Review by Naval Aulakh -- Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon

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Review by Naval Aulakh -- Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon

Post by Naval Aulakh » 14 Jul 2017, 07:20

[Following is a volunteer review of "Strong Heart" by Charlie Sheldon.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon is a well written fiction.

Sarah Cooley is a 13 year old orphan, teenage girl. Her step-father gets a job in Europe and she comes to live with her grandmother, Ruth. After keeping Sarah at her home for five days, Ruth takes her to Tom Olsen (Sarah’s grandfather). Tom is packing for a trip to Olympic Peninsula to visit the grave of his grandfather, Bob-Bob, with William (Tom’s friend) and Myra (William’s daughter). At first, Tom is reluctant to go to the trip with Sarah, but, agrees when William persuades him.

During the camping, Sarah makes friends with William and Myra. Tom shows them an atlatl that he took from the park forty-five years before. Sarah is a very stubborn and talented girl. She draws a sketch of a short-faced bear that has been extinct for over twelve thousand years. Nobody believes her, and shortly after that Sarah goes missing, along with the atlatl. Tom, William and Myra spend about eight days searching for her. They almost loose hope, when, Sarah unexpectedly returns to the camp during a storm. She does not talk for days. After resting for some days, Sarah breaks her silence and tells everyone an unbelievable story of what happened to her.

The book is written in third person, but the story told by Sarah about her adventures, is written in first person. The story of Strong Heart is very interesting, with a lot of twists and turns and mystery. The camping sites, such as Godkin Creek, Bear Valley and Elwha Valley, are depicted in a very detailed way. The reader will be hooked by the wonderful landscapes created by the author. The plot of the book is well written and the story is very heart-warming. The emotions and life of an orphan girl are very well explained by the author through Sarah’s character. All the characters mature and their bond strengthen as the story unfolds. In the beginning, Sarah does not like Tom. But, when she realizes that Tom believes in her stories, she starts liking him and affectionately calls him Tom-Tom.

I really liked the book and I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. All the characters of the book are well portrayed by the author, which gives depth to the story. I was so snared by the story that I could not keep the book off. I admire Sarah’s character the most. She is a very brave and intelligent girl. She learns throwing darts and carving very quickly. She saves Myra’s life by throwing darts at Roger and Raymond. She also survives alone for eight days, without food and warm clothes in the forests of Olympic Peninsula. She is a very good artist and I appreciate her strong vision. I enjoyed the scene in which Sarah injured Fletcher (Ruth’s husband) with a dart to save herself from being abused by him. It demonstrated her self-confidence and her self-defense skills.

I really appreciate the efforts of the author. He has worked hard for gaining knowledge about early humans, extinct animals, artifacts, fossils, different ice ages and valleys of Olympic Peninsula. The reader will gain a lot of knowledge from this book about the lives of first humans that ever existed and the animals that have been extinct thousands of years ago. People who like to go for hiking and trekking would definitely appreciate this book. I liked the deep-rooted legends of early humans that the author has written in the book. The reader will find that Strong Heart is an appropriate title for the book, as the story unfolds.

This book is well formatted. It is divided into chapters and paragraphs, which facilitates the reading. Also, there are no grammatical and spelling errors. The dialect of the book is anything but difficult to peruse. I recommend this book to all the readers.

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Post by Ayosinmi » 24 Jul 2017, 09:46

Wow. It's such an interesting book. I like Sarah and I wish to know what happened to her. I guess I have to pick up the book and read it.
Good job. Nice review.
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I love that the characters are portrayed so well. Thanks for the review. Very nice.
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Thanks for the review. Makes me want to read the book.

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Post by Naval Aulakh » 24 Jul 2017, 11:46

Ayosinmi wrote:Wow. It's such an interesting book. I like Sarah and I wish to know what happened to her. I guess I have to pick up the book and read it.
Good job. Nice review.
Thank you for your appreciation. The book is very interesting. I would recommend you to read it ?

-- 24 Jul 2017, 11:47 --
Ayosinmi wrote:Wow. It's such an interesting book. I like Sarah and I wish to know what happened to her. I guess I have to pick up the book and read it.
Good job. Nice review.
Thank you for your appreciation. The book is very interesting. I would recommend you to read it ?

-- 24 Jul 2017, 11:50 --
Ayosinmi wrote:Wow. It's such an interesting book. I like Sarah and I wish to know what happened to her. I guess I have to pick up the book and read it.
Good job. Nice review.
Thanks for your appreciation. The book is very interesting and I would recommend it to you :)

-- 24 Jul 2017, 11:53 --
kandscreeley wrote:I love that the characters are portrayed so well. Thanks for the review. Very nice.
Thank you Kandscreeley.
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Post by Gingerbo0ks » 24 Jul 2017, 13:24

I had thought about reading this one and liked reading your review. I'm glad it's a positive one and that you enjoyed it.
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Post by Naval Aulakh » 24 Jul 2017, 22:16

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Yes, I really enjoyed the book. I would recommend this book to you ?
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Post by raikyuu » 24 Jul 2017, 23:12

This looks like a world that I would not mind to be absorbed into. Is the book really that engaging? I would love to read it if I have the chance.
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Post by Naval Aulakh » 25 Jul 2017, 06:50

raikyuu wrote:This looks like a world that I would not mind to be absorbed into. Is the book really that engaging? I would love to read it if I have the chance.
Yes, I really enjoyed the book. I would recommend this book to you.
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Post by Snowyy » 25 Jul 2017, 06:52

It is a great review. I would like to read the book. It seems good

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Post by Naval Aulakh » 25 Jul 2017, 06:54

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Post by Snowyy » 25 Jul 2017, 07:08

I liked the character of Sarah. She seems very interesting.

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Post by Naval Aulakh » 25 Jul 2017, 07:10

I also admire Sarah. She is portrayed really well.
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Post by Abdimajid » 25 Jul 2017, 07:18

Very Very Interesting Review i wish you made the review longer as the story is Excellently Written. Can i get that book for free damn it is amazing.
This is my first review it below my mind Good job.

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Post by Naval Aulakh » 25 Jul 2017, 08:01

Abdimajid wrote:Very Very Interesting Review i wish you made the review longer as the story is Excellently Written. Can i get that book for free damn it is amazing.
This is my first review it below my mind Good job.
Thanks a lot for your appreciation. I am so glad you liked it :D

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And yes, thus book is free. You can read it. It would be a good start for you. You can also check my other reviews. I hope you would like them too ?
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