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SHATTERED SEEDS: "SOFIA'S STORY" SPECIAL EDITION II by [Gallagher, Clu]
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Amazon.com Review

I was quickly drawn into this story and would like to read more. The characters were likable and well presented. Coming of age during the period of the Vietnam war made this story feel relevant to me and hearing stories of children who had an American father and Vietnamese mother over the years also made it seem relevant. The story got me involved right away.

Amazon.com Review

This story is about a young woman who finds out she is the daughter of an American soldier and Vietnamese woman. I think a lot of people would find this interesting, since some American soldiers did father foreign babies during the war. I thought the excerpt had a weak start, but it is a great story idea.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1091 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Clu Gallagher (December 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006HUVLNW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a busy Mom of four, I don't have much time to read. If I am going to make it through a book, it needs to capture my interest and attention in the very first chapter and pages. This book does exactly that. I couldn't put it down!! This book is one of the most interesting page turners I have ever read. The unique style of writing keeps you guessing and wondering what will happen next. The vivid, descriptive language makes the reader feel as if he/she is right there with the characters. This novel takes the reader on a vivid journey through history, while still managing to build suspense and curiosity. I am not usually a fan of historical fiction, but this is one of the best novels I have ever read and I would highly recommend it to a large variety of readers. This novel has something that appeals to everyone! Even my older children have enjoyed reading it!
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Admittedly, Shattered Seeds isn't my usual genre. I usually go with escapist and avoid the reality-based stories like the plague. But I did like it. It started slow and leisurely introduced the reader to the characters, letting them grow on the reader, which was a lovely technique. I especially loved the scene at the beginning with Janine and her (adopted) dad. The dialogue was fantastic, and just the memories, and thoughts that passed through that scene brought it alive. I also loved how the GPS was treated as almost a living character.

Actually, I loved just about everything in this excerpt. I LOVED Sofia's mansion. The walking tour through it was gorgeous with so much rich detail and color. And I loved the story of the soldier and the baby. And I absolutely LOVED how Sofia's eyes were described. And I had a good laugh over the male soldier developing a maternal nature, complete with swaying hips.

I do have a couple of quibbles though. There were some small grammatical issues (two on the first page and one at about halfway. The one at halfway was the sentence about strange feelings being a relief from the strange feelings, which makes absolutely no sense). And I have the same complaint as Kate Meyer and Kathleen Hicks about the relating of Sofia's story. (One of the other excerpts I reviewed had the same issue). The problem is that, though it starts out with Sofia relating it, the story abruptly switches into third person omniscient. If she's relating this as a real story, she wouldn't be able to see picture perfect details, and she wouldn't be able to see inside people's heads to see what song they have stuck in their minds. Not to mention that once it switches, it's lacking her narrative voice to remind us that it's a story being told. (Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire is a good example of someone telling a story within a story).
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Shattered Seeds is a story about history and family trees combines. the central focus is a 'trip around the world quilt' that plays an important role in the story telling. Sophia is a young Germany girl who loves and marries; she is caught in the throes of WWII; esc apes Germany with her children, goes to France and then America. The quilt was her grandmother's and it eventually comes back to her. There is a circular pattern and as she loses things and people, they eventually come back to her. The beginning was slow but once into the story line this is a good read.
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Clu - Shattered Seeds - I really enjoyed reading your excerpt; you have a knack for transporting the reader with beautiful prose. The story is interesting and engaging; I definitely found myself wanting to read more.

What I liked - I particularly enjoyed your descriptions, from the first paragraph you set a very clear picture of Pittsburgh, then Sofia's mansion, and finally the Vietnamese jungle, all in a natural, elegant fashion. It's interesting that Janine never pictures a groom at her wedding - it makes me wonder exactly what you're trying to hint at. I liked Sofia and Janine's meeting, their reactions to each other were very believable. The pacing was good - you covered a great amount of plot in such a short space, without skimping on the descriptions.

What I didn't like - The exclamation points were really getting distracting after the first two to three pages. If you have that many, it's really losing the effect you want to create by using them. Exclamation points are definitely on the top 10 list of things the publishing world hates, so you may want to eliminate most of them. The other thing that didn't quite feel right is the way Sofia relays the story. People don't tell stories that way; stories are written that way. I'm not really sure how to fix this, other than to have Janine write it somehow.

Overall your prose is beautiful and the story engaging; you have a solid excerpt.
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Judging a story with as much depth as "Shattered Seeds" from just an except would be impossible, so I'll just stick to the little that we have. I personally have no problem with a slow start, and in fact prefer them, but others may not get past the first few pages without something to hook them. There IS light at the end of the "Fort Pitt Tunnel" you just want to make sure people stick around long enough to see it (perhaps more dialogue in the beginning?) And not to sound contradictory, but you might want to slow down the flashback war scene - maybe reveal the circumstances of how she is found in smaller snippets throughout the first few chapters rather than showing it all at once. Looking back at my own words here, I feel like I'm being too negative, but it's just that the story is so rich and well-developed, and there is so much to work with, it's easier to pick out the few minor issues rather than highlight all the talented work. Even from the excerpt it's clear that "Shattered Seeds" is a wonderfully original concept with themes that will resonate with anyone who reads it.
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