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This Bird Flew Away Book Review

Updated on February 16, 2011

Lynda M. Martin. Those of you who follow her here on hub pages know her as Immartin; a generous teacher, writing coach and advocate of abused children. She is also an author and just published This Bird Flew Away, the first of a trilogy of novels about her heroine, Bria Connelly.

I was fortunate to read bits and pieces of this novel before it was published by Black Rose Writing. I ordered my autographed copy the day it was published and fully expected a good read. What I got instead was an excellent novel that is well crafted, professionally presented and emotionally charged.

The trials, tribulations, horrors and joys of Bria Connelly are brilliantly chronicled in this first novel. The author shines a beacon of truth and reality on child-abuse, alcoholism, familial love, hurt and healing. Based on twenty-five years as a cop, I found the book to be the most real piece of fiction I have found.

This Bird Flew Away follows Bria's life from the age of nine in 1967 through tragic episodes and personal triumphs to the end of the book in 1986. Often, it is a hard trip on a very bumpy road. The message here is optimistic, pragmatic perseverance and Bria Connelly is the poster child for the "I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar" crowd.

Don't get me wrong. This is not some woman's lib, man bashing, piece of chick lit. It is a realistic, thoughtful and entertaining narrative about men, women and children and how they behave toward one another in circumstances often beyond their control.

Okay, This Bird Flew Away is not the kind of shoot em up I normally read. Hey, everyone needs to broaden their horizons a little and this book will certainly do that.


Well, if you're a woman, yes. If your daughter, granddaughter, sister, wife, girlfriend, aunt, niece, cousin or next door neighbor is a woman, yes. If you know any women or ever hope to, yes. So, in my humble opinion, anyone other than Worf from Star Trek, The Next Generation will find it beneficial.

To use a barrel racing analogy, Lynda and Bria have rounded the first barrel (This Bird Flew Away) and are thundering toward the second (Fly High, Fly Blind)! You don't want to be left at the gate. Get your copy today from, Barnes & Noble or from Lynda at the link below.


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      Ronnie Sowell 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks, Lady E.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for the interesting Review.

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      Ronnie Sowell 6 years ago from South Carolina


      Thanks for the compliment. An interesting review is much easier when it's about an interesting book!

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      marshacanada 6 years ago from Vancouver BC

      Thanks Ron for this interesting review. I want to write a book review and your is a good example.The book sounds interesting and relevant.

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      Ronnie Sowell 7 years ago from South Carolina


      First "word fail me." That's BS, they never have, never will! LOL

      There is much more I could say about the book but readers deserve to get the story firsthand, I think.

      Many of us here on hubpages owe YOU for your help with our writing. I am one of those. You teach by example.

      You're very welcome.


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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Oh. I'm speechless (for once.) First, thanks Ron for your insight along the way, not just on This Bird Flew Away, but on Fly High, Fly Blind and Finding Emily. Your insight based on police procedures and reality was so very helpful -- particularly in Finding Emily. So glad you liked the finished book and thank you for this review. I feel like I should say so much more -- but words fail me. Thank you. Lynda

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      Ronnie Sowell 7 years ago from South Carolina


      Thank you for reading. Trust me the book is a thousand times better than the review.

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      Rachel Woodruff 7 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Interesting review thank you for sharing.

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      Ronnie Sowell 7 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks, Tammy. Somehow, TBFA is even better in it's finished form. Thanks for reading and sharing my review of Lynda's book.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Hi Ron looks like I got here first. I don't think I have ever been the first to comment on someone else's post. I can't wait to get my copy and read it again. Great job!