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Personal Growth (Growing Roots Book 2) Kindle Edition
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It is definitely a continuation of the familiar characters and the events that are unfolding in their lives. Willie still speaks to her reading audience in the first person which makes this fictional novel read like a true story. With my exposure to the Native American or First Nation people, much of what this author describes rings true. In this book, the author digs a little deeper into the heritage of this much misunderstood culture by describing the history of the First Thanksgiving Celebration and what it meant to them. Willie's Great Uncle Ray shares the story of the arrival of the Pilgrims at Massachusetts Bay and how these two diverse people manage to co-exist. However, with the later arrival of the Puritans, their lives, families, and homes are literally put at risk much to their devastation and sorrow. Many brutal and unthinkable acts take place at this time. Although, Ms. Falin does not overdo this story line, it is definitely an important theme in her writing as she oftentimes describes the unfortunate plight of this long suffering people. Ms. Falin goes on to describe the Native American and how seriously they take their culture and the personal pride they have for the different tribes they were born into.
The main character, sixteen year old Willamina...better known as Willie to family and friends...discovers much more of her past. She learns of her mother's deception and desire to keep the truth from both herself and her half-sister Babette. Much to her surprise and pleasure, she is able to locate both of their fathers who didn't abandon them in quite the way she's been led to believe. There is still the hint of a possible romance between Willie and Spike but..Spike is yet to make his move. I'm quite eager to see what unfolds in this department in the next installment of this great series.
Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte
A Woman's Voice - Inspirational Short Stories - Volume 1
Willie who is now 16 years of age starts seeing the things in a whole new light. I loved the fact that she is finally settling down with a sweet family and a circle of wonderful friends. Despite all the bad times she had with her mother, now she belongs to a loving and caring crowd who always encourage her to take decisions about her future wisely.
The writing style is simple and flow of the story is smooth. However, the story is seasoned with Choctaw and facts about the American heritage making it quite special and unique. The characters are well developed. The story becomes even more lovable with the bunch of new characters introduced and the author hasn't forgotten to add some sweet surprises too.
Unlike in the previous book, this story ends with a good cliffhanger. The way last story ended abruptly I expected this one to be quite predictable and much more of a teenage love story, but I'm happy that I was proved wrong. The story was as unpredictable as it could ever be and it turned out to be a much better and an interesting read as the author has really plotted the story according to the title she has given, "Personal Growth". I really look forward to reading the next in the series and highly recommend this novel to all who are in search of a book which will make you feel like home.
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This book picked up shortly after the first one ended. I really loved this book more than the first.Read more