Sarah Smiles

Sarah Smiles

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by Sean-Paul Thomas
     
 

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This is a SUMMER MUST READ because it has all the elements of a great summer yarn. Love, sadness, happiness and finally a coming of age story that will knock you off your feet. - "TeeKyleJacobson" adiaryofabookaddict.blogspot.co.uk

'Sarah Smiles exists within a genre of stories that I'm rarely attracted to, but regardless, I was completely enchanted and won

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This is a SUMMER MUST READ because it has all the elements of a great summer yarn. Love, sadness, happiness and finally a coming of age story that will knock you off your feet. - "TeeKyleJacobson" adiaryofabookaddict.blogspot.co.uk

'Sarah Smiles exists within a genre of stories that I'm rarely attracted to, but regardless, I was completely enchanted and won over by this coming of age story. The author has beautifully rendered the world of young teenagers living in a foreign land, with such insight and emotion, that I honestly felt touched' Amazon Review.

Thirteen year old Liam and his British army employed family have just moved to the Cypriot coast. On Liam's first day at school he meets and becomes completely spellbound by the pretty, yet aloof, tomboy Sarah, and after a dramatic incident with the borderline psychotic school bully, the homely Liam and troubled young Sarah's worlds come colliding together.

The two soon begin an unusual yet exciting friendship which will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Both confiding and helping each other to confront their inner most fears and demons - From the mystery of Sarah's Mother's disappearance and her domestic abuse issues of living in a broken home with her alcoholic father, to dealing with Liam's traumatic bullying dilemma at school.

There are also Summertime adventures to be had - from first teen romances with the gorgeous local beaches and valley wastelands as a backdrop, to exploring spooky old army buildings and hidden caves.

But how long can these summertime adventures last when children are forced to grow up fast in an ever changing adult world, especially when unforeseen tragedies are just around the corner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044677203
Publisher:
Sean-Paul Thomas
Publication date:
06/21/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
402,632
File size:
290 KB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Ask me any questions and be kept up to date about new books, forthcoming releases and sequels to both Alone and Ugly beautiful in the near future, by joining my books Facebook page below. facebook.com/SeanPaulThomasAuthor Born in London to Scottish and Irish parents, Sean spent most of his childhood and teenage years growing up on the move in the likes of Cyprus, Germany, Wales and England as an army brat. With a keen interest in both reading and writing he was diagnosed with the travel and writing bugs very early on in life. Now, writing, reading and traveling are his main passions in life, but he also loves outdoor sports too from Rugby and Hiking to Tennis and Boxing. His main inspiration for writing today comes from living in such a beautiful, Gothic and hauntingly, awe inspiring city such as Edinburgh. This charming wee city has given Sean so much amazing inspiration to write the more time he spends there. At this moment Sean is writing another two books, one is a sequel to his science fiction novel Alone. The other is about his recent back packing adventure through Eastern Europe. So far he has two published work of fiction - The Universe Doesn't Do Second Chances and Cafe Independence. And 4 self published novels. Sarah Smiles Alone Ugly/beautiful Lust4Life

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Sarah Smiles 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I saw this book had more then 400 pages, I was delighted. So many books on the free list turn out to be short or flash stories. Many of those are not very good. This book was very good. If I understand correctly, this is the author's second book. I am going to try to obtain a copy of the other one. This is a coming of age story about a young, tween boy, whose father is in the british military. The family moves quite often, sometimes to exotic locales. The boy is tired of moving and being the new kid, he would like a normal life like the town kids. In this book, on the first day of school, he meets a bully, has to share books with him, and finds the bully terrorizes the entire school, neighborhood and army base. He also meets his first love. The young lady has a lot to teach him about love, laughter, getting on the world and showing compassion. She also has bigger problems, than the boy ever dreamed of having. Together the two friends face their terrors, protect each other, learn they live in an imperfect world and how to overcome obstacles. Any age group from ten to a hundred could read this book and enjoy it. I would have rated this book five stars, but the editing was not the best. Soda and juice refered to the same item and has me a little confused. I do not know if this normal for that part of the world or an error. I tried to find out on the internet, but drew a blank. An awful lot of the mistakes were words that sound the same but have different meanings such as bate, instead of bait and aloud instead of allowed. Bye meaning goodbye was aways by. This just a few examples. There were many others. There were a lot of left out and added words to sentences and the punctuation was not the best either. Spell check would not have caught a lot of these errors as the words were spelled corrrectly. As I tell my students, reread your work, when you think you are done, or have a friend check it for you and return the favor. Authors should do the same. All in all this was a delightful book. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written tale, suitable for adult or teen. Great characters. Good flow of the storyline. Could use some editing to fix spelling and grammar but still an excellent read.
Picklenose More than 1 year ago
In many ways this book felt like reading about about an idealized version of my own childhood. I had the misfortune to run into two boys much like the character of Michael, and one character similar to, but not nearly as nice as Sarah. I think the author did a very nice job of creating his characters and situations, so much so that it drew my in completely. It was only after I finished reading the book that I realized that I was consistently picturing them as several years older, approximately 14, rather than the 11-12 he suggests. Overall, I think this is a novel very worth reading, especially for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, or just wondered what it feels like.
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