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Roseflower Creek Kindle Edition
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A touching story... Guaranteed to change your heart. (Julie Booking Mama 20100719)
A small book but it has a huge impact. (Queen of Happy Endings 20100825)
There are certain novels that stay with the reader long after the story is completed and Roseflower Creek is such a book. (Jennifer Runpinne )
Truly mesmerizing and raw ... A brilliant job... so heartfelt and personal. (Brande Book Junkie )
A very moving story... Highly recommended with a box of tissues. (Kristinia Loving Heart Mommy ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B003D8V7IU
- Publisher : Cumberland House; 2nd edition (March 20, 2010)
- Publication date : March 20, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 561 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 252 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,634 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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She wanted a family like her best friend, Carolee ( I liked her name). Carolee loved her for the friend Lori was; not the way she dressed or spoke. Lori Jean lived a young life of unhappiness and abuse. She carried on with grace and hope. Hope that her life would get better, and she was the one that could make it happen. She knew her Mom had no choices in life until the last minute. Uncle Melvin and Aunt Lexie, were the family of her dreams. From her spirit she could look down and see how her death changed her loved ones lives. It was because she live with her family, their lives were changed.
You very quickly learn that you are reading a first person tale, told by an innocent 10 year old little girl with broken speech and a thick southern accent. As she tells her story you laugh, you cry, you shake your head, you feel sorry for her and her family...but you also feel her happiness and share her excitement about things. And you just don't want to put the book down.
Lori Jean, the 10 year old little girl takes you on a journey of her life, her love, her losses and ultimately her sad untimely death. There are many sad things in this book and many disturbing things...but the thing I was reminded of, was the goodness that hides in almost all children.
No matter what is going on with Lori Jean, she has such an innocent outlook that reminds you of just how innocent our children are. You ask yourself as you are reading, if I was in this situation, could I sincerely feel this way or has growing up tainted me?
Some how, Lori Jean gets through the loss of her unborn brother that they buried, her MeeMaw, her best friend Carolee as well as a few others and all before she's 10! She's teased relentlessly at school, she is from a poor family, she's an abused child...and yet you know her face lights up the room each time she walks in.
Even after her death, her words beg us to forgive her step-father who abused her and her mother and in the end, killed her in a drunken rage. All Lori Jean wanted was a family. A real, loving family. She thought good of everyone and no matter how poor she was, she wanted to always help others and even saved her dimes and pennies to donate to the 'March Of Dimers" (and "Penniers"). Such a sweet girl that you can not help but to embrace her and FEEL her story.
The end of the book did surprise me a little, but I won't ruin it for those of you who have not read it yet. The author has a way of writing in an innocent child like manner that makes you believe you are being talked to directly by the young girl from the south. I thought the writing style would get to me and be irritating, but it did just the opposite, it sucked me into the story even further.
It is hard to read some of the scenes, but I think the graphic descriptions are needed to set the frame of the story and to remind you that this stuff really DOES happen in real life sometimes. The religious undertone that I've read some complain about was pretty non-existant for me. I mean yes, it talks about her going to church, she talks to God...but it's talking about her experiences and how SHE relates to things by what she was taught growing up. I didn't get the feeling God was overly brought in - just that it was part of HER and her family's story. And if you really think about it, back in 1950, didn't most families attend SOME kind of church on Sunday?
It's very sad to think of how many "Lori Jean"'s there are out in our world that have been through these situations. And it also makes you grateful that it's not the 1950's where the mentality was 'it's not my business'. Whereas there are still a lot of those cases, there are many more that have been recognized, stopped and the children have lived...although may not have the happiest memories, they don't end up floating at Roseflower Creek.
Someone who opened her eyes to Heaven.
Lori Jean's innocence comes across along with the wisdom she gained through her short life. Her voice is reminiscent of Scout Finch's voice in Harper Lee's award winning and timeless novel.
Top reviews from other countries
I found it easy to become involved with the characters and their lives, and felt their utter despair. There is no way out for them. They cannot make something of themselves. Made me consider how many families in UK were in similar socio-economic situations, and wonder what could be done.
The books reminded me somewhat of The Secret Life of Bees but darker.
The version that I "bought" (free on Kindle at the time) had a Reading Club section at the end with points to ponder. This I found excellent too.
Worth reading, hard to put down, thought-provoking.