Personal Growth

Personal Growth

by Chelsea Falin, Ellen Carol

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Willie, despite a rough start, has become immersed in the culture she should have been born into. As she grows in her own knowledge of her ancestral roots, she also grows in who she is as a person. All things are now within her reach, and all she must do is put forth a little effort. With all of this in mind, Willie has decided to dedicate herself towards her own 'Personal Growth.'

"Our heritage might be bloody, but that's no reason not to be proud!"


'Personal Growth' is the second installment in the fairly popular indie series, Growing Roots. It is the sequel to 'Less Than Humble Beginnings.' Here is what people have said about the series:

"The characters are believable and realistic."

"Chelsea used concise descriptions of her characters which made it very easy to imagine their interactions."

"Chelsea Falin is a great story-teller. With her clear descriptions of the characters, settings and dialogue, it was not difficult for me to imagine the characters and to picture every scene. With her excellent weaving of words, the world of Willie came alive as if I'm watching a movie."

"Being a teenager is never easy, and Willie's internal struggles were easy to relate to."

Excerpt From 'Personal Growth':

“Aunt Janie?” I asked, finding her at the kitchen table. She was looking over some papers, which I assumed by the calculator were finances. “Are you busy?”

Aunt Janie looked up. “No, no. I could use a break from this anyways. What is it, sweetie?”

“I was just thinking about a lot of things today.” I wasn't really sure how to broach the subject of heritage or my father with her.

“Like what?”

“Well, for starters… if you’re three quarters Choctaw, was momma that much to?” Aunt Janie nodded her head to say that it did. “So what does that make me?”

“Three-eighths, I think, from our side.” Aunt Janie answered.

Nodding my head to show I understood, I said “Well… I was wondering something else.” I paused momentarily, pondering how best to ask this question. I finally decided the best way to do it was to just be out with it. “Do you know who my father was?”

Aunt Janie’s face took on a slightly pained expression as though my words caused her a small physical blow. “Your mom never told you who your father was?” I shook my head to answer no but remained silent. “Well, yes, I know who your father is.”

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016387147
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Series: Growing Roots , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
File size: 79 KB

About the Author

Chelsea Falin is the 22 year old self published author of over ten titles, as well as a professional freelance writer. Although she is originally from Dade City, Florida, Chelsea currently lives in southern New Jersey with her husband and their three year old daughter. You can find Chelsea at any of the following sites:

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CatDipity More than 1 year ago
In this book, we follow Millie further in her self discovery. She learns who her father is and gets to meet him, learns she has more siblings. She finds Babbette's father as well. She also learns more of her Indian heritage, and builds even stronger relationships with her family and friends. Her best friend helps her find the girl in her, and her feelings for Spike continue to grow, not only in love but also in confusion. So much more is learned in this part of Millie's life, and she has more to look forward to, and more to be confused about. She knows that Spike has feelings, she has feelings, and when she finally confronts him, she's again left in tears and even more confused. She plans on her trip to visit her father for the summer and get to know her other siblings, while she prepares herself for her cousin and Spike to move away for school. A few new friends in the mix help to change things up as well.
Dinithi More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read.......... I was eagerly waiting to read this novel since I finished reading the first book of the series and author has penned down a wonderful story yet again. Willie who is now 16 years of age starts seeing the things in a whole new light. I loved the fact that she is finally settling down with a sweet family and a circle of wonderful friends. Despite all the bad times she had with her mother, now she belongs to a loving and caring crowd who always encourage her to take decisions about her future wisely.  The writing style is simple and flow of the story is smooth. However, the story is seasoned with Choctaw and facts about the American heritage making it quite special and unique. The characters are well developed. The story becomes even more lovable with the bunch of new characters introduced and the author hasn’t forgotten to add some sweet surprises too. Unlike in the previous book, this story ends with a good cliffhanger. The way last story ended abruptly I expected this one to be quite predictable and much more of a teenage love story, but I’m happy that I was proved wrong. The story was as unpredictable as it could ever be and it turned out to be a much better and an interesting read as the author has really plotted the story according to the title she has given, “Personal Growth”. I really look forward to reading the next in the series and highly recommend this novel to all who are in search of a book which will make you feel like home.  Happy reading!