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Book Review: Resurrecting Tobias, Author, William D. Holland

Updated on August 25, 2016
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Paula has freelanced for nearly 40 years. She has a passion for her forte of Behavioral Science & continuing education in this field.

The Master, Ernest Hemingway
The Master, Ernest Hemingway

Word of a Master

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one, you feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.

Ernest Hemingway

Author William D. Holland
Author William D. Holland | Source

My first ever Letter to an Author

Dear Bill,

Yes, it's true. In all my years and thousands of books read, I have never written to an author. Sure, I thought about writing to him or her and may have even gone so far as to search for an address to reach them...but just never actually followed through. And I can explain.

After I've finished a book that truly grabbed hold of me and swept me away to a place I loved being, I boldly invited myself onto every page, to be a part of everything. I found myself groping for words worthy enough to express the whirlwind going on in my head...and struggling to even know how to write to a literary genius.

Well, this all happened when I finally closed "Resurrecting Tobias," but it's different this time. This time, the author is not a total stranger. He is also my friend. How great is this? I can share all the crazy emotions that surged through me page after page....all the times I literally spoke out loud in response to Toby, Maria and Pete.....oh, that precious, lovable Pete! I am head over heels in love with Pete. I want to find him and tell him so. Bill, I can even tell you that my very first teen heart throb was named, Pete, and know you won't laugh at me. You'll understand that I made your Pete, MY Pete...so I could picture him and recall his cute smile and impish attitude. I could reach into your book and hug Pete again, for the first time in 50 years. Your Pete made me feel so young in puppy love. Thank you, Bill.

Not very long into this wonderful story, I realized I'd need to keep the tissues handy. I had to catch the flow of tears or I'd have ruined this treasured book. Sad tears, happy tears and even tears of anger....oh, your story took me to every height and every low imaginable. I was inside every head, lurking around all corners, trying desperately to get ahead of what was coming next. But you sly and cunning fox you,Bill, you managed to shake me out of my fantasy. Things were too real and you made sure I discovered that. Did you expect me to prepare myself for the next earth shattering shock? I didn't, Bill. You saw to it that Toby caught me off guard every time.

I wanted to be like Maria. Ha! What a laugh. The woman is beyond any and all virtues I could have ever hoped to embrace. Where ever Maria came from within that head of yours, Bill, she had to have existed there for a very long and peaceful time. I'm thinking she may have been an Angel you met in a childhood dream....beautiful, gentle, loving and so smart.

Maria kind of made me crazy, if you want the damned truth, Bill. At times I wanted to hug her or just walk next to her in silent support. Other times I wished I could have shaken her by the shoulders until she saw stars! I screamed at her so many times, only to feel like a total cold- hearted witch and ask her forgiveness, which of course, she always gave. I loved Maria and I also envied her. Thus, I don't know whether to thank you or curse you for the introduction, Mr. Holland.

It's fine. I needed to meet Maria. She taught me so much. This is tough for a know-it-all like myself to admit, but yes, Maria now lives as a part of me & it's comfortable. She is a very welcomed new friend.

Mr.Tobias Alexander King. Wow, what a guy. Mr. Pulitzer Prize, success, failure, genius, fool, alcoholic, sober......Toby, what is it with you? Are you an ego-maniac or are you filled with humility? I see you as a hundred different men, every one of them good buddies who constantly fight with one another, never really knowing why. Am I wrong Toby? Can you tell me who you are?

Bill, oh so many times I wanted to call you and demand you explain Toby King to me before I lost my senses trying to figure him out. Could I ever understand him? Yet, that same confusion and need to know him is what kept me following his every move, his every word and thought. I didn't really have to force myself to comprehend what it was about Toby King that allowed him the privilege of such love and loyalty from his two best friends, Pete and Maria. They were quite free with their feelings for him and the reasons he was a vital part of their lives.The three of them were simply and utterly intertwined in mind, body and spirit. It was preposterous to imagine them ever apart from one another...

I sat in every audience of every City or Town where Toby spoke. I was the woman in the front row, mesmerized by his brilliance and the beautiful flow of words, that made it seem he was not speaking but singing. The songs I heard touched me deeply, made me laugh out loud, cry and wonder.....wonder until I was dizzy. I wanted to ask the first question and listen closely to his response. I would scan the audience and recognize the profound expressions on the faces of his dedicated fans. Toby deserved their attention and devotion and possibly the worst of it was he always knew it and expected it. Did Toby have an out-of-control ego or was he merely deceiving himself?

