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Marissa Marchan is a wife, mother of two, and grandmother of three. She is also a case manager at the District Attorney's Office Child Support Division in Las Vegas, Nevada for seventeen years, and has used her experiences with the children she has helped to write A Magical and Inspiring Story Book Series. She has a very vivid imagination and always knew she wanted to write fantasy stories for children. She considers herself a homebody and if she is not working on her latest children's story, you can find her spending quality time with her family. She published her autobiography, A Marriage Made in Heaven and Hell in 2003 and is currently working on the third book in the series, A Magical and Inspiring Story Book Three: And Kayla Makes Three.
Mirti Venyon Reiyas
on Aug. 12, 2012 :
Review by: Mirti Venyon Reiyas on Aug. 09, 2012 : (Remove)
“The wind lifted Ray up in the air and took off like a flash to start their journey while his parents worriedly watched as he floated away. At first, the wind carried him past the lake, past the banana and the mango trees, then past the mountains. The forest swept by; blue lakes and rivers skimmed past. Ray feasted his eyes on the details of this new and exciting place. He looped and rolled, swooping and circling, over, sideways, and under the sky laughing with sheer delight.”
Ray is a special gift from God to his parents, a physically deformed couple who had experienced much hardship in their lives. Their positive attitude, love for each other, humility and pure-heartedness – never becoming angry or revengeful with those who shunned and teased them – shine forth in the novel and although they attribute their final success to God, it is clear that it has a lot to do with their own spiritual impeccability and integrity.
The novel is written in simple language, easily understandable by children as young as five years old. Parents can read this fun, love-filled adventure to their children, and children aged seven and above may be able to read it themselves.
The serene and magical forest life that Ray’s family takes part in, leaves one with a smile and a host of warm feelings. The plot thickens when Ray starts going to school – how will the family fit in when the parents had previously been driven away by society? Being in a school enables Ray’s father to interact with his teacher, and when others finally get to know him better, they realise that he is a wonderful person, despite his gross physical appearance.
Ray’s special relationship with the elements of wind, water, fire and earth adds an interesting fantasy element to the novel. For non-Christian audiences, be aware that there are a few places where Christianity is mentioned, and that that is the religious persuasion of Ray’s parents. This does not, however, play a very central role and the book can be enjoyed by people of all denominations.
On the whole the book is fun, inspiring and it fosters co-operation, love and acceptance. A great choice if you are looking for a bedtime story to read to your kids!
- Review by M.V. Reiyas
(reviewed within a month of purchase)