I paused and tapped my pen to my mouth. What's a descriptive word for love? I racked my brain. Adoration...affection...fondness...devotion...
I smiled and began scribbling in my notebook again.
After thirteen-year-old Alcyone (Allie) Everly's mother passes away, she is forced to move from her home in Tennessee to the shores of Maine. Her adoptive mother, Miss Beatrice, is nice enough, but Allie is convinced that no one can replace her "real" mother. Bitterness and resentment begin to grow in Allie because of the tragedies that she's experienced. She puts a wall between her and anyone who wishes to get close, and she's convinced that true love doesn't exist.
Several years later, the past suddenly collides with the present when Sam Carroll, an old childhood friend, comes to town. Sam's arrival and the war overseas that's beginning to hit too close to home cause changes in Allie's life that force her to deal with the feelings she's held inside for so many years and to discover the truth about love and family.
Sweet...lovely...touching. Rachel Coker's debut novel is truly all of the above. Allie is a well-developed character with a poetic point of view that I loved. I could also relate with her trying to find the perfect word to describe an object or feeling ("dreamy...alluring...enthralling..."). The whole novel itself was sort of "dreamy." I felt like I was watching an old film from the forties. Only a few times was I jolted out of the past when some of the characters spoke a word or slang that sounded too modern.
I will say, that as much as I liked Allie, I wanted to shake her sometimes to snap her out of her mulish tendencies, though I did forgive her later. And Sam...I loved Sam! He was so endearing and sweet. And finally, can I just mention how gorgeous the cover is? When I received the book, I just stared at it for a little while. It's so pretty and fits the mood of the story perfectly. I have to also agree with the Publisher's Weekly quote on the front: "Coker is one to watch."
* I would like to thank the author and publisher for sending me a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Christian/YA/Historical Fiction
Ages: 12 and up
Publication Date: February 2012
--I always love to check out the first chapters of books to see the author's writing style, so here's the first chapter of Interrupted: Life Beyond Words: http://media.zondervan.com/media/samples/pdf/9780310729730_samptxt.pdf
--Rachel is also a vlogger! Check out some of her videos. I especially loved the one when she describes receiving her very first copy of Interrupted in the mail. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/JCoker1960
--Also, here's the link to the book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7MMGPI3q8A
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