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Orange Petals in a Storm

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Orange Petals In A Storm
Part 1 of The Skyla McFee Series

A bedraggled and bruised eleven-year-old child races through rain-drenched East London streets as though the hounds of hell were after her. She tries to reach the home of her childhood, a home that was hers until her mother's recent death. What becomes of Skyla McFee once she arrives there? And from whom does
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published (first published June 9th 2011)
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Doug Johnson
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
The author has brought the world of inner images and wisdom into a little girl's nitty, gritty, everyday life with amazing grace and style. She tells a story that involves you in the hero's life from the very start. Niamh is, in the Irish tradition, a masterful wordsmith. The story is beautifully written, powerful, moving, original and believable. I am going to read it again.The Coming of the Feminine Christ ...more
Joss Landry
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Orange Petals in a Storm, by Niamh Clune.
First Published in 2011, Niamh Clune, publisher.
5 Star Rating.
ISBN: 10-1463591128.

Ever since Charles Perrault’s Cendrillon in 1697, and previously, I’m sure, there have been tales of young women portrayed as flowers living among the thorns. As awakened authors write to impart self-awareness on society, in an effort to raise our consciousness or simply have us remember, tales of heroes born of hardship emerge, bringing hope and renewed belief in our human
Tom Kepler
Oct 02, 2011 rated it liked it
All readers walk the hero's journey--a quest of discovery--and I found this especially true when reading Niamh Clune's Orange Petals in a Storm.

The action begins dramatically--an eleven-year-old girl running away in a rainstorm, escaping the slow death of a cold and unforgiving home to be received by the cold, unforgiving torrent of a winter storm.

A symbolic sort of thing, I thought, and well done. The book then moves away from the immediate storm and into the minds of the main characters, a def
Dixie Goode
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect when I bought this book. The title and cover are lovely but didn't even really hint that this was a story of magic and wonder. The first few lines of the book draw you quickly into the story of a sympathetic and lovely little girl who is more sad and lonely than any child should ever be, and you quickly come to care for her and fear for her life.

I want to tell you what happens to her and the wonderful cat she befriends and the . . .but wait, the author does a wonderf
C.C. Cole
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
“Orange Petals in a Storm” by Niamh Clune is a beautifully-written story about a young girl who’s life is turned upside down by a terrible loss, then finds her way enduring hardship, and eventually finding potential happiness. The paranormal events are illustrated in the imagination by use of well-descriptive prose and less use of dialogue, but in this setting it strengthens the story. This is a beautiful novel, well-written, and suitable for most audiences looking for inspiration with a tastefu ...more
Kimberly LaRocca
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Orange Petals in a Storm is such a wonderful and inspiring story. The main character Skyla finds herself in the worse situation possible with nothing and no one to hold onto. After losing her mother she is forced to live with her stepfather and his family and faces horrible abuse. She escapes to a magical world and the reader is transported along with her for the journey. Niamh has an amazing way of writing and the reader is lost in a magical world which blends so well with Skyla's reality. I re ...more
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully engaging story about a young girl and the beautiful gifts she discovers she has to get herself through some very tough times. It could have been twice as long and I still would have read it in two days!
Nov 11, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a sweet, allegorical story of a young girl coping with a rotten living situation. But perhaps due to the allegorical nature of the book, all the characters and events seemed like plot devices rather than real people or real happenings and I found it hard to really connect.
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A sweet story, in which the power of the imagination transforms the harsh life of a young girl into something worth living and pursuing. Beautifully told!
Louise Graham
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Orange Petals in a Storm is the first in the series following the life of Skyla McFee written by Niamh Clune.

We meet 11-year-old Skyla McFee who through tragic circumstances is living with her stepfather and his family. Unloved and ignored Sklya runs away but no further than her old home she once shared with her beloved Mother and Father. Such happy times now seem such a distant memory.

Fighting with the elements and sorrow for what she has lost she find herself transported into an inner world wh
Collette Scott
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When you open this book, you find a child in dire straits. She is running in the rain, back to her beloved former home, only to succumb to the cold before reaching freedom. Young Skyla McFee is trapped in a situation that no child should ever endure, that of a cold family who cares little for her following the death of her mother. However Skyla is a survivor, and she soon learns that she has a gift. What the horrible Roche family views as her escaping reality and turning to her imagination is ac ...more
Tahlia Newland
Orange Petals in a Storm is the story of an eleven year old girl who has been mistreated by her stepfather since her mother’s death one year ago. On an external level, it’s a simple story about her life turning around, but it’s the inner world that gives this story its magic.

To handle the abuse, the girl sits in an old chair—all that she has left of her mother—and withdraws into her mental ‘safe room’. There, she meets the human male version of the cat that saves her when she runs away and nearl
Phil Patterson
This story follows Skyla as she is trying to cope with the loss of her mother. She has to live with her mother's partner, his mother and his two children and an environment that is deeply unpleasant.

Skyla learns how to enter a fantasy world which helps her detach from her home environment and also allows her to help her school bully's home situation. In the end of the book Skyla ends up happily living with her aunt.

In my opinion this book is unfortunately just not my type, I think it didn't reac
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of those that stays with you because of the main character, Skyla. She is dealing with personal hardship and is given strength. loved her perseverance and desire to make her life better. The book shows you as the reader that there are alternatives to take to get you out of situations.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful fairy tale - with a new twist. Well worth reading, and memorable. I remember thinking, "I want to read this again." (That's rare!) ...more
Christine Nolfi
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The rich prose and compelling story of a young girl with spiritual power makes for a great debut to this series. Highly recommended.
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A cute tale that starts out like a Cinderella, and becomes more about magic in your chakras.
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