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silently stillAuthor: Julieanne Lynch
Published On: May 19 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Publisher: Self Published
four-half-stars
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Everyone is entitled to making their own choices in life, but a decision can make or break you. For Jacinta Kelly, hers came in the form of running away from everything that reminded her of her roots.

Living in rural Ireland was hard enough, but living with her mother’s mental illness and her obsession with her garden took its toll. One winter, the world as she knows it changes. Jacinta becomes aware of her own mortality, and how fragile her existence truly is.

Alone and frightened; to live or die, the choice is hers.

Excerpt

There came a time when a child suddenly grew up and lost the innocence of their youth. It catapulted them into a world that no longer sheltered them from the cruel damage of adulthood.

Jacinta tried to reason with herself, her inner conflict causing her turmoil. On the one hand, she wanted nothing more than to leave her mother. To leave the bad memories and the horrible feeling she’d get when she dug with her bare hands in the dead of the night. On the other hand, she knew her mother had no one. If she left, who would make sure her mother washed, ate, and kept on living?

There were too many things tormenting her, things that no thirteen-year-old should ever have to face. This was the cross that Jacinta had to bear, however, and she accepted it graciously.

“I’m tired,” Jacinta said, rubbing her eyes.

“Ye can slip off upstairs to yer old room if you’d like,” Maggie suggested.

“Is that okay?”

“Don’t be daft. Go on. Go get some sleep. I’ll have a nice tea ready for ye when ye get up.” Maggie smiled.

“Thanks, Granny,” Jacinta said, kissing her grandmother on the cheek.

Jacinta’s head ached as she headed upstairs. Her heart felt heavy, her stomach unsettled. She prayed Frank would find her mother. That he’d be able to calm her down.

That night, she slept soundly, content in knowing she wouldn’t be awoken to dig out holes, or start a new day with cuts and scrapes on her hands.

It was a small blessing. God knows, they were few and far between.

My Review

Good Book! Have some tissue handy, this is a tear jerker. I enjoyed reading this book.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

About Julieanne Lynch

Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she works on novels full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. However, she decided writing was the way for her and is thankful for each day she lives her dream.

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