Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Raising Wild Ginger - Book Review

Author: Tara Woolpy
Publisher: Bats in the Boathouse Press

Raising Wild Ginger is Tara's latest book in the series set in the fictional town of Lacland and occurs about four years after the end of Releasing Gillian's Wolves; however, but a reader need not have read the first to enjoy the second. Raising Wild Ginger is a meditation on what it means to be a family and is told from the point of view of Edward Rosenberg, Gillian's cousin in Releasing Gillian's Wolves.

Parenting is hard. That's what Edward Rosenberg has always assumed, although his only experience with children has been as the drunken uncle. Now the love of his life, Sam DaCosta, is yearning for fatherhood. Edward's been sober for years. He and Sam are in a good place. Why rock the boat? On the other hand, how can he deny Sam his dream of a family?

Then they meet Ginger. At twelve she's been through more than either Edward or Sam can imagine. She's seductive, secretive and dishonest. But somewhere between stealing his cash and alienating Sam, Ginger
manages to wind herself into Edward's heart. Can the three of them create a family? Or will Ginger blow them all apart?

Raising Wild Ginger can be purchased on Amazon, here, and Barnes & Noble, here.

About the author:
Tara earned her bachelor's degree in English Literature at Whitworth College and after spending a post graduate year at the Women Writers Center in Cazevona, New York, she did an about-face and went into Science, earning a PhD in Zoology and teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. For more about her and the novels, visit

My thoughts:
This story brings in the issue of a gay couple deciding to be foster-parents to a child and then adopting her. In many states, that's up for debate. However, to me, there are so many children waiting for a family in ways it doesn't make sense to turn them down just for that reason. Also, when the children are abused like Ginger, any family setting that can help them grow up in a loving home is so much better than what they came from. 

Edward and Sam gave her the love, dependability, and stability she needed. They taught her that in a family, you can make mistakes but still be loved.

Disclaimer: I received this e-book from the author, Tara Woolpy, in return for this review; however, my review was not affected by this fact. My review is mine alone.

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