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The Resource Owen's daughter : a novel, Jo-Ann Mapson

Owen's daughter : a novel, Jo-Ann Mapson

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Owen's daughter : a novel
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Owen's daughter
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a novel
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Jo-Ann Mapson
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Owens daughter
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eng
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"Skye Elliot is given a choice after her car accident--jail or rehab--and her ex-husband, a bull rider who introduced her to the party scene, gets custody of their four-year-old daughter Gracie. It takes Skye eight months to get clean, but the day she is released, she has one plan: to be a good mother--better, at least, than Skye's own selfish mother and absent dad. Owen Garret hasn't seen his daughter in ten years. He, too, needs to make amends. Newly out of prison, he picks her up from rehab and together they set off to find Gracie, and to forge a relationship that transcends the hurt and anger that have brewed between them for almost a decade. In the meantime, they find Margaret Yearwood, too--Owen's lost love whom he left when he turned himself in for a long-ago crime. Owen's Daughter is a stand-alone novel that brings back characters from Mapson's treasured novel Blue Rodeo, and introduces them to the beloved cast of Solomon's Oak and Finding Casey. With its father-daughter story and characters who overcome personal failings against great odds, Owen's Daughter is a story of love and family that will enchant Mapson fans both old and new"--
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  • While in rehab following the car accident that miraculously only slightly injured her four-year-old daughter, Grace, Sara Kay Elliot changes her name to Skye to mark her rebirth as a wiser, more responsible person. Gone are the dreams of veterinary school. Skye’s sole mission is to regain custody of Grace from her ex-husband and his trailer-trash mother. Stranded outside the facility on the day of her release, Skye is rescued by the father who abandoned her when she was not much older than Grace. Like Skye, Bill Samson has rechristened himself after a stint in prison, now going by the name, Owen Garret. Together, the wounded and wary duo make their way to Santa Fe, where Owen is reunited with his former lover, Margaret, an accomplished artist who is battling both MS and the return of her headstrong son, Peter. Reuniting cherished characters from Solomon’s Oak (2010) and Finding Casey (2012), Mapson introduces yet another fetching cast of fragile yet resilient personalities who warmly work their ways into readers’ hearts. -- Haggas, Carol (Reviewed 06-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 19, p40)
  • This moving 12th novel from Mapson (Finding Casey ) explores the importance of fresh starts among a group of people in New Mexico, some of them familiar from Mapson’s previous novels. Sara Kay “Skye” Elliot leaves a rehab clinic, which she’d entered to deal with her alcohol and drug problem, to find that her rodeo rider husband, Rocky—a fellow addict—and four-year-old daughter, Gracie, have vanished. Instead, she is met by her father, Owen, who arrives on horseback, leading alongside him Skye’s beloved horse, Lightning. Determined to make amends for abandoning Skye when she was 12, Owen helps her search for Gracie. In the process, they reconnect with Owen’s true love, painter Margaret Yearwood. She has her own problems, including death, multiple sclerosis, and painful family secrets. Mapson delves deeply into the messy, complex relationships between these people, while rendering the New Mexico landscape so beautifully that it emerges as an additional member of the cast. She has a particularly strong feel for human-animal bonds, creating four-legged (and in one unfortunate case, three-legged) characters that are as distinctive as the human variety. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Agency. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 12, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 19, p)
  • Mapson, popular for novels like Blue Rodeo, Solomon's Oak , and Finding Casey , mixes characters from all three in her latest, not a sequel to any of them but a work that stands on its own. After Skye Elliot gets out of rehab, she searches for daughter Gracie, now in the custody of her ex-husband, even as recovering alcoholic Owen Garret searches for a painter named Margaret he once loved. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed February 15, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 3, p70)
  • Characters from three previous novels—Solomonâ€TMs Oak, Finding Casey and Blue Rodeo—merge in Mapsonâ€TMs latest, featuring a young mother and an older woman who must cope with unforeseen challenges.Skye Elliot was once an excellent student who dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, but a rodeo circuit rider named Rocky, an unplanned pregnancy and a substance abuse problem derailed her ambitions. Fresh from a long stint in rehab, all Skye now wants is to reclaim her daughter and get a job, but sheâ€TMs taken off guard when her ex-husband doesnâ€TMt pick her up as expected. Instead, her long-absent father—whoâ€TMs rechristened himself Owen Garret—collects her from the clinic in the New Mexico desert with her beloved horse in tow, and Skye has no choice but to join him. As they embark upon a journey underscored by Skyeâ€TMs anger toward her parents and her frantic search for her daughter, Gracie, Owen offers a straightforward explanation for his extended silence: He was in prison. Skyeâ€TMs resentment begins to dissipate as she views Owen, and eventually others, from a different perspective, but her search for her child hits several obstacles: namely, a broken-down car and a lack of money. Pausing briefly to retrieve Owenâ€TMs old dog, they finally land in Santa Fe, where, unbeknownst to Owen, his lost love now lives. Painter Margaret Yearwood has recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and worried as she is about her ability to cope with the future, she's even more concerned about her adult son. Peter has been deaf since 15 and has recently gotten a cochlear implant, but he suffers from other demons, including a broken marriage and a drinking problem. Mapson connects each character via a ghostâ€TMs intervention, intuitive animals and a coupleâ€TMs new venture, but the narrative loses clarity and stalls with the introduction of multiple back stories.Despite many positive components, including vivid descriptions of New Mexicoâ€TMs rich culture; endearing dogs and horses; and an inspirational message about surmounting shortcomings, the novelâ€TMs lumbering pace outweighs all.(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2014)
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Mapson, Jo-Ann
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813/.54
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PS3563.A62
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O85 2014
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1028019
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First U.S. edition.
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9781620401477
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2014003627
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Owen's daughter : a novel, Jo-Ann Mapson
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text
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rdacontent
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1028019
Edition
First U.S. edition.
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pages cm
Isbn
9781620401477
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014003627
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9781620401477
  • (OCoLC)874835343

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