Bishop Street

Bishop Street

by Rene D. Schultz


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Bishop Street is an emotional, gut-wrenching journey of survival, friendship, and second chances...

Margaret Gray for the past twenty years has hidden behind a facade of normalcy. She wasn't always rich and famous. At the age of seven her mother abandons her on the steps of the Bishop Street Orphanage. Under the cruel tutelage of Sister Theresa, Maggie develops a powerful bond with her roommates, Elizabeth, Lucy, and Randolph. Their close friendship fortifies them against the years of abuse. Then at eighteen, one-by-one they are pushed out into a world they knew nothing about. With one small suitcase and a handful of memories-will they survive?
Maggie is thirty-nine and a successful author, but her nightmares are back and she is unable to keep all that she has built from crumbling around her. It's been twenty years since she's heard from her friends. Why didn't they answer her letters? Why didn't they contact her? Had they survived... ? Or... had Sister Theresa deceived them with lies, aiming to destroy their friendship, forever?
Sister Theresa is dead and with nothing left to fear, Maggie hires Damon Depre, a private investigator to find her friends and seek the truth. This starts her down a twisted path that will once again, test her strength of character. From the small towns in North Dakota, across the exotic beaches in Mexico, and searching the streets of homeless shelters in Los Angeles... will Maggie find more than just her friends?

Reviewer/ Nerd Girl Bloggers - Shelby:
Wow! This book was nothing short of fantastic! Bishop Street is a heart-wrenching, tear jerking story of survival, friendship, and second chances. Her characters were sheer perfection.

Lynelle - Reviewer - South Africa
A heartwarming and emotional book that touched the very basics of human kind. The need to belong, to be accepted, to be seen and most of all to be validated.

Wanda -Wanda's Amazing Amazon Reviewers (WaAr) Facebook
This is an amazing story. I cannot recommend it enough. Nothing like your normal read. It has a raw truthfulness to it that I adore.

