Patchwork of Me

Patchwork of Me

by Gregory G. Allen

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Patchwork of Me by Gregory G. Allen

A product of the foster care system, Sara Butler spends her early thirties hiding from her past while striving for a normal life with her small group of quirky friends in Arizona. Seeking treatment for an invisible rash and abnormal dreams, her therapist helps her unlock a heinous past that she is unsure she wants to open. To patch her life back together, she realizes she must travel across country to Maine to confront that past in order to plan for a future.

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ISBN-13: 9780983604945
Publisher: ASD Publishing
Publication date: 03/05/2012
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

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Patchwork Of Me 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what a journey . . . sara embarks on a journey of self discovery and takes you on the trip with her. what i liked . . . great writing great voice you really get to crawl inside the MC's thoughts you feel like you are on the road trip with them the descriptions of the towns and especially Maine are dead on! the power of friendship . . how is sustains and maintains many where family is not an option family is what you make . . . and then there is the cover art!!! what didn't work for me . . . NOTHING!!! GREAT READ!!! this is ANOTHER one that will stay with me . . .and beg to be re-read several times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Comes running in. She sees the pebble left behind and picks it up for moonkit and pads to the nursery too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite "Patchwork of Me" by Gregory G. Allen begins with Sara’s odd dream, in which she was married to Carol and they had a child that died from a shark attack. The recurring dream caused her to question her sexuality although she was very sexually active. An inner voice frequently spoke to her. Her therapist hypnotized her taking her back into her childhood. Each session would take her a wee bit deeper into her past. Unpleasant bits and pieces of Sara’s childhood come bursting forth during therapy. Knowing she must find the truth, she begins a journey to discover her past with two very good friends tagging along with her. Her past was very disturbing but the future offers hope. Gregory G. Allen offers readers a beautiful story of redemption. I can’t see enough good about this book. The dialogue is well done and very realistic. The plot is well developed. This book has 326 pages but it is a fast, easy read. Allen combined humor, romance, suspense and Christian fiction all in one book. I wasn’t sure I liked Sara at the beginning of the book. However, it soon became evident she was a product of what her parents did to her but she didn’t continue on that path. Sara found the forgiveness, grace and redemption that she needed. The name of this book is very astute for we are all a patchwork quilt of our experiences. Allen’s choice of characters just proves that we live in a diverse world and that God loves us all. I was unfamiliar with this author until recently. I will be looking for more books by Gregory G. Allen in the future.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
An interesting trip into a main character's past that was unexpected. Sara Butler knew only of her past beyond 3 years old where she was shipped from one foster home to another, she resents the childhood that she had and is unhappy with the lack of family that she has in her life. The reader takes a road trip with her and her friends that are her family to see what all lies in her past. A book that I read in one setting because the author makes it an easy read both with the words he chose and characters that were quick to get to know and get invested in. I loved her "gay mafia" that she learns to love as family members as she realizes that families can come in every shape and size. When she spoke about her distaste about the foster care system, it intrigued me as to how truthful her problems with changing homes as often as she did was in reality. I did enjoy that at the end she found a little bit of joy about escaping the childhood that she could have had for the one she ended up in. I am intrigued as to where Sara goes beyond the discoveries she makes and the people she meets. I wouldn't mind a sequel or addition to the current book to see where Sara goes with all the information that she takes in at the end.
WriterCareyParrish More than 1 year ago
At some point in our lives, we all confront the need to find ourselves and the journey we take will define us from that point forward. Novelist Gregory G. Allen, author of the acclaimed “Well With My Soul” and “Proud Pants,” has returned with a new story that is just as heart wrenching, touching, and ultimately timeless as his previous works. “Patchwork of Me” is the tale of Sara Butler. Raised by child services, she faces adulthood with no solid foundation in her past. Working with a therapist, Sara tries to rid herself of maladies thrust upon her by the tortured life she lived in foster care. Finding herself among the devastation of her youth, Sara will travel cross country to Maine to confront the components of the existence she left behind; but she discovers that her departure was only physical. Deep inside she is still a prisoner of her own memories, hurts, and unhealed wounds. “Patchwork of Me” gives the reader a story which he can lose himself within as Sara’s journey wends its way toward an emotional conclusion. Powerfully human, told with a deftly skilled hand, this is a book that will resonate with readers for years to come.
GabinaFS More than 1 year ago
A Patchwork Of Me Author: Gregory Allen Reviewed by Fran Lewis Just who is Sara Butler? Where does she come from? What is her past and why does she live in a fabricated and fantasy she made up for the present. Stemming from the first lies she invented about her past and a self created plane crash killing her parents, shifted and shoved around from to different foster care homes, Sara Butler has no real identity of her own. Realizing she might need help she seeks out a therapist only to hide the truth from him no matter how hard he tries to break through her wall or the methods he employs. Sara’s wall is up and it is unbreakable with no cracks or openings to let anyone in or the truth out. Questions asked in each session should bring her closer to finding the answers or solutions to her disjointed feelings about herself and her need to be liked, wanted, and really learn who her parents were and where she came from. But, the answers never came and Sara buries herself in her own made up truths to feel accepted, normal, wanted and hoping to be just plain Sara. Her anxieties and fears manifested themselves in a phantom rash on her left arm that no one saw and no one, including Sara could find. Devoid of spots, red rashes or any discoloration she lived with a gnawing itch that was ever so present. But, there is more. Sara’s nights are not filled with beautiful dreams or happy thoughts that filled her day or from her past instead she had flashes or weird and unsettling experiences that resulted in her waking in a cold sweat and wondering what the dreams mean and their significance. Sara wants to be accepted and in doing so she managed to meet three amazing friends that would stick by her through this entire journey to her self -realization. Erick, Matty and Hahn would be there to support her and help her find herself but first Sara had to realize that it was time to look back before moving ahead. Erick, Matty and Hahn were her family. Each friend filling a specific void of spot in her life each always there for each other no matter what and without question. A unique circle of friends that never questioned her past, her motives and accepted her for who she appeared to be and who understood, as they did needed someone in their lives who would accept them for them. Before Sara could deal with the present she had to deal with her dreams and the realities that she has been hiding from for so long. Could these dreams stem from something with her parent that has been buried so long it is surfacing in her inner most thoughts an uncontrolled. Told in the first person in Sara’s own voice you hear her words, her thoughts, fears and frustrations as author Gregory Allen brings her to life for the reader. Sara is a product of the New Mexico Foster Child Protection Service System. Foster Care is rough and children often get shuffled around from home to home and never really have any real roots unless they are adopted. As an educator I have seen many children that have had a difficult time dealing with so many different parents and homes and only wanted to be loved and have two parents to care for them. Working in a metal shop in a meaningless job in Phoenix and struggling to find herself, Sara often finds herself in relationships that are wrong, one with a man for a physical fling only and dealing with her disturbing dreams that plague her nights. Relationships appear to be one main issue for each character but in different ways. As Sa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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