For as many times as Toby was knocked around and made to topple from his throne, he felt the pain. The pain that took him forever to see was shared equally by the two people who loved him most. The rise and fall and rise again of Tobias King....a journey of epic proportions, within himself and for all the world to see.



I don't want this story to end.....
I don't want this story to end.....

My favorite parts......

Well Bill, I should tell you what I feel are the best parts of your book. For me, it's from page one to page 508, where I had to sadly see, "The End." Truth is, I'd have to tell you something wonderful, intriguing, confusing, mysterious and sad that I may have found on every page.

I stressed over what I would say to you or how I could explain what I sincerely think of your novel. I'm not the corny, sugar 'n spice kind of gal...Lord knows. It's just that when I first sat down to tap this letter out, I was seriously bubbling over with things I wanted to express.-words-adjectives....and they all sounded like too much chocolate filled with too much peanut butter. Then after about ten minutes of giving the backspace key a good workout, I just said, "Oh hell, this is Bro Bill.....just spit it out, girl." That's when I decided to borrow Jeremy Petrich's style and just say what I would if we were chatting over coffee.

Bill, I LOVE "Resurrecting Tobias." It is a treasure. A gem I will keep forever and read over and over again. I've cleared a special space on my book shelf just for Toby and for SURE, this book has a very special place in my heart.

I've already made this book into a movie. I even know the Stars who'll play all the roles. Hey, this can happen. Just look at what you've done thus far. I have not a single doubt that Roopleen was speaking directly to you, Mr. William D. Holland, when he said, "If you have a dream, don't just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it reality."

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    Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Asif....I'm pleased you read my review of brother Bill's fabulous novel, "Resurrecting Tobias." Yes, absolutely, you must get this book~~you will love it. In fact when you visit Amazon and search for bill, you will see he has several published books, all written in his powerfully talented style.

    I certainly agree with you about the book cover. I was so impressed by it, I did mention it to Bill, who informed me that the picture is of his backside!! I'm sure it was all Bill's idea/design. Once you've read this book, you'll be even more impressed by how the cover is so fitting with the story.

    Thanks again for stopping by, Asif. Please do return after you've read Tobias and share your thoughts with us!.....Peace, Paula :)

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    asifahsankhan 3 months ago

    Stories through the use of flashbacks, overcoming the past, redeeming yourself, and thriving despite the hardships... always a fascinating read for me. Plus the book's cover is stunning.

    Though, I haven't had the chance to read it but your post made me more eager than ever.

    Cheers! : )

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    Paula 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Cris.. It's always exciting when one of own (fellow-writer on HP) publishes a book. Thank you so much for the lovely comment. Yes, Bill was happy with the review and feedback. I'll be sure he knows you've commented so he'll stop by to read it! Thanks again. Paula

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    CrisSp 17 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

    I am honoured to own and read a copy of Bill's book but never really got the chance to put a review out there, but I can say that it is of tremendous drama and wisdom.

    This review, however, is the best review I have read so far. I can feel your energy in writing this, very engaging and kind of nail-biting!

    Excellent review! Bill must be very happy!

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    Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    word 55....I hope you get the opportunity to read Bill's novel. You will find it a wonderful, inspiring and down to earth testament to Human Nature!

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    Word 21 months ago from Chicago

    Wow Bill, Wow Paula, it was interesting just to see how overwhelmed you were after reading Bill's book. This is good promo for Bill's book. Thank you for sharing Paula.

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    Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Peg Please remember to come back and add your comments about Bill's novel when you've finished reading it! I promise you'll enjoy every page!

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    Peg Cole 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas

    Ah ha! I ordered a copy from Amazon it was delivered to my Kindle. Hooray. I know what I'm reading tonight. I'm really growing more fond of that device despite my ongoing technophobia.

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    Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks Mary.....Yes, I am happy to actually KNOW a fabulous author too!

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    Mary Hyatt 21 months ago from Florida

    As soon as I knew Bill had published a book, I ordered a copy and I tell everyone who visits me (I keep it out on the coffee table) a friend of mine wrote that book! They can't believe I actually know a writer!

    Bill is just an amazing person. I always ask him where he finds the time to write all he does. He is one organized person!

    Great review on his book!

    Voted UP, etc. and shared .

