ISBN #: 978-0615829715
Page Count: 350
Copyright: July 6, 2013
Publisher: House Bean Boy
(Taken from back cover)
In the style of Stephen King's The Body (aka Stand by Me), and the novels of S.E. Hinton, Destiny Gardens opens a door into a world not long ago where the definition of "child" and "adult" was a distinction without a difference.
Destiny Gardens introduces the reader to a group of ragtag adolescents thrown together by the need for survival. Dwelling in an abandoned building, they form their own kind of family life, always a step ahead of truant officers and foster care. Set in the 50's, Mr. Harrison paints a picture of a simpler life, yet one of poverty and social injustice.
Destiny Gardens is an enchanting read from another time in history. I felt as if I was watching the unlikely group through a frosted window, as they attempted to make a life and family out of their own personal wreckages. Through trials and triumphs, the young residents of Destiny Gardens fight to survive, and I felt blessed as a reader to watch as they matured and grew together.
There are many sub-stories that come together to make this novel work, and I felt it wove together flawlessly. Each of the characters had a very separate identity, and brought a vital element to the story. The ending leaves the possibility of a sequel, which I would gladly read. Destiny Gardens deals with a sad reality in a hopeful, charming voice. Definitely worth the read.
*A physical copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.