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Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)|
When her mother commits suicide and a not-so-favorite aunt arrives, Sammie has to choose who to trust with her deepest fears: Her best friend who has an opinion about everything, the mysterious kid from
Trusting is one thing, but accepting the truth may be the hardest thing Sammie has ever done.
Stewart writes in a simple way that takes readers back to the late 50s. Her use of dialect and slang pulls readers into the story and makes the characters even more realistic. Chasing Lilacs is full of characters who both intrigue and disgust us. Some, such as Mrs. Gray, will delight readers, whereas others, such as Aunt Vadine, will anger and appall readers. The whole spectrum of human emotion is wonderfully portrayed in the inhabitants of Graham Camp, and each character has a lesson to offer readers.
As problem after problem buffets young Sammie, she begins to find herself asking questions shed never thought about before: Is she somehow responsible? Does Mama really love her? How could Mama fail her like this? Can she trust anyone? Sammie must struggle to answer these questions herself, since Mama cant help her anymore. The verse Matthew 7:7, which says, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you, haunts her as she attempts to move on with her life. What was Mama trying to tell her with this verse, and is God trustworthy enough to handle all her problems? One thing is for certain: Sammie has a lot of asking and seeking to do.
Chasing Lilacs is a great book for preteen to early teenagers, especially girls. Readers will laugh and cry along with Sammie and her friends and will remain interested until the very last page. Theres enough mystery and intrigue in Graham Camp to satisfy even the most skeptical of readers. Carla Stewart has done a great job of presenting biblical truths from a fun and creative perspective. Sarah Sawicki, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
"This first-person narrative contains resolute characters and vivid descriptions of a small Texas community in the 1950's. If her debut is any indication, Stewart has a promising future."Romantic Times
"Prepare to laugh, cry, and pray as you inhale each poignant word of this stunning debut novel. Simply unforgettable!"Patti Lacy, author of An Irishwoman's Tale, 2008 Forward Magazine Book of the Year Finalist, and What the Bayou Saw
"CHASING LILACS is the kind of coming of age story that sticks to you beyond the last page. Unforgettable characters, surprising plot twists, and a setting so southern you'll fall in love with Texas. Carla Stewart is a new talent to watch!"Mary E. DeMuth, author of Daisy Chain and A Slow Burn
"Carla Stewart writes a tender story with such emotional impact, you will hope, fear, cry, and rejoice with her characters. Readers will find themselves cheering Sammie on through her ordeals as she seeks love and forgiveness."Janelle Mowery, author of Love Finds You in Silver City, Idaho
"Stewart's book CHASING LILACS was a delightful read . . . It'll warm your heart."Jodi Thomas