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( Read Pdf ) ⚡ The Boots My Mother Gave Me ó Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through life in someone else s shoes Strong willed tomboy Harley LeBeau puts you in the boots her mother gave her, as she takes you along her journey of escape from an abusive childhood and the desire to find herself as she comes of age Made to feel a burden to her father simply by her gender, Harley is determined to prove her worth and independence, leaving the small town she grew up in and the one boy who gave her a soft place to fall, Jeremiah Johnson Torn between saving herself and abandoning her mother and younger sister, Harley chooses her own life in hopes they will choose theirs, tooA mature, candid read for everyone A must for women The Boots My Mother Gave Me explores the dynamics of abuse and dysfunction, the courage to overcome, the strength in sisterhood, and the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mothers and daughtersClimb into Charlene the Chevelle for a fast paced story about a girl who is tough enough to survive and tender enough to learn to trust in loveSigned Paperback Original Music Soundtrack to The Boots My Mother Gave Me can be found at brooklyn james I received this book free for review The characters were well written, they had multiple sides to them, none of the characters were all good or bad The flash backs where simple and strait forward In the audio version the songs included throughout the story were great I hope to seeaudio books like this. SPOILER FREE REVIEW 5 STAR Read5 STARS out of 5Genre Contemporary Romance READ THIS BOOK I TOTALLY RECOMMEND ItWithin each of us, there lies the innate ability to survive, triumph and overcome, rewriting the scripts of our own lives, having some power over our fate of generations to comeHarley s inner monologueThis book really dealt with a lot of topics from Domestic abuse violence, alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, drug substance abuse, suicide, forgiveness and of course love I don SPOILER FREE REVIEW 5 STAR Read5 STARS out of 5Genre Contemporary Romance READ THIS BOOK I TOTALLY RECOMMEND ItWithin each of us, there lies the innate ability to survive, triumph and overcome, rewriting the scripts of our own lives, having some power over our fate of generations to comeHarley s inner monologueThis book really dealt with a lot of topics from Domestic abuse violence, alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, drug substance abuse, suicide, forgiveness and of course love I don t even know where to begin The main character Harley was so diverse I often found she was strong yet weak a total contradiction I know But hey we all have our moments right She spent most of her early adulthood proving herself so much so she lost what was important in life Love, family, friendship and happiness Nope She ran from family, friendship, happiness and most importantly Love.The Boots My Mother Gave Me is told from Harley s pov and it shows her journey from youth to adulthood It was not always pretty in fact it got down right ugly at times But with all the ups and downs I did get my HEA Though I did not think it would happen because my girl Harley was a runner and at one point she even compared herself to Forrest Gump.Harley was raised in a two parent home on a farm in Georgia, Pennsylvania with her younger sister Kat The farm was the family s main source of income however it was not always enough so her mother Marilyn worked at a local diner for extra cash John, Harley s father had her Kat and their mother working the farm While he mostly remained in and out of a drunken stupor Which left him violent towards his wife and kids often His violence and hatred knew no bounds at one time he even killed a family pet Talk about cruelty The guy was EVIL.Harley was a tomboy personified With nothing but boys in her neighborhood and with a boy as her best friend Jeremiah she really didn t have a choice Whatever the boy s did so did Harley For years she was able to keep the issues at home on the farm hidden And then one night after her basketball game everything changes Jeremiah becomes a witness to her fathers verbal assault When the drama escalates between John, Harley and Jeremiah she finds herself homeless At seventeen The thing about Harley is she is resilient she manages to stay focused Harley gets her own place thanks to her boss and she moves forward Harley has big plans and moving out of Georgia, Pennsylvania is numero uno And that is exactly what she does the day after graduation While wearing the boots her mother gave her.ThoughtsFirst and foremost I think this book was well written I was so in tuned to Harley it was like reading her biography The boots played an important role in her life almost like a lifeline I really loved that I shouted victory when she faced off with her dad I whooped and hollered when she went and got Kat from that ASSHOLE Joey Oh and I doubled over in laughter when Joey was found cuffed to the flag pole outside of city hall Priceless Hell yeah I loved this book I totally recommend it Harley loved to think of grams as the backbone of the family but I beg to differ It was her hands down Harley showed strength and loyalty Proving herself to be a true matriarch She made decisions her own mother could not And YES, sometimes her choice was to run But she always came back when her family s needs exceeded hers She was called upon time and time again and would drop everything to lend a hand Her heart was big with her family yet guarded when it came to lovers Jeremiah was Harley s best friend The taker of her virginity and the keeper of her heart Miah was sweet, loving and not to mention heroic He suffered a whole lot of loss and Harley didn t help much with her constant here one day gone the next But he took it in stride and continued to put it on her Wink,Wink if you know what I mean.John was a coward As far as I am concerned his soul was lost and bitterness ate away at him until nothing was left.Kat fought her own demons but managed to pull through Thank goodness Marilyn I honestly found her weak But I guess that can happen after years of being told you are a worthless piece of shit However in the end she made out good.My RatingsCharacters LovableWriting Style GoodPlot Storyline Raw, honest and at times profoundSteam Factor Medium Moderately SteamyOverall I loved it Now go forth and read Then tell us about it on Goodreads Forreviews go to Review posted to Swept Away By Romance5 Absolutely Brilliant StarsThe Boots My Mother Gave Me was a powerful and poignant story of a young girl s turbulent