Review ~ Great Strides by Chelsea Falin

Posted April 25, 2014 by Michelle in Review / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from ARC, Author, Chelsea Falin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review ~ Great Strides by Chelsea FalinGreat Stride by Chelsea Falin
Series: Growing Roots
Published by Self Published on April 1st 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 134
Format: eBook
Source: ARC, Author, Chelsea Falin
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Willie has finally found her father, and he's welcomed her with open arms. Now she must forge a relationship with the man she never even knew was alive. It isn't just him, however, Willie must also find out how she fits in with her step-mother and half-siblings. Left in Alabama with no close-in-age peers, Willie makes great strides in finding out who she is as an individual without a group of close friends to rely on.

Alabama offers many firsts for Willie. The most notable in her own mind is her first relationship. There are other firsts in store, however, and a whole new cast of characters to get to know. How will Willie handle this newest experience? Will she handle it in the mature the way she has always handled change? Or will this be the point in which Willie loses herself?

“Genetics are a tricky business at times, and you just never know what you're going to get when you throw two ancestry’s together.”
-Willie's Mamaw

My ReviewOne year ago an Author asked me to read her books. They were short novellas the story centered on a young girl named Willie and her finding out about her heritage as a Native American. Chelsea Falin was actually my first blog tour on my blog so when she asked if anyone was interested in reading the 3rd book in the series how could I say no. This is a story that has so much heart and some really amazing characters that after a year I still think about them. I was so very excited to be able to read Great Strides the 3rd book in the Growing Roots series.

Oh Willie how I missed you, this book starts right were the last book left off with Willie going to spend some time with her father. She had finally been reacquainted with and was sad that she was leaving her family and friends but looking forward to spending the time with her father. The book is told in mostly Willies POV but it jumps around a little to each characters, I loved reading in other characters POV, I did get confused once in a while who was talking but it didn’t take to long to figure out who it was. I think the story being told like this give you a great idea of what everyone has been doing since last we saw them and also gave us an inside about her father and how he was feeling about his relationship with Willie. We are introduced to a few new characters and as much as I missed the old gang and the hanging out. I enjoyed the new characters and how much they bring to the story. It was nice to see what Jack, Spike and Dakota was doing and how things in their new apartment were, you can tell Spike still loves Willie. You get to catch up with Willie’s BFF Deanna and a couple of new babies are born 🙂

The story gives you a great inside look at Native American life then and now. Plus I was starving while I was reading this book. I wanted country fried steak, corn bread and sweet tea. Once again Willie grows a little more in this book and since book 1 she has made some amazing chance and I love watching her “grow up”. She goes through a lot of first in this book and I loved seeing her reaction to them all. I actually am quite fond of Nash but in my opinion I like Spike.

Great Strides is just as heartwarming and wonderful as the first two books. Watching Willie grown up is something I am looking forward too and I can’t wait to see were Chelsea takes the characters next and I am looking forward to seeing how life chances for Willie when she gets home

I gave Great Strides by Chelsea Falin 4/5 stars this is such a great series with so much heart and soul. This series lets you into the life of a strong Native American family that is filled with love, friendship, growth and pride.


You can check out my reviews for first two books in the series HERE

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Happy Reading


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2 responses to “Review ~ Great Strides by Chelsea Falin

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Michelle! I’m so glad you enjoyed ‘Great Strides’ and I will definitely be contacting you when the fourth volume is out! (I’m estimating December of this year or January of next.) I really can’t express how much your support means to me! 🙂 Thanks again!