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Someone to Blame: A Novel

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

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    A Gripping Story with Heart

    The Moore Family recently moved to Breakers, a small town in the Pacific Northwest, fleeing the heartache of lost loved ones. Their family is fragile, and one wave crashing them against the cliffs could break them - unless the walls around their individual hearts came down.

    Billy Thurber has recently shown up in town, as well, selling firewood off the back of his pickup truck. When he arrives, so does trouble. The people of Breakers don't like the glare in his eyes or the attitude he carries. So when the trouble starts, all the fingers point to Billy.except for one.

    Will one person's compassion set Billy's heart free from his past? Will the once-quiet town of Breakers find peace again?

    In Someone to Blame, C.S. Lakin provides a full cast of characters with real issues. She provides just enough description for the readers mind to envision the coastal fishing town and the surrounding mountains, allowing the reader to imagine the rest. I enjoyed the small-town pace of the book. The action is just enough to keep one wondering what's coming next, if anything else could go wrong, and who's to blame for what the town is going through. Once the action peaks, it drops off again as evidence from the once sleepy town is revealed. But keep reading, because the end of the story is the best part of the book.

    Lakin sprinkles revelations of God's love, grace, and forgiveness throughout the story. The tale she tells moved my heart more than once.

    Someone to Blame is a fresh story filled with twists and turns resembling the coastal roads it is set against. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I give it four out of five light stars.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

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    Don't Prejudge

    Right off the bat, let me tell you that this is a good read!

    No parent should have to bury their child, but the Moores have this burden. They decide to move, hoping that a new location will give them a fresh start. However, their feelings, memories, and guilt go with them. Although this may sound depressing, the book is not. The author reveals a bit of their past here and there.
    The tension-laden plot is paced such that the pages almost turn themselves.

    The characters are well-rounded--like folks we already know. That Billy Thurber gave me the creeps! Teenage Casey loves Shakespeare, and the author creatively intersperses connections to his literature into Casey's thoughts.

    Although the classification is Christian fiction, it's not preachy; therefore, all readers should like this one.

    I loved the way the author handles the final four chapters, revealing the previous three months. This settles all unanswered questions.

    Don't miss this one!

    Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Zondervan Publishing for my copy.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    Loved this book

    Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I cannot imagine facing the loss of a child. Someone to Blame explores the gut wrenching heartache a family endures when a child is lost. We see the parents struggle as well as the siblings struggle as the family works toward some sort of healing. There are many lessons that we can take away from this story; never take your loved ones for granted, words are deeply painful and don't judge a book by its cover. False accusations almost lead to the loss of another life. How true this can be when the gossip mill around us fuels the fires against an individual. I am also reminded just how much of an influence parents can be on a child both positive and negatively.
    This is the second Christian book that I have read this month, and I have enjoyed the message in both.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    A must read for all!

    In a last ditch effort to savage what is left of their family the Moore's move to a small coastal town where they find they can't run from their problems when the problem is them. With an unbearable loss that everyone blames each other for, and anger that is pulling them apart it is hard to tell if the family will make it. Meanwhile, a young drifter comes to the same small town where there has been an outbreak of crime and finds the good people of the town are all ready to point the finger at him for their troubles. This is a heart breaking tale of a families loss and attempt at survival and a close look at the assumptions that people make all the time just by judging each other. Someone to Blame by C.S. Lakin is a book that will pull you in and keep you turning the pages while you immerse yourself in the lives that are torn apart to see if there will be a peaceful ending. While many books written in the Christian genre end up being a sermon with a story in them this was finds the grace of being a story with a message softly folded in. I read this is one day and would recommend it to all. I received this book for free from Library things Early Reviewers but plan to buy another copy to send on to friends.

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