Author - Cheryl Renee Seagraves
Rene Schultz tells this heart-warming story with depth and understanding, interwoven with an attention to detail that pulls the reader in. Bishop Street is a story that takes the reader from cruelty, to the high-life, to the gritty streets and back to safety...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495374715
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2014
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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BISHOP STREET 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SUNRISE53 More than 1 year ago
Dawn Kopman Whidden This book will haunt you if you have one ounce of empathy in your soul. There is no question in my mind that this author has actually bled the words from her own reality. You will cry, you will laugh and you will never regret opening this book. IF the front cover tugs at your heart just wait till you journey through the pages. I wonder if this story of 4 orphans is really just a novel or the mirror images of the pieces of the past of the author. It feels too real to be "just fiction".
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. This is a very emotional read. The book is in a genre that I normally read, but the synopsis intrigued me. I am glad that I did read this book, because I LOVED it! Margaret (Maggie) Gray is a wonderful character. I really liked this lady. She has grit and determination to succeed. She has not had an easy life, but she has worked hard to become a renown and successful author. However, she is haunted by her past and in an attempt to vanquish the demons, she sets on a journey of discovery to find out what happened to her best friends, Elizabeth, Lucy and Randolph by hiring a private investigator, Damon Depre. I realised from the start that this book would be an extremely emotional read. However, what I didn't expect was what Maggie's journey would stir up in me. I found myself so proud of all of the characters, as their struggles have shaped them into wonderful people. Elizabeth has a big heart and a loving family, which made me feel very envious of her. Her life has also not been easy, but it has been filled with love and laughter. I love her children, Randall, Meg, James, Sarah and Katie, not to mention her loving husband, William. Randolph is another wonderful character. He too has worked hard and has become a successful businessman. He has a wicked sense of humour, but he still seems lonely to me. His success isolates him, which made me feel sad. I am glad that Margaret manages to find him, and this allows him to feel relaxed and part of a family again. Lucy is one of the not so lucky ones. She has had an even tougher life out of all of them, and her story is not an easy thing to read. She is the one that I am most proud of though, as she has had to climb hand over fist to overcome a lot of bad events and an addiction to alcohol. I was, however, a little disappointed that there was not more in the way of romance between Maggie and Damon in the story. There was a definite spark there, but I suppose mixing business with pleasure wouldn't have been a good idea. I did, however, love Denise, Maggie's secretary and assistant; she keeps Maggie alive and organised. She is very down to earth, but she also has a warmth about her which instantly made me like her. This story is full of heartache and regret, but it is also full of love, happiness and hope. I really loved getting to know these former orphans of Bishop Street. I have no idea what living in an orphanage is like, but these four people created their own family within an institution when they were abandoned by their own families. They have not had an easy life, but they have survived, and are a lot stronger for it. They may have been ill-treated and damaged by their experiences, but it is their ability to love that remains one of the true miracles of their upbringing. I found myself in tears quite often as their stories were told, but by the time I reached the end of the book, my tears became tears of joy. Rene D. Schultz has written an extremely touching and emotional story that will stay with me for some time to come. Her writing style is not especially fast paced, but her descriptive ability brought the places and characters to life. The flow is absolutely wonderful. Each scene flows into another with seamless precision. I would definitely consider adding this author to my favourite author's list. I highly recommend this book as a MUST READ if you love heartwarming contemporary fiction. - Lynn Worton
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I have heard a lot of good things about this book and I was so glad that I was finally able to read it. We follow Maggie as she is a successful writer, but lately she is being plagued by nightmares of living in the Bishop Street Orphanage with her three friends that meant the world to her. She feels guilty because she left them behind but she had no choice because she was 18 she had to leave.  Now she wants to take on the steps to finding them and reconnecting! I think this is amazing. She hires a handsome P.I. to help her find them and then our journey begins as we follow Maggie find her friends Elizabeth, Randolph, and Lucy. Each of these people have gone down a different path and it is not all roses and sunshine for them. Now I like each of the characters in their own way. But for me Maggie seemed a little bit too much of a pushy person especially when it came to doing nice things for people especially Elizabeth. I could understand where Elizabeth was coming from on wanting to pay for things on her own but Maggie kept insisting. Now I did see the big heart that Maggie had so in a way I could understand the pushiness but it did feel overbearing.  We enter into the lives of each character and see where they were in the past and how they ended up in the future. One character who is just a best friend of Maggie's I liked her. Denise is a witty character who likes to keep Maggie on her toes and it was great to read her being sarcastic every now and then. One character that my heart broke from and I was amazed at how her story was turning out was Lucy. She is in a bad way but Maggie never once gave up on her, it felt real with Lucy and what she has endured. It just goes to show that cycles can be repeated but it is up to YOU to change them. And I think Lucy was finally starting to see that. The ending had my eyes watering as I just could not believe it was a dream come true for Lucy, she needed the happiness in her life more than anything.  It honestly is amazing that even though they all were together when they were young, went their separate ways, they all came back together and can help each other heal.  This is a very touching story and one that I recommend to everyone. Pick it up. 
zzz1 More than 1 year ago
