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Raising Wild Ginger

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Parenting is hard. That's what Edward Rosenberg has always assumed, although his only experience with children has been as the drunken uncle. Now the love of his life, Sam DaCosta, is yearning for fatherhood. Edward's been sober for years. He and Sam are in a good place. Why rock the boat? On the other hand, how can he deny Sam his dream of a family? Then they meet Ginger. ...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Bats in the Boathouse Press
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Sadie Forsythe
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
What to say about Raising Wild Ginger? It is way out of my normal reading range. I'm generally a sic-fi/fantasy girl. But I agreed read it because of the subject matter. Ginger is a severely abused foster child looking for a forever home. I spent a number of years working in the American child protective services and I thought Woolpy's story might be one I could turn a knowledgeable eye towards. I was right. Raising Wild Ginger highlights a number of subtle (and not so subtle) behaviours of prem ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This one is so hard to write about! I enjoyed this book. It showed the everyday life of these two men. They aren't picture perfect but perfect for each other. One wants a family, the other not so sure. Instead of a newborn they get Ginger. A 12 year old girl who has a very traumatic upbringing. They have to work really hard at being parents and she also must work through a lot of emotional problems. They each must work really hard to become a family and it showed in this book.
I'm pretty sure that the author doesn't use the topic of child abuse simply as a cheap way to get attention, so I'm trying not to be too harsh. But to be honest, I have read take-out menus where more skill and creativity went into the writing process....
Brandon Shire
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt, m-m
I enjoyed this tremendously, from the flawed characters, to the magic of their relationship, to the generosity and the angst of their hearts.

Highly recommended.
Lillian Francis
Aug 30, 2012 marked it as to-read
Free in kindle store today - 31st Aug 2012.
Kristy Frenken-Francis
My Thoughts: Fantastic. Beautiful. Amazing.

This is an incredible book. I am not normally a huge fan of books not in the YA genre, but this has got to be one of my favorite books I've read in a while. It was so great, filled with a story that made me smile, cry, laugh. I loved the characters and the plot and everything in between. I devoured the book with ease... This is a very special book.

I have not read the first book in this series, Raising Gillian's Wolves, but I really didn't need to. Ther
Compulsion Reads
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After a lifetime of drinking and the resulting chaos, Edward is finally at a good place in his life. AA meetings help him stay sober, while his handsome and kind partner, Sam, infuses his life with love and purpose. Edward is all too happy to keep things just the way they are, but Sam longs to expand their family.

Thinking back on his own dysfunctional family, Edward isn’t sure he has what it takes to be a good father to a baby. He also worries about a baby destroying the precious harmony he has
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book tells the story of Edward and Sam, two men in a relationship dreaming of having a family of their own. Actually, Sam wants it, Edward on the other hand is uncertain in proceeding with this plan because he is not sure he can handle it right.

Ginger is twelve years old but she has already experienced everything in life. Sex, drugs, child pornography, stealing, etc. Henry, the counsellor, thinks Sam and Edward's plans of raising a family is just right on time because Ginger needs to be give
Dana Burgess
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved Tara Woolpy's first novel, Releasing Gillian's Wolves and her second offering, Raising Wild Ginger, solidifies Tara's place as one of my favourite authors. What did I like about it? (you ask) Well, I'll tell you:


The relationship between Sam and Edward. Theirs is a real loving relationship, not a fairy tale loving relationship. They disagree, they compromise, they need time apart and time together, the list goes on. But, no matter what happens,
Margie Adler
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this story. It did take me a while to get into it, but once I did I really felt that the story was compelling. I really think that Tara Woolpy's talent in this book is in weaving common issues, such as belonging, prejudice, and feeling worthy with major social issues. Tara weaves these into the private lives of the families and the greater community. Tara's books remind us that we don't have to do things, especially the hard stuff. There are good people to support us, to help us be our b ...more
Tia Bach
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excerpt from my Rebeccas Reads review (found here:

Very few characters grab your heart like Ginger, and I must warn readers that her tale is a hard one to process. The abuse she suffers should never happen, much less to a child. When the author finally reveals the details, I could barely read the words through my tears. This book will stay with me for a long time. Kudos to Tara Woolpy for not shying away from exposing the horrors of sexual assault.

Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I don’t usually read books like this one, but – I loved Raising Wild Ginger.

I support gay rights in 100%. Gay people should marry and be able to adopt kids. While reading about Sam and Edward’s relationship my heart felt simply warm. They are lovely couple and even when they fight everything gets better in the end.
I fell in love in Ginger. She is a foster kid with horrible past and complicated personality. She showed to be bad, but the truth is, she was just lost.

This is a perfect book about
M.A Grace
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Family is not always blood and they are never easy. This story proves that over and over again.Two men depended on not turning out to be like the ones that raised them come to be united with a girl that wants nothing more then normal. Everyone has a past, and when three unfavorable past clash together you never know what can come out of it.

Will Sam and Edward be able to see past the problems? Will Ginger learn that not everyone is out to hurt you? Can Edward give Sam the family he wants? Can th
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Woolpy has penned a sensational sequel to her outstanding debut novel Releasing Gillian’s Wolves. Raising Wild Ginger brings 12 year old foster child Ginger into Edward and Sam’s lives after she has endured countless acts of horrendous trauma for much of her young life. She arrives broken and alone, it is her last chance for a normal life with a family. Edward and Sam vow to not make the same mistakes their parents did and accept and love Ginger for who she is and what she can become, leaving th
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Under various names, Tara Woolpy has been writing and publishing fiction for over thirty years. Tara earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Whitworth College after which she spent a year at the Women Writers Center in Cazenovia, New York. While pursuing her writing career, she paid the rent through an astonishing number of jobs—she’s been a waitress, a shop owner, a retail clerk, ...more

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