Twin Beeches -- An Illinois Love Story

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Discover quiet Woodland, its sharply drawn people never quite who you think. Murder, suicide, moonshiners, explosions, disappearance -- a few realistic intimate situations -- challenges met and overcome.

A background of amazing local history and lore.

Martha Jo and her babygirl hostage in the basement at old Twin Beeches ; Eddie & Buddy, escapees. Gunfire, flight, tragedy... who lives, dies? More

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About Paul Schoaff

Thank you for the unexpected amount of success my books have attained...I thought people would read them, but the degree of acceptance is gratifying.

I write from an island of clay in the sandpine country of North Carolina. I woke from a dream one night with the story of Twin Beeches fighting to get out of my fingers and into the computer screen. Rural Justice, the fight against the deprivations of strip mining, is based on the experience of many people who found their lives uprooted by the monstrous shovels, trucks and loaders needed to fuel our ever expanding electrical appetite.

My memories of all those people and institutions of my youth who made up the matrix of rich and poor, young and old, ambitious and idle, pious and hell-raising....all are used to create startlingly true to life characters.

Adding my imagination, I created stories worthy of the players, ones I hope will leave you moved and wanting to know if there is still a quiet town named Woodland you can visit, sit in the park and try to beat the world's best checker players, or try your hand at finding the spot where Fay Rawley and his Cadillac are truly hidden.

May you, too, be blessed with a background to which you can hearken back when you need to think how far we have come, and whether we've really made progress.

Your comments, positive or not, are appreciated and very much anticipated, except those of trolls like Stan Smith, otherwise known as 'Baccus', who is an immature p.o.s. who is 'punishing' me for disagreeing with him in a writer's forum.

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Review by: John Harold McCoy on July 23, 2010 :
What a great story. Runs the gamut of emotions with characters the author has presented so vividly, so real. This is one of those books with a story that kind of wraps around you as you read, drawing you into it, letting you ride along with the characters -- kind of hard to explain what I mean by that, but just trust me, a darn, darn good read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: alyssa on June 08, 2010 :
One of the best books on Smashwords, or anywhere else. Give it a few minutes to grab you, and you'll look up 4 hours later with a grin and the feeling you just spent time wisely and well.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: alyssa on June 02, 2010 : (no rating)
A fascinating look at well-conceived characters and situations, a page turner that will leave you limp and happy at the end.

I found this story to be completely engrossing. Woodland is not just a small rural town, rather, it is a melting pot of all the demographic factors that make it so challenging to know who is who and what is their motivation?

The author writes eloquently through his imaginary Main Character about the challenges of growing up. Her family history is tragic, but she and her Mama are determined to raise themselves up and to live down the stain on their family caused by Mama's father's bad judgment that cost several men, including himself, their lives.

Eddie and MJ are an unlikely couple, but they recognize the attraction. When Eddie is unfairly thrown into jail, he eventually escapes and finds himself having to take MJ hostage. His fellow escapee has a relationship with MJ that is important, but he may not even remember. He is slowing losing his mind, and he is the one with the gun. Sooner or later, he is going to lose it completely and kill someone.

There is also a fascinating story about the relationship of a backwoods moonshiner (Eddie's dad) and the local judge, who markets the shine for him. The reader is free to figure out some of that relationship and how it develops into a racket that they really never intended. They share the guilty knowledge of how a game warden, trying to catch them poaching, was drowned. The judge, not wanting his scheme with Eddie's father to be revealed, lets the Mob push them into handling some other contraband for them as well, and the author explains a number of rackets and financial arrangements that he has seen over the years.

A fascinating look at well-conceived characters and situations, a page turner that will leave you limp and happy at the end.

The fact is, as you read, you know that much of the story is imagined, yet, you know many of the details are real. Where is the dividing line? You keep wondering.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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