This unconventional love story carries the reader from New York to Albuquerque to Phoenix to Dallas. Cami Taylor paints interesting portraits of these cities, but the most fascinating landscape lies within her heart.
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Melissa Kay Simonds is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. She has spent ten years traveling throughout the United States, particularly New York, Arizona, and New Mexico, the settings for A Lifetime Ago. Of the novel, she says, "Like many writers, I have at least a couple of unfinished novels around the house. But something was different, almost from the beginning, with Cami’s story. Her character just seemed to click, and her voice and personality were as unique and familiar to me as a dear friend’s. I had some years before been strongly influenced as a writer by Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent, in which he employed first person, present tense narration to present a mystery in which the reader was unsure of the narrator’s guilt or innocence through most of the book. I felt this was a technique would strengthen the intimacy between Cami and the reader. I hope that readers everywhere will care for Cami as I have and in her story perhaps find a beacon of truth."Review:
"A gorgeous opening sentence, offering a profound realism and an inviting first step into the book. Reader can relate to that sense of feeling like an outsider, waiting for someone to beckon them in. Author shows a gorgeous sense of descriptive instinct, painting NYC beautifully and layering it with sensory details, bringing the setting to life. Gorgeously done. Cami's journey of faith evolution is structured well; we see her growth throughout, the marvelous starts and stops of an authentic journey with stops along the way to connect with others, learn from them, and develop the bravery to let them in. Very well done. A beautiful line on page 7 demonstrates the start point: "I can almost imagine myself whole again." Reader can relate, especially if dealing with loss or challenges. Dialogue is handled well, engaging and forwarding the plot, with all characters differentiated. Author smartly veers away from telling, instead *showing* the action as well as inner shifts without needing to be too obvious. Well done. We get a good sense of Cami's inner workings. Author refers to a nice collection of works such as The Giving Tree that the reader can also connect with. Good job giving realism to her literary life. A great question: 'Is it easier to forgive sin or to heal?' Author has created many stop-and-think moments in this story, and as we follow Cami's growth - even through the ugly parts - we can't help but consider our own. Well done." - Judge, 24th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
"There is so much to like about this book. The solid writing held up throughout. Wonderful." - Nick Harrison, Harvest House Publishers
"A beautiful and fantastic piece of work. More than a blessing, it is a soul-moving experience." - Malcolm Smith, Unconditional Love International
"A Lifetime Ago is a beautifully written page turner with a surprise in nearly every chapter. You'll be amazed at Cami's transformation." - J. Anthony Parchue, MD, TheBookPatch.com
"Inside this story lies an intriguing portrayal of the depths of the human soul, and the journey to discovering what real love is." - Liberty M. Harris, Digital Media, North American Word Outreach
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Book Description Xlibris Corp, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX140103683X
Book Description Xlibris Corp, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M140103683X