Stolen Lives

Stolen Lives At the age of Ali Monroe is given a kitten that becomes her closest companion and confidante that she turns to again and again in her difficult young life Her first ten years are spent with her mot

  • Title: Stolen Lives
  • Author: Joy Redmond
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • At the age of 6, Ali Monroe is given a kitten that becomes her closest companion and confidante that she turns to again and again in her difficult young life Her first ten years are spent with her mother who is an alcoholic prostitute Then the moral pendulum swings to the opposite extreme when she is forced to live with her overzealous religious aunt who appears to careAt the age of 6, Ali Monroe is given a kitten that becomes her closest companion and confidante that she turns to again and again in her difficult young life Her first ten years are spent with her mother who is an alcoholic prostitute Then the moral pendulum swings to the opposite extreme when she is forced to live with her overzealous religious aunt who appears to care for her but is unable to let Ali live a regular life due to her religious beliefs At the age of 13 she s the center of a sexual scandal she can never live down and becomes becomes a teenage girl in modern times struggling to endure a life that includes dressing in 19th century clothing, restrictions on food and drink, and practically no social life at all Even television is considered a tool of the devil.In addition to the challenges she faces in present time, she s haunted by the mysteries of the past, not knowing who her father was, or why her mother was locked in a closet to keep her from running away to be with him before Ali was born.Ali never knows what s in store for her from one day to the next as her aunt fluctuates between empathizing with Ali s desire for a normal life and her fear of stepping outside the bounds of what her parents and church insist on as right and proper, even if it means making a child suffer, all in the name of love and obedience to their version of God.

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    1. Joy Redmond writes books that are so realistic, I find myself thinking "this has to be a true story, at least to some degree."You get to know the main character so well, it almost feels like a biography. I came away from this book with the feeling that I know more about what life is like for some people that I wouldn't have known if I never read this book. I bet there are people who have lived, or are living a life like the one that the poor girl in this story lived.It's a great, emotionally com [...]

    2. Ali learns on her sixth birthday that the woman raising her is her mama rather than a friend of her mama's. She also discovers she has grandparents and an aunt, but anger and old problems keep her from truly learning everything until they're all dead and gone, leaving her one person to find – her father. Can Ali come to grips with the secret her family hid? Will she reconnect with her father?Stolen Lives is a coming of age story that grips the reader from the first page. The reader will want g [...]

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