Saturday, September 29, 2012

Review: Raising Wild Ginger by Tara Woolpy (e-book)

Raising Wild Ginger by Tara Woolpy
Bats in the Boathouse Press
July 2012
Format: e-book ARC, 217 pages

First line: For our anniversary, Sam and I trekked in to the site of our first kiss.

Synopsis from Goodreads: Parenting is hard. That's what Edward Rosenberg has always assumed, although his only experience with children has been as the drunken uncle. Now the love of his life, Sam DaCosta, is yearning for fatherhood. Edward's been sober for years. He and Sam are in a good place. Why rock the boat? On the other hand, how can he deny Sam his dream of a family?

Then they meet Ginger. At twelve she's been through more than either Edward or Sam can imagine. She's seductive, secretive and dishonest. But somewhere between stealing his cash and alienating Sam, Ginger manages to wind herself into Edward's heart. Can the three of them create a family? Or will Ginger blow them all apart?

My thoughts:  Back in the early Spring, Tara Woolpy contacted me to read her second book in the Lacland series and to provide a backcopy blurb. To say I was excited was an understatement! I've never had anything published before and was a bit nervous.

Once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down.  Ginger has had a tough life and her story is certainly not always an easy one to read. Edward and Sam are sharing their life together and end up taking Ginger in. While they have a good, solid relationship, it is not without problems and having Ginger live with them only adds to the tension that is sometimes there. It was easy to fall in love with all three of these characters, along with the other ones we meet throughout the story, such as Henry and Maggie.

Raising Wild Ginger is a captivating tale of a newly created family - a family that is not your usual mother-father-child family, but one that still matters to all involved and is at the very heart of the word a family. Of course, this family is not without it's ups and downs, and there are many instances that are heartwarming as well as heart-wrenching. It is an emotional, tender story, and it reminds us just how powerful the love of a family can be.
 
So, after reading the book and getting back to Tara, I kind of forgot about it until a few months later when I received a finished copy of Raising Wild Ginger in the mail. I opened it up and looked for my short blurb that I had sent her. I figured it would have been on one of the inside pages, but to my amazement, I found it on the back cover! Here's my blurb:  

Raising Wild Ginger is a captivating tale of a newly created family...It is an emotional, tender story, and it reminds us just how powerful the love of a family can be.                       
                                                            ~Kristin Thorvaldsen, Always With a Book

How cool is that?
 
I really enjoyed this second installment of Tara Woolpy's Lacland series and I hope there will be more to come! And while this is the second book, it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. 

Thank you to Tara Woolpy for sending me a copy of Raising Wild Ginger to read and review - I loved it!

Books in this series:
  1. Releasing Gillian's Wolves
  2. Raising Wild Ginger

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