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Twin Beeches: An Illinois Love Story

Twin Beeches: An Illinois Love Story

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by Paul Schoaff
Quiet Woodland, its sharply drawn people never quite who you think they are. Murder, suicide, moonshiners, explosions, disappearance -- a smattering of realistic intimate situations -- challenges met and overcome. A background of local history and lore. Martha Jo and her baby hostages at old Twin Beeches ; Eddie & Buddy, escapees. Gunfire, flight, tragedy, who


Quiet Woodland, its sharply drawn people never quite who you think they are. Murder, suicide, moonshiners, explosions, disappearance -- a smattering of realistic intimate situations -- challenges met and overcome. A background of local history and lore. Martha Jo and her baby hostages at old Twin Beeches ; Eddie & Buddy, escapees. Gunfire, flight, tragedy, who lives and who dies?

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Paul Schoaff
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18 Years

Meet the Author

Thank you for the unexpected amount of success my books have attained...I thought people would read them, but the degree of acceptance is gratifying. I write from an island of clay in the sandpine country of North Carolina. I woke from a dream one night with the story of Twin Beeches fighting to get out of my fingers and into the computer screen. Rural Justice, the fight against the deprivations of strip mining, is based on the experience of many people who found their lives uprooted by the monstrous shovels, trucks and loaders needed to fuel our ever expanding electrical appetite. My memories of all those people and institutions of my youth who made up the matrix of rich and poor, young and old, ambitious and idle, pious and hell-raising....all are used to create startlingly true to life characters. Adding my imagination, I created stories worthy of the players, ones I hope will leave you moved and wanting to know if there is still a quiet town named Woodland you can visit, sit in the park and try to beat the world's best checker players, or try your hand at finding the spot where Fay Rawley and his Cadillac are truly hidden. May you, too, be blessed with a background to which you can hearken back when you need to think how far we have come, and whether we've really made progress. Your comments, positive or not, are appreciated and very much anticipated, except those of trolls like Stan Smith, otherwise known as 'Baccus', who is an immature p.o.s. who is 'punishing' me for disagreeing with him in a writer's forum.

