Item description for Just Past Oysterville: Shoalwater Book One by Perry P. Perkins...
A child abandoned. A life destroyed. Two hearts, unable to forgive...
After a drunk driver leaves young Cassie Belanger an orphan, a cryptic letter, found among her mother's belongings sends her on a desperate journey in hopes of finding the man who fathered her but chose not to be her father.
Driven by her anger, her bitterness and her desire to confront the man who abandoned her, Cassie meets Jack, a crusty old bachelor headed in the same direction. In his face Cassie begins to see what can happen to a heart that refuses to forgive.
Will she forgive her father, or turn away from him and remain an orphan?
Who is Jack Leland, and how is his own shadowed past linked to her own?
Will Cassie Belanger find the power that lies in forgiveness and the miracle of God's unwavering mercy?
The answers lie... Just Past Oysterville.
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Studio: WingSpan Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2006
Publisher WingSpan Press
ISBN 1595941150 ISBN13 9781595941152
Reviews - What do customers think about Just Past Oysterville: Shoalwater Book One?
Captivating! You won't put this one down 'til your finished. Dec 2, 2006
Just Past Oysterville: Shoalwater Book One
Review by Dennis Beaudry
Bitterness, hatred, revenge, guilt: powerful emotions, but what would it take for us to face these destructive feelings and escape their damaging results? Read the soon to be published Christian novel, Just Past Oysterville by author Perry Perkins.
Perry's way with the art of true storytelling is captivating to say the least, yet Just Past Oysterville goes way beyond story for the sake of entertainment. His dynamic weaving of plot and characters shows us how love and forgiveness can truly work miracles and how the opposite only fuels the fire and leads to ruin. Love and forgiveness, the two things needed most in this world as a whole and in our personal lives; are portrayed as a balm for emotional healing.
Hang on to your stomach and your nerves as Perry takes you on an emotional roller coaster with far more twists, turns, and drops than the subtle title and cover portray. Here's a story that blends Christian beliefs with deep hurts and spiritual challenges that could face any of us just up the road of life.
Just Past Oysterville is, without a doubt, captivating. It pulls you in and seldom gives you an opportunity to set it down. Be prepared for the unexpected and be ready to see how human events can never frustrate the plans of God. Written by the extraordinarily talented Perry Perkins; Just Past Oysterville will undoubtedly garner many accolades and awards and soon make him a well-known and respected Christian fiction writer.
Dennis A. Beaudry Columbus, Ohio Author of A Meeting in the Air
This one is destined to stand out in the literary world! Dec 2, 2006
Rating: Highly Recommended! This one is destined to stand out in the literary world! I had the pleasure of reading Just Past Oysterville, a remarkable book penned by a new author named Perry Perkins. When the book arrived I was impressed with the cover first - that's simply something that I do to set the tone for my reading material. The cover bears the image of a set of bright headlights piercing through the darkness traveling a long road superimposed over a faint road map. I opened the cover and read the dedications and acknowledgements and I could determine at that point in time that this would be a good read. Cassie Belanger lost both of her parents and considered herself an orphan. She barely knew her father, being that he "abandoned" her and her mother decades ago. Her mother, with the help of her community and her church, raised her to adulthood instilling values and morals that Cassie embraced. In the blink of an eye, Cassie's mom was gone - killed by a drunk driver as she returned from work one evening. Cassie's world crashed down around her and she determined that the only way to find closure was to seek out her birth father who deserted her so many years before. Cassie's desire was to somehow make him feel the pain, anguish and rejection that enveloped her broken spirit. Cassie wanted revenge. She utilizes clues from her mother's possessions to ascertain her father's location and she begins a journey that would change her life. She meets Jack, a loner in search of peace, weighed down by burdens that drive him to the bottle in search of an escape. The two embark on a journey to a town "just past Oysterville" and form a bond with one another along the way. The two are so alike, but why? Just Past Oysterville was an excellent read. Mr. Perkins utilizes simple yet colorful dialogue that will entrance you. He pays attention to detail, quotes appropriate bible verses at appropriate moments and he will take you on an amazing journey. A journey through pain, loss, happiness and closure. This is called Shoalwater Book one, and it would be an honor to review the continuation of this series. Just when you think that you have this story figured out, Mr. Perkins will gently push you one step further and open your eyes to the possibilities that make up your destiny. Simply stated, I LOVED THIS BOOK! Reviewed by Tyrone Banks
Christian fiction for the real world Aug 4, 2006
Even before I read JUST PAST OYSTERVILLE, I knew Perry Perkins was an amazing writer from reading one of his short stories, but this book placed him permanently within the group of authors whose books I will buy immediately upon release.
This book is so much more than the usual hyper-censored, unrealistic story to be found in Christian fiction. The characters are real people with strengths and weaknesses, and they live real lives filled with anguish, love, mistakes, and triumphs. And the underlying message of God's love is relayed so effortlessly and so poignantly that it comes through loud and clear and leaves the reader with such a wonderful feeling of hope--just the way I believe Jesus would have done it.
I encourage everyone who loves a good story to read this book, and I can't wait to read the next installment in the series!
This book has it all for all! Jul 15, 2004
I am a leader of teen girls & a mom of three teens. I would recomend this book to all the teens I work with and my own! I cried I laughed & was on the edge of my seat! This is a must that will not disapoint you. Enjoy and give it away as a Christmas, birthday or just because gift. You will be as thrilled as I was.
Inspirational Book Jul 13, 2004
I loved the book. I would recommend it to all. Please read it.