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Lots of fab reads!
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Book Review - The Mists of Time (The Oracles Book 4) by Delia J. Colvin

The Mists of Time - Delia J. Colvin
Our Beck Valley Book Review - The Mists of Time (The Oracles Book 4) by Delia J. Colvin
This was a heart pounding, emotional side to their story, with plenty of aspects that will have your emotions all over the place. Another beautiful love story mixed with the endearing tale of mythology fantasy. If you haven't had the reading pleasure of the previous books do not worry as the author updates you at the beginning of the book so you can easily read this as a stand alone read.
Alex has found his long lost sister after thousands of years but she tells him that their parents are lost in the underworld where she was captured after looking for him. Yet there's a hidden truth in the story that she is not sharing She returns to try to free her parents but Alex feels he must go to help, he finds his dad, but his mother is still missing as she had fallen into danger. As his dad enters the 'Mists of Time' to try to gain help, openings to other dimensions that rotate differently and change every 10 days, with some only opening every 500 years, he begins to sense real danger, Alex frees him only to find that he is now trapped instead. Will he be found alive?
Both Valeria and Alex have always had the courage to fight against all the odds for those that they love. Valeria with the help of others starts out to look for Alex who is now a prisoner and under a spell as well as been hunted by Aegomon, whose mission it is to destroy the world of all oracles. With so much danger looming everywhere their lives are at constant risk. Will Alex now be parted from his love Valeria and his friends forever?
I loved my time back with Alex and Valeria and not forgetting their circle of friends. It was such a welcome read from one of my favorite authors. I would totally recommend reading all four of these books, not necessary to follow the story, but for the sheer enjoyment of the unique and wonderful writing style from such a talented author.
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Book Description
The saga continues....
It began with a love more powerful than death. Alex Morgan’s love for his soul mate, Valeria was both legend and tragic. But finally, after 3000 years, they are living the life of their dreams in modern day Manhattan. Until a decisive flash of lightning opens a Kairos, a window in time, and changes their destiny forever...
In search of answers to their missing friends, Paolo Carrara leads them into the Underworld. And with one fateful step, Alex disappears into the past, igniting hidden passions, betrayals, and a possible end to the people that Valeria loves most—including Alex.
In order to save her husband and friends, Valeria follows Alex to ancient Greece, as the life they once knew vanishes into the mists of time...
"The Oracles does for Greek mythology what Outlander does for the Scottish Highlands!"
A love more enduring than life...than death...than destiny.
Source: http://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/book-review-mists-of-time-oracles-book.html

Book Review - The Fabulous at 50 Re-Experience​ from Dianna Bowes​

The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience: It's never too late to refresh your mind, body and spirit, and you don't have to do it alone by Dianna Lee Bowes (2016-01-13) - Dianna Lee Bowes;Deborah Smith
Our Beck Valley Book Review - The Fabulous at 50 Re-Experience: It's never too late to refresh your mind, body and spirit and you don't have to do it alone by Dianna Bowes plus Signed Book Giveaway - 4 Winners!
"Are you ready for a new chapter in your life? A new side of you, or perhaps the real side of you to finally come through?
Although not yet in my fifties I found this book quite appealing as I am approaching that age. This was a really interesting book that encourages you whilst reading it to reflect upon on yourself, your life and situation you might find yourself in. You will find the authors advice and guidance friendly, full of positivity, holding your hand as she guides you on a new journey in your life, willing you on. The book includes journal areas where you can write down your thoughts prompted by the author or answer questions that she raises and also serves as a great reminder if you re-read the chapters to your original thoughts. I found it quite amazing how, on two fairly simple questions, I didn't know how to answer, especially as the question was about me and my feelings, I literally sat with a blank expression trying to think how to answer, followed by relief to find the author had provided some suggestions in case it proved too difficult!
I did find myself smiling and laughing at the humor in parts of the book. I also found that the book really made me think and actually confirmed certain things that I already felt but brought them to the forefront of my mind as well as realizing the one thing stopping myself reaching my goals was me! The author has split the book into stages of change and has included many true stories from other affected 50'ish 'Boomer Women' (as the author describes them) so you know your not on your own and can understand how change can happen. You will find facts, quotes, drawings, references to other related reading as well as a really useful reference and resources guide at the back of the book.
An insightful read signposting you to a more fulfilling, meaningful, next chapter of your life, a special time for 'you'."
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Tempting Tristan (A sexy standalone M/M romance): Tristan Brewer (Harborside Nights) - Melissa Foster