life as she struggles to find that one special thing she was born to do It was so emotional, yet beautiful to read that I was a puddle, exhausted, and completely wrung dry by the end It is one of those books you can t put down for even a minute, it completely hooked me The story explored some darker topics such as alcoholism, abuse, and s Review posted to Swept Away By Romance5 Absolutely Brilliant StarsThe Boots My Mother Gave Me was a powerful and poignant story of a young girl s turbulent life as she struggles to find that one special thing she was born to do It was so emotional, yet beautiful to read that I was a puddle, exhausted, and completely wrung dry by the end It is one of those books you can t put down for even a minute, it completely hooked me The story explored some darker topics such as alcoholism, abuse, and suicide, and yet the dialog was witty, frank, and at times very funny.It is a hard plot to describe because it had so much to it Was it a love story yes and so much, a family s story absolutely and so muchbut in the middle of it all was a strong loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, friend, and lover named Harley LeBeau It brought out the same type of sensations I felt when I read The Sweet Gum Tree, a huge favorite of mine There were some basic similarities in plot small town, friends to lovers, BEST hero in the world, but it was the emotion, the lump in the throat that made me draw the comparison.Harley was a tomboy and grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania in what I would call a bipolar family because at times it was completely dysfunctional with an abusive father and weak mother and at other times completely normal, with generous, teaching and loving parents A lot of time was spent on the relationships Harley had with all of her family members and flashbacks to her younger years Brooklyn James, the author, was exceptional in showing many dimensions to her characters Harley s dad was not a good father, but I felt for him Her mother was weak, but in the end the decisions she had to make were due to her strength Harley was strong and extraordinary, but lost and always running She had so many talents and she wanted out of her small town and small life so bad, but she had no destination or plan THIS was the real story, Harley s adventure and quest to find herself with the boots her mother gave her My favorite part though, was Harley and Jeremiah s Miah romance They were friends since they were 4 years old Jeremiah was Harley s everything, heck he was my everything after reading this book He was her best friend, her protector, her anchor, her lover, and in a house with stone walls, Jeremiah gave her a soft place to fall They were two souls so connected that they were meant to be one, just with a long, winding journey in between Although I wouldn t say the sex scenes were detailed or enflaming They were tastefully written, stirring and got better as Harley and Miah grew older I would have loved for Miah and Harley to have been together muchin the book because he was such a good guy I could have read a book where every sentence was about him, but there was a genuine blend of Harley s experiences and loves that kept me turning until they would meet again and again This is the first book written by Brooklyn James, which just amazes me She isn t just a talented writer, but also a songwriter, and singer She actually has a soundtrack for the book and there was song lyrics throughout It was beautiful and fulfilling to listen to the songs as I read the book They can be found on her website, www.brooklyn james.com I read from her website that the book is fictional with true life experiences and the boots do exist and were her mother s.I can t recommend this book enough and it is deserving ofthan 5 stars s Book DescriptionBREAKTHROUGH NOVEL AWARD QUARTER FINALIST 2011 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through life in someone else s shoes Strong willed tomboy Harley LeBeau puts you in the boots her mother gave her, as she takes you along her journey of escape from an abusive childhood and the desire to find herself as she comes of age Made to feel a burden to her father simply by her gender, Harley is determined to prove her worth and independence, leaving the s Book DescriptionBREAKTHROUGH NOVEL AWARD QUARTER FINALIST 2011 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through life in someone else s shoes Strong willed tomboy Harley LeBeau puts you in the boots her mother gave her, as she takes you along her journey of escape from an abusive childhood and the desire to find herself as she comes of age Made to feel a burden to her father simply by her gender, Harley is determined to prove her worth and independence, leaving the small town she grew up in and the one boy who gave her a soft place to fall, Jeremiah Johnson Torn between saving herself and abandoning her mother and younger sister, Harley chooses her own life in hopes they will choose theirs, too A mature, candid read for everyone A must for women The Boots My Mother Gave Me explores the dynamics of abuse and dysfunction, the courage to overcome, the strength in sisterhood, and the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mothers and daughters Climb into Charlene the Chevelle for a fast paced story about a girl who is tough enough to survive and tender enough to learn to trust in love.This book is quite simply irresistible It is uniquely edgy, beautifully crafted and emotionally satisfying Harley s story delivers a full load of heartache and pain, while serving up big doses of hope and love as well There s a mixture of complicated characters, a delicious and extremely devoted hero and an endearing and amazingly adaptable heroine, who share a childhood friendship and a sexy romance through years of trials and tribulations, which makes for a perfect combination in the romance department.One of the most endearing draws to this story for me is the remarkable and playful conversations between a boy and a girl who share an unconditional and special friendship during the good times and the bad ones throughout their lives The relationship between Harley and Jeremiah is so engaging and genuine it will grab your heart from the very beginning Brooklyn James did a magnificent job writing this breathtakingly unforgettable story in first person The tough topics challenged my emotions with great depth and were realistical and believable This is one of those magical books that stays with you long after you reach the ending I highly recommend this book to readers searching for a uniquely challenging and thought provoking read