Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Rarity from the Hollow: A Review

***I received this book in exchange for an honest review.***


  'Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother has lost her teeth, and her best friend is killed by her own father. Life in The Hollow in West Virginia isn't great. But Lacy Dawn has one advantage-she's been befrended by a semi-organic semi-robot (DotCom, alias Buddy) who works with her to 'cure' her parents. Buddy wants something in exchange, though. It's up to Lacy Dawn to save the universe.' -Books for a Buck













My review: (4 stars)  Rarity from the Hollow is an unique reading experience. It starts by letting us know Lacy Dawn is an abused\neglected child, and so is her best friend, Faith. The beginning really struck a chord in me because it brought up childhood memories. As the story progresses, we find out more about Lacy Dawn: the life she leads and the secrets she keeps. The first half of this book tugged at my heartstrings and I couldn't put the book down. But as the story progressed--when the problem Lacy Dawn needed to solve was revealed--I was a little disappointed. It seemed a little silly to me. The solution seemed just as silly. That's why I'm giving this book four stars. I will say this, though: Robert Eggleton has a way with words. The story flows smoothly and the descriptions were spot-on for me. I could see the events unfolding. I appreciated the emotions in the book as well. There is pity, anger, shock, and humor; and it all twines together to create a rich story that will keep you turning pages. 

About the Author: Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997, and which also included publication of models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions, research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next -- never finding a permanent loving family, and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency. Today, he is a recently retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ Robert continues to write fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment.

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