"I finished the book and it was great. I shed a lot of tears during the
read. Some from joy and some from sadness. She has a knack of
expression that makes you feel like you part of the story." Midge
"One of the things that I especially like is the way you vary the
textures of Alayna’s voice to paint her own portrait for us (both
literally & figuratively “finding her voice” as well as her smile).
I appreciate the first-person presentation
so that we hear (and feel) her anger and frustration in the early passages, not just through what she says but
how she says it and through the tone of entire passages." -Julie G.
"A wonderful new book great for all ages!
Finding My Smile is more than a
story; it contains fantastic characters that you will truly find
yourself in love with by the end of the book! Although the story is
written at the teen/young adult level, the story is suitable for all
ages and would even make a great book to read to your kids! Again,
simply a wonderful novel!"
-Live, Love, Laugh
"Just finished reading my copy and I could not put it down! From
beginning to end, the story moves with excitement and suspense. I loved
the drama mixed with happiness throughout the plot. This story is
filled with a genuine message of love between a young woman with FAS and
her best friend, an elderly Alzheimer's patient. If you haven't gotten
your copy yet, buy it today! If you have your copy, don't wait to read
it another moment! LOVED IT!" -Love_Happy_Endings
"The story of self discovery
through the hand of God was touching and inspiring. I cried my eyes out
at the end! It was written in such a
way that the characters and their struggles became real. The book
shared God in a deep and meaningful way, yet was approachable and
understandable for anyone." - Brooke D.
"I found myself feeling like the ink on the page almost changes color as we travel beside Alayna, first sharing her acute teenage anger, fears and confusion, then hearing her gradually begin to soften around the edges (in language & flow) and finally opening up her heart and soul to life (and ultimately to God) in small increments—some of this almost sneaking up on her, despite her sad and angry self-image. Speaking of self-image, the mirror imagery throughout is really great, both in terms of Alayna’s self-image and also in terms of the whole notion of feedback (and sometimes lack thereof). It seems to me that so much of the challenge for caregivers and family members with Alzheimer's patients is the lack of predictable feedback, which is so frightening and confusing to everyone involved. I also really like the puzzle’s place and imagery in the book." -Julie G.