What readers are saying about BEYOND THE GATE:
MIKE: What a delightful read! I enjoyed getting to know the cast of characters and watching those misfits develop a social support system that allowed them to move forward in their lives. I appreciated the metaphor of cleaning, creating order out of chaos that allowed Jessie to gain some footing to risk moving into the unknown. I thought about the times that I had risked moving beyond the gate and how a support system of people who loved and cared about me gave me the courage to explore new paths.
BRAD: “Beyond the Gate” – the title hooked me from the start! And now I know what does indeed lie beyond that gate: a totally engrossing story, and marvelously quirky characters. It reminded me of Anne Tyler’s work which I dearly love: ordinary (and flawed) people finding ways to muddle through life’s challenges (and rewards), and coming through it all better than when they started. I didn’t expect it to be a page turner, but the story drew me right in.
CANDACE: After reading pieces mostly about current events and our troubled country it was so refreshing to begin “Beyond The Gate”. It is an intimate look into Jessica’s struggles with life, both personally and publicly, and even though these struggles are heartbreaking, there is always a feeling of hope and growth coming through. …look forward to thinking about how my life can impact others.
SARA: This story has stuck with me for months since my first reading [manuscript]. Every time I pass a recycling center, Jakob’s character springs into my head, especially his meeting with Jessie and the ways that their characters grew and changed together.
JOE: …intrigued, captured by the story-line–a clear focused plot with Jessie at the center …quickly brought into this drama. Fascinating how Jessie grows and changes step by step. I like the focus on the relationships between the four characters. It’s a good read that draws you back to it.
JENNIFER: I don’t usually read novels but this one engages me as I like coming-of-age stories: young people on the cusp of adulthood, dealing with relationships; facing past hurts; and figuring out how – and to Whom – they belong in our complex world.
SUSAN: I had a slow time getting into the book; the dysfunction of the characters was challenging. Further in, I enjoyed it more. Your characters are so well developed as they struggled to make sense of their world and then there is the sweet love story that evolved.