"If you can write, that's great. If you can tell a story, that's even greater. But if you can work a resilient premise into both, you're worth digging to find."

Monday, June 8, 2015

7:17 by Rayna Gray

Synopsis: This is a hard, but unforgettable concise page-turner that begins with an insufferable childhood, extending to bumpy young adult experiences that get bumpier as Rayna sorts out a course for her life.

Writing Style: Natural, first person.

Pacing: Page-turner.

Premise: The theme runs in the familiar vein of abandonment, abuse and poverty, though not spiritually impoverished.

Personal Highlights: What I really found remarkable about this story, was in addition to how straightforward and well told this account was, was Rayna's spiritual fortitude, particularly in caring for her siblings when she was a baby herself. Child advocates and professions serving children would benefit from reading this story.

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