How refreshing to read something a little different. The strengths of this novel are in the character development and in the story line. The subject could suggest a downer-type read, but this is written and presented in a way that is uplifting, and sometimes even fun. The story is lively, interesting and thought-provoking. Four orphans survive experiences of abuse and neglect by supporting each other through the horrendous years of their residence in an orphanage run by mostly cruel nuns. I liked how the story was organized -- with the orphanage experiences woven into the story which begins after the four children have become adults. They've pursued their lives in very different directions, losing touch with each other only because the nuns intervened in their attempts to contact one another. Each of the four deals with his/her own hurtful and abusive past in their own way, creating very different paths and life experiences for themselves in their efforts to cope. The story begins with one character, and follows her for awhile. She struggles with her past, surely, but the story is not just about those negative experiences; it's about the life this woman has created for herself in an effort to cope with her past. Likewise, the characters around her were painted in depth, and I loved the dialog and banter. Then the story opens up to include the other three adults. (No spoilers.) The characters continue to be presented with depth and their individuality is disclosed to us in a way that makes us appreciate each one. Truly an uplifting and engaging read.
ColleenMBratley More than 1 year ago
This story is an experience you won't soon forget. It's a story about four children who grew up in an orphanage unwanted, unloved, and clinging to each other for hope. Four children had an entrenched hope they would be adopted and daily prayer they would even survive their mostly ugly and unhappy journey. Hope is all they thought their camaraderie was, but years later they discovered that no matter what happened or why they were together in that rigid loveless orphanage, they cared deeply for each other. I was drawn to this story because I have always had a tender heart for children without families. As a child I just couldn't understand it, and wondered why other families didn't make sure no child had to endure that. Of course growing up, maturity makes you see things differently, but it doesn't necessarily change how you feel about it, and I still have a hard time accepting our society's shortfalls. 'What doesn't break you will make you stronger' has certainly been proven time and again, and these children had no choice but to see that song through. Each one's test was different in execution, but ultimately culminated to the same tune. Each child's maturity into adult brought its own set of obstacles, trials and tribulations, but one core emotion ran steady through each of them. That solid feeling of family and the need for one, and it never wavered in their souls. It's strong and taut thread kept them searching for solace and peace of mind, and yet striving to bury the very reason for their plight. Their search and then their quick need to justify situations kept them mollified a day at a time, because they couldn't fathom what or how to massage their empty hearts. One space, the one for family, just couldn't be filled. It was an emptiness that led them down many roads, each one just as barren as the next. For some it looked like the perfect life on the outside, but was total terror and sadness on the inside. Creating what they craved brought some happiness, but still left a hole in their heart that sought to be filled. And then some seek to anesthetize the pain, some with mind altering substances, some with work, and some with isolation. These four children sought all of them, and realized one day that family wasn't just a mom and dad. Taking this journey with these four children into adult was touching and uplifting. What they endured and then accomplished gives the reader a feeling of empowerment and hope just like they had. It's a good story that everyone will enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review. * I’ve just finished reading Bishop Street by Rene Schultz & the only problem I had with the book is that it ended. The story shows that time can not destroy true friendships & those friendships have a profound effect on your life. The main character, Maggie, hires a private investigator to find her 3 best friends from the Bishop Street orphanage after 20 years of separation. All of the characters in the book were well developed & realistic. I felt like I became one of them & I didn’t want their story to end. You need to read the book to find out how the characters become reunited & the extent that their friendship made an impact on the rest of their lives. Rene, I can’t wait to read your new book. Keep up the great writing!! Leslie Beebe
LynelleClark More than 1 year ago
“Sometimes in life we have to go through, what we go through, to get to where we are today…” I received this book from the author for an honest review. A heartwarming and emotional book that touched the very basics of human kind. The need to belong, to be accepted, to be seen and most of all to be validated. A gripping story that will draw you in from the start, not putting it down till the very last page. The author did a wonderful work creating this story and it was written with heartfelt compassion, care and knowledge.  I believe her main aim with the book was the restoration of people and the sacrifices we make to achieve that.  When life hands you the raw side of its existence, the only thing that will bring you back is the loving support of family, even if it is not by blood. All the characters in this book have crept into my heart and I wanted to be better acquainted. You want to see that life will finally turn around and give them that second change. Each character brought their own unique personalities to create this wonderful read, a read that I can recommend to all. Elizabeth's family will cause a few smiles, touching the very need for connection and belonging. Each of her children were part of the antidote for the weary souls, Lucy, Maggie and Randolph. Maggie was the one that was determined to get her family back. Having a breakdown in her life made her adamant finding her family. With the help of Damon and Denise she found them and we learn of the long road of recovery, of reconnecting and establishment of the old ties in something new and better. Randolph, the only male in the small group will astound you with his in-depth wisdom and his ability to give into the places that are very important to him. Lucy, the youngest of the group will break your heart. Her life-story very emotional as you walk with her to end the cycle of addiction and homelessness. A wonderful story that was written from the heart, leaving you with the hope that second changes are possible. Thanks Rene for this opportunity.