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Roped Paperback – August 18, 2015
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This story centers around a young teenage girl, Crissy Crosby, whose major dream focuses on winning a silver championship buckle. Her nemesis, Jody Lea Fairgate, shares the same desire but is driven by forces outside herself. Crissy is surrounded by a loving family and caring friends, while Jody Lea garners support from a gaggle of mindless followers who flock to her mostly because she’s the rich girl. The two girls could not be more different. They frequently find themselves at odds, and the friction often sparks fireworks.
DiAne Gates weaves a wonderful tapestry of real life with all of its good times and bad, and without being “preachy,” shows how God works in the lives of people who love Him and love each other. This is a story of how to deal with loss, anger, and how to forgive and love one’s enemies. And it is all taught with an undeniable Texas drawl, y’all. Ifen y’all don’t talk Texan before you start this book, you’ll cert’nly talk Texan when ya get ‘er dun!
I enthusiastically recommend this book.This is a never-a-dull-moment, heartwarming story with very meaningful life lessons.
While I have no personal experience with Texas rodeo, after reading Roped I feel like I’ve sat in Lollipop’s saddle, smelled the fried food, heard the crowd cheer, walked the arena, and come face-to-face with snot-nosed Booger Daddy the bull. DiAne put me right in the middle of all the excitement.
Besides the rodeo action, what I loved most about this book were the relationships. It was fun to get to know Chun and watch his friendship with Crissy grow. My favorite scenes were the ones between Crissy and Papa. Not only is she trying to win in the arena, she’s trying to win in life and Papa becomes her rock in deep journey of self and faith discovery.
Roped is a read not to miss!
DiAne shares with her readers many true life lessons, so vital to a growing teen but needed in all of our lives - young or old! This book captured my heart from the very first page and took me on one of the most heart-touching (and sometimes bumpy) rides that I have ever experience! Crissy Crosby, her parents and grandfather will fill you with joy as they go through some heartbreaking developments with their faith always lifting them up to overcome and move on toward victory.
I loved Crissy's new friend Chun and how he helped her work through many of her issues just by being a true friend. I was almost in tears as the story was coming to the end and all was revealed about Crissy's mean little competitor, hateful Jodie Lea, her diabolical father, Ed Fairgate and her mother, Suzie.
This book was wonderful in it's truth telling about our human nature and how we can be changed by God's love and protection. I am looking forward to the sequel "Twisted." Thank you DiAnn for "Roped" and the lessons I learned. j
Having been raised a Texan, having lost my drawl after being away since 1962, I am getting it back y'all!
At thirteen years old, Crissy’s life turns upside down in a short time. Everything change--save for the bullying at school. Thankfully, her family’s support and encouragement to trust God sees her through. Her faith and Christian heritage draws a sharp contrast to her tormentor's, the girl’s father's, and his ancestors’ unbelief.Their prejudice plays a sour tune when Crissy befriends a new oriental boy in her class.A difficult issue handled beautifully in Roped!
This easy-to-read novel teaches, but never preaches. The author has spun an exciting western tale for young readers, but grandparents will enjoy it just as much…you know, when they read it to make sure it’s all good before passing the book along to the grandsugar!
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Thirteen year old Crissy Crosby has a long held dream—to win the silver buckle.Read more