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Twin Beeches -- An Illinois Love Story 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
BarbRN More than 1 year ago
Has a good sensitivity to it. Loaded with historical information, although this gets lenghty and bogged down @ times. Fair character development. A good read. I've all ready purchased another book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is difficult to discribe this book. It reads almost like an autobiography. It is 549 pages long and the author gets VERY long winded at times. There are some typos, interestingly almost all of mistakes are leaving the y off of they. A lot of violent death is in this novel as well, yet it isn't really a tear jerker and there are not any descriptions of the blood and gore usually associated with such. There is a mystery involved, which is resolved in a surprizing fashion. I did not know how this book would conclude, which was a welcome change from most books. This book is written in both the first and third person, a method, while unusual, worked well. I have been to a lot of the towns mentioned, so this was extra interesting for me. Other reviewers have written about the story details, so I am not going to repeat them, suffice to say, this was an enjoyable read and for six hours, it took to read it, I had a hard time putting it down. But it is a strange, but wonderful book.
AuthorArthur More than 1 year ago
Wow. I learned more this very interesting area of Illinois reading this book than I ever expected. The customs and people are fascinating. The story never falters, but at the same time you are enjoying all the little details that make like there so appealing. I'd recommend this book to everyone, young and old. When you finish, I guarantee you will want more, and you will believe you found one of the finest little books around. A blessing for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was recommended to me by someone whose taste I normally share, so I expected to enjoy the read. The plot also sounded intriguing. Sadly, there is too much authorly intrusion, too many inbuilt lectures and distractions, and it is awash with purple prose. These drown the underlying story. It's a pity that the desire to impress outshone the desire to entertain, though I'm sure this author has the talent to do much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it's obvious why a book has been self-published and only reviewed by the writer himself and maybe his dog. This is one such case. There are glimmers of talent, but far too much self-indulgence and lack  of insight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An honest and compelling look at young people in the midwest.  Real, complex and interesting people finding ways to overcome difficulties.  MJ is not the pure dove you might want, but her actions and thoughts are truly logical, her choices the same ones you might well have made.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely nicely prosed with just a touch of satyr. 1st person prose with interwoven exchanges Keeps one captivated, while becoming immersed in the setting and life. What a great story teller, Paul Schoaff -- even from the putative eyes of a woman heroin
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a lighthearted romp through the zany characters that often make up a small southern town. Non-stop action told from the first person by a young woman retelling her family history, and some of her own. Leaves you laughing on each page. I was surprised when I realized the author was a man (some things I guess I didn't think a man could understand so completely). Kudos, kudos...please write another book!
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not worth your time
Penwhiz More than 1 year ago
A regional mystery surrounded by a coming of age story for at least two of the main characters -- kids who suddenly, with surprise, realize how much respect they have for one another. I find the young man, Eddie Isaiah Hawkins, even more intriguing than the MC, a young woman whose family has been subject to and the cause of much tragedy in the little town of Woodland. Eddie is as slick as a fresh-barked willow shoot. He was willing to simply 'escape' the moonshiner Daddy's life to try his lot in the world, but when his bad luck and the prejudice of local lawmen interfered with that plan, he turned it all around on them and wound up with....well, you should read it yourself. And MJ, the MC? She makes one mistake (alcohol and boys, you can guess what it was) and then has the guts to make the best of her situation, getting a share of what Eddie has, as well. Finally, the final chapter is a true Greek Catharsis. All the emotional threads are wrapped up, the grand mystery of the area solved, the reputations ruined, resurrected. All those whose paths might have collided with the law in unpleasant ways seem to find a way to turn from the sinful path to one of righteousness....(:)! At the last, there is hope for Eddie and MJ to get back together with no legal impediments hanging over them. The whole matter is wrapped up with a hint that the real author may be Eddie, and that he is a pretty good country poet. I guaranteed you, as have others, that at the end of this you will want to read more about Eddie and MJ.
bfloxword More than 1 year ago
MJ, the main character, is the daughter of an orphaned woman who is quietly beginning to fill the vacuum created by death, suicide and disappearance many years earlier of leading men of a small town. MJ is the consummate storyteller, creating characters who you can immediately identify with, root for or against, and understand. The leading man of the town killed himself, a few years after the bank president disappeared. Many people who did business with the banker hesitate, still, to say what they know about his activities, not knowing who they might offend. MJ's widowed grandmother was killed in an explosion at the grain elevator before MJ was born. MJ's father was killed in a carnival accident just before her birth. Her mother, on her own since she turned 17, has grown her mother's little accounting business into the largest in south Fulton county, and she devotes her life to making sure MJ gets the best she can provide. MJ develops a background of the various people and businesses of the town, describing how a Judge became a partner in a moonshine operation, how the topography of the area has become the reason for so much class consciousness and how, sometimes, some of the town boys get quite a bit too forward with the country girls. Her friendship with the local old bachelor, publisher of the paper, Grover Cleveland Bader, leads her to think she might be able, one day, to solve the mystery of the disappeared banker. Before going off the college, she decides to have one big night with her boyfriend before they go their separate ways. Unprepared for the ability of alcohol to remove inhibitions, she winds up in the arms of the wrong boy, and, shortly thereafter, finds out she is pregnant. Will all of the investment we have made in her as a character in her own story go to waste? Nope, the story is just getting a good start. How she and her baby, the moonshiner's son, and the rich farm boy wind up together in a pair of old houses on the bluff overlooking the Illinois River valley is fascinating. Once there, a hostage to the two boys, escaped prisoners, she has to try to rescue herself and her baby from this terrible situation. How she manages to do it, how she winds up afterwards, is still more interesting. You will truly wish you could find 10 more books just like this one when you are finished. You will want to find Woodland and visit it. But it isn't there. It exists only in the mind of the author.