In the tiny town of Cote Nouveau, Massachusetts, Etoile, and her older sister, Anais, live a rough life with their mother, a woman who prefers the botIn the tiny town of Cote Nouveau, Massachusetts, Etoile, and her older sister, Anais, live a rough life with their mother, a woman who prefers the bottle to her own children. Their father, a fisherman, was lost at sea years ago. They make do with what they have and watch out for each other. Especially when word spreads that the county lady is making her rounds. Then a tragic accident occurs, and the girls are forced to live apart as Anais is not old enough to take care of Etoile on her own. Anais is sent to a school run by nuns, while Etoile is sent to New Hampshire to live with a cousin, Giselle, and her partner, Jean.
Giselle and Jean welcome Etoile into their home with open arms. While Giselle takes to mothering the precocious Etoile right away, it takes a while for Jean to find her own mothering gene. But once she does, the pair are virtually inseperable. The love, guidance, understanding, and attention they, along with their friends, show Etoile is instantaneous. It is as if she was born to them, as if she were meant to be a part of their immediate family, as if she were coming home.
But unfortunately not everything is as perfect as it seems. Even though Etoile writes to Anais often, she still misses her deeply, cherishing the visits she has with her. Etoile still doesn’t know the whole truth about what happened to her mother, Anais has her own secret that she’s keeping. Taking place in the late 70’s, there are those that aren’t happy to see Giselle and Jean raising a child together. While Giselle and Jean have a large network of friends, their “type” is still not widely accepted. Children are supposed to have a mother and a father, not two mothers. And when the state tries to take Etoile away, well, hell hath no fury like these women scorned.
The French Girl is a beautifully written story of one little girl’s journey from inattentive mothering to unconditional, without reservation, instantaneous bonding. The author writes with such passion, such heart, that it is so easy to get caught up in this magnificent story that it becomes not about whether there are two mommies or two daddies, or a mommy and daddy in the home, but rather about the love, compassion, understanding, and guidance that the child is given. And that it truly does take a village to raise a child. The author does an amazing job of telling a story with such a difficult subject matter that you can actually feel the character’s joy, and your heart will break with their sorrow.
You will remember this book long after you finish the last word. ...more
Lisa Russell ~ The daughter of the Mayor of San Francisco and murder victim. Found shot to death execution style with her hands and feet bound. Jack PLisa Russell ~ The daughter of the Mayor of San Francisco and murder victim. Found shot to death execution style with her hands and feet bound. Jack Paige ~ An experienced homicide detective one year shy of retirement and leading the investigation into the murder of the mayor's daughter. Casey Ford ~ Just joined the detective squad and is jonesing for his first murder case (not that he wants someone to die of course). Kyle Sanders ~ Convicted of killing a store clerk, he has spent the past 12 years at Angola Penitentiary in Louisiana. So how could he possibly know how Lisa Russell was killed? Justin Pierce ~ Sadistic new corrections officer at Angola who has a deep hatred for Kyle. The Killer ~ An evil person who thinks nothing of killing whoever stands in the way of freedom.
The murder of the mayor's daughter, a murdering-rapist on the loose, a sadistic corrections office, a convicted killer and two detectives. These are the people you will meet in Blood Over Badge, a thrilling murder mystery that will literally have you hanging off the edge of your seat. A cast of characters who seemingly have nothing in common, and yet, when it comes right down to it, have the most important common thread of all. This book has everything you'd ever want to find in a solid murder mystery - death, family issues, intense dialogue, believable characters, am amazing attention to detail and enough twists and turns to make you so sick to your stomach that you'll want to keep a bucket close at hand. Blood Over Badge has an ending that will hit you in the face like a fly ball coming out of left field. An ending so shocking that you'll go back and reread it to make sure what happened really happened. A first time author with years of law enforcement experience, Wayne Farquhar certainly knows what he writes about. This book could only have been written by someone working with the ugliest of criminals, learning what makes them tick and the reasons they do what they do. He takes you to a place seldom seem by someone without a badge, with words that will have you right there in the prison, on the streets and in the precinct with them. ...more