Review - A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is.  She doesn't know her real name or when she was born.  Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old.  At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on in life, she is just a senior in high school.   With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing. 
This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody.  It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love.  But falling in love can be hard when you don't know who you are.  Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can't love you back might be impossible.

Author Bio:  Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, so she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called "What I Know" - also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold.  She lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband and four kids, and doesn't plan to ever move somewhere, because nowhere is sublime.  She has written Running Barefoot, and the Young Adult books Slow Dance in Purgatory and the sequel, Prom Night in Purgatory.  A Different Blue is her fourth novel.

My review:  Last year I read Amy Harmon's Running Barefoot and loved it. I bought A Different Blue the day it was released and wasn't disappointed at all. It was the perfect spring break read. Harmon's writing is beautiful and lyrical and her storytelling is captivating. Blue is a lost and lonely girl whose life experiences have caused her to be hard and tough. My heart ached for the little girl who'd been abandoned by everyone. I wanted her to succeed. I wanted her to make something of herself. Her decision to become a different person, a better person, kept me cheering for her to the end.

Wilson is a good man who's determined to do the right thing. He's honorable and decent and exactly what Blue needs but doesn't think she deserves.

Once again, Harmon has written a beautiful story that is hard to put down. I loved A Different Blue.

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