TEMPTING TRISTAN (A (A sexy standalone M/M romance) by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Melissa Foster

'I could literally feel the world tilt. The attraction, the chemistry, and the sparks fly. Never was there a doubt that these two would be together.' reviews A Soccer Mom's Book Blog


'What a great romance story. A well written detailed book that kept me reading to the last page. I never thought I would be into a m/m book but Melissa Foster has made this book enjoyable to read and wanting more at the end.' reviews Books, Dreams, Life


New Release........
Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, lovable alphas from the Harborside Nights series.


Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try and figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault—he leads with his heart, not his head—and that’s never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he’s beginning to get a handle on things. That is, until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar...


Alex has spent eight years in the Army, months in a hospital bed, and far too long hiding his sexual identity. He’s guilt-ridden, damaged, pissed off, and up for a Silver Star—for the incident that nearly cost him his life, and kept him from his grandmother’s funeral. But all he wants to do is forget his stint with the institution that allows but doesn’t necessarily accept, and live the life he’s always dreamed of.


The chemistry between Tristan and Alex ignites from the moment they meet, and the more time they spend together the hotter the flames become. But the closer Tristan gets, the more Alex's walls go up, and when the two walk onto a military base, Tristan finds out Alex’s physical scars aren’t the ones that run the deepest.


HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real series of stand-alone romances that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as “summer” friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They’re tough, edgy, and accepting—most of the time. This series is written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster with LGBT themes.


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A Soccer Mom's Book Blog review


Books, Dreams, Life review


#romance #contemporaryromance #newadultromance #lgbt #gayromance #mmromance


Two men--one broken, one burned--and the ghost of the woman who brings them together.

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The chemistry between Tristan and Alex ignites from the moment they meet, and the more time they spend together the hotter the flames become. But when they walk onto a military base, Tristan finds out Alex’s physical scars aren’t the ones that run the deepest.

--TEMPTING TRISTAN (MM Romance) rel 10/19
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Book Review - In the Line of Duty (Detective Madison Knight Series) by Author Carolyn Arnold​

In the Line of Duty (Detective Madison Knight) - Carolyn Arnold

Book Review - In the Line of Duty (Detective Madison Knight Series) by Author Carolyn Arnold​ plus $25 Paypal Cash Giveaway


'A hard hitting, emotional novel which covers the true meaning of comradeship and team spirit. When an off duty policeman is shot dead at a petrol station it causes ructions and resentment throughout the station. The loss of a close colleague stirs the full range of emotions from anger to sorrow. It also tears the relationship within the investigation squad to pieces.


The excellent descriptive writing brings the characters to life and the most impressive part of it is the human element that is protrayed and will touch the heartstrings of the reader. The investigation route takes us on a roller coaster of ride through a page turning twister of a thriller. You get a real feeling of what it is like to work and live in a close community like the police force, where everyone knows each others families and the tragedy runs deep.


A riveting read and if you like a thriller you need to read this book.'


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Book Description
He devoted his life to seeking justice. But would she get any for him?

It was an ordinary day for police officer Barry Weir. It was the end of shift, he was tired, and he just wanted to get home to his wife and kids. But someone had other plans for him, shooting him down and forcing him to make the ultimate sacrifice.


When news of Weir’s murder reaches the department, it leaves Detective Madison Knight and every cop in the Stiles PD itching for revenge. It cuts Madison’s boyfriend, colleague, and Weir’s childhood friend, Troy Matthews, deepest of all, driving him away from everyone he loves just when they need one another the most.


