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  • By Gemstone Books Publishing
    Sep 17, 2011
    THE GYPSY LOVER Reviewed by Frances Osborne Steeped in Thought Book News “I must tell you, it’s worth it! The Gypsy Lover is a classic coming of age story…an artfully written novel that can be understood on many different levels; it is a book worth reading several times to capture the full flavor of its message of hope, healing and redemption.” THE GYPSY LOVER is a classic coming of age story, in which a young boy takes a spiritual journey of healing and redemption. Evan has lost his parents: he loses his father two months before he’s born and his mother when he is seven. His aunt and uncle, who hate Evan's deceased parents, take him into their home but abuse him badly. Evan leaves his adoptive home in a state of crisis and takes up with a band of outcast gypsies. The character of Evan provides a vehicle for the exploration of the role of imagination and pain in life's lesson. Evan, his entire life, has known nothing but pain. His dead parents provide the primary focal point for his... More > pain: his unknown father was a poet and exemplifies a strong "might have been" in Evan's life—to be raised by an intelligent, gifted writer; and his mother, beautiful and graceful, could have provided stability and culture. Instead, Evan is raised by two ignorant abusive people who despise what they cannot ever know. In the gypsies, Evan discovers his mirror image, a doppelganger, in the form of Armanda, a girl of mixed heritage. She, too, has lost a parent (her mother) and may have been sexually abused by her father. She must reconcile the poetic, wild gypsy side of herself with the knowledge that she is outcast among her own people. Each is an aspect of the other: Armanda is the emotional one seeking knowledge, while Evan is the intellectual one seeking after the spiritual. No coming of age story would be complete without a sexual element. Evan finds himself attracted to two girls, Armanda and Alta Mae; each represents a different aspect of womanhood. Armanda is earthy, unpredictable, and highly charged physically. She attracts the sensual, physical side of Evan. Alta Mae, pure and church-going, comes from a good family and represents all the positive aspects of conventional life. In this journey of spiritual healing, Evan must learn to see outside of himself, to see past his pain. Armanda says it succinctly, as she heals Evan's physical injuries: "Won't nothing heal without pain." And that leads to the point of the crystal ball in the novel: to divine his own nature. Evan's grief over his lost mother and unknown father must subside before he can grow. In THE GYPSY LOVER Evan is given two strong, healing messages. From the gypsies he learns that life is always "a sad and joyful exchange." It's this bittersweet quality that gives life its special character. One cannot have joy without pain, nor vice versa. One feeds off the other, just as Evan and Armanda fed off each other. From Alta Mae, he learns the supreme lesson of forgiveness and redemption when she tells him that "everything you've experienced and might have done is subject to second thought and any wrongs can be righted through him who saves." In offering Evan a home to call his own and blessing him with forgiveness, Alta Mae gives him what he needs to heal. The journey to enlightenment is a long one, but the old gypsy crone says it best when she tells Evan: "The imagination is a land of many spirits. It sometimes deceives, it sometimes conceals, it sometimes tricks or creates illusions of the heart…It allows us to experience more than we know. And if that source from within is pure, it can foster a greater enlightenment, the imagination can." THE GYPSY LOVER is an artfully written novel that can be understood on several different levels; it is a book worth reading several times to capture the full flavor of its message of hope, healing and redemption.< Less
  • By Roger Memmott
    Oct 15, 2009
    "MID-WEST BOOK REVIEW - The Gypsy Lover" “…a dark, romantic, intrigue-filled saga…enthusiastically recommended.” —Midwest Book Review The Gypsy Lover is the dark, romantic, intrigue-filled saga of Evan Adamson, a fifteen-year-old boy who escapes his abusive home life to cast his lot with three mysterious Gypsy outcasts — a madman, a wise fortune teller, and a captivating young woman. Money swindles, deceit, murder, love, and revenge surround the unlikely group in this complex tale of hard choices and multiple pathways. The Gypsy Lover is enthusiastically recommended as being an enthralling read from cover to cover.
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Limited Edition
Gemstone Books
July 24, 2011
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.29 lbs.
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6 wide x 9 tall
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