Mystic Dreams and Dusty Roads

Mystic Dreams and Dusty Roads

by Robert Valleau


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Feisty twelve-year-old Peep Holler finds living with her single alcoholic father challenging as she struggles with adolescence, faith and unforeseen tragedies at the beginning of the Oklahoma Dust Bowl years. But her greatest challenge yet lies just ahead.

One day, Peep innocently uncovers a dark secret which drives her further from her estranged father, and, if revealed, could rip apart her best friend's family. While Peep copes with this secret, however, an untimely event occurs that alters her life perception . . . and sets her on a course that affects entire generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622951642
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
Publication date: 01/15/2013
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bob has over three decades of writing experience for the Christian market. His career began, in the 1980s, when he worked for a Christian publishing company for their book department. Since then, he has worked as a full-time staff writer for two international ministries and was once named "Christian Writer of the Year," San Antonio, TX, by the American Christian Writers Association. Bob's credits include writing for Christian radio/television and the Internet. He has written numerous magazine and newspaper articles and is the author of a the three-book series called, "The Dusty Road Chronicles." His fourth book, "The Lost Rose of Winter," is a stand-alone WWII-era romantic adventure novel.

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NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Exceptional! The year is 1933. The country is in the throes of The Great Depression. The High Plains are being ravaged by dust storms and devastation, particularly in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Farmland was completely destroyed and families were stressed beyond measure. The hardships as a result of the depression and the severity of drought and devastating dust storms leave people either clinging to their faith or disclaiming it. Life and family dynamics are sadly altered by circumstances as a result of alcoholism and its backlash, as well as abuse, deceit and tragedy beyond all understanding. The magnitude of these circumstances is overwhelming. The friendship between two young girls during their coming of age is a bond that holds them together throughout the catastrophes surrounding their young lives. Their story is enchanting and poignant.  This book has left me somewhat speechless! It is written with such clarity, wisdom and sensitivity that I was transported into the lives and settings of this emotional story. Robert Valleau is a brilliant author who writes with true passion and integrity. The descriptive qualities in this book are written with agonizing clarity, revealing tragedy that transcends all understanding, and the relationships throughout are presented with intensity and depth of feeling. Inspiration and discovering faith are strong undercurrents that lead to hope in the hearts of the afflicted. This is one book that I will keep and treasure, and undoubtedly reread in the future. Please don't miss this life-altering book.   Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review. Thank you, Robert Valleau!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unforgettable Novel Have you ever read a book that was so well written the descriptive scenes pulled you right into the setting, and you became the characters experiencing every detail—a story in which you’re held hostage, riveted to the end? I could probably count on one hand how many times that has happened to me over my lifetime of avidly devouring novels, and I’ve enjoyed a big chunk of lifetime since I’m now a great-grandmother. I recently read Mystic Dreams and Dusty Roads, a novel by Robert Valleau, which is set in historic Oklahoma Dust Bowl country in 1933. The scenes the author painted were so real I could smell the dust and felt the urge to cough when he described the howling winds and the thick dust that penetrated nostrils, eyes, and mouths. There were scenes when I laughed or cried almost as much as the protagonist, Peep—a motherless young girl whose mom had died giving her birth, and who hated her abusive, alcoholic father almost as much as her environment but loved her best friend Jodi with equal fervor. Peep, on the verge of becoming a teenager about to celebrate her thirteenth birthday, struggled with the constant mood changes of her father as well as her own changing body and mood swings experienced by most teens toward the onset of puberty. The author has the ability to make the reader love his diverse characters, even the imperfect or slightly flawed ones. I empathized, at least in part, because they usually had a good reason for their vices, idiosyncrasies, or inabilities to cope. After all, the biggest villains were the infernal storms that came without warning, took away the crops, destroyed property, and left devastation, severe depression—and literally mounds of dust—in their wake. Mystic Dreams and Dusty Roads is a “can’t-put-it-down, page-turner” you won’t want to miss and you certainly won’t soon forget. Secrets and suspense, disasters and death, and even a little romance woven into the cracks of chaos and destruction all blend to make you become a huge fan and impatiently wait for Mr. Valleau’s next novel. —Linda Robinson, author of Rails of Freedom and When Love Abounds