Vera Harriss, Deidre Fletcher, Mark Pettingill, and Stu Martel are elementary school teachers in the fictional town of Blevins, Maine whose secret, private lives change dramatically as you read.
Vera, who is about to retire, vents her anger during a Board of Education meeting with a speech that brings the audience to its feet. Why does Deidre, an exceptional teacher, leave the job she loves to become a corporate trainer down South? Then there is Mark, the perennial job hunter looking for a corporate position with more prestige and pay but then turns down the perfect offer when it finally comes through. Stu, one of the most popular teachers in the school, struggles with a deep, dark secret that he can only share with Deidre. What causes Stu's untimely death?
Vera Harriss, Dee Fletcher, Mark Pettingill, and Stu Martel are eager to share their intriguing secrets and entangled lives with you.
I liked this book, but it was a bittersweet ending. The characters won some major battles, but not the last one. Not until some things that couldn't be reversed happened, and they didn't.
I enjoyed this book, however, it was a quick and easy read that had to be put in times between doing homework and other things that kept me occupied.
This book really made me think about my teachers that I had in grade 4, and teachers in general, wondering if they've been up against something similar. Sure, there was about 20 years between my grade 4 (03-04) and when the book was set, and it was in a different country, but how much could it really change? I wonder. It just made me think back. And I liked that.
This was a good book. If you have a chance to read it, do so!
Author: Chloe JonPaul
Read: July 14th, 2011
Source: Virtual Book Cafe Tour Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really good!
Publisher: Wasteland Press
Published: May 1st 2011
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Chloe Jon Paul, M.Ed., is a retired educator and writer of several published articles and a previous book entitled "What Happens Next: A Family Guide to Nursing Home Visits" and More...
Her many achievements since the age of 55 include:
- Title of Ms. Maryland Senior America 2003
- Recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship Seminars Abroad award to South Africa, 1996
- Volunteer internship during the 2005 Maryland legislative session as a Legacy Leadership Institute graduate
- Lead facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project in prison and community workshops on conflict resolution for ten years
- State representative for the National Family Caregivers Association's caregiver community action network 2006-2008
- Advisory board member: MD, Healthcare Commission and the Interagency Commission for Aging Services: Maryland Dept. of Aging
- Hospice and homeless shelter volunteer
- Coordinator for the Good Samaritan Project at her church
- World traveler - all 7 continents
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Stops on the Tour:
June 21 - Guest Blogging at Virtual Book Tour Cafe
June 23 - Guest Blogging at Wise Words
June 27 - Guest Blogging at AZ Publishing Services
June 29 - Guest Blogging at Rhodes Review
July 1 - Guest Blogging at Bibrary Bookslut
July 5 - Author Interview at Deanna's Tidbits
July 7 - Guest Blogging at Rift Watcher
July 11 - Review and Giveaway at A Paranomal Lover's Point of View
July 13 - Author Interviewed at Maragaret West Paranormal Rromance Author
July 15 - Author Interviewed at The Phantom Paragrapher
July 19 - Guest Blogging at Authors By Authors
July 21 - Author Interviewed at Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
July 23 - Author Interviewed at Written In Blood
July 24 - Review and Giveaway at Words I Write Crazy
July 25 - Guest Blogging at A Monther's Touch Book Shelf
July 27 - Review and Giveaway at Live to Read
July 30 - Possible Review & Giveaway or Guest Blogging at From the TBR Pile
July 31 - Author Interviewed at One Day at a Time
August 2 - Author Interviewed at BK Media & Entertainment Online Radio
August 4 - Guest Blogging at Meta Modo
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of The Virtual Book Tour Cafe' and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by The Virtual Book Tour Cafe', no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely of my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*