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Reading For Sanity

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"Stop. Right now, before you read any more, go request this book. Now. I mean it!

Okay, book requested? Good. Now I can review it.

The problem, however, with trying to review this book is that there just aren't the right words. It was beautiful. The events of the story were difficult, but Tim Tingle is a master storyteller. His writing is stunningly perfect, the story he's created here had me glued to my book, and within the first few pages, when the first tragedy strikes, I felt as though I had lost my loved one as well. During the night of terror—that culmination of all the last few months' events—not only did I feel the fear of Rose, our main character, but the comfort and the wonder she feels throughout it. I felt cold. I could feel the ice forming under my feet. I could almost see the panther and hear her screams.

Underlying the story is the message to be a better you. Among the prejudice and the hurt that the Choctaw suffered, their faith and their ability to rise above it, to take the higher ground and emerge victorious was so inspiring. It was beautiful. Juxtaposed with the image of the perfect town, Tingle takes the time to strip those facades away, painting the townsfolk as what they really are. It was impossible to not feel empathy for them, even the smelliest, meanest, sorriest.

I can tell that this book is one that's going to stay with me for a long time. It's definitely one of my favorites this year. Tingle has crafted a story that makes me want to become better."
- Marsh Mayhem, April 29, 2014  Visit Website

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