Allie and Bea

Allie and Bea

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.When fifteen-year-old Allies parents are jailed for tax fraud, she's sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go until fate throws Allie in Bea's path. Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.
Publisher: Seattle :, Lake Union Publishing,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781477819715
Branch Call Number: FIC Hyde
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 21 cm


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Apr 02, 2018

A delightful, satisfying read with some good lessons for both Allie, the teenager, and Bea, a senior who became her "grandmother." Well plotted and good character development. Unfortunately, the possibility of what happened to both Bea and Allie is only too likely. They both learn from their situation and learn trust with each other as well.

Jan 03, 2018

The author has penned quite a litany of titles. Allie and Bea comes across as being, from a creativity aspect, quite run-of-the-mill, almost formulaic. Rushed? Publisher pressure? Perhaps purposefully tailored for an immature readership. The book has the characteristics of a writers' workshop product. Sit at a desk, shift around the literary nuts and bolts arrayed before you; permute, combine, cobble it together. Occasionally a truism is put forward (p 204), referencing what is extant today. However, all in all, it's outweighed by the continual culinary harping of a cocooned, righteous 15-year-old vegan, self-deluded by the notion that being one will save her and the planet. Clueless and tiresome.

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