Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Castles on the Sand by E.M. Tippetts

Madison Lukas knows her place in the world. She’s not pretty, not interesting, and therefore easy to forget.

John Britton is serving his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has been praying for fifteen years to find the sister he lost in his parents’ divorce. She is beautiful, talented, and makes kindness a fine art.

When John and Madison cross paths, he recognizes her at once, but Madison is certain that he’s got it all wrong. Even if she is his long-lost sister, she can’t possibly be the exceptional, amazing girl he thinks she is, can she?

My Review:

I fell in love with E.M. Tippetts writing when I downloaded Someone Else's Fairytale to my Kindle without knowing anything about the author. I enjoyed Castles on the Sand just as much. I think the beauty of these books is the characters are so real. They're flawed and wounded and someone you really, truly care about. The family relationship in Castles was heartbreaking to me and I was so grateful for the tactful manner the author dealt with mental illness and its effect on a family.
Madison's family life is very sad as her mother neglects her horribly. It was interesting that when her brother kept telling her how much he loved her and how beautiful she was, she struggled to acknowledge or return the feelings because she'd never felt that unconditional love. I cried when John told her about the day their mother took Madison from her dad and brothers, I could just imagine my baby giving his older brother his teddy bear to make him feel better. The story is a beautiful example of forgiveness and gives me hope that my children will love me even if I give them lots of material for their memoirs.
I would recommend Castles on the Sand to young adult on up. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Check back for a giveaway of this amazing book Monday, September 24th. The author is offering a print or ebook copy internationally.

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