About: An Iraq vet and his daughter live in the wilderness quite content and happy until the police receive a report of a young girl who may be held against her will in the state forest. It's also a story about a cop who feels that following the "rules" will only damage the girl and decides to do the right thing, even though it may cost her everything she's worked for.
Descriptive Words: family, love, doing the right thing, understanding, nature, post traumatic stress disorder
Thoughts: I was captured immediately with the description of Lindy's love for birds and her hope to see a blue heron. I anxiously await each year the blue heron that visits my neighbor's pond. I love birds and owls, so I felt an affinity for Lindy. I was scared for her when the police invade her home and try to separate her from her father. I'm always amazed at how easily people can judge someone else and this book really made me stop and think about what is a "proper" home for a child. Who makes the decision that your home isn't good enough? I can totally understand filth and dangerous conditions as being reasons for a child being removed from a home. But who decided that living off the land, treating nature with respect, being clean, fed, educated, clothed, and happy constitutes a neglectful living situation? Just from what was presented in the book, I felt that Lindy was a well-rounded kid and that her dad really was trying to do the best he could for her. What is equally intriguing is that this story is loosely based on actual events that took place outside of Portland in 2004. When I was finished, I found myself asking what makes a home? Who decides which way is right about "education" and how to raise a kid properly? This book is an insightful glimpse into the world of our soldiers that return from Iraq suffering from PTSD. It also shows that human side of police officers who find themselves involved in domestic disputes and don't always agree with the law.
Joan Schulhafer Publishing & Media Consulting
Why I Chose: I was taken by the synopsis of the story and wanted to see how the story ended.
Recommend? Absolutely..there's much to discuss with this one, especially knowing that something similar happened in real life. I think many people will find that they identify with Jess, the police officer, and I'm sure many will find themselves rooting for Lindy.
Thank you to Joan Schulhafer for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review.
My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.
They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.
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