The Helping Hands

The Helping Hands

by Kristina Circelli, Jake George

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The kidnappings of seventy-one children began the legend, but five friends with troubled pasts and courageous futures created it. Melanie O’Conner and her friends earned their reputation as rough and tough gang members, but the Hell Hounds were a mere front to their true operation. Fueled by the pain of a past filled with foster homes and cold-hearted guardians, Melanie lives with a deep, undying devotion to saving the lives of children who are victim to child abuse. Bringing them to a secluded island called the Treehouse, Melanie and her gang feeds, schools, and cares for them all, leaving the parents nothing more than a message claiming that their child has been taken. Now, four years into the project dubbed the Helping Hands by the five members of the cover-up gang the Hell Hounds, Melanie has to fight to keep the nosy, self-interested reporter Stephanie Mathews from exposing the truth being her project. And Melanie is willing to do anything to save the lives of innocent children from their abusive parents, even if that means risking her own.

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BN ID: 2940014991605
Publisher: Sage Words Publishing
Publication date: 07/25/2012
Series: The Helping Hands Legacy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 194 KB

About the Author

Kristina Circelli is the author of several fiction novels, including the Helping Hands series and The Whisper Legacy.

Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, features Beyond the Western Sun. This book is what all fantasy adventures must strive to be: a complex, intricate examination of human emotion set within the context of worlds known only in our imagination. Melding fantasy and legend in an epic quest, this series signals the arrival of Kristina Circelli as a master storyteller and an important voice in Native American literature.

A descendent of the Cherokee nation and niece of a Cherokee elder, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida, where she also teaches creative writing.

She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Seth and cat Sir Whisky Sour.

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The Helping Hands 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This novel focuses on the issue of child abuse and five friends who are willing to do something about it. Melanie O'Conner, creator of her gang the Hell Hounds, is the rough-and-tough protagonist who risks her life to save innocent children. Prone to impatience and stubbornness, she is the girl you love to hate but have to respect. Tyler Mason, prideful bodyguard and best friend, is the man who saves Melanie from her addictions, the man who would die for her. Caleb Brinson, Wess Porter, and Taryn Jones make up the rest of the gang. Caleb, the loner. Wess, strong but silent. And Taryn, the glue that holds them all together. Besides depicting real and somewhat graphic portrayals of abused kids, the novel is also about loyalty, betrayal, ambition, the need for family, and doing what it takes to do the right and sometimes wrong thing. The Hell Hounds/Helping Hands kidnap these abused children and care for them in a secluded hideaway called the Treehouse, and must find a way to keep nosy reporter Stephanie Matthews from their trail. Part Two of the novel follows the characters as they get their lives back on track from the events in Part One. I was hooked on this book from beginning to end, wondering what would happen next, rejoicing when a child was saved and crying when one of my favorite characters passed away. There is nothing but brutal honesty and beautiful if not quirky relationships in this novel. There is drug abuse, criminal activity, lives tragically ended, laughter and tears, secret desires to be loved, friendships based on need and extreme circumstances. No one is perfect or even described to be, and the characters' flaws stand out wonderfully while accenting their greatness. For a first novel it should be a bestseller, and the sequel only shows the author's growth as a writer and the stunning transformation of the infamous Melanie O'Conner.