Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review of Bishop Street by Rene D. Schultz (Review by Sparkles)

Bishop Street
 by Rene D. Schultz


  “Bishop Street” is a heartwarming and redemptive novel that captures the complex relationships between four orphans and their lifetime of challenges. It’s uplifting and with each turn of the page you fall more in love with the characters.

Margaret Gray for the past twenty years has hidden behind a facade of normalcy. She wasn't always rich and famous. At the age of seven her mother abandons her on the steps of the Bishop Street Orphanage with a note pinned to her coat. Here, under the cruel tutelage of Sister Theresa, Maggie develops a powerful bond with her roommates, Elizabeth, Lucy and Randolph. Their close friendship fortifies them against the years of physical abuse, emotional torment, and manipulation that follow.

Now, Maggie is thirty-nine and her nightmares are coming back. Despite a successful writing career and a flawless reputation, she is unable to keep all that she has built from crumbling around her. It’s been twenty years since she’s heard from her friends. Why didn't they answer her letters? Had they survived? Had Sister Theresa been right, or had she manipulated them all with lies, aiming to destroy their friendship, forever?

Sister Theresa is dead and with nothing left to fear, Maggie hires Damon Depre, a private investigator to find her friends, and seek the truth. This starts her down a twisted path that will once again, test her strength of character. Will she find more than just her friends...

My Review:

5 Star Rating! 

  *I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Wow! This book was nothing short of fantastic!

Bishop Street is a heart-wrenching, tear jerking story of survival, friendship, and second chances. I haven't cried so much while reading a book since 'The Fault in our Stars' or 'Firefly Lane'. As a mother, the trips down memory lane really affected me at times. I just wanted to pull those 4 kids into a hug and keep them safe. The amount of emotions this book evokes in it's readers is astounding. I laughed. I cried. I cheered. I wanted to curl up in a ball and stay that way. But most of all, I just wanted to keep reading.

The characters in Bishop Street were sheer perfection. I loved every one of them. Maggie was the epitome of strength when she decided to go in search of her friends with the help of Damon, the amazingly kind and hunky private detective turned friend. Randall was amazing and fun and humble. I loved reading about how he conquered his hellish childhood and turned it into a life he could really be proud of. Elizabeth and her family were so sweet and loving. And the way they all banded together to bring Lucy back from her life on the streets. Sweet, beautiful, broken Lucy. I think she was the strongest of them all. I even loved Denise. Her spunkiness made me laugh out loud at times.

Bishop Street was a really great book. One that I won't soon forget. I'm going to recommend it to everyone I know. Along with a large box of tissues.

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