Paint Chips  -     By: Susie Finkbeiner
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Paint Chips

Whitefire Publishing / 2013 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 314
Vendor: Whitefire Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0983455694
ISBN-13: 9780983455691

Publisher's Description

Though haunted by her troubled past, Dot has found a safe haven. She has a fierce protector and a colorful collection of friends...but sometimes she wonders if her life will ever be normal again. Though college and romance await her, embracing them requires a new kind of strength-one she isn't sure she has. Emerging from years of confusion, Cora struggles to latch hold of the sanity she needs to return to the real world. She yearns to find a place of peace...but first she must deal with the ghosts of her past. Can this mother and daughter overcome abuse, betrayal, abandonment, and the horrors of sexual trafficking, and make it back into each others arms? Facing the past is never easy. But as they chip away the layers, they might just find something beautiful beneath the mess.

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  1. Pennsylvania
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerfully written story of redemption
    May 28, 2015
    Cindi
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had a little difficulty with the beginning of the book due to every other chapter being first person by two different protagonists. Once I got the hang of it, I was fine. Knowing up front that every other chapter is from Cora's point of view and the other is Dot's, does help, so this is your heads up. ;)

    This is not your "feel good" type of novel. In fact, it's rather deep and heartbreaking. With that said, you will become very attached to the characters.

    It takes a while to see how these ladies are connected but it is all worth the wait. The story intensifies the further you get into the story. So, be prepared to find a quiet spot to read this book as you will not want to put it down.

    The author does a great job in bringing the characters to life and she gives the book enough depth to hold your attention throughout.

    I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys true-to-life women's fiction. This is a VERY well written story. I look forward to reading more by Susie Finkbeiner.
  2. Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    God's Beauty is Under the Old Paint
    April 11, 2015
    Caroljo
    Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Paint Chips is a story of the horrors faced by Dot and her mother, Cora. It alternates between Dots story and Cora (who is in a mental institute) recalling her life story. It deals with depression, suicide, murder, cutting, incest and child prostitution. The past has been covered up. The author shows how sometimes our real beauty is covered with layers of paint but the paint has to be chipped away to expose the glory of what God created us to be.

    If you are looking for a feel good read, this book is not for you! Susie Finkbeiner deals with serious issues. Some scenes were almost too graphic for me to handle. Paint Chips does show how some young girls end up enslaved to pimps which is a problem we in the United States need to admit exists. It was an interesting book and Im glad I read it. Although Paint Chips is an intense book, it shows anyone can overcome their past with Gods love.
  3. British Columbia, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Deep & Profound--held me from page one & didn't let go
    February 5, 2015
    Christine Lindsay
    British Columbia, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I knew from the get-go that Paint Chips would not be a fluffy read. I expected it to be deep and profound, but before starting to read, I secretly cringed that it might be just too sad. To my surprise, the book held me from page one and would not let go. Yes, it started out sad, but in each sentence lay the nugget of hope. I turned the pages quickly salivating for that hope that I knew was coming. The author did not keep me waiting long. Hope shone through the chapters.

    Paint Chips was all I expected--deep, profound, and I loved the way the author wove the past with the present, in a very enjoyable read.

    Not only does this book deal with a realistic topic we all need to be aware of, but it is entertaining, and ultimately a truly feel-good book. I loved it.

    As a woman who has given up a child to adoption, I am familiar with the miracles that happen in everyday life when God reunites people in extraordinary and quixotic ways. This fictional telling is simply showing the truth of such miracles of healing.

    Highly recommend it to all broken people, and those who know broken people. That ought to cover about 100% of the audience.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Couldn't put it down
    January 29, 2015
    AM
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I couldn't put this down. It kept me up until 3AM before I gave in and went to sleep--and then I finished it the next day. That's a rare thing to happen to me. I found the characters to be authentic in their pain, trials, redemption and joys. I loved the way the author's empathy for the subject matter shone through and helped me see the world through the character's eyes. Homelessness and sex trafficking are ugly reminders of our broken world, and it's easier for us to look the other way than to do something about it. This book reminded me not only of their awful realty (there are plenty of books doing that), but that there are ways to help and people out there making a difference in young people's lives. Inspiring read--I recommended it!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A journey toward healing & redemption
    December 28, 2014
    Nancee
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Paint Chips" reveals the painful life stories of three women whose lives were very nearly destroyed as young children. Their stories are interwoven in a remarkable manner, each sharing a common thread. Abuse is no stranger to these women as their childhood lives were brutally torn from them, innocence and youth destroyed. These atrocities are all too common in our society, emotional, verbal, physical and sexual abuse. As the stories of these three women unfold realism becomes so profoundly cruel that you'll never see life the same way again. The atrocities of what these women suffered are happening all around us, in the slums, in the suburbs, in our own backyards, even here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Due to the risk of spoilers I am not going into further detail regarding a description of this book.

    Susie Finkbeiner has researched a very difficult topic, sex trafficking in all its basal forms, how it begins, where it is found, how it travels, the effects of this ever-growing cancer in our society. This is a Christian reality fiction story that you need to read for yourself. The author is very careful in not becoming graphic in her descriptions of the abuses that occur throughout this story. Openness and honesty are at the core of this difficult tale told with compassion that encompasses the lives described throughout "Paint Chips," and those who reach out to help them. When I took "Paint Chips" off the shelf I knew I was in for a ride into the dark side of life, but I found the hand of God within the pages of this book. At times I felt I couldn't read fast enough, and then I had to stop, lay the book aside, and process the images that raced through my mind.

    The author is very gifted at painting a realistic portrait of life at ground level. Mental images created through her descriptive talents revealed authentic impressions of the various locations throughout the book. The inhumanity of life in its most barbarous form is revealed in a very tasteful and sensitive manner. The brutal honesty in "Paint Chips" occurs in every community, today, tonight, tomorrow and until our society puts a stop to the practice.

    Pick up a copy of this book and educate yourself to the activities going on around you, and take a stand to help cure this cancer of the human spirit. I highly recommend this book, particularly to those who work with children. You could be the one to identify an issue that may be happening to a child in your life.

    Disclaimer: I purchased a copy of this book for my own reading pleasure, with no expectations from the author or publisher to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
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