With evidence pointing to a gang-related drive-by, Madison and her team investigate the town’s seedy underbelly in search of justice for their fallen brother. But the deeper they dig, the more convoluted the case becomes. Now they need to figure out if this was a random shooting as part of a gang initiation, a straight-up hate crime, or a targeted kill. But with members of the Stiles PD under attack, they have to do it fast…before more officers pay with their lives.

Source: http://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/book-review-in-line-of-duty-detective.html

Who's waiting for the next Seaside Book from Melissa Foster?

★ Who's waiting for the next Seaside Book from Melissa Foster?★
SEASIDE WHISPERS releases NOV 30 ★ PLUS A Brand New Series★ Matt & Mira are incredible together in Seaside Whispers, and you'll meet the cast and crew of Bayside Summers! Don't worry, you'll see your fave Seaside characters in Bayside, they're neighbors, after all!! Pre-order your copies here:

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Beautiful Secret - Dana Faletti
5* review on New Release BEAUTIFUL SECRET by Dana Faletti 'what a lovely book, loved it! I really think you all should read this--some but not all of it is tissue box worthy' reviews Miki's Hope
'This is the story of families-the good, the bad and the secrets that are held deep within them. Tatiana has lost both her parents, her marriage is a shambles and now her grandmother is dying. Tate as all call her has been told many stories of her grandmothers life before she came to America--but not all of it. On her death bed Tate's grandmother makes her promise to go visit her family in France and Italy. She hands her a package to deliver to a certain address--but will say no more. She assures Tate that her Aunt will be able to tell her more of the story.
She goes as her grandmother asked and is immediately enveloped by a loving family. Her aunt is able to tell her more but not all. She is still on a quest to find out about what went on back then. She is taken to disco's and the sea by her cousins and learns slowly to have fun. Of course there are lots of celebrations with lots of food!
But things have a way of happening-whether or not we want them to. Yes Tate finds out her grandmother's secret--and in the process ends up with a secret of her own. But they both had their memories and a gift that would last a lifetime.
The one word that comes to mind about this novel is Bittersweet. I really think you all should read this--some but not all of it is tissue box worthy.'
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Book Description
Set in the lush hills of the French Ardennes and the scorched mountains of Southern Italy, Beautiful Secret is a tale of family secrets, forbidden love, and unexpected blessings.
Maria’s story unfolds in 1940’s Italy, where family ties and tradition are of utmost importance. When Maria is seduced by her cousin's fiancé, she becomes pregnant, and the scandal destroys her family. Whisked away from her poor rural village of Tronca to a severe Catholic convent several mountain towns away, she gives birth to a son. Maria is under tremendous pressure to give her baby up for adoption. Against the odds, she manages to keep her child and then must find a way to get him back to the home and family that is his birth right.
Years later, after being forced to marry and emigrate to America, Maria is at the end of her life. As she lies on her deathbed in a Pittsburgh hospital, Maria shares her story with her beloved granddaughter, Tatiana.
Awash in her own marital troubles, Tatiana agrees to Maria’s dying wish – to travel to Europe and retrieve a package from an aunt she’s never met. When Tate journeys to the land of her ancestors, she fully expects to meet her long lost family and to lay eyes on the places that cultivated a spirit like her Nana Maria’s. What she doesn’t anticipate is falling into a forbidden love affair with a sexy French man who happens to be her distant cousin by marriage. Throughout her journey, Tate not only discovers a shocking secret that Nana Maria waited a lifetime to disclose, but she also finds that the trick to life doesn’t lie in the best laid plans but in how you react to the things you never expected.
Source: http://www.mikishope.com/2016/10/15-amazonpp-1-ww-beautiful-secret-dana.html

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Book Review - Windmill Point by Jim Stempel

Windmill Point - Jim Stempel
Book Review - Windmill Point by Jim Stempel 'an epic journey through a war torn period in American History' reviews hubbie....
"Enjoy a time travelling novel where the author takes you back to one of the decisive battles of the American Civil War. The research and knowledge of the period is excellent. All through the book you can smell the fear, the blood and the overall bravery of the soldiers on both sides to give up their lives for what they believed in. Using his intense knowledge of the general battle plans he brings them all to life and portrays their thoughts and lifestyles with excellent descriptive writing.
The author takes us on an epic journey through a war torn period in American History. The characters and scenarios are true to life and depict very deep emotions and the sense of loss of human life is felt very strongly. Sometimes it is hard to get into a historic novel and believe in the characters but this author has not failed. You can tell he cares and has put a lot of time and effort in creating them and has studied the period intensely to produce a novel which will interest historians world wide."
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Book Description
Windmill Point is gripping historical fiction that vividly brings to life two desperate weeks during the spring of 1864, when the resolution of the American Civil War was balanced on a razor’s edge. At the time, both North and South had legitimate reasons to conclude they were very near victory. Ulysses S. Grant firmly believed that Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was only one great assault away from implosion; Lee knew that the political will in the North to prosecute the war was on the verge of collapse.
Jim Stempel masterfully sets the stage for one of the most horrific battles of the Civil War, contrasting the conversations of decision-making generals with chilling accounts of how ordinary soldiers of both armies fared in the mud, the thunder and the bloody fighting on the battlefield.
“We must destroy this army of Grant’s before he gets to the James River. If he gets there it will become a siege, and then it will be a mere question of time.” General Lee.
Jim Stempel’s Windmill Point captures the dreadful fury and desperate humanity of the American Civil War with a power and immediacy few authors have been able to achieve. I recommend it highly for anyone interested in a vivid portrayal of that violent crucible from which our modern society ultimately emerged.
Mark Robert Waldman, Executive MBA Faculty, Loyola Marymount University and author of Words Can Change Your Brain
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Book Review of Luna Tree: The Baby Project by Maya Berger

Luna Tree: The Baby Project - Maya Berger
Our Book Review of Luna Tree: The Baby Project by Maya Berger
"An inspiring true story following the authors journey and determination to improve her health and life of constant pain, giving the reader hope and understanding of what positive thinking and actions can have on your body. Yet this is a light read even though it must have been the darkest of time for her and her husband in search of a answer.
Her honest feelings on the relationships in her life, her mysterious illness that brought her so much pain, enables the reader to grasp what she has endured and the strength of her character that pushed passed the number of certified professionals who could not fully diagnose or help more with her condition. Never giving up, she explains what worked for her and the positivity it brought in more ways than one. The support from her husband allowed her to follow through on her new healing process and way of life,
If inspiration is needed to carry you forward then the authors account will help you."
Book Description
Maya is kicking up her heels, living the fabulous and mostly carefree life of a twenty-something young woman. However, in the back of her mind continuous longing for a good marriage and family lingered. How do you find the right man, the one who sticks through thick and thin? Will he provide you with the things you find essential in a relationship?
Maya kissed a few frogs before finding her Prince Charming, but what followed was of higher importance.
She started feeling chronic pain in her lower back, the pain that wouldn't let her neither sit nor stand. Thus Maya began her relentless quest for diagnosis and healing, which she ends after discovering Energy healing. She travels the globe to receive and raise her own stored Energy, the one that changes everything.
Her ultimate desires come true.
Source: http://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/book-review-luna-tree-baby-project-by.html

Book Review - The Fabulous at 50 Re-Experience​ from Dianna Bowes​

The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience: It's never too late to refresh your mind, body and spirit, and you don't have to do it alone by Dianna Lee Bowes (2016-01-13) - Dianna Lee Bowes;Deborah Smith

The Fabulous at 50 Re-Experience​ from Dianna Bowes​ 'It includes many exercises to create your own wellness journal and life planner to make your dreams come true.' reviews Kate Campbell​


'Partly autobiographical, partly a self-help book and partly a led discovery of your own life. It includes many exercises to create your own wellness journal and life planner to make your dreams come true. I'm a big believer in writing things down and planning. It'ss the best way to visualise and make things happen.


