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Mission (Missions of Mercy, lLooking in this may appear to be oppressive On the other hand these people already have all of the answers they know what they can do and what they cannot it is that simple Until it isn tKate and Mary are sisters raised by a very strict Protestant Reverend and his dutiful wife In their mother they found joy Kate and her mother shared a special secret dream Together they talked of Kate attending Stanford and becoming a doctor Mary also shared her dream with her mother only it was no secret Mary is an extraordinary artist particularly for her young age She sees aight around people and is able to subtly work that into her paintings Mother is proud of Mary and she enthusiastically supports her younger daughter Father thinks painting is a waste of time and he simply assumes her younger daughter Father thinks painting is a waste of time and he simply assumes Kate will follow his plan stay active in church get married and raise a family So for a while Kate and Mary have the simplicity of knowing what is acceptable and what is not and they experience joy and fantasies with their mother A terrible accident eaves their mom in a vegetative state with only a part time nurse to help the girls care for her needs Poor health has father meeting his maker while sixteen year old Mary sits by his side Two years her senior Mary ooks to Kate to figure out how they will get by Their house belongs to the church Kate has Stanford waiting and Mary is too young to be on her own but finding someone to take her and her mother in seems impossible Mr Stork masterfully captures the stoicism and detachment that at first encompass the household By sprinkling in bits of family history he coaxes empathy from the reader The girls characters develop as they struggle to eave the confines of their black and white world and make decisions they ve never imagined Kate s use of her newfound freedom may amplify their troubles The choices they are faced with could bring them closer or forever rip them apart I found this story to be enlightening and compelling I will certainly pick up another Francisco X Stork book35 stars Irises is about two sisters Mary who is gentle and artistic and Kate who is strong and ambitious Originally published at Book HarbingerReverend Romero s daughters Kate and Mary couldn t be different Ambitious self centered Kate is determined to become a doctor while sweet giving Kate is an aspiring artist Where their fates align is in the mutual imitations of their strict upbringing Because of their father s beliefs they don t drive use slang own cell phones or dress fashionably But when he dies suddenly Mary and Kate s Married to a Stranger life becomes even complicated First how will they afford the medical care for their mother who s been in a persistent vegetative state since the accident four years ago Secondly how will they find the time to care for her There is no uestion that Mary will give up her studio time after school and Kate s secret dream of attending Stanford may not come true With the help of Simon Kate song time boyfriend and Reverend Soto the charming new minister Kate attempts to reconcile her ambition with her family In all of this Kate also has a new friend artist cum gang member Marcos who
helps her see painting in a new ight But hardest of all her see painting in a new ight But hardest of all will they determine what makes Shes So Over Him life worthiving How do you give the right Color Weaver love to those closest to you and how do youive with the conseuences of your decisionsAfter reading the unforgettable Marcelo in the Real World earlier this year I knew I wanted to read from Francisco X Stork but I didn t know what to expect from his most recent novel Irises If it seems full of real serious and grave issues from the premise then you are correct It is Religion and death and vegetative states to name a few Understandably I was hesitant to pick it up But what is uickly apparent after the first few chapters is the thought provoking moral uestions it will raise on universal themes such as Her Little Spanish Secret loveight and what it means to really My Lord Protector live It was how I related to Kate and Mary personally and my curiosity at seeing how these uestions drove their actions that kept me engaged from beginning to end Despite its weightier subject matter Irises is thoughtful well paced and best of all hopeful and I feelike a better person for having read itFor me it wasn t ove at
sight for either Kate or Mary I had a hard time keeping their characters straight in the Although I related to Mary s kind easygoing nature I connected to the protective driven older sister in Kate Kate s inner conflict is very true to ife Is wanting something The Off-Islanders like Stanford selfishness of the most unloving kind or can it be a way of being courageously true andoving to yourself and those around you I also connected to Mary whose never ending sacrificing for her family has The Golden Key To Heaven left her spent Her inability to see and paint theight in others after her mother s accident is incredibly sad The prologue which offers a brief glimpse of Mark and Kate pre accident works well as a contrasting reference point to the sisters current dire circumstances especially Mary s As in Marcelo Stork knows how to bring religion into his books subtly and without being obtrusive focusing on the broader universal beliefs that many religions share I am not a minister s daughter but. All their uneasy sisterhood THREE YOUNG MEN Then three men sway their ives Kate's boyfriend Simon offers to marry her providing much needed stability Mary is drawn to Marcos though she fears his violent past And Andy tempts Kate with than romance recognizing her ambition because it matche.
