Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Blog Tour: Heaven Scent by Rebecca Cornish Talley
From the back of the book:
"She'd wanted her father to pay more attention to her, and she'd wanted her family to be like it used to be. She hadn't wanted everything to change so drastically that she may not even survive it."
As Liza proves herself a basketball star, everyone - from college basketball recruiters to the gorgeous Kyle Reynolds - seems to take note of her. Everyone, that is, except her own father. While her father is busy at his law practice, Liza learns about a strange new religion from Kyle. Could Kyle's religion help her family? Or is it already too late for her father to make amends?
When yet another broken promise finally leads to tragedy, Liza doesn't know if she will ever be able to forgive her father. It will take a good friend, a new belief, and a miracle straight from heaven to help Liza see that she still has a choice. The compelling story of a high school basketball star, this is a novel every girl will want, and none will be able to put down!
As a teenager, this is exactly the type of book I would have picked up. Heck, even as an adult, I wanted to buy it! I mean really, look at the cover of this book. It's absolutely eye-catching and gorgeous. I know, you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover - but honestly, if a book's cover doesn't catch my attention, it's just going to sit there on the shelf waiting for another customer to walk past.
So the cover was one of the first things that grabbed my attention. The second was that the main character played basketball (which I love!) and had a not-so-great relationship with her father (which I totally related to).
I was intrigued.
Then I read the book.
The main character, Liza, and her younger brother reminded me of my own high school days. Their reactions, the way they talked, how they spent their time, and what they really thought about the stuff happening to their family. Rebecca got it all totally spot on.
On a more personal note: Looking back at being a teenager and losing my mom, then trying to rebuild a relationship with my dad, interaction with my younger brother, and a wavering relationship with my best friend - I see so many of my own thoughts and reactions in Liza. I totally connected with her.
There's so much more I want to share with you, but if I do I'll totally spoil the book! So all I can say is go out and buy a copy - or borrow a copy from a friend or the library. This is a fabulous summer-time read for both you and your teen.
My Rating: Five Stars!
Review Disclaimer: Sometimes a book I review has been sent to me for free by a publisher or an author. This in no way effects my review, which is my own opinion about whether the book was a good read for me, fit my tastes, and if I would recommend it to others. Other than possibly a free book, I am not compensated in any way for posting a review.