Tamara's Child by B K Mayo

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This award-winning novel is a captivating and profoundly relevant story about the struggles of a homeless pregnant teenager, set against a backdrop of murder and deceit. The novel won the 2011 Eric Hoffer Award in the Young Adult book category. It was also named a Finalist in the Popular Fiction category of the 2010 National Indie Excellence Book Awards. Midwest Book Review says, "'Tamara’s Child' is a thought provoking and heartstring jerking tale that should not be passed up.”

Tamara Ames is sixteen years old, pregnant, and on her own when she arrives in the small lumber town of Fir Valley, Oregon, determined to make a new and better life for herself and her child. And when she falls victim to a diabolical scheme to steal her newborn baby from her, she is not about to give her child up without a fight, even if she has to take on the wealthiest and most powerful family in the county. But is Tamara fighting against her child's own best interests? Only she can decide. And it's a decision that she--and her child--will have to live with for the rest of their lives.

In "Tamara's Child," B K Mayo weaves from sensuous detail a storyline as gritty and complex as life itself. Loss, treachery, greed, even murder play roles in this riveting tale. But in the end, it is the redemptive value of unconditional love that drives the pivotal action of the novel. One part suspense, one part drama, and wholly satisfying, "Tamara's Child" plumbs the psyche of a dynamic cast of characters, some motivated by self-interest, some by self-sacrifice, some by self-doubt, but all clinging to the hope that they can ultimately wring from life the happiness and fulfillment that has thus far been denied them.

“It took me less than 24 hours to read this book because I couldn’t put it down.”
—Tricia Dias, Douglas County News


About B K Mayo

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B K Mayo is a member of Willamette Writers. His short fiction has been published in Zahir: A Journal of Speculative Fiction and his non-fiction has appeared in The News Review of Roseburg, Oregon. Mayo currently lives with his wife, Karen, in an area of southwestern Oregon known as the Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua. This is his first novel.
Published March 2, 2011 by Fir Valley Press. 418 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Working in concert with Gary, the doctor steals Tamara's child to give to the couple, and though the plan succeeds, Tamara later recognizes her baby and attempts to steal it back, but not before deciding how much she values her child's happiness.

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