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The Beautiful Truth by [Stoecklin, Eileen, Eileen Stoecklin]
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About the Author

Eileen Stoecklin, was born into a tumultious family. Her parents struggled with, alcoholism, depression, drug addiction and domestic violence. Since leaving home, she has been on a inner quest to find peace, happiness, self worth, and spiritual growth. Along her journey, she has written many published articles for various web sites and is the author of "A Pinhole Of Light". In addition to writing, Eileen has won many awards for her outstanding art work while studying art in college.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 704 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: paintjug publishing (7 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,364,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When I initially read the overview of this book I was intrigued. It was about a homeless guy living on the streets who finds love. While it seemed to have the traditional genetic formula of most romantic novels - the dilemma, the resolution, the break up, and the get together, I hoped that the homeless part would win through and be something special. However, I was sadly disappointed.

The start was rather good, I was intrigued to follow the main character's story as he battled with living rough and the public's disgust at such people in the usual stereotype. But I was dismayed about how the rags to riches storyline seemed to develop at such a fast and unconvincing pace and I felt that it was predictable throughout.

Not to mention that this novel had so many simple grammar and punctuation mistakes that it frustrated me. The insight into the characters at times also seemed rather superficial that I wonder if perhaps this book is better aimed at the teen-aged reading group.

Having said this, I did find that at times the words were inspired when dealing with the subject of appearances and that the author obviously had dealt with a similar situation in real life that they could relate to. I also found myself wanting to read on and to make sure that they got the ending that they deserved despite many cliche moments of their dating.

It was sweet, it was simple, it was moving at times and an easy read, but I hope future work from this author provides more meatier work and that the editor does his job properly. I give it a 3/5.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 35 reviews
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars English 101 18 Mar. 2012
By C. Royds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I wanted to like this book because the concept is real, especially in this economy. The grammar, spelling and punctuation were so poor that it was hard to get through a paragraph. I don't understand how a publishing company would accept this manuscript. Do they no longer use editors? I researched a bit and found that this was not the author's first book. I can't imagine what the other must be like but don't plan to find out. This was a free Kindle book....I guess you do get what you pay for.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, sometimes amaturish 10 Mar. 2012
By J. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Good premise. People don't always choose to be different. Being different is painful. Love conquers all.

This book was recommended by a friend and I'm glad I read it. Good description of what the homeless go through to survive (most don't have a travel trailer around the corner.) It will be a long time before I leave food on my plate at a restaurant without wondering if someone will be looking for it in the dumpster later.

Jason is a homeless man who stumbles into the life of Trinity, a young woman who hides from the world because she has a skin condition that causes people to stare. The author brought them into each others lives without being too contrived. Nice little love story.

There are a couple of writing techniques that make the book amaturish. She uses adjectives to describe the speakers voice--a lot.
"...Trinity asked Jason in a snotty voice."
"Then in an almost begging voice, Trinity said..."
"...Jason answered in a calm voice."
It was okay at first, but then got irritating. If you have to tell me how to interpret what was being said, then you don't have any confidence in the words you gave your characters--and actually, the words spoke for themselves in most cases.

The author used this same technique to describe facial expressions and body language. "Wih a smirk on his face, he ran as fast and as far as he could, zigzagging." Not bad in one example, but over-used. "Trinity folded her arms together, then set them up against her chest..." umm, how do you fold your arms without setting them up against your chest? Did she use another set of arms to fold and place the first set? The visual on that was weird.

Great story and mostly well written. Engaging read, kept me turning pages. Just needed a good editor to get past the awkward spots.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I did not like the girl 18 Jun. 2012
By Carol M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book started out very strong. All of the trials that Jason had to endure while he was homeless was well written and interesting. He was not into drugs or alcohol so I felt for the guy and wanted to know what would happen to him.

Trinity was another story. She would actually cry and say" Why me?" to Lydia. There was never one thought in her mind about how she treated others. It was always all about her. She walks out of Jason's life without warning one too many times. She apparently thinks that it's really terrible if someone treats her poorly but has no problem, if it's her doing the hurting.

I suppose some people with vitiligo have self confidence issues, but I have this condition myself and I have never lost a job or been ridiculed because of it. Perhaps I have just been lucky. At any rate, since I have the same problem as Trinity, I was quite annoyed with the way she treated Jason.

I learned a lot about myself and my friends by reading this book. It was all good!

There were a few typos in this book. I thought the characters were well developed and the lesson was beautiful. The author made her point well before the end. This book got pretty stale at the end. I was glad it was over.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a wonderful story 27 Jan. 2012
By shell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was an amazing story! I love the fresh writing style and the creativity! The characters are developed well and are just real. Too often we find characters that are over the top and their reactions and choices are ridiculous but this author kept the characters real. I was engrossed in the lives of these people, their friendships, their struggles, and their triumphs. There were several twists the author took that were creative and fun. I laughed with these characters and cried with them. I loved the poetry and thought that the poetry was professional. About halfway through the book I even googled some of them trying to find the author, only to learn that her son wrote the poetry. Excellent book! You won't regret buying this one!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but. . . 25 Jan. 2012
By MD444 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book has a good, positive message, but it was so repetitive that it felt like a parent lecturing you and shoving it down your throat. Don't whack me in the head with a simple truth. It also had too many unnecessary commas that ruined the flow and pace for me.

If this, these annoying, commas don't bother, you, then, pass, it up. Ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but the misplacement also pulled me out of a great story. Should've hired an editor.

Some of the poems that the main character wrote were so bad they made me cringe.

WARNING: dumb poem ahead:
If "roses are red, violets are blue"
Type of poems
Don't bother you
And you enjoy
Being preached to
And you appreciate your shoe
And you like characters
Crying "why me?" Boo-hoo
Then this book is for you

Pros: Heartwarming friendships and character developments. Free on Kindle.

Yeah, sometimes little things are annoying, but that's an ugly truth.
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