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    Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    OK....I'm getting the picture. "Someone" bought those just like you did...and then very generously DONATED them to sell at the Book Fair!.......That's the only thing I can figure.

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    Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

    Well, surprisingly when I originally called the company they said they only made them for two years, a year longer than other items because they were so successful. The only way to buy them is on eBay (sound is me scratching my head).

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    Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    $10.00 ???! Oh Til, did you get burned! Smart move to buy a couple to keep as gifts! Now I just want you to know what Miss Frugal Tight-Pockets would do, if this happened to me.

    I would definitely write the company and tell them the whole story....the difference in price and how disappointed you are for having paid such a high price for the first one! Add the fact that you're a Grandma....of X number of babies!......

    If they are a large, reputable Company......they'll send you "something." It may be some coupons toward their products, a gift card or maybe even another Cuddly Crooner. You never know.

    The fact is "competition" has gotten very big and companies (worth their reputation,) would respond to any customer in a positive way.

    Most people don't bother to call or write.......I do. When I'm dissatisfied for any reason, I contact Customer Service and usually am happy with their response..........!!

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    Mary Craig 21 months ago from New York

    Hey, update on my Cuddly Crooners. My local school book fair had the d*&^ think for $10!!!! I bought two of them for emergency gifts.

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    Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Happy to hear how you found this hub! Since you are reading it now, you will understand why everyone who has read Bill's novel fell in love with the characters and so appreciated the story from start to finish.....Thanks for commenting Shanmarie !

    You can go to Amazon and leave a review on this novel!!

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    Shannon 22 months ago from Texas

    I'm only halfway through, but I already know tbis book is powerful. I found your hub, actually, not through old notifications I missed, but googling a link for a friend that asked what I am reading. Love this letter!

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    Paula 23 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    B. Leekley......Another of Bill's readers.....good for you. I can't imagine for one second that anyone who reads Tobias could think it is anything but fabulous. I am eager for his next book but we must wait a year!

    Thank you so much for visiting.....I'll have to share this with Bill. Peace, Paula

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    Brian Leekley 23 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

    I read RESURRECTING TOBIAS, too, and agree, it is that good.

    As for this hub, I say Up, Useful, Interesting and Awesome. You expressed the feelings of reading the novel. Shared.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Awwww thanks GF.....you're my pal!

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    Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    You sure do write darn good open letters...looking forward to your next hub creation ;)

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I know Sparklea.....I try to tell Bill to get off his dead ass and do something....ya know? But Men are so stubborn.

    Actually, we all figure he's found the secret to never having to sleep.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Peg...I can promise, you will love this novel. The characters will move right in with you!

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    Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    What an inspirational and fantastic book review, Fpher. It's rare that a review makes me want to read a book so urgently to find out what was going on with the characters you've described. This book will definitely be added to my want list.

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    Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

    LOL, thanks! You made me laugh! When I said you are both so much alike, I was referring to both your writing skills. I am amazed at how he manages to write novels and stay loyal to all the comments he receives, plus other clients he is taking care of, not to mention the quails, chickens, rabbits, and I believe goats are on the horizon? Happy Valentine's Day and have a great weekend. Sparklea :)

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    LOL!! Bill uses a whole lot more diplomacy than I do.....he's a bit more patient & tolerant, can't cook for crap, is a great teacher and leader.....handles his emotions well, has a good singing voice & few vices.

    Yeah sure, other than this....we're SO MUCH ALIKE!!! lol

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    Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

    OOOH, but you both seem SO much alike! And both of you are superb writers, but thank you for letting me know! Also, I KNEW he was adopted, that had slipped my mind. I don't have any brothers either, but one twin sister. In any event, I just loved your review. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Sparklea.....It is more than an honor to be bill's sister.....It's total fiction. I don't recall exactly how it started, but I think after first meeting here at HP, it seemed we had a lot of the same thoughts & beliefs, background and experiences. Both boomers, stubborn, similar upbringing...soooooo

    In one comment, bill had mentioned it was always possible we are brother & sister (because he was adopted). And so it sort of took on a life of it's own from there.

    Actually I have no brothers, so I was more than happy to acquire one. If I could have hand-chosen one, it would be bill....:)

    Thanks for the compliments on my Book Review.

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    Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

    PS: What an honor to be his sister! You are both incredible writers.

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    Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

    fpherj48: This is truly one of the most outstanding reviews I have EVER read. Your writing is incredible. I checked out your Profile page and you have gained a follower. Billy buc sent me his Resurrecting Tobias manuscript and I loved it as well. I got very frustrated with Maria at times...I thought she was TOO nice.