Bowes reminds us to let go of our plans we had made or those that didn't work out, and make room for new, better plans. But in order to do this, we need to take many other steps along the way. She leads us through this journey but allows room to make it your own.


One step for me is definitely letting go of false beliefs about self-worth. Dianna addresses this with ideas about how to silence that inner critic. This is so essential if you are to move forward, I believe. Learning to love yourself is hard, but we can learn to be kind to ourselves.


Bowes discusses gratitude, which has been a popular idea lately because it works. But she also talks about how our adversity can make us stronger, and that we need to express gratitude for that as well as the good things. My Nan always used to say that adversity builds character, and this reminded me of that.


Throughout the book are little anecdotes and larger stories by other women, to give these women a voice and the ability to own their own story. It also reminds us, as Dianna points out many times in the book, that we are not alone.


This book leads you through how to dream big and make those dreams come true by learning to think creatively. Unlocking your creativity will ultimately produce startling results in all areas of your life.


In the last couple of years, I have come to accept the maxim about no emotion is a negative one, you are allowed to feel whatever you feel. If you are sad, then you are sad. The problem, of course, is learning to express emotions in a constructive rather than a destructive way. Bowes discusses how to harness emotions like anger and use them in a proactive, not reactive, manner.


Another really important concept addressed is that of honouring our past and those who helped us develop. But also letting go of our past and forgiving. Dianna also tells us to be a bit of a rebel and learn to say no when it's not best for you.


I have written myself a little note here that I really liked Chapter 3 and the test. Now you will need to read it for yourself and find out why.


No wellbeing book is complete without discussing how we reward ourselves for doing well. There are more guided ideas and discussion around this.

When you have finished you can put on your theme song and dance. :)'


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Book Description
Baby Boomer women have spent decades suppressing their own wants and desires, and losing themselves in the expectations and demands of culture, parents, partners, and children, working hard to please and care for almost everyone but themselves. They've been misunderstood by marketers, politicians, millenials, most men .. and last but not least, themselves.


The time has come for these strong, beautiful, and fabulous women to discover, reveal, and honor their true selves. The time has come for them to re-expereince life as they've known it, and to celebrate life as it can be.


If you're a Boomer woman in personal crisis needing to reinvent your life, facing divorce, life-threatening illness, financial disaster, or the crushing loneliness after the kids have grown and gone, if you are asking yourself, "Now what?" and fearing that it might be too late for you and your dreams ... this book is for you.


The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience
From Dianna Bowes, visionary foundress of Fabulous @ 50, The Fabulous @50 Re-Experience is a living, breathing, sweet and sassy guide to remind you that you're not alone ... and it's not too late for you to thrive.

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Books Review of Shortcuts to Mindfulness: 100 Ways to Personal & Spiritual Growth by Catherine Auman

Shortcuts to Mindfulness: 100 Ways to Personal and Spiritual Growth by Auman LMFT, Catherine(July 6, 2014) Paperback - Catherine Auman LMFT
Our Beck Valley Books Review of Shortcuts to Mindfulness: 100 Ways to Personal & Spiritual Growth by Catherine Auman 
"I absolutely loved this read, it was enjoyable, interesting, inspiring and at the same time uplifting and quite thought provoking.
From the authors own collection, 100 short articles for educating the mind that is split into eight inspiring topics and includes factual techniques, information and stories. I knew as soon as I had read the authors first story that I would enjoy reading the rest of the book. With the short chapters it was easy to pick up whenever I had some spare time and found myself reading a lot more than I had planned to each time. The authors insight, perception, writing and underlying meaning for the process or personal and spiritual growth made it completely easy to relate to and open my mind to. A couple of sections in the book really touched base with me especially the one below as it made sense at a difficult stage in my life...
'In addition to the son in the above relationship needing to move on and create his own adult life, the mother needs to let go of being an actively involved mother and deal with her sadness about her empty nest. Only then will she be able to create a fulfilling post-mothering life for her later years.'
I will be easily reading this book over and over again, it has a lovely calming effect and I found such an interesting read. I would love to read more from this author as we all need a spiritual lift at some point in our life."
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Source: http://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/book-review-shortcuts-to-mindfulness.html

