Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kate and the Kid by Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks

Kate and the Kid
by Anne Rothman-Hicks & Kenneth Hicks

My rating: 5 Favorite stars

Publication Date: June 7, 2013
Publisher: Wings ePress
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Print Length: 326 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

The girl sat still for a few seconds. Kate could hear the sound of the fruit juice being drained through the straw, and the girl’s chest heaved once inside the curl of Kate’s arm. Then, quick as a young frisky cub, she spun and threw her arms around Kate’s neck. Tears were streaming down her cheeks and her face was contorted with the effort not to cry. She nuzzled awkwardly against Kate and kissed her over and over with little pecks that covered her forehead and eyes and chin.

“I love you, Katy,” she said in her high-pitched voice. “I love you so much.”

Kate and the KidMy Review
Kate and the Kid by Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks

A woman needing to rebuild her life from the ground up and a young, cast-off child with severe emotional issues are brought together by chance and find they are the best medicine for healing and learning the important things in life. Kate and the Kid by Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks focuses on Kate, a woman in conflict and six-year-old Jenny, a child both physically and mentally abused and neglected by her drug and alcohol addicted mother who has made one too many bad decisions in life and seems resigned to continue down that path. Jenny has been pawned off on Kate’s neighbor, a coarse woman with a big heart who is ill-equipped to care for a child. Kate sees the young girl as she tries to become invisible, hiding behind a broken Barbie doll, which becomes her pleading voice. Taking Jenny under her wing, Kate ends up becoming her not so legal guardian, giving the girl a chance at feeling loved, important and to feel the joys of childhood without fear of repercussions. Is Kate hiding behind Jenny as an excuse not to look at her own life or will her eyes be opened to what is truly important? Will Jenny become the miracle that opens the eyes and hearts of the adults that she comes in contact with? What of her future? What if the courts become involved again? Will Jenny finally come out on top or will she remain a case number by well-meaning, but unemotional laws and their officers? Will anyone besides Kate champion her cause?

There is a message built into this tale, one that exposes the problems with how children are lost within a world filled with laws that are making them property, social workers that cannot possibly see the desperation of their day to day lives and it only takes one voice raised loud enough to foster a move for change.

Once again, the dynamic writing style and attention to detail shines through for versatile authors Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks. These two hearts and minds have brought another slice of life in New York City to life with sheer brilliance! It is apparent they believe in their talent in the bold manner they have created this tale of life on the darker side of the street in a city with millions of stories to tell. What makes Kate and the Kid stick out? Each page is a skillfully told, inviting the reader to be part of the scenery, from parks to courtrooms, hospitals to lower-rent apartments. You will live the sights, sounds and smells each character lives. Speaking of characters, not only do they come to life, moving and speaking on my mental movie screen, but they are running in 3D mode, alive and breathing, feeling and reacting with completely believable and engaging way. I found myself wondering how I would react if in the same position, instead of shaking my head at what I might consider a bad move. That is connecting with readers completely and that is what these amazing authors do.

I received this copy from the authors in exchange for my honest review.



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