Thursday, 14 November 2013

Candlelight Blog Hop starts tomorrow and I'm participating!

Tomorrow, the Candlelight Reads Blog Hop starts. I'm part of it this time to celebrate my latest release, The Gingerbread House.

Make sure to join in to win some GREAT prizes. I'll also be giving away a copy of The Gingerbread House.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless. October 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
A well-written, poignant story. The characters were vibrant and their story touching. This author has a command of words and a talent for story-telling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tastes like healing October 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In 71 pages, Jacqueline Hopper creates a world that begins with the quiet despair of a mother who can't help her hurting child, and ends with a sense of hope and promise of healing. Keren's son Sawyer isn't the only one hurting. Keren's scars go back 20 years, to a traumatic, truly horrific occurrence that changed her life and that of her best friend Jared. Now they have a chance to work backwards through the pain and discover if they can come to terms with the brutal events of their childhood and reconnect in time to save not only Sawyer, but other children in jeopardy.
This book made me wish there was such a place as the Gingerbread House, to help equip parents and children against the dangers Jared and Keren faced. Ms. Hopper writes convincing characters in a well-paced story that emphasizes the ramifications of child endangerment without a hint of exploitation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overcoming Fear October 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Dr. Jared Oath started The Gingerbread House project partly due to his past but mostly to honor the love he’d lost. His desire to help children be safe and unafraid stemmed from his own battle with unrelenting child predators. A group of physiologists participated as actors at the playhouse performing a play based on Jared’s past. He played himself, Tenny. His friend, Kizzy, was played by a young student named Peggie.
Keren Joel’s little boy, Sawyer, screamed unmercifully in the presence of strangers. He clung to her not wanting to let her go. She had brought this behavior upon her own child and she had to correct it before he started school. Keren sought out Dr. Oath and brought Sawyer to The Gingerbread House.
Jared recognized her immediately but it took Keren a few minutes to accept that he was Tenny, all grown up. The long ago incident was her fault and Jared was the hero but she never was able to tell him that. Was it too late? Had his Kizzy finally come back to him?
Ms. Hopper writes a compassionate novel about a subject that all parents face: protecting their children. Her artful telling of the story has the reader warming to the characters and feeling their anguish and fears. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph over phobias leads to romance November 29, 2012
By Lewis
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
When a little boy's (Sawyer) immobilizing fear of strangers reaches a devastating point, his mother (Keren) makes an appointment with a therapist (Jared). Surprise! Jared turns out to be a childhood friend who has changed his last name. This doctor uses a terrible incident from his and Keren's juvenile past to help present day children with phobias. This is a sweet story of love, redemption, and victory. The use of a password is a brilliant idea for children who might be approached by strangers. Parents should teach their youngsters this concept. 
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters, November 9, 2013
This review is from: The Gingerbread House (Kindle Edition)
With well-drawn characters and a plot that strikes to the heart of every parent's desire to ensure the safety and happiness of their child, The Gingerbread House is a truly inspiring read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gingerbread Helps Heal the Hurting, November 3, 2013
This review is from: The Gingerbread House (Kindle Edition)
The Gingerbread House is a beautiful tale filled with energy, truth, and just the right amount of romance. I fell in love with Jacqueline Hopper's characters--especially little blue-eyed Sawyer. In fact, the five-year-old was so real to me, I found myself dreaming about him at night!

The "Gingerbread House", a lovingly created haven that helps hurting children to heal, is the cornerstone of the story. Set in an old theatre, the children's center put on a stage production so animated and full of life I could hear the laughter and smell the popcorn.

Through the pages of her book, Ms. Hopper brings an unforgettable message of hope to child abuse victims of all ages, as well as children wrestling with fears and anxieties of every kind.

I'm confident that The Gingerbread House will assist and inspire many people.

I'm certain it already has.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you have children, this is a must read., November 1, 2013
This review is from: The Gingerbread House (Kindle Edition)
Author Jacqueline Hopper does a great job with this story. It's a tale anyone should read. Parents mold a child. reluctantly Keren had passed down her childhood fears, now she realized what her own pain was doing to her little boy. When she seeks help for her child, she finds Jared. He also shared Keren's past. Jared now uses his bad experience to help other kids. Jared, Keren and Sawyer start a journey, not only to heal the little boy, but to bring closure to Keren. Such a great story! 
 

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