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Poignant and Inspiring!

Dog Bone Soup by Bette A. Stevens is not just the story of Shawn and his struggle to get a decent life, it is a family saga of adventures, sacrifices, togetherness and resilience. It is inspiring as well as poignant, a rare combination to create. Henrietta emerges to be a wonderful mother, giving all the care and attention to her kids though she had zero moral support from her self-centered and alcoholic husband, more interested in watching T.V. than looking after his own children.

The story is set in the 50’s when moccasins could be freely used to discipline children! Despite the challenges of poverty and meagre food, nobody has any complaints except Mr.Daniels. Life was hard and Shawn being the eldest in the family suffers the most yet he stands like a rock when he is old enough to handle his father’s violence.

A streak of thin light shimmers throughout the story, assuring the reader that struggles bring the best out of us. The hope never dies, as kind people keep trickling in to provide work and life-time lessons to Shawn and Willie. Characterisation has been handled very well and one person who stands out is Mrs Ashley, an old lady with the heart of gold, a book lover who fed the poor boys, read stories to them and even taught them how to use a typewriter when they accompanied their uncle to help in cutting the trees.

This book is relevant for the present generation for two reasons—one it acquaints them with history and the way people strived to wriggle out of domestic violence, lack of love and tough situations. Two, how comfortable life is today for children with no fear of moccasins! ~Balroop Singh, author

This review is from: DOG BONE SOUP (Historical Fiction/Ages 11-Adult): A Boomer’s Journey (Kindle Edition)

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Comments on: "Another 5✰ Review for DOG BONE SOUP by Bette A. Stevens" (38)

  1. What a fabulous review, Bette! You must be thrilled 🙂 ♥

  2. Wonderful review, Bette! 🙂

  3. Your book sounds wonderful! I will check it out. 😀

  4. It must be so gratifying to read how your book has affected people so deeply! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!

    • Hi, Tina. It is a wonderful feeling when readers take time to give a shout and let readers know that they enjoyed a book. I am grateful for each one. Thanks so much for stopping by to chat and for extending your linkup each week. I always find great posts to visit and share. <3 xo

  5. What a lovely review, Bette.

  6. Fabulous review! Congrats!!

  7. Kudos, Bette! … such a great review…. All my best wishes, 🙂

  8. Congratulations on yet another fabulous review, Bette. Hugs.

  9. Wonderful review, Bette. What a treat!

  10. Well deserved! Your book is great.

  11. That’s awesome, Bette. Congratulations!

  12. A beautiful and thoughtful review from Balroop! A real treat to read and so true!

  13. This is a really great review for a really great book!!

  14. Congrats, Bette! ❤️

  15. Wonderful review, Bette. 😊

  16. It really is a wonderful book and it deals with the kind of rural northern poverty Americans don’t think about. I loved it.

    • Thanks for the visit and the encouraging words, Marilyn. I watched a PBS special last night on Thomas Paine (Common Sense and more…). I think he was on top of things right from the beginnings of our nation; sadly, he his common sense and ideas about the common good didn’t play well with the powerful and wealthy. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! We’ve still got a long way to go… HUGS! xo

  17. A wonderful review, dear Bette! May your book become another best seller! 🙂

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