Patchwork of Me

Fiction - Womens
326 Pages
Reviewed on 06/27/2012
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Author Biography

Gregory G. Allen is the award-winning author of the adult novels Patchwork of Me and Well With My Soul and the children's book Chicken Boy: The Amazing Adventures of a Super Hero with Autism based on his godson as well as numerous children's musical all produced all stage. He is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and has had short stories, poetry, articles and blogs published in anthologies and websites; writing about adversity and diversity. A member of the Dramatist Guild, Allen has been in the entertainment business for over twenty years as an actor, director, writer, and producer having performed and toured for years in many children's shows. He spent six years as the Artistic Director of 4th Wall Theatre in New Jersey and currently manages an arts center on the campus of Bloomfield College.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

"Patchwork of Me" by Gregory G. Allen begins with Sara’s odd dream, in which she was married to Carol and they had a child that died from a shark attack. The recurring dream caused her to question her sexuality although she was very sexually active. An inner voice frequently spoke to her. Her therapist hypnotized her taking her back into her childhood. Each session would take her a wee bit deeper into her past. Unpleasant bits and pieces of Sara’s childhood come bursting forth during therapy. Knowing she must find the truth, she begins a journey to discover her past with two very good friends tagging along with her. Her past was very disturbing but the future offers hope.

Gregory G. Allen offers readers a beautiful story of redemption. I can’t say enough good about this book. The dialogue is well done and very realistic. The plot is well developed. This book has 326 pages but it is a fast, easy read. Allen combined humor, romance and suspense all in one book. I wasn’t sure I liked Sara at the beginning of the book. However, it soon became evident she was a product of what her parents did to her but she didn’t continue on that path. Sara found the forgiveness, grace and redemption that she needed. The name of this book is very astute for we are all a patchwork quilt of our experiences. Allen’s choice of characters just proves that we live in a diverse world and that God loves us all. I was unfamiliar with this author until recently. I will be looking for more books by Gregory G. Allen in the future.