Deep Down True

It took me a little while to appreciate this book.  A recently single mother of two finding her way on her own and most importantly discovering herself.

Throughout the first half of the book I thought she was insipid and spineless and wanted to just smack her.

You see, I am an Amazon Van Houten Woman.  My mother and sisters and I all are.  We are strong, we persevere, we can do anything.  Or so she raised us to think.

So when I see/read about someone who is spineless and can’t/won’t stand up for herself, it is hard for me to process.

As I got deeper in to the book, I realized this poor woman did not have the strong woman influence I did.  She had no clue how to fend for herself.  But it didn’t stop her from evolving and becoming that influence for her daughter and her niece.

Juliette Fay is being added to my favorite authors list.

From the Press Release:

Recently divorced and running low on funds, Dana has her hands full as the shock waves from her husband’s departure reverberate through her family.  Seven year-old happy-go-lucky Grady suddenly develops anger management problems, and twelve year-old Morgan struggles with an eating disorder as she tries to keep her head above the shark-infested waters of middle school.  Then Dana’s sixteen year-old niece, Alder, comes crashing into their lives – literally – carrying with her a mysterious sorrow, yet also bringing an unexpected element of maturity and insight to their tightly-knit circle.

The publishers of this book sent me an advance reader’s copy to review, and they would like to share a copy with one of you.

Leave a comment telling me of a strong female influence on your life.  I will pick a winner on February 21, 2011.

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Mother Gothel

She may be controlling, manipulative and over-protective, but Mother Gothel is the only mother Rapunzel has ever known.

By stealing Rapunzel as an infant and raising her in the tower, Gothel ensured that she alone would have access to Rapunzel’s magical hair, which she uses as her personal fountain of youth.

Gothel loves Rapunzel more as a possession than as a daughter, and uses every weapon in her arsenal – including a constant flow of subtle jabs, backhanded compliments and over-the-top guilt trips – to keep Rapunzel hidden away.

When Rapunzel finally defies her wishes and ventures out into the world, the delightfully deranged Gothel will to stop at nothing to get her little girl back into the tower.

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Rapunzel

RAPUNZEL may have lived her entire life locked inside a hidden tower, but she is no damsel in distress.

The girl with the 70 feet of golden hair is an energetic, inquisitive teenager who fills her days with art, books, and imagination.

Rapunzel is full of curiosity about the outside world, and she can’t help but feel that her true destiny lies outside of the lonely tower walls.

She has always obeyed Mother Gothel by staying hidden away and keeping her magical hair a secret… but with her 18th birthday just a day away, she is fed up with her sheltered life and ready for adventure.

When a charming thief seeks refuge in her tower, Rapunzel defies Gothel and seizes the opportunity to answer the call of the kingdom.

With the unwilling Flynn Rider along for the journey, Rapunzel leaves the tower for the first time, and begins a hilarious, hair-raising journey that will untangle many secrets along the way.

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