    Thank you for this great write. Billy buc surely deserves this.

    I am SO hoping Shadows Kill will be picked up by a publisher. Incredible and I would love to see it as a movie.

    God bless. I live in Upstate New York...just visited the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio last summer on Lake Erie. Beautiful!

    Sincerely, Sparklea

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    You will LOVE the book!

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    Lisa Kroulik 2 years ago from Minnesota

    Wonderful! I remember Bill now. So happy for him and will look into this book for sure. Thanks.

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    James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

    Okay sounds good - I won't argue with you, I promise. So let the Flattery résumé! LoL

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    No.....not Donald.......Keiffer. and I'll flatter you if I want to! LOL....:)

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    James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

    Please my dear lady don't flatter me. I 'very been called a lot of different names and some not so pleasant. But I haven't had too many people tell me I look like Keiffer Sutherland. Maybe if I grow a mustache I will look more like his Dad - Donald Sutherland, LoL.

    Anyway great recap of what to find within Bills book. I just downloaded a digital copy to my Kindle on the Ipad and cannot wait to begin reading it. Thanks again!

    Jim

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jl.....Wow....How many times a day does someone tell you that you look like Keiffer Southerland?!

    Thanks for the wonderful comment. I am most appreciative. Absolutely you must get yourself a copy of Bill's book. I promise you will be very glad you did.

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    James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

    Wow!! Never read such a tear jerking letter in my life. I don't know whether to grab some chocolate and peanut butter & wallow in my tears. Or reach for the Jim Beam and have a swig or two.

    Have to admit though, your letter to Billy about Resurrecting Tobias really moved me Paula. I guess I'll have to purchase Bill Hollands book to find out for myself.

    Thank you for sharing this letter to Bill with all and very nice article. I thought it was truly awesome and a two thumbs up! (;

    Jlbowden

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Nell...By all means..you need to get this book and read it. Choose a time when you can read non-stop. It is very difficult to put down. Go to Amazon NOW!.....

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    Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

    Oh Wow Paula! what a great review! if I write a book please come and read it! lol! not that I could ever write like Bill! I haven't read his book yet, I am definitely going to get it now! what a lovely letter!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Exactly, Audrey! Thanks for visiting. I know bill appreciates everyone's comments. and I do as well.

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    Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

    I think my comment vanished in the ethernet while HP was down--so anyway--what a wonderful tribute to a wonderful author on a wonderful book!!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Bro...bout time you done dragged yer sorry butt back over here to read all the nice things they are saying behind yer back! This is the GOOD gossip column!

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    Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I am blown away by all of you. Obviously, this book is special to me, but you have warmed my heart, all of you, with your praise. Makes me think maybe, just maybe, I have some semblance of writing talent. Paula...Sis...you are a gem. My friends, I am grateful beyond words. Thanks and love to you all.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    michele......Quite obviously, bill was born to be an author. You're right....it's all so natural to him. He also has the drive necessary to put his talent out there. There's a whole lot more to being an accomplished author than merely "writing."......and whatever it is..Bill's got it.

    Thank you for stopping by. Always appreciate thoughtful comments!

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    Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

    Paula what a great tribute to Bill. He is a true asset to all of us here at HP. As a writer we all hope to grab our readers in the way that Bill naturally does, we are truly lucky to have so many talents among us.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Well, "Hello," Audrey...so nice to meet you. (I spent a lot of time in Lawton, OK...when my sister lived there. She earned her Masters at the University in OK City) I loved it there......except for the little "tornado!")

    Thank you for stopping by and your thoughtful comment. Get the book...you will thank yourself. It's a wonderful story of human nature, rise & fall, love & ego....pain & forgiveness.....this just brushes the surface. Peace, Paula

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Gosh Gail......I hope Bill is visiting this comment section and keeping up with all the roses being thrown at his feet!

    IMO...this book is so perfect for someone to make an Academy Award winning screenplay!

    Thanks for stopping by lovely lady. I'm running out of arms for all the wonderful books I hold dear. I hope maria sent you my Thank you note. I'm sorry I didn't have your email. I sincerely thank you for the autograph in my copy of Chicken Soup......I simply LOVE all you sweet ladies.

