“A very gentle and meaningful treatment of the sensitive subjects of childhood sexual abuse and redemption. And it recently won the Christy Award for best first novel. Highly recommend it for adults and older teens.”see full review » see other reviews »
“A very gentle and meaningful treatment of the sensitive subjects of childhood sexual abuse and redemption. And it recently won the Christy Award for best first novel. Highly recommend it for adults and older teens.”Gail S wrote this review Friday, July 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is told by two people: Kaylee, a 10-yr.-old girl who is abused physically, sexually, emotionally and neglected at her cabin in the woods, then abandoned by her mother who is a meth addict and Sierra, a young woman who mourns the death of her baby and finds Kaylee who she wants to help.
I liked this book very much. It's a good story and I got into it right from the start. I highly recommend you read it too! It's a feel good book and you will feel happy at the end. ”
“Words by Ginny L. Yttrop is an inspirational quick read that is about choices, redemption, hope, healing. Kaylee, a little girl is abandoned by her mother and left with her boyfriend to be neglected, abused and raped. They live in a little cabin in the woods and the girl stops talking. She finds words comforting and reads the dictionary over and over to help her focus on something else while hoping that maybe her "mother will come back today." When Sierra, a woman whose child died just a few days after birth due to Sierra's drug addiction, visits the cemetery on the 12th anniversary of her child's death, spots Kaylee in the hollowed giant redwood tree and thinks she saw a ghost. Sierra is lonely so takes in a stray dog she names Van Gogh. The dog helps comfort Kaylee when they meet and is a wonderful addition to the story.
Sierra finally is able to accept God's forgiveness and move on with her life as she starts thinking about Kaylee and becomes her friend. Kaylee looks forward to seeing the nice lady in the woods again at her special spot inside the tree. Kaylee doesn't talk, but can communicate by writing and has an unusually big vocabulary for a girl her age. Through Sierra, Kaylee discovers Jesus is the most important word and learns the truth that He really does love her and is able to set her free from the screams in her head and help her to speak again.
I liked this Christian fiction book very much in spite of the "fairy tale" ending. I couldn't help but pull for Kaylee and Sierra to get together and thought the Children's Services worker did a good job. Sierra was searching for God's purpose for her life and it was very realistic how because of her past with drugs, she was able to sympathize with Kaylee's mom and was torn between helping her get better or not because she was afraid of losing Kaylee. The abuse Kaylee endured is done in good taste, leaving details to the reader's imagination. There is so much humor and love in this book that prevents it from becoming depressing. The dog, Van, was a great addition to this book, showing how pets can by wonderful companions and give unconditional love. The information about the giant redwood trees was interesting too and provided symbolism throughout the book. This book even inspired me to read my little dictionary, a page a day! This is a great read that I highly recommend and am so glad I read! ”
“Excellent. A very hard subject- sexual abuse, parental abandonment, drug addiction and their effect on one little girl but yet there is healing in the pages too and you are left with hope. It will not be an easy read but one, in my opinion, well worth your time and possibly life changing- heart changing”Libby S wrote this review Thursday, May 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was really good but, I have trouble with faith based book being a little cheesy. This one was definately cheesy in places but the story really made up for it.”lovetoread wrote this review Thursday, November 17, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sweet story of an abused girl who is rescued by a young woman who feels guilty about her past. Helping the girl, heals both of their lives. Christian fiction”Tamra H wrote this review Friday, November 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
I collect words. I keep them in a box in my mind…I’d like to keep them in a real box, something pretty, maybe a shoe box covered with flowered wrapping paper. Whenever I wanted, I’d open the box and pick up the papers, reading and feeling the words all at once. Then I could hide the box. But the words are safer in my mind. There, he can’t take them.
Ten-year-old Kaylee Wren doesn’t speak. Not since her drug-addled mother walked away, leaving her in a remote cabin nestled in the towering redwoods – in the care of a man who is as dangerous as he is evil. With silence her only refuge, Kaylee collects words she might never speak from the only memento her mother left behind: a dictionary.
Sierra Dawn is thirty-four, an artist, and alone. She has allowed the shame of her past to silence her present hopes and chooses to bury her pain by trying to control her circumstances. But on the twelfth anniversary of her daughter’s death, Sierra’s control begins to crumble as the God of her childhood woos her back to Himself.
Brought together by Divine design, Kaylee and Sierra will discover together the healing mercy of the Word – Jesus Christ.
I have never read a more sad story of abuse and have never felt so close to a character as I did little Kaylee Wren. What a beautiful, innocent little girl whose life circumstances have thrown her into a world of silence.
Kaylee was only 9-years-old when her mother, Kathryn, left her leaving her all alone with a horrendous man who lords his power over Kaylee and turns her into his own private play toy. Kaylee likes to collect words that she finds in a dictionary that was given to her parents as a wedding gift. Kaylee and her Mom used the dictionary often to look up words they didn’t know or understand. The dictionary makes Kaylee feel like part of her Mom is still there with her and takes special care of it so “he” won’t find it and take it away from her.
When Kaylee meets Sierra, an equally damaged soul, the two of them form a bond of trust, respect, love, and the belief that together they can conquer all things through Jesus Christ. However, the road to healing is a long and exhaustive one that comes with many, many pitfalls that must be traversed forward and sometimes backwards before moving on to a higher understanding of their positions and circumstances in this life.
The characters were so well developed in this story that I felt I was living with Sierra and Kaylee and could picture in my mind’s eye the house, Kaylee’s bedroom, Van the dog, their backyard and everything else involved in this story. My emotions were played like a flute in a concert while reading this book and it’s a story I won’t ever forget. The unfortunate part is that there are many, many Kaylee Wren’s in this world and not all of them are fortunate enough to find someone like Sierra. It breaks my heart to think of the number of children, who at this very moment while typing this review, are being abused in some form. Abuse, whether it be physical, sexual, verbal, financial doesn’t matter, abuse is a cancer in our society and I pray that someday it can be eradicated. No one deserves to live a life of abuse and the damage and fear it causes. This book really touched my heart and to the author, Ginny L. Yttrup, I’d like to say “thank you” for having the courage to write WORDS, your own life story but injecting Kaylee as the character instead of yourself. I’m sorry for the horror you faced as a child and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
“A poignant story.
At nine years old Kaylee is abandoned by her mother. At least that's what she's been told by the last in the string of her mother's boyfriends that Kaylee's left in the "care" of. She's been threatened by him not to leave. She wants to tell someone when that someone shows up on his property but her voice hasn't produced words since her mother left. She can't leave. What if he finds out? What if her mother comes back?
Thirty-four year old Sierra faces a deep regret over the loss of someone 12 years ago. Her mother dearly wants her to let go. To forgive herself and move on. Sierra, however, doesn't think she deserves to. She's made poor choices and is paying dearly for it, punishing herself when no one else is.
Gunshots. Loggers' cabins. Bloody feet. A hollowed-out tree. Waiting. An array of emotions. Fear. Anger. Sadness. Loneliness too. Love. Friendship.”