Product DetailsTitle: ALL THE PIECES

Author: Mary E. Kingsley


Publisher: Seneca Creek Press

Published Date: May 10, 2013


Genre: Southern Fiction

Source: This book was received for the purpose of an honest review.


Sometimes there are stories floating around about things that happened a long
time ago, which nobody can explain. When eight-year-old Anna Lee takes off
running one day, fleeing a painful scene and seeking refuge from her family’s
lingering grief, she unknowingly brings to the surface some questions that this
small, southern Appalachian community had long ago buried.

Who was the stranger that appeared at the midwife’s door one distant winter’s night and disappeared again silently, leaving a mystery that had remained for over a generation? Who was the child that was born with eyes the color of a harvest
moon, that only wanted to sing, and the boy that would grow to love her beyond
himself? What was the reason for the brutal murder in the woods that left one
man dead, another sentenced to life in prison and a young woman to die months
later, without ever uttering another word? And who was the man that came face to
face with Anna Lee in a place she was certain no one would find her, each of
them in their hour of greatest need, each with their own pain and secrets to be
revealed–and perhaps healed?

The desperate search for the runaway, Anna
Lee, is parallel by the storyteller’s version of a mystery that most folks
around have long forgotten. All the while Anna Lee struggles within a situation
that holds danger beyond what she can imagine, and it is only in her innocence,
even in the face of death, that she becomes the key to a revelation and the
answer to a longing.

All the Pieces is not only a tale of birth, death
and grief, but is also the story of profound love and a journey’s end.


ALL THE PIECES, starts out telling you a tale about wolf like dogs and strong women.  We hear of a baby left in the care of a midwife.  We hear how that baby grew into a woman only to have children herself.  After much heartache the baby turned woman’s daughter, Anna Lee, a strong-willed, 10-year-old, had seen too much hurt in her young age and ran away from home.  This action brought upon a chain reaction of untold secrets and the truth that was almost lost.

Have you ever read a story and when you finished it thought, I am glad I read that book.  Well, that was exactly what happened with this book.  The characters were believable and heart warming, caring and kind to one another.  The community was strong and there for each other.  It was a place that people knew everyone.  And everyone helps each other.  A great read, a short story you can read in a sitting.  This book is not to be missed.

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Mild

Reviewed By Rae

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