorized on the walls of their loving house.
I've had similar childhood memories about our car, this caused me a chuckle.
Love hearing of the travels and what was there, what they did and people along the way.
Like how the title becomes part of the whole book and how the roles reverse to the other being the one to help.
Glad this book had a handful of characters because I feel that many more and there would be such confusion with situations.
Love the close relationship the mother and daughter have and that they can and do talk about everything.
Rate this a 5 out of 5 because it took me to places I'll never get to in my lifetime and it taught me new things-the problems after a birth.
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Renita knows she was adopted, but while filling out college applications she finds a strange discrepancy on her birth certificate. She questions Sharon, her adoptive mother, who decides to tell all.
Relying on family photographs Sharon leads Renita through the events that preceded and surrounded her birth, candidly admitting to her own failings and reiterating her profound love for her adopted daughter.
The story is both tragic and uplifting. It definitely deserves to be read!
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Oh Renita.. You force us to look at a subject that is so often so ugly .. but we are grateful for you because the perspective in this novella is outstanding. I

S.F Chapman helps us see the beauty of a mother's love. A mother who raises a child and the love of a mother who can't.
The novella is a backward reflection after Renita discovers some wonky inconsistencies surrounding her birth .. Her mother shows her a backwards sort of inventory using pictures of how Renita came to be her daughter.

I love how the mother is reflective and open to have this journey of truth with her daughter, she is also very candid and owns her own shortcomings as a parent and sometimes as a decision maker.

This is a really important topic and I think that Chapman handles it like a pro. When I got to the author bio,I was actually surprised to discover that the author is male. Well done!
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I'm Here to Help is a short story that relates the tale of a mother, Sharon, when she has to tell her adopted daughter about her past. Stumped by inconsistencies on her birth certificate, the young Renita questions her mother and learns more than she bargained for.

For a relatively short story, I'm Here to Help is very complete and doesn't leave readers hanging. There's a problem and a solution, and even growth in Sharon and Renita's relationship. The story's subject isn't generally a happy one, but the characters are optimistic and loving.

The story in itself is intriguing, but the execution of the story failed to do the plot justice. I'm Here to Help has big themes: grief, depression, adoption, and Chapman subtly focuses on them. Sharon tells Renita the hows and whys of her sketchy adoption in a drawn out fashion. The one problem is that the narration is too detailed for the conversation between mother and daughter. It doesn't feel natural, Sharon including details like, '"...about four in the afternoon I got up and took a shower."' It read as if Sharon tells the story to readers, not to her daughter.

Many readers will be able to appreciate I'm Here to Help. It's a quick read that will leave readers in deep contemplation.

Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
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A story about the love of two mothers for one child. A quasi-illegal adoption, with a loving and tear-inspiring story told with the help of photographs, is related to the adoptee, with a view to telling her about the incredible devotion of her birth mother. Also touches on the hereditary nature of mental illness and suicide. A very well done story, with enough background to be interesting, but not so much as to seem overwhelming to the reader. Kudos to Chapman for a lovely and well written story about a mother's love.
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SF Chapman must be feeling richly fulfilled. Of all the many people who dream of writing `the novel', he has succeeded. Though it may not have been under the best circumstances (his loss of employment when the 2008 recession paralyzed the workforce of the country), Chapman took advantage of a critical change and returned to a long held dream to become a writer: the seeds of that dream had been present but simply viewed as an `unrealistic' a career for many years. Now that he has started writing, the authorial juices are flowing and he is making statements in the form of stories about human frailties and strengths, natural disasters, and that seductive genre of science fiction - the way to step away from a world that is plagued with problems in these tenuous times.

What makes SF Chapman succeed in his writing (and this reviewer has read only this, his first book I'M HERE TO HELP thus far) is the quiet simplicity in the way he unfolds his stories. He finds the language pertinent to each character, knows how to build momentum, and understands that resolution of a story's message can truly be only in the effect it has on the reader: he honors that concept well.
The story quite simply is a universal one - the reaction of adopted children to the dichotomy of birth parent versus adopted parent. Chapman wisely introduces ethnic sidebars that serve to not only make the mystery more interesting, but pay honor to the many incidents of the need for certain ethnic groups to give up their newborn for circumstance associated with their place in life at the time of birth. While Chapman does not preach about this, he leaves a ping in the heart in the way he manages the subject.
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