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All While Growing Up My Mama Told Me...
by Ann Young   

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Publisher:  Publish America,LLLP ISBN-10:  1424158400 Type: 


Copyright:  Feb 2007

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A journey into a womans past and the hardships she has endoured with family secrets.

Ruthie, raised in Greenville, Mississippi, with her obnoxiously religious mother, disabled father and two brothers, had to deal with many things as a child. As an adult, she has chosen to see a therapist to learn to cope with the emotional scars that fate has dealt her. Every time she goes, she is transferred through time to relive her past, along with the pain. The only person she had to turn to then was Greg, her best friend, but her mother controlled that also. Greg doesn’t know about her ability to “see” things in her dreams, and her mother wants to keep it like that. She thought she would never see him again until now when fate has put him in her way. Is he there to mend their relationship, or to remind her of what she missed? Ruth loves him, but she can’t let him find out about her secret that will destroy his life and everything that he has known it to be, his son. So many secrets and so much hurt is bottled up inside. Will she ever be free?

I got up and gave Joe a kiss on the cheek and a long hug. When I got close to him, I could see how much he has aged. He has wrinkles in the corners of his eyes and his skin is dry and wrinkled from working in the sun. The moonlight sparkled on some of the grey hairs on his head. He kept his hair cut very low. He smelled like tobacco and cigarette smoke. I turned my back and opened the door to go inside when Joe spoke.
"I have cancer."
"Joe," I whispered.
"I don't want you to say anything. I don't need anything. Just go inside. I do love you."
I did as I always have with him. He was like my father and I listened to what he said.

Professional Reviews

I am eager to see this author grow
I really liked the book. The story was different, it kept me wondering and it explored an area not normally written about. People acknowledge spiritual gifts but then doubt when they see them in action. This book touched on areas that were for some, a joy to read and on others, very disturbing but thats the type of guts a writer needs. Yes, you can tell it is the author's first foray into writing and this book leads you to believe she will get better and better and find smoother transitions for her scenes. I would say that she is someone to watch and I hope others encourage and support this young writer.

This is my honest answer
Well, Ann, this is strange for me, because in my mind I still see you as so much older than me... this is weird. Anyway, I thought that you have a great writing style that is personable and keeps the reader on the edge of curiosity. I also liked the way that Ruth's memory went in and out weaving the story into a tightly knit blanket if reality. Just on the merit of writing, I think that you did an awesome job. In light of this, I found myself struggling to separate truth from fiction. The plot of the book is intense and consuming, it felt real... maybe too real. I wasn't expecting that. I guess because I know you the fiction seems to be a shadow of reality. How do the others loosely represented in the story feel about it? Please know that I am not criticizing your expression in any way. Writing is a gift... a gift to trap reality and help people to see them in black and white while creating rainbows of color in the individual imagination. You did just that.

Thank you Jessica Sanders unknown
I am one of those loosely represented people talked about in the book. I also agree with you that I find myself struggling to separate truth from fiction because I know what has been written in this book alot to be true. I am just sorry that people who have had no part in this real life story have to be hurt. Ann I feel you should be truthful with yourself and stop trying to hurt others who have done nothing to hurt you. There are so many other ways that you could have brought your point out with involving innocent people.

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Reader Reviews for "All While Growing Up My Mama Told Me..."

Reviewed by Sophia Simmons 12/31/2008
This sounds like a very good story, I wish you continued success....God Bless....Sophia
Reviewed by Ann Young 3/19/2008
These comments are wonderful to me eventhough some people felt a certain way. If you felt like the main charactor in this book, then I have done my job as an author and nothing can be said to personally offend me. Please feel free to become one with this book. It does tackle many issues that may effect you personally. If it does, seek help so that your life can be happy and meaningful, then help someone else out of similar situations. Let's be a blessing to others. Give your testimony and experiences, not to hurt, but to help.

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