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Posted February 26, 2012
¿A Very Emotionally-Charged Volume You Should Not Miss!!¿
I was hooked by the first sentence—“I was born at Woodstock”. And indeed, the beautiful baby girl was, as she arrived to the beat of “Crosby, Stills and Nash” on stage performing their tune; “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”. As a matter of fact, the young lady was named “Sweet Judy Blue Eyes” by her hippie parents; Cassie Skylark and Kirk Webster. From the very start, Judy’s young life was filled with a “revolving door of personalities”, confusion, doubts, guilt and upset as well as being assured that she was indeed loved. This only intensified as she grew older and realized she was not like other children in her class and felt somewhat like an outcast with girls her own age until she met her best friend for life, Lee Ann Dawson. She could pour her heart and soul out to Lee Ann and eventually Lee Ann’s Mother; Mrs. Dawson; ( the “Mama” she wished she had,) in ways she couldn’t with her own Parents or Grandparents. Her Father is a workaholic, studying law and trying to give Judy some sort of normalcy in her life, while, in stark contrast, her fly-by-night Mother; Cassie, acts immature and selfish as a Wife and Mother and creates hurt and heartache for her growing Daughter and anyone who find themselves in a situation with her. Ms. Emmons handles such topics as the Jonestown Tragedy, abortion, unwed motherhood, the Baha’i Faith, love found and lost and the effects divorce has on the family unit quite handily. She has also written this novel in first person (which I thoroughly enjoyed) and it made the story that much more intense. Your stomach will churn with Judy’s. You’ll hold your breath in anticipation of the worst, gasp at revelations, and will be ready to shake some sense into not only Cassie, but a fast-maturing Judy as well. This is a very emotionally-charged volume. It takes a really good story to bring me to tears and this novel did just that—not once, but twice! Please make sure you add this to your “To-Be-Read” list. You will not be disappointed. I certainly wasn’t, and I look forward to reading the Author’s first book, “Prayers and Lies” as well as any future works. Thank-you Ms. Emmons…Excellent story, well told!! Nancy NarmaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2012
The Sometimes Daughter by Sherri Wood EmmonsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Story is about a little girl, born at Woodstock and her parents
raised her close by her fathers parents. There were main events that
took place that even I recall that occurred and the mother, Cassie was
involved in directly. Cassie has done a lot of drugs and has lived
in communes and the girl lives mostly with her father when the mother
returns. The girl has had a hard life making friends and they also
make fun of her mother as she does as well.
As time goes on she and her dad travel to CA to visit with Cassie and her new husband and baby. Love the sightseeing parts as my family was going to plan a trip to that area for Disneyland and know we know what to expect.
Book follows her through her first dating years.
Things move fast from then on: wedding, pregnancies, abortion, travel
drugs, etc all come to the forefront. Surprised at the ending but well
thought out for that period in time.
Posted January 28, 2012
Reviewed by Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot for Readers FavoriteWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
"The Sometimes Daughter" by Sherri Wood Emmons is a masterpiece study in human dynamics. It is set in the 1960's and a child has just been born at Woodstock. The story is told from the perspective of the child Sweet Judy and is truly insightful. Judy's mother is an ungrounded woman who marries a conventional and stable man. While the mother attempts to raise her "flower child" with haphazard and unconventional decisions, Judy's father and his parents attempt to bring some structure and knowability to the child's young years. Eventually, it proves too much for Judy's mother and she leaves the family and joins a commune. The mother continues in her errant pathway, being attracted to a Persian man and having his child, and then, gravitating toward the Jim Jones cult movement and later, to India where she studies with a guru. During this time, Sweet Judy grows to adolescence and she begins to truly explore the off and on dynamics of her relationship with her mother. Judy does some explorations of her own that force her to see certain aspects of her personality that, left unchecked, could culminate into a life similar to that of her mother.
The character development in this book is marvelous. Readers can identify fully with any number of characters including Judy's father, his fiance, his parents or Judy's friends. The reader will ponder Judy's observations and dilemmas as she grows towards a more mature emotional repertoire which will allow her to accept her mother as she is. I was captivated by the circumstances of a child who fought to make herself both human and humane.
Posted January 25, 2013
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