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    Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Hi Paula - I have never read a review like this - filled with powerful emotional words and identifying with the characters. You made me feel like I already knew the characters. I read some of the book on Amazon, and now I can't wait to buy it. You need to be proud of this hub. Pinning. Blessings. Audrey

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    Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

    Oh My,

    The only thing I can say about this amazing letter/review is that I wish I'd been able to write it. I read this book when it first came out and loved it as much as you did, in fact had similar reactions, but the way you wrote this touched my heart all over again.

    I hope this book does get written into a screenplay and made into a movie.

    Voted up across the board and shared.

    Sending Love, Hugs & Blessings to You & to Bill,

    Gail

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Audrey......I wish you much luck in fighting Procrastination...(my middle name!) I do try though.

    Don't waste another second before you get your hands on this novel. You have my promise and guarantee that you will positively love it. Believe me, as avid a reader as I am, I don't often give such glaring reviews.

    Truthfully....Bill could be a total stranger....author from out of the blue and my opinion would be as it is. The man can WRITE. (but he can't cook...& for everyone's sake, he probably shouldn't.)

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    Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    I've been planning on ordering this book for months - no more procrastinating! After reading this amazing, emotional-kind-of-book-review I drool for, it's done - today!

    If my book is finished before my own cremation comes due, plan on writing a review for my book, "Believe You Can Sing".

    You are a tower when it comes to word usage. You are also a heck of a saleswoman. Would you like to be called Paula or Maria? Think Paula suites you best. But then we are all made up of different parts of others.

    An awesome review and a huge thank you!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Devika....If you haven't read bill's novel, I encourage you to do so. I know you will enjoy this fascinating story. It speaks of human nature, love, envy, revenge, failure and victory......the messages are countless.

    The human beings bill creates will steal your heart and touch your soul.

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    Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    A very interesting review here and you caught my attention thank you.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jo....I agree fully with your comments about Bill & Bev being worthy. They both work very hard together toward the same goals.

    Thanks for the kudos. Let's face it, the novel is superb!...

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    Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

    Wow...how did I miss this gem. You can add one more to the fan club. I've been pushing this book as hard as I could. Bill and Bev really deserves to have this masterpiece do well, I hope people will go out and buy it. Your review is simply amazing, beautifully done.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Yes, you must read this wonderful novel. I LOVE the name "Maria," but my name is Paula.............LOL!!!

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    Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

    Now I feel badly that I haven't read the book, but I will. Thanks Maria for doing such a great job of whetting my appetite. Well done!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Dianna....It's obvious that Bill went all the way and may claim a huge Victory. Story well-told. You have said it perfectly when you explain being "taken on a journey." Thank you for sharing your feelings.

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    Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

    When I read Resurrecting Tobias I was taken through a journey of one man's road to self-discovery. I loved how the character's intertwined and knitted a story of redemption. Yes, Maria was a wild, care-free, strong woman that made you want to laugh at the world's folly.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Congratulations. You've been placed on the top of the "Coolest Grandma" list! I'm a good cuddler, but when you hear me croon....you'll pay me to shut up.

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    Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

    No I don't do the mowing, I have to leave a few things for Larry to do. Hmm, seventy bucks you say, let me think about it ;) Just FYI I won my bid!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Til....my dear down State BFF!....You are always so generous with your compliments, "Thank you," doesn't seem enough.

    I too am awaiting Bill's next masterpiece. I've been tempted to read Tobias again. I think any book I pick up next will simply pale compared to Bill's novel.

    As for your eBay venture. We can strike a deal, GF. For 70 bucks, I'll cuddle and croon for your granddaughter. Heck, I'll even graze on your front yard so Larry doesn't have to mow anymore......(Or do you do the mowing?) LOL.

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    Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

    You are simply put, the best! What a wonderful "letter" of tribute to a wonderful book and author.

    Damn I'm jealous of your talent. You made emotions rise almost as well as the book itself! What a pairing, Bill and Paula, you know you two could take this show on the road!

    We all wait with bated breath for Bill's next masterpiece to be available. If we're lucky maybe you'll write another letter to the author ;)

    Voted all the way across, I had to, and shared and pinned on two boards.

    PS In between my devotion to HP and my dear dear friends, I'm trying to buy a Cuddly Crooners Goat puppet on eBay for my granddaughter. However, I don't care how cute it is, I'm not paying $70!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Mari

    Obviously.....I agree with you 100%

    Mike

    I'm not Mike. But thanks for the vote of confidence that I could. You're too sweet.

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    mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    fpherj48 I sure hope you are writing a book.