first sight for either Kate or Mary I had a hard time keeping their characters straight in the
Francisco X. Stork ↠ 7 CHARACTERSI am religious and maybe that helped me to invest so deeply in the main themes of ovedenial of self in Irises Needless to say from the thoughtful themes to the Honeymoon Baby lighthearted scenes with Mary s sweet romanticead Marcos cute but sketchy Reverend Soto and Kate s devoted friend Bonnie I couldn t put this book down It s been awhile since I ve been so completely absorbed by a book and for that I want to say thank you Francisco Stork I don t know why I waited so Since Youve Been Gone long to read another of your books I promise Il do better in the future The Last Summer of the Death Warriors here I come With their father recently dead and their mother in a permanent vegetative state for the third year with no hope of waking up just paying rent is a challenge for sisters Kate and Mary Kate is graduating this year and has dreams that extent out of El Paso she s applied for Stanford though everyone expects her to stay home and attend UTEP University of Texas at El Paso for all you non Texan folks and marry her His Baby Bargain (Mills Boon True Love) (Mills Boon True Love) (Texas Legends: The McCabes, Book 4) long term boyfriend Simon andook after her sister and mother Mary just wants to be able to paint wherever she is Their father s retirement money is running out fast Their Duello damore lease from the church is running out too with a new minister ready to move in Something has to be done and soonThe blurb on the inside flap touts an intense romantic subplot one for each of the sisters Kate torn between the new minister Reverend Andy Soto and good old Simon who has proposed and will offer much needed stability for the family with the restaurant he owns Mary drawn to Marcos but conflicted as well he s in a gang and sort of sketchy see that was another pun because they re artists Il stop now Most of this whole subplot felt as canned as the inner flap would suggest unnatural The Brunelli Baby Bargain like the author decided each sister needed to have a man in theirife now that their vastly overprotective father had died Kate s dilemma I Emergency Kit ll buy Andy might be older but he has an understandable appeal whereas everyone else tries to put her down and say it s selfish for Kate to even think about going to college anywhere but UTEP Andy feeds her ambition and opens her eyes to possibilities her family best friend and Simon would never suggest Andy becomes her confidant and his non traditional approach ofeaving God out of the euation ends up bringing her closer to the faith she s eft behind Mary s situation not so much She s warm to most everyone we see but abruptly cold and hard when she meets Marcos something he hints is normal Either the author was remarkably subtle about it or half of Mary s deal with not dating anyone or whatever was made up to give her something to grapple with Neither of these issues are really resolved either contributing to their tacked on half Neither of these issues are really resolved either contributing to their tacked on half feelA definite high point for Irises is the dialogue Each character speaks in a distinct style but it doesn t feel put on or fake Bonnie Kate s best friend
in a vastly different tone from Mary each sounds genuine or at east not so fake I noticed Subtly is also a strong point writing wise and though there is a Her Unexpected Hero line to be drawn between subtle andeaving it out but mentioning it ater sospeaks in a vastly different tone from mary
It Looks Like Youlooks ike you forgot about it see Mary s deal with boys Stork usually His Border Bride leans towards the former We find out the details of the girls mother s accident slowly as well as their father sife It cuts out the Mistress Rules long boring explication passages I abhor which makes reading much pleasant and keeps my walls from receiving unnecessary dents Overall reading the book was pretty pleasant reallyExcept that while I wasn t throwing the book across the room I did have toet out some verbal frustration as the problems piled on This book Meagan (Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives, like so many others suffers from what I have decided just now to call Excessive Setback Syndrome ESS is characterised by the plot involving minor issue after minor issue piled on which causes the characters to all freak out and the reader to sigh in defeat because while these problems keep coming up nothing bad ever happens Often symptoms include characters who are completely overwhelmed and minor issues blown up to an enormous scale by the characters who aren t For example Kate going to college I can understand her family not being terribly supportive of the idea But it wasn t consistently spread some peopleike Simon and her Aunt Julia decided that it was the most horribly selfish thing she could ever come up with akin to I don t know selling Mary to a circus Perhaps I At the Spaniards Pleasure - Di Bawah Pesona Pria Spanyol lack perspective not being a first generation college hopeful but it wasn t so much the negative reactions as the inconsistency of the reactions Some people were excited for her Kate s mother was the one who suggested she go to Stanford rather than UTEP And then a few characters decided wanting to go to Stanford on full scholarship wasike wanting to sell her sister to the circus Though Stand-In Mom labelled for grades nine and up I d widen that up to middle school It s a decent read tame the romance frustratingly so and family friendly The most controversial thing I think would be the heavy Christian focus which seems at times out of place and deliberate Overall three stars and a recommendation to pick it up if you re bored but not go search on to get it here by Christma. S his own ONE AGONIZING CHOICE Kate and Mary each find new possibilities and darknesses in their sudden freedom But it's Mama'sife that might divide them for good the uestion of if she Her Ideal Husband (Maybridge, lives and what's