Sunday, February 8, 2015

Secrets Of The Porch by Sue Ann Sellon Review

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Mae Randolph has been adrift, both physically and spiritually, since her mother, Grace, died from cancer.  In a bid to run away from abusive foster parents, Sophie took to the streets for survival where she meets more abuse, a new boyfriend, Gabe.  Caught robbing a gas station, Sophie avoids the juvenile detention center by accepting the Judge’s alternative: she must spend a year on a Nebraska farm with her grandmother, Lila, whom she has never met.  Sophie’s journey on the farm has just begun as she takes her first steps leading to the porch that will alter both her life and Lila’s life forever.  Sophie came to the farm with secrets and along the way she realizes that Lila has secrets of her own.

Sue Ann Sellon was born in Nebraska City, Nebraska, nationally recognized as the birthplace of Arbor Day. Writing poetry and short stories came to her naturally as a young girl lying beneath the large oak trees near the Arbor Lodge Mansion. She recalls these memories as some of the best of her childhood. You may still find her there from time to time resting in a cool spot on a blanket with her fingers tapping away on the keys of her laptop

My Review:
This was a story about family and letting go of the past. My favorite part was about not getting stuck on the road bumps. but rather going over them. There are many forms of love in this book, and each was as moving as the next. The love between family made me cry at the end, but so did the love of soul mates. It is funny how life works, and how God always has a plan. Sophie had no idea what would happen when she first stepped on her grandmother's porch, but it was the best thing that ever happened to her. Lila is a loving person, and she learns from Sophie as well as teaches her. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

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