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    dragonflycolor 2 years ago

    Fabulous book...just fabulous.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    princess......Is there another way to read a book? Like you, if I'm not fully pulled in within the first couple of chapters (or before).....that book goes back on the shelf. Just as I've been known to walk out of a movie theater, half-way through a movie due to boredom or disgust or flip to another channel on the TV.....we can close up a book and toss it aside.

    I started bill's novel at a time when my personal schedule was crazy. I began feeling agitated when I had to put the book down to take care of important matters. LOL.....Then I finally realized that it didn't matter because each page of that story stayed with me, no matter what I was doing. I carried it with me where ever I went....in case I could sneak in a chapter at some point!

    Please be sure to come back here with your thoughts when you've finished reading. I'd love to hear!

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    Sharilee Swaity 2 years ago from Canada

    Wow, wow, wow! I have been wanting to read Bill's book but now you have pushed me to do it sooner rather than later. I loved your review and the way you shared such a personal, emotional response. That is how I read, too, and I love to hear someone else get so close to their emotions. Yes, I love Mr. Holland, too, in pretty whatever he writes, so I will have to get that download soon. Great job! Sharing!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    ann.....Thanks for responding. I'll be interested in your toughts when you have finished the entire book. I have had to actually stop myself from reading it again already. Maybe I'll wait until I'm snowed in.

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    Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

    You are so right, Paula. I was drawn in right from the beginning. It's such a great ride and bill is an amazing writer.

    Ann

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Yes, my Aries sister.....I'm glad you are going to read this outstanding novel. Can't wait to hear what you think. I promise you will love it. I already want to read it again and I just finished it a few days ago!

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    Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

    That's it! Resurrecting Tobias by William D. Holland is on my wishlist for months and I am now on my way to get it.

    Thank you, fpher :)

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Nithya.....Thank you for your interest. Good to see you.

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    Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

    A great review and a great book!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Genna.....Mission accomplished! LOL

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    Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Excellent review...and a stunning breath of fresh air as is "Resurrecting Tobias." This is Pulitzer material...Bill Holland is destined to become known as we already know him -- one of the truly great writers.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Lori &

    Dr. Bill

    Thanks so much for peeking in and joining the Congratulatory Celebration for Mr. Bill. I have been just as clearly aware of Bill's incredible talent as the rest of us.......but "Resurrecting Tobias".....literally blew the top off my head, my socks off my feet, made my heart skip beats, my eyes sting with tears, put a choke hold on my throat and scared the hell out of my dog! Bill literally ROCKED this venture. I have a Dr. Appointment. I'm a mess.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Genna

    Sha

    SFAM &

    Vee..............There's always a lot of good news and happy events for us to share around here in HubVille.....but I think we all agree that celebrating Bill's fabulous novel is an extra special occasion.

    We are graced with some truly gifted writers...and they are our FRIENDS. Maria Jordan...Vincent Moore, Gail (Happyboomernurse) and of course our little Miss Sha is busily working on her book....

    I'm sorry to say I don't know even half the hubbers who have spread their wings. I need to work on that information. Can't forget to mention Miss Dora's Television appearance!

    OK guys.....look. I have so much work to do, I'm buried in debris around here. My office looks like at least 2 bombs went off in it......I GOTTA get away from this keyboard. Anyone want to volunteer to come help me? Please?

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    William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

    How nice! Thanks for sharing! Congratulations, Bill! ;-)

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    Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    Pass the hankie. That was beautiful. We all love our William D. Holland.

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    Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    Effer, your review was so you--so amazing! I want to write a book just so you will review it. You made Bill's book come alive and made people want to read it--to meet Toby and Maria and Pete. Aw, Pete . . . . Your writing here is brilliant! I'm glad you "spit it out" the way you did!

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    Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Yay!! I knew you could do it. You are a rock star!!

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    Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

    Paula, this letter is a brilliant summation of and testament to Resurrecting Tobias. I have to agree with your reactions. I loved the book.

    If anyone has not yet picked up their copy, this letter will certainly compel them to do so.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Shucks GF.....You're too good to me....but don't stop. I love you! Great timing. I just returned from writing my Amazon review. Bill has many reviews! I saw yours, Linda Sue...:)

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    Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I think you have already created something altogether different and you totally rocked it! :))

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I know Randi....It is cool as heck. Bill is an inspiration of walking the walk and talking the talk.....He knew where he wanted to go and set out to get there. Fortunately for his readers, he'll go on and on and continue to enrich our lives with his genius.

