A Dove for Eddy has received honorable mention
in The Write Helper's 4th Annual Novel Beginnings 1st Chapter Contest 2011.
The author has designated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of A Dove for Eddy to Samaritan's Purse; a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.
Twelve-year old Karen is battling Cancer. Her parents have divorced, and her father has been transferred back to Chicago leaving their small family all alone in downtown St. Louis. The mounting medical bills have forced her parents to work long hours leaving Karen’s younger brother, Porter, as Karen’s only care giver. Karen wishes that they had a normal, uncomplicated life, but since she cannot change the circumstances, she takes on the task of finding someone who will help her struggling family. She reaches out for assistance, but in her high crime neighborhood, this is not an easy task. After carefully observing her neighbors, Karen reaches out to Mrs. McGrath (Eddy) who she has deemed as their only trustworthy neighbor. However, Eddy is an elderly recluse, with her own unique set of problems including paranoia and a germ phobia. Karen soon discovers that Eddy is not so easily persuaded to venture from the safety of her home. A Dove for Eddy follows Karen, Porter, and Eddy's healing journey.
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About the Author
I have always enjoyed writing and art, but my career choice was Nursing. I worked over 20 years as a registered nurse, primarily in the Intensive Care Unit and in Oncology. When I retired from Nursing I was able to focus on other interests. I discovered that I still loved the arts, and I wanted to better learn the craft of writing. I completed a course of study through Long Ridge Writer’s Institute under the tutelage of Edgar Award winning author Carolyn Wheat, as well as several other published writers, I began to write stories that readers enjoyed. Additionally, my nursing experience has helped me to create realistic medical scenes and to add authenticity to the character's voices. I found myself doing some illustrations for my writings, and with some encouragement from my local church, I took some art classes. After several years of part-time study, I was able to obtain a degree in Illustration through the Academy of Art Institute in San Francisco. As one wise person once said; “Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.” — Unknown I hope you enjoy, A Dove for Eddy on Smashwords. Please check out my other books, Never Brush A Snake's Teeth, Turtle and Duck Find Joy, and The Great Veiled Pearl, available at Amazon and many on-line book stores.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book's characters make the author's story, with 'crusty' Eddy, sweet-hearted Karen (looking out for everyone else in her life), her brother Porter, Carol (Karen's Mom), and Joe - who Eddy grudgingly allows to help her (sometimes). As the author writes, she did apparently use her nursing background in describing the hospital scenes, and if you've ever gone to a hospital cafeteria, the story's way of describing it will ring true. Ms. Elliott's ending (I won't give it away) has a bit of a surprise to it, from what you'd expect earlier on in the book. I've read her other two books, and she gets better on each one. Kudos, Sherry!