Friday, December 11, 2015

Book Review: Sam's Story: Book One

Title Sam's Story: Book One

Series Skylar Trilogy, book 1

Author Amy D. Crusan-Kramer

Release Date January 15, 2013

In this captivating saga, Samantha Skylar experiences undying passion and endures one horrific act of brutality that sweeps her into the arms of the second most powerful man in the country. Samantha’s journey takes her from the poverty and close-minded attitudes of a tiny, coal-mining town in West Virginia, to the estate of one of Atlanta’s oldest and wealthiest families. This epic trilogy follows Samantha from the age of 14 to 40.

Book One opens in 1978. Sam is fourteen and living in Boone County, West Virginia, a place that isn't accepting of Roe v. Wade or the Equal Rights Amendment. Sam is different; she knows it and her doting grandmother knows it. Neither of them is content with the idea of her ending up the way her sisters did: married to a coal miner and raising another generation of miners and downtrodden women. As the beneficiary of her grandma's love, Sam absorbed her progressive outlook and beliefs, which caused her to question the status quo.

Of course, being different isn't a good thing in a small conservative town, both Sam and her grandmother discover that in the cruelest way possible. Tragedy strikes and we're given a glimpse of the strength that lies within Samantha and how she deals with adversity. The first book follows Sam to Atlanta and chronicles her first four turbulent months in her new city.

This book blew me away. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked up Sam's Story, but what I got was a genuine treat. I was drawn into the story immediately. The more I read, the more I wanted. I fell in love with the writing, the characters, the story. All of it was great.

This book was fantastically written. When I read a book from an author for the very first time, I get a bit nervous when the book is this long (over 500 pages). I get worried that there's going to be lots of unnecessary details or lulls in the story. This is, without a doubt, not a concern here. Every word felt important to the story. There weren't any useless details. There were no lulls in the story. Everything flowed together steadily and created a wonderful story.

The story line was much deeper than what I would have expected. It starts out pretty mildly, but things grow more seriously throughout the book. Sam takes you on a very emotional journey with some twists that I certainly couldn't see coming.

The characters are all so wonderful. You can't help but fall in love with them. From Sam to Gram to Phil to Al & Marie and beyond, they're just wonderful. They all could have been real people. And even the not-so-wonderful people are done well.

Sam's Story: Book One was one of the best books I've read in a long while. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and characters. I cannot wait until I have a chance to read book two.


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

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