Wednesday, February 15, 2012
On My Nightstand - Chasing Lilacs by Carla Stewart
Sammie Tucker's life undergoes drastic changes when her mom is hospitalized. She wants things to be normal and have a mom, who bakes cookies, takes her shopping, and does all the special things her friends' mothers do for their kids.
When things get worse by the minute, she learns who she can trust and how to evaluate relationships apart from the opinions of others. Mystery shrouds a great deal of her past, and she's desperate to know the truth.
This novel is set in Graham Camp, Texas in 1958. I relished the familiar details of that era. The author did her homework.
Someone said, "No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader." In certain parts of the book, Carla Stewart must have cried buckets because I sure did. She gets into the mind and heart of a young girl, who's trying to sort out her life.
If you enjoy character-driven books, you'll be drawn into this story immediately. Carla does a wonderful job with the entire cast and brings the tale to an exciting conclusion. I'm glad I discovered this author's work through book reviews and hope you'll discover her novels as well.
Writers: There's a lot of inner dialogue in this book. How do you give your readers insight into the minds of your characters?
Readers: How do you feel about stories with young main characters? Do they captivate you or must they be closer to your age to resonate?