The Crying Tree by: Naseem Rakha *Review and Giveaway*

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

    First I want to give all of you the same warning I got.  There are controversial themes in this story.  So you may or may not agree with some of the views in the story.  The first couple pages were hard to get into, but I kept going.  And boy am I glad I did!  This is such an amazing story.  This woman done, what I don't think I could ever do.  And found some amazing truths in doing so!  This is an amazing story of forgiveness, strength, and truth.  With a perfect ending!  I wasn't at all offended by any of the views, because it's only a story.  But if you are easily offended I wouldn't recommend reading The Crying Tree, because you may not like it, or may upset you.  But if you aren't easily offended, especially by stories, then I definitely recommend you read this book!  It's so amazing!
    Irene and Nate Stanley are living a quiet and contented life with their two children, Bliss and Shep, on their family farm in southern Illinois when Nate suddenly announces he's been offered a job as a deputy sheriff in Oregon.  Irene fights her husband.  She does not want to uproot her family and has deep misgivings about the move.  Nevertheless, the family leaves, and they are just settling into their life in Oregon's high desert when the unthinkable happens.  Fifteen-year-old Shep is shot and killed during an apparent robbery in their home.  The murderer, a young mechanic with a history of assault, robbery, and drug-related offenses, is caught and sentenced to death.
    Shep's murder sends the Stanley family into a tailspin, with each member attempting to cope with the tragedy in his or her own way.  Irene's approach is to live, week after week, waiting for Daniel Robbin's execution and the justice she feels that she and her family deserve.  Those weeks turn into months and then years.  Ultimately, faced with a growing sense that Robbin's death will not stop her pain, Irene takes the extraordinary and clandestine step of reaching out to her son's killer.  The two forge an unlikely connection that remains a secret from her family and friends.
    And then Irene receives the notice that she had craved for so long--Daniel Robbin has stopped his appeals and will be executed within a month.  This announcement shakes the very core of the Stanley family.  Irene, it turns out, isn't the only one with a shocking secret to hide.  As the execution date nears, the Stanleys must face difficult truths and find a way to come to terms with the past.
    Dramatic, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting, The Crying Tree is an unforgettable story of love and redemption, the unbreakable bonds of family, and transfomative power of forgiveness.
    Overall I love this book!  It was truly amazing, and in my opinion inspiring!  This would be a perfect birthday gift for someone who lover to read, but isn't easily offended, or just loves a good read!  I would recommend this book to that same person!  The Crying Tree by: Naseem Rakha retails for $14.00.   And now for the fun part, the giveaway details are below.  Good luck and have fun! :)

Giveaway Details:

*This giveaway ends on August 31st
*One winner will a copy of The Crying Tree
*This giveaway is open to residents of the US, and Canada
*The winner will have 3 days to email me back with their information before another winner is chosen
*You must complete the mandatory entry, before completing the extra ones
*Please include your email address in your comments

Mandatory Entry: Would the controversial views bother you?

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I received The Crying Tree by: Naseem Rakha free of charge, so I could do this review. No other compensation was given. All thoughts and opinions expressed above are mine, and mine alone.

84 comments:

  1. No, the controversial views wouldn't bother me. I like to challenge myself!

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  47. Controversy doesn't bother me. I am looking forward to reading this book.

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  56. No, the controversial views would not bother me. This sounds like a very interesting book.
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  59. I deeply agree with what this woman did, I think that forgivness is the only way to truely heal and move on in life. Now I do not for a minute think that would be easy, or for every person. I would love to read this book and I would love to if I won pass it on to my brother who in his past was certainly not a murderer but did hurt a number of people inculding me with his actions.
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