5 Star Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto
At one point late in the book "Rise", Ruby tells her mama: "Momma, this is the best gift ever, having your approval, I will make you proud, I promise." Before I got to the word approval, tears had welled up into my eyes. This book was the best gift ever for me as a reader! I never had a real grandmother and would often 'adopt' the older ladies in the neighborhood or church and fill that void in my life. Yes, it was a wonderful substitution, but after reading "Rise" I feel like Diann Floyd Boehm through her wonderful character Ruby gave me an amazing gift of a truly rich relationship with a grandmother. The characters in this book were written so well - I found my lip curling into a smile as Ruby's daddy spoke of his gun when the boys would call on her. Family birthday parties, rides on the train, and even a wig and some dyed eyebrows - this book was full of laughter, fun, lessons, and love! What a talented author and truly beautiful story! This is a fabulous book for young or old, female or male - if you enjoy a heartwarming tale, you'll love every page of "Rise"!
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Now that I've told you how I feel about this book - let me tell you more about the book and it's author:
Rise! A Girl’s Struggle for More
Rise! A Girl’s Struggle for More is an old-fashioned, historical family drama-a sweet, yet edgy, coming of age story. Set in the 1920s, it is based on the life of the author’s grandmother. The main character, Ruby Pearl, is mature beyond her years and was born at least a decade too soon. Growing up in the middle of a family of nine children in Oilton, Oklahoma, with her nose constantly in a book, she was known as the girl that would rather read than can tomatoes. Ruby feels destined for greater things. Ruby studies hard to make good grades, while her parents smile and humor her. They continually encourage the courtship with her beau, Arthur, who they fully expect will be their son-in-law when the two graduate from high school, but Ruby has loftier goals. She admires her momma and big sister, Rilla, the “CEOs of the household” and knows some day she will have children and a home of her own to manage, but first things first!
Rise! A Girl’s Struggle for More is Anne of Green Gables meets the “It Girl” of the 20s … but with a sophisticated twist. Ruby’s ‘coming of age’ story evolves amidst the backdrop of a horse and buggy town welcoming its first motor cars, and parents brought up in the Victorian era grappling with their daughters showing their ankles and dating! Following the inspiration of the suffrage movement, Ruby becomes a pioneer for girls her age, breaking all norms, defying tradition (and her parents) to become a truly independent woman.
About Author Diann Floyd Boehm (learn more on her website as well).
**Please note: official launch will be on October 20th (you can tune in to see it live on Diann's FB page or YouTube channel at 2 pm Atlantic).
Diann Floyd Boehm is an award-winning international author. Diann has always enjoyed the art of storytelling and has taken her imagination to print. She has five published children’s books, and two of her books have won awards.
‘Harry the Camel’ won the ‘Best-Translated Book Award by the Authors Marketing International, ‘Moonling Adventures-Serengeti’ won First Place in Texas Best 2021 Children Book Award, and ‘Harry the Camel won Best Seller for 2021 in B4R Bookstore! In addition, Diann has the Little Girl in the Moon Series, which has now become the Moonling Adventures.
Diann’s first Young Adult (YA) Official Launch is October 6, 2021, ‘Rise A Girl’s Struggle for More.’ The Launch will take place in Drumright, Oklahoma, at The Drumright Historical Society. Diann’s YouTube Channel, ‘The Story Garden,’ allows everyone to hear Diann read her books and interviews of various authors who read their stories to the viewers. Additionally, Diann is the co-host for ‘Rapping with Dr. Jacalyn LLCTM – ‘Fashion Fitness, Travel & Leisure’ on Friday mornings Live stream on various platforms. Diann is also an invited host for the Indie Beacon Radio Show, where she interviews authors from multiple genres.
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