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Book Excerpt - Forever Fit and Flexible, by Cheryl Ilov

Forever Fit and Flexible: Feeling Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond - Cheryl L. Ilov
My Personal Journey to Forever Fit and Flexible
I was fortunate enough to be relatively fit, flexible, and slender for most of my
life. Or, at least I started out that way, and there was no reason to believe things
would ever change. As a child, I never had to worry about my weight. I was so
naturally slim and slight of build that it actually raised eyebrows when I was a kid.
Being of hearty Eastern European peasant stock, a solid build and a sturdy
constitution were very much admired as a sign of robust health and vitality. I fell
far short of the ideal specimen in that department within my family. My paternal
grandmother actually accused my mother of running out of food to provide me
proper nourishment at the dinner table, since I was her third child in four years and
the last one to get served. My mother jokingly told people that, even though I had a
good appetite, I was so thin and delicate because I had a tapeworm living inside
my body. I heard this so often that I believed it for a while and solemnly shared
this bit of information with my kindergarten teacher on the first day of school.
Good thing my teacher was a neighbor and knew my mother pretty well; otherwise
it could have been a problem.
I was so much smaller than my two older sisters that they kept a close eye on
me and often had to step in and protect me when the situation warranted. Since we
were so close in age we often played together, and naturally I always tried to keep
up with them. It got me into trouble on more than one occasion.
One instance happened during the summer before I turned five. My parents
were involved with getting the community swimming pool ready to open. The final
step was to fill the pool from a huge water pipe. It was a brutally hot day, and my
sister s and I were mesmerized by the swirling water as it gushed from the pipe and
began to fill the deep end of the pool. Since my parents and several other grownups
were right there at the edge of the pool, they gave us permission to get in the water
(fully clothed, of course) and cool off as the pool continued to fill. It seemed like a
great idea to have the distinct honor of being the first ones in the pool before the
season even opened.
Everything started out fine, until the water began to saturate my clothes and
weigh me down. I struggled to stay afloat, but I got caught in the whirlpool. I
started going under, and frantically reached for the ledge around the deep end, but
my fingers kept slipping off. Between the weight of my clothes, my small frame,
the swirling water, and the slippery ledge, I was in serious trouble. My sisters were
only slightly less hysterical than I and took turns pushing me up toward the ledge
as they screamed to the adults for help. My dad jumped in and pulled me to safety,
but it was my sisters who sounded the alarm and kept my head above water for
those few desperate seconds.
Later that summer, our family was at a church picnic, which happened to be at
the local amusement park. All of us kids were in heaven as we ran from ride to
ride. We finally came to the pride of the park, the roller coaster named “The Mad
Mouse.” It had individual cars instead of a chain of cars linked together like a train.
The track included a series of bumps toward the end of the ride, each one a little
bigger than the previous.
Since I was the smallest child, I was put in a car with my oldest sister, sitting in
front of her with her legs wrapped around me and both of us holding onto the
safety bar. It was great fun until we got to the series of bumps. I was so light that
when we hit the first bump I flew up into the air between my sister and the safety
bar and landed halfway out of the car. My sister grabbed me and tried to pull me
back into the car as we hit the second bump. I flew even higher into the air and
landed further out of the car, bent at the waistline, with my fingers dangling just a
few inches from the track.
Even in my panic, I could feel my sister desperately grabbing at the only thing
she could get ahold of—the waistband of my underpants. I could see the all of the
grownups screaming from below, including my mother, who was seven months
pregnant. Bless her heart, she was running beside the tracks with her arms
outstretched as if she’d be able to catch me. That’s when I knew I was in a
precarious situation. In my entire young life, I had never seen my mother run or try
to catch anything. ……
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Source: http://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/book-excerpt-forever-fit-and-flexible.html