A Review: Hidden Storms by Nancy Shew Bolton

Hidden Storms


 A Tale of the Ugly Duckling by Nancy Shew Bolton


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Nancy Shew Bolton's Hidden Storms:


Lilli Clarke. They call her the marked girl. Beginning at her left shoulder, a pink birthmark tracks up her throat just past her jaw, like a finger pointing to her brain. Abandoned by her family, she is ostracized by everyone but her grandmother and cousin Bert, Six years of dust storms have left sixteen-year-old Lilli close to death with dust pneumonia. Now she must leave the only real home she’s ever had, or risk death when the next storm hits.

Lilli is sent to her aunt and cousins in Florida to recover. The possibility of a different life presents itself, yet circumstances snatch it away, and she flees to New York City. Unable to find a safe place, she yearns for the storm ravaged home she left. All doors appear to be closed to her, and she resigns herself to the lonely fate of a marked girl. Once again, she is close to death, this time with no one to help her. Will this storm prevail, or is there a new answer for Lilli?


The Review of Hidden Storms:


A powerful reminder that prejudice preys on more than ethnicity or societal class or position. It lands on the head of anyone for any reason…if they’re different.

Such is the fate of Lilli Clarke from the moment she’s born. She’s not like others in her family or town. She’s different. People fear the mark stretching from her shoulder to her jaw. They call her cursed…evil and won’t meet her gaze. Despair beats at her like the dust eating away her lungs. And when she’s shipped away from all she’s ever known, instead of hope, Lilli finds more of the same…intolerance, revulsion, and fear.

Nancy Shew Bolton orchestrates a gripping tale of painful discovery as Lilli fights through a world of bias and dread. She turns each corner on her journey only to find her path dissolve into pieces…until she stumbles into a church. For the first time, light enters her life and a new journey begins…toward home and love.

A spin of the Ugly Duckling, Ms. Bolton adapts the fairy tale to the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s and captures the reader with her superb first person, present tense and lyrical prose. I give Hidden Storms five stars.



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The Journey of Nancy Shew Bolton:

Nancy Shew Bolton is a wife of 41 years, mother of five grown sons, and grandmother to a boy and girl. Ever since she learned to write, she would jot down her thoughts and impressions in little snippets of inspiration in the form of poetry, song lyrics, or short essays. About six years ago, she decided to try her hand at writing a full length book. She's since written five works of fiction, two non-fiction, and is working on an idea for a children's book, as well as more fiction manuscripts.

Writing a full-length work is much more challenging than she thought, and she has received so much valuable assistance from other writers, especially from the ACFW critique groups. Her husband has been supportive of her long hours spent at the keyboard. Many thanks to her beloved Johnny! And now she's under contract with Prism Book Group with a novel set to be released in September 2014! What a journey!

Nancy loves to write character-driven stories about relationships of love and faith, since she is fascinated by the complexities within this emotional terrain. She thanks God and His Son for her life, her loved ones and the spark of creativity inside every person. She believes each person is a unique creation, with their own special voice and place in this amazing universe. God's handiwork amazes her every day!

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