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Publisher's Summary

Elise Gilpatrick never thought she would be a parent, especially not like this. After agreeing to take 15-year-old DJ as a temporary foster placement straight from the police station, she feels like she's in over her head. But, as she learns on the job with a little help from her coworker, Elise realizes that she and DJ need to lean on each other and on the God who pieced them together. Their rocky journey will only prove that it's never too late to find the love of a family.

©2017 Valerie Howard (P)2019 Valerie Howard

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Made Me Consider Becoming a Foster Parent

I found myself drawn into this story from the outset--first because of the difficult beginning the young protagonist has to overcome and then by the trials she and her foster mother face together. Daisy, or DJ as she is known for most of the story, is a troubled 15-year-old with a chip on her shoulder and a solid belief that she is unlovable. The story is told from a Christian perspective, so be aware that the point is made, often, that God loves the unloveable. I won't say more because the story is worth listening to and I won't take away from the ups and downs by disclosing anything further. I wonder how many others will feel led to at least consider foster-parenting a teenager after listening to this book. While I found the narration pleasant, the narrator was somewhat flat in intonation and some people may find that off-putting. If you are looking for theatricality, this isn't the narrator for you; if you are looking for a comfortable voice, then you will enjoy the narration. I received this book from the author with no expectation on her part other than that I would listen; she did not even put forth the expectation that I would give a review. I am happy to do so as I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will look for others in the series.

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Great book!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is my first time reading a book by this author. It is different from what I normally read but it was great! A divorced 50 yr old woman who takes in a foster child. Their stories and how the they ended up needing each other.

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beautiful story

This is a beautiful and emotional story. DJ is a foster child who has been shuffled through the system and lost her faith in God. Elise is a middle aged woman who has always felt like her life was missing something. When their paths cross, they struggle to see Gods plan. Will they be able to put the puzzle together to see the plan? This was such an emotional and thought provoking story. I was so moved by this story and the characters. Ms. Howard pulled me into DJs story and tugged at my heartstrings and left me crying in the end. I highly recommend this book!

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Gripping novel on foster care

Picking Daisy by Valerie Howard The title of this book seems like a light and fluffy book. In reality it is a heart searching journey for Elise who is a 50 something woman who feels that she has something to give and decides to foster children and teens. DJ is a young teen who has been through multiple traumas and uncountable foster homes. He life is anything but easy, and at time PTSD becomes uncontrollable. Elise is flawed, has never been a mother, and is hopelessly over her head with DJ. DJ doesn’t want to like Elise. All they do works against each other, but Elise doesn’t give up, and neither does God. I couldn’t put the book down, and when I did finish, it was still on my mind. It was realistic, well written, and the characters were beautifully flawed. I think this book should be required reading for anyone thinking about fostering older children.

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An awesome book

I really enjoyed listening to Picking Daisy. It is a wonderful story that is full of the right amount of drama. The characters were believable and you could understand where they were coming from. I could understand some why Daisy felt the way she did and why she made the decisions she did even when they didn't make sense. I was able to identify with her. I really liked the story and how it all came together. I really enjoyed the narrator too. She did a good job at bringing each of the characters to life. She has a pleasant and easy voice to listen to. I would definitely purchase another book read by her. I would recommend both the author and narrator to others.

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Wonderful story!

Wow what an awesome story!! I alos enjoyed that the chapters were short. So if you had just a little down time you could listen for short intervales, but warning the book will draw you in quickly and you won't want to put it down. The narrator had a good reading voice, not boring. She read at a good speed, I thought. I can't wait to hear another story by this author!!!

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Amazing unputdownable story!

This story was absolutely unputdownable. I was totally captivated by Daisy’s and Elise’s story. The story was totally believable. and realistic. Daisy and Elise didn’t just get along right away. It took time. Even when i thought things were finally working out, something would happen to put me back on the edge of my seat. The story had lots of good lessons, and encouragement, without being preachy. Parts of the story made me cry. I won’t mention which parts, as i don’t want to create any spoilers. I would love to see these characters again in the future. The Narration was very good. Her voice was pleasant to listen to, and the book was read very well. I understand this book is part of a series. I really hope the rest of the series will be recorded in audio, or even other books. I would love to read more from this author. I would highly recommend this book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Thought Provoking

This book was different from what I usually read but I listened to a sample and I wanted to hear the rest of the story. It is an audiobook and the narrator was pleasant to hear. The story was interesting and thought provoking. Picking Daisy really touched me because I have a heart for children that doesn’t have parents or have bad parents. I also have friends that have been foster parents. This story gives us both sides, of a foster parent and the child. I had compassion for both with the struggles they had. DJ was so scared of rejection from yet another person that she couldn’t even begin to think why Elise was being so nice. Elise trying to be so pleasant but going about it the wrong way. If you want to read an unforgettable story that shows brokenness, rejection faith, redemption and unconditional love you have to read this one. I will remember this book for a long time and I will probably listen to it again. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Loved this story

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers who have been foster then adoptive parents and the only way I knew the system was through them. They are great parents. I heard about some of the ways foster kids are treated but never encountered the negative. This story opened my eyes to why some kids come out of the foster care system scarred. I wish there was a better way to monitor the foster parents so that kids don't get hurt. We, as Americans should love our kids better. Also if you are a foster parent you should know that the kids you get are already traumatized and for you to treat them in a negative manner only adds to the trauma. Well, I will get off of my bandwagon for now. But my prayers go out to the foster kids and the foster parents. God tells us to treat the kids and elderly right if no one else. My continued prayers are with all of us as a nation for we seem to be losing our way. The narrator was very good and moved the story along.

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Good story

I enjoyed the story but struggled with the narrator. Her reading was very sing songy and there was little inflection in her voice.

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broken to unbroken

I loved this story line it brought up a few issues for me that made me reflect. I loved the voice and pase of the narration