Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel

Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel

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After the sudden death of her parents, Stevie, thirteen, is sent to live at a rundown motel, where she charms everyone except her estranged grandfather.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781627793247
1627793240
9781627793254
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 19 cm

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Tabaqui
May 28, 2017

This was a beautiful book which touched my heart but made me laugh as well. The story was so wonderful. Admittedly, it was kind of slow paced, but that was perfect for what needed to happen. The only two things I didn't really like as much were the overly swift turnaround from a certain character (can't say who - spoilers) and the other two characters who didn't really seem compatible, but I can live with those. Very good book!

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PGSailorMoon
May 18, 2017

In the same vein as " My Louisiana Sky", this book is full of wonderfully written characters. Kimberly Willis Holt is a modern day Elizabeth Enright or Kate Seredy. A new classic to add to any literary repertoire.

Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel recognizes the importance of cherishing the memories with those that one loves–while also being open to creating new ones. Following an unfortunate accident that killed her parents, Stevie Grace leaves her old home to live with her estranged grandfather at the Texas Sunrise Motel. While the hotel tenants welcome Stevie with open arms, her grandfather is less affectionate. As she settles into her new home, Stevie begins to receive bits and pieces of her parent's past–one that was kept from her. Longing to learn the whole story as well as to connect with her grandpa, Stevie works to leave her own mark at the motel–to create a space to call home.

I enjoyed the wide cast of quirky and unique characters, such as Violet and Roy, the small-town setting of Little Esther, and of course, Stevie's development as a character. I loved seeing how the supporting characters helped Stevie bloom, and the writing was wonderful. The only thing I struggle with was that, while each character was fleshed out, the relationships between them seemed rather forced and less developed. Instances in which one character becomes infatuated with another appear out of place at times (though it was cute, I will admit!). Despite this, I still loved this story–it was endearing and one that many readers will come to appreciate. Definitely recommend this little gem of a book."

- Angie

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