Review: Beyond the Pale by C Michelle McCarty

26094129Title:Beyond The Pale
Author: C. Michelle McCarty
Published: Aug. 8, 2015
Publisher: Self
Pages: 203
Genre: YA/ Humor
Review: ebook
Buy Links: Amazon Amazon.uk


At odds with her mother long before her father's fatal automobile accident left them blaming each other, pregnant teen Abbie barely flinches when her mother hands her a fistful of cash to leave town forever. From small town, Georgia mansion to Maryland mobile home, Abbie embraces unusual trailer park people who help keep her mind off an old locker left by her dad yet confiscated by her mother. When her mother dies in 2000, will guarded secrets from her past elate or devastate Abbie and others?


This is one of those books that I could see myself reading again and not only falling in love with the characters but also with the story being told. Abbie has been on her own for years worked her way through nursing school and raised her child who has grown up to be an amazing young man. 
Abbie has to come back for her mother's funeral and deal with her family that has their nose so far up in the air I am surprised they can even breath properly. We get to see Abbie's snarky remarks made about her family which had me giggling and to see her son be grown up about it was great. The only thing that Abbie wants now that her mother has passed away is something that her father has left for her to open but her mother and family members have been hording it. 
Her family is really not normal folk those are the ones that really want to act high and mighty and turn their nose down but in all reality their boo-boo smells just like everyone else. I can see why she doesn't want much to do with them. Well besides her cousin Nora and her lovely rewording of words. I think the Dollar Store incident with Julianne and Nora was one to be memorable. All I could do was laugh so very hard and get a weird look from my husband.  
We see how Abbie's life that she has built for herself now will have something to do with how her life was before. It seems there is a huge secret being held in the container that her father put aside for her but what exactly is it?
Now the characters OMG. I didn't just have one favorite all the people that are in Abbie's life right now are the ones I enjoyed reading. They brought laughter, humor and a family setting which to me was awesome. Each are unique in their own way and makes you remember them a bit more.
When I got to the end where Abbie finds out the secret lets just say I was in tears that was just one of those wow moments that are rare.
Great story overall and I highly recommend this. 




C. Michelle McCarty
C. Michelle McCarty is a native Texan born with a love of writing, but forced to take jobs that actually paid for necessities along the way. Having done everything from owning her own hair salon and employment agency to writing ad copy, and editing for an online newspaper, Michelle retired in 2012 to settle into writing full time.
Socially awkward, Michelle daydreams about imaginary places filled with ordinary and extraordinary characters who offer intimate details of their humorous, eccentric, romantic, dramatic, and sometimes mundane lives. She writes to learn moral lessons by placing characters in a variety of situations, which in turn offers soul searching and sometimes personal resolutions. Michelle believes flawed characters reveal that everyone, no matter how imperfect or seemingly insignificant, offers something special in pretend worlds as well as in real life.

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