Book Of The Day – The Caretakers

by Greg on May 7, 2012

Today’s Book of the Day is a highly rated Contemporary Women’s Fiction book by Shauna Nosler. The Caretakers has a great 4.2 star rating and is only $2.99!

“It’s a powerful story that deals with love, family, grief and loss. The way the writer leads you through this book is both dramatic and emotional, making the reader feel connected with the characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a thought provoking book about family and their unrevealed truths. It’s a page-turner!” Leslie W. – Amazon Reviewer



The Caretakers
by Shauna Nosler
Rating: 4.2 Stars
Category: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Price: $2.99

 

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Picture a typical suburban city, 1972 … the Roe v. Wade decision is seven months away and an upper middle-class family is about to be slammed into varying degrees of lunacy. Mabel Jamieson, the youngest of four siblings, had an illegal abortion that left her maimed and unconscious. Though unknown to her at the time, Mabel’s older brother Jasper followed her and was able to deliver her cataleptic body safely home. Filled with rage and misinterpreted information, Jasper swears to avenge his sister’s wrong doing and spends years sifting his way through seemingly impossible implications until he finds the man responsible.

Flash forward to summer, 1987 … Jasper’s eleven year old daughter Caroline and her cousin Mitch find a small cross near the home where their fathers grew up; a cross that bears the date March 24, 1972, and carries with it a powerful silence. The children trade theories about its origin and let their discovery saturate their imaginations until a tragic accident devastates Caroline and rips all the joy from her heart.

The Caretakers is not another story of good vs. evil, but one of devotion vs. obligation and protection vs. abandonment. Crafted from years of collecting family members’ real life accounts as well as my own cherished childhood memories, the storyline will tug at your very soul and petition your own beliefs. The narration takes the reader down a nonlinear path with character revelations at every turn: Mabel becomes a young woman and learns to cherish her own worth, Caroline realizes that life does go on and Jasper comes face-to-face with a truth that has haunted him for nearly fifteen years.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

What a powerful story of a family dealing with many issues! The author did such an amazing job of describing the Country House that I found myself inside the house seeing and smelling everything that was mentioned. This book was a pleasure to read and I would recommend it to my friends and family.

*******

I really enjoyed this book! If the first few pages of a book don’t grab me I usually put it down. Not this book. I was enticed for more from the first chapter. All of the characters were well defined. The author paints the scenes so that you feel like you are watching a movie. It’s a story of loss, sadness, love, family bonds and childhood. If you enjoy realism, this book is for you.

*******

It was very enjoyable and engaging to read The Caretakers. Nicely developed characters that you quickly feel connected to and care about, an interesting plot and timeline changes, which I had no trouble following. I found it to be a good story about families, those messy things we both love and hate. It shows family members surviving and thriving, despite the tragedies and heartaches that occur in life. I’m looking forward to this author’s next literary work!

*******

I dedicated yesterday and today to reading and finished the Caretakers! I absolutely love it! At first, with the way the story started, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to read it because I thought it would be too emotional for me, but it was perfect! And I love that it actually ended! Most stories keep you in suspense wanting more, but with The Caretakers, when I was done, I put it down and felt satisfied! Amazing!

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About The Author


Shauna Nosler was born in Seattle and grew up in and around Oregon’s Willamette Valley and it was her high school A.P. English teacher that spurred her initial interest in the wide, wide world of the written word.

“When I took my A.P. exam, rather than stick with the provided suggestions I challenged the academic standard and submitted an essay on Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. It was a gamble but it paid off with a passing score that granted me a year’s worth of college English credit … I still write like that … I like to take chances to diversify myself … although my style is still definitely emerging.”

Shauna stayed in Eugene for the next four years where she studied economics at the University of Oregon and toiled with short story writing on the woes and wonders of sorority life. Eventually, she moved cross country with her husband where she began freelancing for regionally based magazines and newspapers. They now live outside Indianapolis with their three children and chocolate lab, Norm (yes, from Cheers – Cliff lives down the street). One day, Shauna hopes to be a syndicated columnist. The Caretakers is her first published novel.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Shauna Nosler and ENT appreciate it.

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