October 18th, 2018

Beyond the Ocean's Edge

Weekly Book Review

This week I'm back to posting reviews from the files of Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers.  The next one on the list is...
(Sorry but I don't seem to have a cover shot available for it.)
The Road Chosen

T. A. Bratcher
Reviewed by Esther J. Hildahl

        This story begins when Grace is born to an unwed drug addict and is adopted by an older couple, who have two grown sons that they adopted many years ago. When she was thirteen, her parents decided to move from England to the United States, eventually settling in New Hampshire. Being very smart, she was placed in high school where she did not fit in and experienced brutal bullying. Her life took another turn when her mother became very ill and she had a life-changing decision to make that resulted in a violent altercation with her father. After that, she and her brother Lee set off on a fact-finding adventure to learn the truth about Grace's life.
        The Road Chosen is a book well worth reading. It's different, interesting, and never boring. Bratcher has done a wonderful job of bringing her main character, Grace, to life. The reader truly cares about her as she searches for a meaningful life and cheers her on as she struggles to overcome one obstacle after another.
        This book is available at bookstores and online.

Reviewed by Kate Poitevin

        Ms. Bratcher has shared a compelling, sometimes heart-wrenching, tale about a young girl’s struggle to survive high school bullies and an unconventional family dynamic. At one point she caused me to burst into tears, while sitting in my car in a parking lot. (You’ll know where it was when you get there)
        It is sometimes hard for those of us who had ‘normal’ childhoods, to believe these things really happen, but they do. It is also hard for us to be confronted with these realities, but we must.
            This book really opens your eyes as to what might be lurking in the past of those around us. One never knows what hardships and horrors might have been the norm for the person we see on the bus daily. The old adage, “walk a mile in his shoes” is so true. Ms. Bratcher allows us to walk along with Grace, to experience with her, as she suffers through her teens and comes out a strong, caring, young adult. I know there is more to her story and I hope we get to read it. Grace’s story will stay with me for a long, long time.

Reviewed by Sue Eller

        Grace’s life is filled with challenges most of us never have to face.  An orphaned child of a drug addict, she is adopted by a couple who eventually move from England to the United States.  Through adversity she maintains a positive outlook on life.  The Road Chosen encompasses true and lasting friendships, unconditional love, the importance of family, and a positive outlook on life.  The author draws the reader into Grace’s story and creates memorable and loveable characters.  Note: some scenes are too intense for young children.
        Available at local bookstores in the Spokane area, across the United States, and in the United Kingdom.  Visit T. A. Bratcher’s website: www.tabratcher.com for more information.

Reviewed by Robert G. Hildahl

        This story is about Grace, a young teenage girl who has just moved to the States from Europe. Her first year of high school in North Conway, New Hampshire is not a very happy one. Being an outsider, being from Europe, and being very smart means she is not accepted by the local students. She ends up being brutally bullied and makes only one friend.
        Later in high school when she is named valedictorian of her class, she is beaten by two boys and put in the hospital. Then her life takes another tragic turn when her mother becomes very ill.
        After that, Grace and her brother Lee go to Europe to learn the truth about Grace's early life and why her elderly parents adopted her after raising their two sons, who were also adopted. Many surprises await Grace as she learns the truth about her biological mother and her past.
        I highly recommend this book. It's well written and a good read. The Road Chosen is available at bookstores and online.