Greetings, fellow indie writers and readers! I am Beem Weeks, author of the historical fiction/coming-of-age novel JAZZ BABY and SLIVERS OF LIFE: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES. My goal in life is to promote the indie movement to the world. I can be found on Twitter @VoiceOfIndie and @BeemWeeks. I enjoy indie films, loud music, and a well told story. Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Slivers Of Life
Bridge Ices Before Road by Sienna Rose
5 of 5 stars
This novel is one of those freebie giveaway deals authors so often set up to stir interest in a new, often first-time, project. I loved it so much I'd have gladly paid full price for the chance. Sienna Rose is a bright new voice in the indie world. Her debut story chronicles the lives of two eleven-year-old girls coming of age in 1970 New England. Picture a suburb of Boston, if you will. I love a well-told story, and Bridge Ices Before Road certainly fits the bill. It's a lengthy read, but the payoff is there. Rose tackles real-life issues teens and young adults have always faced. She tackles sexuality, abuse, racism, and those dark secrets families have long sought to keep hidden. And she does this well. All who know me know my stance on character development. It's the most important aspect of a good story. With a strong plot, it becomes a great story. Weak characters make for weak stories--even with a strong plot. Sienna Rose succeeds on both accounts, introducing strong characters into an amazing plot, all designed to tell a wonderful story of growing up in a world that's just as mixed up as any eleven-year-old schoolgirl. The narration voice of young Frances comes alive from the opening pages, carrying the readers through the years, through the tragedies, and on to the triumphs. Sienna is bold with her story, never shying away from issues some might find uncomfortable. That's real life. This is a book I can easily recommend to other serious readers. Well done, Sienna.
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