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    Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    Paula! Wow! You have pretty much said it all! How very cool was it to read a book, an amazing book, written by someone we love and admire?!

    Thank you for putting this into words!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi Eddy....always good to see you. Yes, Bill certainly is a wonderful writer. Superb.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jodah.....Just as everyone who has read Bill's book, you can truly appreciate and relate to what I tried to present. All I can say to those yet to read it is, "Give yourself the best gift ever and close yourself into a room with "Resurrecting Tobias. You will emerge a richer, wiser, more ALIVE human being."

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    ann.....Don't know where you are in the book right now, but it doesn't matter. Every page is a journey into the hard core realities of life, love, victories and downfalls.

    Bill's story should come with a warning to readers: "When you open this book, you will have an authentic out-of-body experience. You are about to be pulled into this story with every fiber of your being on fire. Throughout this magnificent tale, you will not rest as you search for the miracles that might soothe the burns."

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    D.J. Thank you...sincerely, for such a meaningful comment After your perfect review of Bill's book, I was almost afraid I couldn't do this the way I so badly wanted to. I get tongue-tied (which of course, for a writer must mean mind & finger-tied!) when I have SO much to say, but not six weeks in which to say it.

    All of these heartfelt remarks must have Bro Bill floating on air....and he has earned this. Thanks again, D.J. You're an Angel.

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    Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

    A great tribute to a wonderful writer. Voted up.

    Eddy.

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    John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

    What an amazing, honest and touching review of this great book Paula. There is really nothing to add, other than to say Bill should be very proud of his book "Resurrecting Tobias" and of this review. It is amazing how Toby, Pete and Maria now feel like they are personal friends...with all the happiness, tears and frustrations that happened along the way.

    Well one, voted up.

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    Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

    This is wonderful! I haven't quite finished this book but I understand perfectly how you feel as it's affected me in the same way.

    This is also a great way to do a review; so original though, as you say, it helps to know the writer! You've done a superb job here and your energy and passion for the story is powerfully evident. No one could resist reading anything of Bill's after reading your open letter.

    Brilliant! Ann

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    DJ Anderson 2 years ago

    Bill’s book is a remarkable piece of work. You have captured the essence of each character and, and you will find that they will live on in your mind and heart. This is the type of book that makes the reader want to continue the saga of Toby. It is too delicious to be read only once. Yes, this book deserves to be read over again each year.

    There is a great deal of raw emotion captured in this novel, and I would say you felt the impact of each and every one of them.

    Few books pull at our heartstrings all along the journey. This novel makes the reader want to step into the story to expedite getting Toby back on the right path, and for heaven’s sake, to give his heart to Maria.

    The end is beautifully written as all the loose ends are finally brought together.

    Paula, you have spoken your heart, and it is a beautiful compliment to

    a story that is destined to become a masterpiece.

    You did it up right, girlfriend!

    P.S. I like chocolate and peanut butter.....

    DJ.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Well dang it Linda.....I need help already. I didn't purchase my copy from Amazon. I ordered mine from the AUTHOR, becuz I insisted on an autographed copy. I'm a SNOB like that.

    Oh, I know what you're talking about.....I've seen reviews for books written by readers, when I have ordered books......Duh. Of course I know what you're talking about.

    Yeah, OK.....but I can't write all this in a review....maybe I should just create something altogether different? You know, that's what I love about myself. I can't make a quick decision to save my butt.

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    Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I realized very quickly that you were writing from the heart, heck I noticed by reading your title. I'm guessing you purchased the book via Amazon, just go back to your purchase page and you'll see a place to post a review. Authors really appreciate reviews. Actually any seller on Amazon appreciates reviews. If you need more help just let me or Bill know :))

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Oh Dzy....You MUST read it ! Thanks for dropping by to comment. It's always good to hear from you.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hey there Linda Sue....Thank you so much....but all I did was write straight from my poor over-worked heart. There was a lot more I wanted to say...but I was already at nearly 1400 wds. Didn't think I should write a novel about a novel....Hey, what's this about Amazon? How do I submit this as a review? You know me...Ms Duh. Gimme the scoop, GF......Thanks cutey pie.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    To my bro of whom I am well-pleased....To the MOON! What a story. I don't know how my heart held out. It broke, it sang, it cried and it stopped a few times, I'm sure of that.

