by Darlene Campbell


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Seventeen year-old Frankie Keilman doesn't see the world quite like everyone else in his community. Gifted with uncanny artistic ability, Frankie has heard stories of a boy who was once "sent off" because he saw what no one else could see, because he was "touched." Fearing that he is also touched, Frankie seeks to hide his gifts and is successful in doing so until he encounters Ellie McThacker, the determined daughter of a notorious bootlegger. A forbidden relationship with Ellie places him in the midst of a deadly game of extortion and deceit that could cost him everything.

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ISBN-13: 9781937273927
Publisher: Martin Sisters Publishing
Publication date: 01/31/2013
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Darlene Franklin Campbell is an award-winning poet and novelist from southern Kentucky. She is also a first grade teacher and visual artist. Her other works include I Listened, Momma, Uncommon Clay and Looking for Pork Chop McQuade. Darlene donates portions of her royalties to aid in the fight against cancer and to fund efforts aimed at halting mountaintop removal. She holds an M.A. from Lindsey Wilson College and has done other post grad work at Western Kentucky University. She is proud of her Appalachian heritage and writes about the region and its people, not as an outsider looking in with romantic notions, but as one who has risen up out of the Kentucky soil, like a tree, with roots going four hundred years deep, touching long-gone Scotch Irish settlers, Native American bloodlines and Melungeon legends. In her spare time, Darlene is an avid disciple of martial arts and enjoys spending time with friends, family and nature.

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Touched 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant. Raw. Honest. Heartbreaking. Worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel proves that there is always more than one side to each story. The four people involved in the telling of that story are emotional and powerful. This story gave light to victims of molestation. At least it have light to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't keep me interested...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At times the details of "what happened" were difficult to read, but this was very well-written and real.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scott Campbell delivers a touching, sensitive and well-written novel about life, people, and what it takes to love someone sometimes. And loving someone well, often times, is not always enough. Meet Jerry Houseman: loving and doting father, attentive and supportive husband, and sexual compulsive. See, Jerry falls in love with little boys. Deep, confusing, and often tragic love...with boys barely 12. He thought he could combat these feelings after that first time in the war, with an asian prostitute...but those dark desires returned and invaded his home, his life, and eventually, tore his family apart. Told from four differing points of view, Campbell brings us 'Touched', the story of Houseman and his family, the effects of his compulsion on his family, the family of the boy he is accused of molesting, and on Houseman as well. The reader is allowed a peek into the mind of a man compelled, almost against his will, it seems, to love boys. Campbell effectively writes his narratives in believable voices with wholly believable storylines. Not recommended for the morally faint, 'Touched' is a book that everyone should read, if only for the sensitive and open-minded portrayal of lives on the edge of destruction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago