Book Review of Ryan Jo Summers' Beside Still Waters
A Faithful Review
Beside Still Waters
Ryan Jo Summers
About the Book, Beside Still Waters:
Top Journalist and corporate climber McKayla Buchanan is sent to a remote California mountain camp for inner-city, at-risk teens. Accustomed to political and high-society assignments, she is suddenly a fish out of water. At Camp In As Much, she meets eight hostile and distrustful teens, assorted volunteers, rescued horses—and Clay.
Clay Michaels is the man who founded Camp In As Much and made it the success it is now. His hope for the highly recommended journalist is to come and write a feature to send seeds out to form other camps like his nationwide one. He never considered the reporter would turn out to be a lovely woman, or for him to have such an attraction to her.
Between McKayla’s worldly experience and Clay’s strong faith, they form a partnership to help with the endless challenges of the kids.
While McKayla’s assignment is supposed to be temporary, it isn’t long before she and Clay are each wishing it could last longer. A serious situation will force McKayla to decide if she can give up her worldly ways and place her faith in the same higher source that Clay does.
About the Author, Ryan Jo Summers:
Born in Michigan, Ryan grew up surrounded by books, and has them piled and stacked high in her room. She’s had bookshelves to hold them as long as she can remember. Christmas and birthdays are easy in her home, just buy books.
Her tastes in subject matter and genres grew as she matured and it seemed only natural for her to write as well as read. The first book she wrote was at age ten and was about a twelve page story that she also illustrated and stapled together into book format.
Since then, she’s never stopped writing. Some articles make it into magazines, some stories make honorable mention in contests, and her journal has grown thicker. Writing poetry also serves as therapy to life's hurts, a trait apparently inherited from her dad's aunt. Writers, poets and songwriters…you could say she comes from a line of wordsmiths.
In 2012, selling "Whispers in Her Heart" for publication was a dream come true for Ryan, but also a pinnacle of thirty odd years of writing. With each new story, novel or novella that comes out, she grows as a writer and takes one more step on this incredible journey called life.
A Faithful Review of Beside Still Waters:
“Looking beyond their records and scars, he saw the honest heart of a child in need.”
Beside Still Waters takes us into the painful but rewarding world of youth rehabilitation. In addition, this book explores animal abuse. We watch young lives destroyed before they are even begun and the fight to offer hope to the hopeless. Learn about love in a way which makes us eager to show it to those who have none.
This book is well written and offers a good message for all. I give it five stars. Well, done, Ms. Summers.
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