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The Center of the Storm

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  10 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Abandonment, neglect, drugs and a little bloodletting. Dodge Landry and his fifteen-year-old son, Chris, have a lot in common. But while Dodge only narrowly survived his childhood, Chris may not.

Navigating the murky waters of the foster care system in the mid-1970’s, Dodge hits the mother lode when he is sent to live with Kate Landry on her small Pennsylvania horse farm. T
Published February 17th 2012 by Musa Publishing (first published February 16th 2012)
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Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
Chris is a tough one to break. He has his emotional guard up and even though he knows Dodge has been through similar events. He doesn't want to listen. He's not ready to listen.

A Story of a couple of troubled teens, one grown and matured. And one newly adopted, still hurting from a very troubled past. Flashbacks to Dodge's childhood, the one person and a horse that was able to break his hard outer shell enough to heal and from his past, and the desire to pass that on to his own son.

It's a novel
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A slow-burning plot and a well-rounded cast of characters wrestle with one of the toughest questions one could ask: does love really conquer all?

Ms. Simko’s book is an honest peek at what it’s like to live with someone who has bounced from one foster home to the next and is struggling with painful memories of abuse and neglect. She neither sugarcoats the emotional challenges faced by people with these backgrounds nor sensationalizes t
Laura Thomas
Mar 16, 2012 Laura Thomas rated it it was amazing
Dodge, an angry teenager, grew up in the foster care system. Shuffled from home to home, he has never stayed in any one place for longer than 6 months. A miracle would place him in the family of Kate and Mike Landry, on a horse farm in Pennsylvania. There he forms a bond with a horse named Storm, also a victim of abuse. Can Dodge let down his barriers and accept the unconditional love offered to him? Is this what he wants from life, could it be this simple?
Flash forward. Dodge is now a grown man
Samantha Shelton
Mar 24, 2015 Samantha Shelton rated it it was amazing
I often find that when a novelist writes about such a subject as depression or suicide, it often comes off as corny and unbelievable. Simko changed that view for me. Her characters are rich, inviting, and utterly believable. I feel as if I really connected with young Dodge's character in particular. Great work, overall. I highly suggest reading.
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When not writing Ann Simko works as a nurse in a level one trauma center. For fun she studies karate and tries to keep both her children, husband and odd assortment of critters in line. It never works, but that doesn't keep her from trying.
Nothing entertains her more than trying to answer the question "What if?" and then twisting the answer until it becomes warped- cool,huh?
Ann has seven novels pu
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