International Writers Magazine: Young Adult Fiction
Child by Rosalie Warren
Circaidy Gregory Press
Sam North review
young girl who has ever had a crush on another girl with all the
pain and uncertainty that it brings with it would be fascinated
to read Charitys Child.
setting is a small Christian Fellowship group and although this
may narrow the books appeal, the situation of Joanne, a young girl
who falls for a new arrival in her workshop group, the vivacious,
attractive spiritually possessed Charity is very intense.
Charity also seems to have the key to talking to God directly.
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Joanne wants Charity
to love her and share her intense and growing sexual feelings. So incidentally
does Alan, the assistant pastor and father of at least two kids.
Charity completely dominates Joannes thoughts, but brings a wildness
and recklessness to the Fellowship as well and unsettles everyone, especially
Tom the pastor who begins to lose control of the group.
The relationship between Joanne and Charity deepens, despite opposition
for Joannes mother (but the support from her Aunt who may be gay).
Joannes secret is Charity and her love for her, but Charity has
nightmares, the nighttime terror that possesses her and scares her so
much. She confides in Joanne, who is also scared all the time that Charity
will go off with Alan or another, she is so insecure.
But Joannes world collapses when Charity tells her she is pregnant
by God no less!
Charity disappears and soon everyone knows she is pregnant. Joannes
mother is glad she is gone and doesnt see that Joanne is devastated.
Letters arrive from France from where her father has taken Charity.
She is to take the child to term and is now living near her estranged
mother, an alcoholic.
Then the letters suddenly stop and Joanne is mortified. Meanwhile suspicions
locally point to Alan after all someone human must have got the
underage girl pregnant and he was flirting with her in front of his
Marriages implode, lives are wrecked, Charitys impact has been
Then one day Charity appears with a baby in tow. But she is actingly
strangely, seems strangely hostile to Joanne and when the police arrive
all discover the baby, Rosie isnt hers, she snatched it from outside
Charity ends up in an asylum, Joanne begins to cut herself, and it all
turns horridly ugly. Just what the hell happened to Charity?
Rosalie Warren writes with authority and it all smacks of a being true
story that has seared real lives.
This is a disturbing, powerful tale written with confidence and would
be valuable to read for any teenage girl concerned about her feelings.
This is a book that should be more widely available, but with a better
Tide by Sam North
'Extraordinary novel about a child's psychic
Lulu Press - ISBN: 978-1-4092-0354-4
'An engaging, unusual and completely engrossing read' - Beverly
Birch author of 'Rift'
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