Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Once Upon a Lie

Once Upon a Lie  is about a smart, ambitious sixteen year old, Alexandra, who chooses to keep silent when she learns terrible secrets about both her father and her mother, whom she grew up adoring. The price of keeping her "perfect" family together soon unravels her well-planned future, and puts in jeopardy the life of a young stranger whom she befriends and ultimately falls in love with.  We learn how your life can end at any time, and it can end more than once.  And then it can be saved.

My Impressions:

This is the first book I have read by Mr. French, but I was impressed. The book is fast paced with elements of love and betrayal coupled with faith that held my interest till the end. The characters Alex and Jaleel, are complex and well written.  I also really enjoyed some of the other many elements within the book that the author tackles such as social injustices and family dynamics. 


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Enjoy an Excerpt: 

He got busy filling two beat-up suitcases with books, clothes, personal papers, and his drawing of Peartree, which he untacked from its frame and rolled up carefully. His mind kept spinning, wondering how his luck could have ended so abruptly. He was on the run again.  What kind of fate was that? Maybe in life you only had so much good luck, and once you’d used it up, you were on a high wire without a safety net.  He took a taxi to the Greyhound station, and bought a one-way ticket to San Francisco. On the bus, he was too distracted for anything but fitful sleeping. His pathway to Princeton, and a possible baseball career, were now dead ends. He hadn’t even been able to say goodbye to school friends. Soon they’d be reading about an impostor—a killer—who had attended classes, eaten in their cafeteria, and played ball with them.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Michael R. French graduated from Stanford University where he was an English major, focusing on creative writing, and studied under Wallace Stegner.  He received a Master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.  He later served in the United States Army before marrying Patricia Goodkind, an educator and entrepreneur, and starting a family.  In addition to publishing over twenty titles, including award-winning young adult fiction, adult fiction, biographies ad self-help books, he has written or co-written a half-dozen screenplays, including Intersection, which has won awards in over twenty film festivals.  He has also had a long business career in real estate, living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  His passions include travel, collecting rare books, and hanging with friends and family.   He describes his worst traits as impatience and saying "no" too quickly; his best are curiosity, taking risks, and learning from failure.  

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