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One Boy's Shadow Paperback – May 24, 2012
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Ross A. McCoubrey was born and raised in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. After finishing college and beginning his full-time job, he bought a home on the Bay of Fundy shore where he continues to reside. This is his first novel.
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Caleb and Shane find love in the present, while Toby and another Caleb found love and heartbreak in the past. Their stories become entwined when modern day Caleb and his family move to an old house in a small town and Caleb finds evidence of another presence in his new surroundings. Young Caleb tells the story with a wisdom and insight that seems beyond his young age. With his new found lover and their friends, they attempt to understand the meaning of clues that are given them by the spirit of the boy who inhabits his house and nearby forest.
Ross A. McCoubrey, in his debut novel, speaks directly to the reader in a way that finds its way into the reader's heart, locating that special place reserved for suspension of rigid rules of life and death, and manages to make an enchantingly beautiful and endearing experience come alive. This novel may be read by readers of all ages, for it speaks directly to your soul, making no pretense of anything other than a work of inspiration and love. It is leisurely paced, exquisitely written and edited, and a real joy.
Since the setting is in Canada, some of therms used will appear odd at times, distances in kilometers, names and places unfamiliar, foods with odd brands to our American ears, but put those aside. Read for the story and what it says to your heart. The differences in location will lose their unfamiliarity as you become a part of the lives of these people.
I have seen other reviewers compare it to the Hardy Boys. That is not true. It may fit the young adult description, and while that may be somewhat correct, it contains more insight into the human spirit than a almost any mainstream fiction novel directed at any age group. I found myself, on older man, getting goosebumps and crying, going through all kind of emotions while reading this very different and special book. The voice of Caleb speaks directly from his heart and makes him a most fascinating storyteller.
I implore you to at least give this gentle and kind book a try. You may find, as I did, that it is indeed quite compelling.
Yesterday I left off when Toby was making his appearances to the 4 guys, I was alone in my room with the lights off and since it was a very chilly night, my room was very cold. I swear the story became real in my head and I could feel Toby's soul...I felt so sad for him :( I wish he would appear in my room to reassure him that everything will be alright or something like that... he just became real to me and this is the reason why I love to read: when I connect with the characters and immerse myself so much in the story that it feels just real.
This book did all that and I thank the writer for creating such a compelling story and well developed characters! I can't stop thinking about it! Caleb, Blake, Shane, Toby and his beloved..plus the other characters, all of them were so charismatic and sweet...beautiful and very kind hearted *sighs* wish I could meet more people like them in real life, I don't have enough words to write and express the amount of feelings this book made me feel.
But going back to yesterday night, when I closed the book and got ready to sleep...I couldn't shake off this feeling of...fear...like if indeed something was in my room. I like to read a lot of horror stories and I watch a lot of horror movies...I have read almost all of Stephen King's books too and NONE of them gave me that eerie feeling as "One Boy's shadow" did. I couldn't sleep for many hours and when I did, I had nightmares. The writer did a great job at describing Toby's shadows and how the characters reacted to it.
Despite the fear and nightmares, I'm in awe at the writer and his ability to make me feel fear while reading the book, it wasn't because what he wrote was utterly scary...it was the way he wrote it mixed with the characters' feelings and reactions...I could feel cold when it said it was cold and fear when Caleb was a little bit scared even though Toby is one of the most heartfelt characters I have ever read.
Fast forwarding to today, I finished it with a smile on my face. The ending was perfect, or I should say, everything was perfect from beginning to end. I cried a lot at one of the saddest but sweetest scenes, I laughed at the wonderful sense of humor of the characters, and I was always touched by Shane and Caleb's tender relationship...also by Toby's!!
At the end I literally yelled: LONG LIVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *applauds*
*wipes tears from her eyes* I feel immensely happy. =) Best book of the year! since I don't think I will find any other story that could top this one...just to mention a few books similar to this masterpiece are(according to my feelings and great characters): "Map of the Harbor Islands" by J. G. Hayes and "The Archer's Heart" by Astrid Amara.
Like I'm an emotional wreck in the most positive way and couldn't be happier with the entirety of the story.
The supporting cast is brilliant, there's not a bit of filler, and you're never left feeling like you need to skim. Every page and word holds meaning.
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