- File Size: 2649 KB
- Print Length: 348 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1943104980
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Prism Book Group (August 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074GCJP7R
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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When I found out she had published her first YA book, to be honest I was nervous. I was so excited for her, and yet I was so nervous in how to approach her novel, when would I read it, I wasn't into the genre of novels I thought this might be, what would I say upon reading it if it wasn't my best effort in reviewing it?
Toss all that out of the window. When I opened my Barnes & Noble delivery yesterday and saw that Kimberly Miller's novel arrived, it told me it was a sign to read it right away, it was not due until after Christmas, and yet, here it was.
As I scanned the front the back, the inside, the front, I saw mega references to how important it was to include God, the Gospel, and just a lifestyle that did not have to be corrupted by worldly things to be pretty darn great, and to some that might be a turnoff, as in "Um, thanks, but no thanks." Not in this case, if you knew Kimberly Miller, you knew she walked the walk of a life that was always giving, always thoughtful, and always made you think alot of yourself as well. If this novel was any part of that - let me have at it.
The funny thing was as I began to dive into her novel early on, my first thought was "Wow, this is an actual book my colleague and friend wrote! In my hands!" and by page 8, I was curious about alot more than finding out what the novel would appear like to me in knowing Kimberly, I wanted to know more about Daisy, about Robby, and about how their spheres of influence would work out the difficulties many of us experience in different ways.
Many of you might be way too young to remember, and I am dating myself, but some of the best stories and shows I ever watched were those with my family in Pittsburgh, from shows like The Waltons, to reading books that were geared towards girls but I found fascinating like Anne of Avonlea, the Hardy Boys, and heck, maybe I just liked to know what girls were curious about too, because yeah, I like girls too, but, (that is beside the point) - it is very rare to find movies, shows, and stories that simply explore the decisions and struggles that open the way for a better path. Without the need for violence, explicit scenes, or exaggerated language. When a quality story does occur, it is pretty amazing, and it allows the individual to contemplate their own life as well.
I have to say, for how many amazing things I have been lucky to experience, I have also had some major lows that often I thought I would never get through. Picking Daisy made me think alot about where I have come, how far I have yet to go, as well as the basic aspects of like that make life pretty darn awesome, especially with the struggles we have to work through. Never once was the mention of God or a belief in God overshadowing the strength of this plot, they worked hand in hand.
Being able to put your own life under a microscope, and doing so willingly, based on the characters, plot, and outcome of a novel is a sign of a novel that helps you dig deep and depart with much substance. Picking Daisy does this and more, and lets you realize, it is worth taking time to find out who you are, where you are going, where you have been, and where you want to be, for your own sake, as well as for the sake of others that might need to answer the same questions.
There is no such thing as a genre not fitting a reader in this case, all aspects of this novel fit like a glove, and author Kimberly Miller lets that glove seem like a natural fit. To read in one day a 334 page book without blinking, and wonder what happens even beyond these pages, that says it all. Only when I reached the end did I remember, "Yeah, this is a novel my colleague and friend Kimberly Miller wrote!", you will get lost too between the pages. Not a bad way to celebrate the true gifts of Christmas now is it?
Robby was in his early teens when he started down the path of alcoholism. He was defiant of all his parents stood for, especially his father who was never around. At eighteen, the family had all but given up on Robby, while his brother, Warren, accepted the responsibility of continually rescuing him from whatever scrape he'd gotten into. Warren took after their father, Martin, while Robby was much more like his mother, Jackie. Martin was a military man through and through. He lived for his job and his country and never seemed reachable to his children, or his wife, as it turned out. Robby hoped on day he could be called a man. Only now did he see he'd lived his whole life as a child. It was time to grow up. As his band For Granted, fired him as their lead singer/songwriter, Robby wasn't sure what was next for him, but as it turns out, life is about to take a twist in a far different direction when his Uncle Nick, lands himself in the hospital and Robby is asked to help him out until he is well.
Daisy Parker is trying to find her way through an accident that left her paralyzed to ever ride in a car again and bound in a wheelchair instead. She have given up on singing but still occasionally writes songs in her journal she keeps with her. There were few men who'd relish the idea of taking on a handicapped wife and those who did certainly were not going to show up a her front door. Now she spends her days with Nick whenever she needs something done around the property or house and despite all the encouragement of her well-meaning friends, to move forward, get out, she has resolved herself to the fate life has managed to give up and try and find a way to be happy again. She wasn't expecting that change to show up at her front door in the form of Robby Grant and she knows despite what she knows she should do, she realizes maybe he needs more help than she does.
I received Picking Daisy by Kimberly M. Miller compliments of Pelican Book Group and NetGalley. I absolutely LOVE this novel and love the chemistry between Daisy and Robby. While he may seem to be selfish in what he believes he deserves, Daisy isn't about to fall for all the things that have worked for him in the past. She believes that God wants her to help Robby out, and when he finds her journal filled with songs, he believes Daisy is the answer to his own prayers for a comeback. It's going to take a whole lot more than money to get Daisy to see a different future for her as well. I will hold off on the rest so you can enjoy this novel as much as I did. This one garners a perfect 5 out of 5 stars in this reader's opinion.