    I should have video-taped myself reading in bed....I would shriek out loud.."Oh TOBY! You dumb shit!"....and my poor cocker spaniel "Toby" who sleeps at my feet, would start trembling and roll over on his back to show shame for whatever it was he did!! Laugh my ass off. I'd have to stop reading to reassure my poor baby I wasn't yelling at him. I think I may have traumatized him... Ha! he should have read the book if he wants TRAUMA.

    I've said it all bro. There's nothing more now other than making a boatload of popcorn for the movie.....

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jaye.....That's it. The man must never sleep....the day's rotation is 24 hours in Olympia Washington too...right?

    But..selfishly, I will be eagerly awaiting Bill's next Baby. I just need enough time to rest from the wild roller coaster ride with Toby. Good grief, what a story. One moment I was holding my breath in panic...and the next exhaling in relief...only to spit out a few profanities in the next breath....and of course the sobbing!

    I'll tell you what girlfriend.....if Toby hits the big screen, you can say, "I knew him when".....I'll be hitchhiking to Olympia to live in the Maid's Quarters!! LOL Thanks for your (always) great comment, Jaye.

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    I have yet to have the privilege of reading Mr. Holland's book. I look forward to it with eagerness. It sounds like the sort of book that has made me a lover of books!

    Voted up +++

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Suzette....Looks like we're all members of the same fan club. We have to nominate a Prez....

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Maria.....There's that name again. After reading Bill's Novel....I feel like Johnny Mathis....."I'll never stop saying Ma REE Ah." I just hope I don't look like Johnny Mathis. Then there's always Smokey Robinson.to second that emotion...and you really Do look like him!...........ROFLMAO. Can you tell I love you? I couldn't say that if I didn't....

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    Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Wow, Effer! I can not think of a single author who would not appreciate a book review such as yours! This letter is fabulous, obviously your letter was inspired by a fabulous book, written by a fabulous author! I also enjoyed the story and wanted to be like Maria...it's something about those Maria's! :) This letter, or maybe a portion of it would make a...here it comes again...fabulous review on Amazon also! :) Way to go...Effer and Bill :))

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    Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Paula - What a terrific fan letter and book review! It's easy to see that Bill has another Super-fan in you, girl. I understand how Toby and his friends grabbed you by the collar, how you lived with them through their trials--especially Toby on his path to redemption--and how each word he spoke to his audiences must have resonated in your mind and heart. That's how RESURRECTING TOBIAS affected me (and many others, I've no doubt). Through word of mouth to our friends, we are all probably encouraging others to read this powerful book, to make the acquaintance of Toby, Maria and Pete as well as the minor characters about whom the adjective 'minor' isn't strong enough even though they only have walk-on parts in this saga.

    Now you, I and all Bill's other fans wait restlessly for his next novel, SHADOWS KILL (working title), to be finished so we can lose ourselves within the mind and psyche of a vigilante and learn why he chose that direction. We will meet darker characters, too...possibly psychopathic serial killers and monsters who lack remorse for their crimes. I can hardly wait. Bill is a prolific writer and a determined one, so perhaps we won't have to wait too long for his new story.

    By the way, I love that you 'cast' the parts of RESURRECTING TOBIAS like a movie (as I do for my favorite books) and can visualize it on the screen. It would make a terrific movie. Won't it be great if we can someday say of our friend Bill..."I knew him when....?" Somehow I don't think success will spoil his remarkable character and sense of humility, even if his books climb to the top of all the best-seller lists--a place RESURRECTING TOBIAS certainly deserves.

    Voted Up, Useful, Awesome and Interesting/Shared

    Jaye

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    Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I hope you are damned proud of yourself, Sis! You have me crying. My God, Paula, that's what I envisioned people feeling when the read my book. I wanted people to hate Toby, love him, cry for him, be confused by him, because you see, and I know you do, that Toby is each one of us, a beautiful, maddening, conglomeration of everything that is human.

    Still crying....thanks a lot...how could you do that to your brother.

    but I love you for doing it, and for writing this, and for understanding...really understanding...my novel.

    Thank you!

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    Suzette Walker suzettetaos 2 years ago from Taos, NM

    epher: what a great book review and fine tribute to billybuc. I too enjoyed the novel and Pete, Maria and Toby, also. Kudos!

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    Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    All I can say, effer.....is "I second that emotion", girlfriend!

    Voting way UP and sharing...!!

    Love this book, love the author and love you too! Hugs, Maria

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