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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553578138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553578133
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.8 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ceinwenn on 10 July 2008
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I first read this book over 8 years ago & was so hooked by it I had to read it in one go! I couldn't put it down! It's rare that a book has made me laugh, cry, angry & frustrated & this one did all of that. The relationship between Claire & Roan was sweet, innocent & romantic all in one. I love Claire's spirit & Roan's determination to prove he's good. I read this book over & over - so much so that I wore it out & tried for years to find a new copy but was told it was out of print. Boy am I glad to find it on here!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug 1999
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As an avid reader of many different types of books (including romance), I am pretty picky about the quality of writing. Deborah Smith enchants the reader with her knowledge of children's reactions and expressions. In this book she makes you want to live in the Georgia Mountains. You will love Claire and Roanie as children and as adults. A lot of romance fiction writers rely on sex to make the novel a good read. This has a rare blend of true, touching romance that reminds me of Lvyrle Spencer. Rarely has a book come alive from the pages for me. I highly recommend this one and I warn you - you will be tired for work in the morning, because you can't put this book down!
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By A Customer on 15 July 1998
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If you've ever rooted for the underdog or felt the pain of rejection, you'll understand the emotions in this novel. Claire, at the tender age of five, knows that Roanie is someone special. Despite the horrible things that are said and done to Roanie, both by his father and the community, Claire stands by him. Roanie longs to leave his "white trash" roots and just be able to trust someone. He trusts Claire, but they are too young to change the prejudiced ideas of their community and most of her extended family. Through fear, distrust and violence, Roanie and Claire are torn apart. Years pass, they long for each other, but Roanie has secrets he believes will keep Claire from him and Claire is not able to find him, though she sees him in strangers on the street. In her greatest hours of need, Roanie comes back to her and through tears and anger, letters of love and finally understanding, they are able to let go of the past and face a bright future.--- I hav! ! e always loved Deborah Smith's ability to make her characters real for the reader. I do find myself rooting for the underdog, laughing at their humor and crying "with them" in their grief. I haven't read a book by Deborah Smith that I haven't loved!
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I read this book about Roan and Claire and was delighted.
I read "Hear on Earth" by Alice Hoffman right afterward. It was an Oprah book club selection and got great reviews. It's essentially the same tale but much, much darker with a violent ending.
The Kirkus review of "A Place Called Home" calls it "A cloyingly sweet love story whose willful heroine and grudge-bearing hero remain strangely unsympathetic." Do reviewers have a bad attitude or what am I missing? Why do they always seem to pan uplifting tales?
If I'm going to read for enjoyment I want to be optimistic about the possibilities in life, not constantly hammered at with twisted psyches and violent motives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Aug 1999
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The bond that developed between Claire and Roan was so strong that I didn't want to put the book down until I found out what happened at the end. Great Work Deborah Smith!!! I look forward to reading more of your work.
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By A Customer on 25 Jun 1999
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This is one of the best books that I have ever read! The characters are friends, then they become closer. They don't just start "doing it" right away! (I would hope not, Claire is only five years old when the book begins!)
These characters show what "True Love" really is. They care about each other and they help each other out. When you read some of the letters that Roan writes to Claire, you will wish that Roan would move to wherever you live and sweep you off your feet! There's also a surprise in the book that will melt your heart!
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!
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By A Customer on 19 May 1998
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This book reveals Family with all it's foibles, freckles, fears and familiarity. This book defines Love with all the sacrifice, regidity, acceptance and endurance. This book affirms the South for my ancestors, decendants and myself. Make time to read this, you won't appreciate any interruptions. You will laugh with the unexpected wisdom of the 10 year old girl/woman, and you will shed tears of anguish for the lost boy she finds, owns, loves and waits for. When they come together again you will experience their love's true maturation, and maybe your own.
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By A Customer on 28 Oct 1998
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It is often difficult to find a book that is well written, without racy sex, murder, blood and gore. This is such a book. The first half of the book is written from the point of a young girl, who happens to be infatuated with a rebellious teenage boy. The way the author describes the girl's life is very enjoyable. The book then continues from a thirty-year-old woman's point of view as she struggles to find the now older man. All in all, this book is a joy to read.
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