Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Piece of Time by Victoria Fielding

This is everyone’s story, not just Lilly Hunt’s. Like Lilly, who hasn’t endured peer pressure and fought low self-esteem? Who hasn’t been angry for their losses and heartbroken at losing a loved one? Whose life hasn’t been impacted with the scourge of an addiction? Who hasn’t stumbled under the weight of forgiving someone? Or, harder yet, forgiving oneself? It isn’t only Lilly who questions why life is so hard, and what IS the point, anyway? Like Lilly, we wonder—when we set this world down—What will be behind death’s door? Lilly discovers what lies far beyond that door. And now, you just may too. This story is for everyone.

A Piece of Time is not what I was expecting  - but so much more.  Lilly is just your average teenager.  She loves to dance and just earned a scholarship for college, which she is excited about.  Her family and friends don't care for her boyfriend Alex - he has a reputation and uses drugs, but she loves him.  Her nemesis is always namecalling and bullying, but she tries to rise above it.

Her mom has been dating Carl for awhile now since her dad is gone, but she despises him.  She doesn't understand why life has to be so hard.  Then there is the accident and Lilly questions even more.  Along the way, we learn of Lilly's troubles, her triumphs and her heart-aches but we not only take that journey with her, we question our own choices and maybe connect with Lilly with some point in our own lives.

A Piece of Time entrances the reader from page one in Lilly's life and doesn't let go until the final conclusion.  Characters you can relate to and a story that will hold you in it's embrace, A Piece of Time is a worthwhile read I can't wait to give my teenage daughter to read.  Absolutely divine!


Victoria Fielding is a mother of six, an educator, and a writer. She is currently the academic director of a residential treatment center for troubled teens in Utah. It is there that she works with some of the best kids in the world. Victoria has had a life-long career in public and private education, having taught all ages, but mostly high-energy teens (and she still has her sense of humor—amazing!). As a classroom facilitator, she has trained professionals in the use of various software packages. Also, she was the state director for Kaplan, a national test prep company.

Victoria has lived a full and abundant life. Her life experience provides much of the background for this novel. Victoria is also mindful of all her ancestors, some of whom play a role in A Piece of Time. Her great, great grandmother, Sarah, really did lose her best friend on the plains; Lillie—who loved Teancum dearly– really did misplace her button, which became a fob for her father-in-law’s watch; the farm house does exist, as well as the attic bedroom and the card-table gone mad. Lastly, departed loved-ones have indeed returned to warn, to reassure, and to inspire the discovery of a golden find in a barn loft.
Victoria’s real claim to fame is her family of six awesome kids, their spouses, her two grand-daughters, and all of her other grandchildren waiting to take their turn on earth. When she isn’t working with kids or playing with her grandkids, Victoria loves to hike, garden, write, dance, scrapbook, and eat chocolate (yes, she’s addicted to chocolate).

*I received a copy of this book from mediaguests in exchange for an honest review.  Wendy

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