Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Word Game by Steena Holmes

The Word Game
by Steena Holmes

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @steenaholmes

Just released: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Women's Fiction
Hardback: 210 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
In this moment, at the core of who she was and all she wanted to be, Alyson Ward was happy.

For overprotective parent Alyson Ward, any time her daughter, Lyla, is out of sight is reason to panic. So it’s a big step for her when she lets Lyla attend a sleepover at her cousin’s house. Comforted by the knowledge that her sister, Tricia, is the chaperone, Alyson does the one thing she never thought possible: she lets go and trusts that her daughter will be safe.

But Alyson’s sense of peace is short lived. When Lyla comes home the next morning, she reveals something that could tear apart not only their family but also the entire community. Now, Alyson and Tricia must confront their painful shared past as they come together to help a little girl who they fear might be harboring terrible secrets similar to their own. Will the sisters be strong enough to face their demons in order to protect the child, even if it means telling their most private truths?

My two-bits:

This story is told in many voices - mostly female. The process of how to deal with serious issues. Hmmm, sorry do not want to put in a spoiler so do not want to reveal.

Along with the main issue though, the characters must battle with their own issues from the past that relate to the main topic.

Overall, the story was told well and did not get too deep or emotional. It presents the main topic in a way that gives a small pause for thought.

About the author:
Steena Holmes grew up in a small town in Canada and holds a Bachelors degree in Theology.

In 2012 she received the Indie Excellence Award. Holmes was inspired to write Finding Emma after experiencing a brief moment of horror when she’d thought her youngest daughter was missing.

She currently lives in Calgary with her husband and three daughters and loves to wake up to the Rocky Mountains each morning.


* USA Best Book Award Winner in General Fiction

* review copy courtesy of BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge 2015 (details) @booksparks #FRC2015

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