Monday, May 7, 2012

Read and Excerpt from "Charlie's Girl" by Mary-Helen and Daniel Foxx

Grace climbed out of the car and slowly approached the
station. She watched each passenger that got off the bus, waiting
for a young girl she had not seen since she was a baby. Her pulse
quickened. She had seen no recent pictures of her fourteen-year-old granddaughter and had received no description, but she felt confident she would know her son’s child immediately.

Finally, a slight figure of a girl stepped off the bus. She was
dressed in a faded skirt and blouse and grubby, white sneakers with 
no socks. Her little toes pushed out through the fraying canvas of 
the shoes. Her long, thick, dark hair was worn in two loose ponytails 
and cascaded down her rather undeveloped chest. This couldn’t 
be the object of her search, Grace decided, for this girl couldn’t be 
more than twelve years old at the most. The last passenger had 
gotten off the bus now, and the driver was unloading the baggage 
compartment. The girl stood only a few steps from the bus and stared 

at her strange surroundings. Grace noted that she seemed nervous and ill at ease. There seemed to be something vaguely familiar about 
her in an unsettling sort of way.

“Are you Rosalind?” Grace asked with doubt in her voice 
as she searched the young girl’s face for some sign of recognition. 
But there was none, just a blank expression that greeted her. How 

strange. She’d always pictured her granddaughter as a blond.

“Yes, and you are…” the girl hesitated for words.

 "I’m Grace Matthews. I’m your grandmother,” the older 
woman said a little too stiffly.

Rosalind didn’t know what to do next. Should she offer to 
shake hands, or should she kiss her? But the woman didn’t seem to 
encourage either. Instead, she turned abruptly and addressed her 

attention to the driver as he took the last suitcase from the belly of the 
bus. Taking the baggage check from the girl’s hand, Grace handed it 
to him and waited while he searched for the bag.

Book Description from Goodreads: Fourteen-year-old Rosalind has always been a foster girl without a past, until she’s sent to live with a long-lost grandmother in a house full of memories—and secrets. Soon Rosalind discovers that there’s more to her family history than she ever dreamed. Set in 1960s South Carolina, this unforgettable story of family, friendship, and faith is perfect for readers of all ages.

This book will be published on May 8th from Cedar Fort Publishing.  It looks very interesting and one that I plan to read asap.

Add it to your goodreads list here!

1 comment:

  1. Interesting excerpt. I'm vaguely reminded of Anne of Green Gables, another unwanted child who ended up with someone who expected something else. I thought the synopsis sounded interesting.

    Thanks for sharing!


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