worthiving for Irises is Francisco X Stork's most provocative and courageous novel Originally Posted on IceyBooks Irises was a book I picked up because of the cover A hazy image of two girls possibly sisters overlooking moving water Now that I ve flipped over the ast page I ve realized the cover depicts a type of sorrow that The Stones Cry Out lingers through the pages Irises is a tale ofove and hope Two normal girls sisters two years apart Suddenly Single Sophie left alone with nothing but their broken hearts and a shaky future Irises is a type of story that would bring a smile to yourips while tears stream from your eyes Kate and Mary s father dies within the first few pages Too Friendly to Date leaving them with their mother who s been in a vegetative state for the past two years She s as good as dead though the girls still have faith that she may wake up one day Kateongs to become a doctor though not in nearby UT El Paso She wants to go miles away to Stanford Mary The Impostor Prince longs to bring back theove of painting she had before her mother s accident Now her days are simply mirrors of the day before filled with hopelessness and Her Surprise Sister (Texas Twins, lonely Francisco Stork s writing style is as simple as can be To be honest it first struck me as unprofessional amateuristic But as I flipped through page after page his simple style grew on me The words held emotion as I m sure he wanted Irises doesn t hold a world to be described but emotions to be felt hope to be mustered The prologue and epilogue ended up as my favorite The prologue was cheerful and sets the stage for the oncoming hardships The epilogue held a certain wave of happiness despite the pain the sisters had gone through Irises may not be for everyone But if you enjoy the occassional contemporary that willeave you smiling with tear filled eyes Francisco X Stork s The Bounty Hunters Baby (New Arrivals latest will deliver A beautiful book by a master of words The evolving relationship between these two different sisters as they each find their path unfolds in a thought provoking andovely way When their minister father dies unexpectedly sisters Kate and Mary must figure out a way to take care of their mother who is in a persistent vegetative state as well as themselves Kate has a scholarship to Stanford and Mary is a talented painter but their The Tycoons Secret Daughter lives have been restricted by their controlling father and their concern for their mother As with Stork s previous two titles this one explores uestions about family faith and joy but the exploration seems a bit heavy handed than in the previous books Some of theanguage and the sisters Royal Wedding Threat (Protecting The Crown lack of worldliness give the book a dated uality and difficult as their plight might seem it s clear what decisions they will ultimately make I particularlyike how Stork s books do not shy away from hard uestions or offer easy answers but this title simply didn t captivate me possibly because other books have addressed some of the same issues This is a book that asked something of me I think reading THE BOOK UICKLY IS INEVITABLE BECAUSE IT S WELL book uickly is inevitable because it s well but when I forced myself to slow down I felt that I was rewarded with challenging characters and maybe even a Her Hometown Hero little soul searching about the cost of doing something that seems ateast reckless and at most impossible Children are always told to follow their dreams But as soon as they are old enough to do just that society gives very mixed messages about the ethics of passion and ambition And why not It s confusing Stork is a master story teller but he is also a bit of a unrepentant guru If you are Second Chance Cowboy (Whitehorse Montana, looking for a book that transcends the YA formula this is it This was a strange book The characters did not seem real and the writing was choppy The idea of whether or not to remove a parent fromife support is interesting but I had just read it in Jodi Picoult s Lone Wolf which had been done better It is too bad because I Shadows Over Wongan Creek liked I rounded up from 35 stars Also I read an uncorrected proof copy that someone added to the book exchange shelf at work One of the things I think Iiked best about this book is that
the characters are religious but not in your face preachy about it they don t walk around goingcharacters are religious but not in your face preachy about it they don t walk around going will show me the way they don t run from the mall shrieking that make up is a sin though I avoid it myself I don t think it s sinful just impractical and they don t strike me as snooty in their religiosity Their peers seem to believe that they re snooty and I can kind of see where they might get that impression but they aren t They re just normal girls who grew up with a stricter than normal parent trying to succeed be happy and achieve their dreams Like everyone else That s about all I ve got to sayI do feel that I should mention that though I focus on the characters religiosity this is very not Christian fiction so it should appeal to all except the most ardent atheists You know the ones who are so resolute in their belief that there is no higher power that they dislike anyone who believes there is a higher power Well those ardent Christians who are so convinced of God that they dislike any atheist might not Argentinian in the Outback (The Langdon Dynasty like this either if theyike in your face God is all and Seduce Me loves you books But I m generalizing I propose making your own evaluation Some people are raised to believe that all matters are black and white This is good that is bad This is acceptable that is not Someone is either alive or he is dead From the outside. TWO SISTERS Kate is bound for Stanford and an MD if her family willet her go Mary wants only to stay home and paint When their oving but repressive father dies they must figure out how to support themselves and their mother who is in a permanent vegetative state and how to get along in.