A father’s selfish demands, broken booze bottles, and unconscious mothers are everyday fixtures in eighteen-year-old Samantha Becker’s life. Armed with her guitar and music to keep her comfort in a volatile world, Sam’s one dream to study classical guitar at Juilliard may very well be her salvation. But when her father’s careless actions lead to an “accident,” Sam’s ability to play the guitar dies along with her dreams of attending the renowned school. Losing all confidence in her future, Sam hides behind the emotional barriers that have protected her for years.
Just when Sam has given up, a budding friendship and an unexpected romance give her the hope she needs, forcing her to reevaluate all she’s ever known. With fresh conviction, Sam battles her father’s plans for her future, band mates using her for personal gain, and a permanent injury. But will it be enough? Julliard auditions are almost here. Time’s running out, and Sam must re-learn to play the guitar or give up her dreams forever.
About the Author, TM Souders:
T.M. Souders was born in Johnstown, PA and grew up in the suburbs outside of Pittsburgh. She graduated in 2004, from Youngstown State University, with a degree in Psychology and minor in Women’s Studies. She is the author of bestselling women’s fiction novel,Waiting on Hope, as well as the novelette Dashing Through The Snow, and the newly released YA/crossover, Freedom Road – an award-winning finalist in the USA Best Book Awards, YA Fiction. She is the founder of The Serious Reader, a site dedicated to connecting with readers, one book at a time and Worldwind Virtual Book Tours. She currently lives in rural Ohio with her husband and children.
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TM Souders pens "Freedom Road" in a truly emotional plot that hooks you from from the start. Her characters are very well developed, strong, especially the main character Samantha Becker who has many challenges and struggles to overcome. An amazing read that is well written and one that I highly recommend for YA and not so YA readers.
I give "Freedom Road" a 5 star rating.