Hidden Storms

Hidden Storms

by Nancy Shew Bolton


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Lilli Clarke. They call her the marked girl. Beginning at her left shoulder, a pink birthmark tracks up her throat just past her jaw, like a finger pointing to her brain. Abandoned by her family, she is ostracized by everyone but her grandmother and cousin Bert. Six years of dust storms have left sixteen-year-old Lilli close to death with dust pneumonia. Now she must leave the only real home she's ever had, or risk death when the next storm hits.

Lilli is sent to her aunt and cousins in Florida to recover. The possibility of a different life presents itself, yet circumstances snatch it away, and she flees to New York City. Unable to find a safe place, she yearns for the storm ravaged home she left. All doors appear to be closed to her, and she resigns herself to the lonely fate of a marked girl. Once again, she is close to death, this time with no one to help her. Will this storm prevail, or is there a new answer for Lilli?

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ISBN-13: 9781511994897
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/06/2015
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

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Hidden Storms 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a truly beautiful story. Not only was it well written, but it was also full of emotion. Lilli became so real to me that her emotional pain felt almost unbearable. I tend to get lost in the stories I read, and I couldn't put this one down. If you're looking for a story that won't let you go--this is the one.
AdelheidehCreston More than 1 year ago
Loved this story, the twists and turns made me have to look back and re-read just to make sure I didn't miss something important. My heart cried and rejoiced for the characters. Absolutely a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's so easy to bond with downtrodden Lilli, who barely survives the life-sucking dust storms of the Dust Bowl era. The character reminds the reader how easy it is to lose sight of hope and how easy it is to believe a lie.  She must learn to move beyond her past and realize her worth.  Your heart lifts as she finds new hope, then plummets again as she battles inner demons while navigating her way around her own inadequacies and other people's prejudices.  In the end she realizes God's love buoys her above any human barriers. This author makes it so real with vivid descriptions and scenes. Hidden Storms is quite a heartwarming tale of God's unconditional love and how each of us are His precious treasure.
mrb2 More than 1 year ago
A powerful reminder that prejudice preys on more than ethnicity or societal class or position. It lands on the head of anyone for any reason when they’re different. Such is the fate of Lilli Clarke from the moment she’s born. She’s not like others in her family or town. She’s different and people fear her. A birthmark stretches from her shoulder to her jaw. They call her cursed…evil and won’t meet her gaze. Despair beats at her like the dust eating away her lungs. And when she’s shipped away from all she knows, instead of hope, Lilli finds more of the same...intolerance, revulsion, and fear. Nancy Shew Bolton orchestrates a gripping tale of painful discovery as Lilli fights through a world of bias and dread. Around each new corner, her path disintegrates into pieces...until she stumbles into a church. For the first time, light enters her life and a new journey begins toward home and love. A spin of the Ugly Duckling, Ms. Bolton adapts the classic fairy tale to the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s and captures the reader with her superb first person, present tense and lyrical prose. I give Hidden Storms five stars.