Almost April

Christian - Fiction
244 Pages
Reviewed on 09/20/2015
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Author Biography

Deborah is a Kentucky girl who longs for the rolling hills of the Bluegrass state. For three decades, she has lived north of Seattle and has almost grown used to the gray skies of western Washington. When the sun shines, Washington is a breathtaking place and yet Kentucky beckons her to “come home.”

While Deborah tries to determine which state will win her heart, she continues her Toastmaster journey. She will be forever grateful to her many Toastmasters friends who encourage her to grow and expand her horizons.

Following her dream of writing young adult fiction has been more exciting and fulfilling than she ever imagined. Deborah looks forward to sharing this adventure with all her friends and readers.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

In a sweet and heartwarming story, author Deborah D. Ferguson's debut novel Almost April is one that will be appreciated by a wide variety of readers. Following the story of twelve-year-old Sandy Evans, the reader will find what will first appear to be a sad tale. Sandy's mother was killed in a car accident. She has moved in with her father, and is separated from her half-brother, Gary, who goes to live with their mother's sister. When a grouchy old lady moves in next door to her father, it seems as if things have gotten even worse. While processing her own grief and dealing with the many changes in her life, Sandy learns that there actually may be much more to Gladys Hart, her cranky next door neighbor, than meets the eye. Will the two of them be able to help each other heal?

I so enjoyed Almost April. Author Deborah D. Ferguson writes with such a sensitivity towards children who have gone through loss and grief that it seems likely she's gone through a similar situation herself. Her characters are so realistic and relatable that the reader will find themselves thinking of them long after they've finished reading the book. Almost April would be enjoyed by any reader who loves a well-told story, anyone who has gone through loss and grief, or anyone looking for a good story with Christian undertones. I am happy that I read Deborah D. Ferguson's first book, and am very much looking forward to reading her next one.