Give a Little - Book Review
This 310 page saga is Scott Underhill's second superbly
written novel. I have had the pleasure of reviewing both of
his books - and they are equally outstanding, yet profoundly
different pieces of fiction.
Give a Little certainly provokes empathy for each of its
characters. It is an emotional roller-coaster ride for the
reader, while the family members in the book heal old
wounds and the father battles alcoholism.
When the back cover states "Come meet Jaden and
Simmeon Randel, two brothers you won't forget" - they were
not exaggerating. These two identical and opposing twins
are the main characters in this novel.
One boy is a handsome football star that shares a love of
the sport with his father. The other boy is portrayed as a
deformed shadow. Both twins are struggling to find out who
they are as individuals, and where they wish to take their
lives in the future. Both make heroic sacrifices out of love for
Never rivals (except for their father's love), Simmeon and
Jaden depend upon each other for their successes - until
they fell for same girl. Events unfold that help these boys to
see each other as individuals and as an inseparable entity.
Give a Little portrays the deep connection twins feel through
deep level psychic connections where they can actually feel
when the other is distraught or in pain.
Get this book - you won't regret it.
Author: Scott Underhill
Publisher: WordPro Press
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