Team Novel Teen Blog Tour: Interrupted by Rachel Coker

Age Range: 14+
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Release Date: 2.14.12
Pages: 320
Publisher: Zonderkidz

Tag Line: Can love really heal all things?

Summary: Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn’t shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Poetry and letters written to her mother become the only things keeping Allie’s heart from hardening completely. But then Sam arrives for the summer, and with him comes many confusing emotions, both toward him and the people around her. As World War II looms, Allie will be forced to decide whether hanging on to the past is worth losing her chance to be loved.

What I Loved: While I usually try to stay as far away as I can from reading Historical Fiction (because I'm not too crazy about modern Historical/Romance Fiction) I found Interrupted to be a lovely read that might have just changed my mind. 

Interrupted is a truly beautiful story of loss, grief, life, faith and love found. It made me teary eyed. It made me laugh. It made me feel...strongly, desperately and passionately alongside Alcyone "Allie" Everly with every turn of the page. I was so saddened when Allie's momma finally passed away, after she had had to watch her momma slip slowly away; and it was a blessing to have read this novel when I did. I was away on Spring Break when I started reading Interrupted and I had to drive back to my hometown to see my Mimi (grandmother) for the last time before she passed away (a week thereafter I attended my Mimi's funeral service.) Reading through Allie's story of grief and loss sort of held me together along the way, as silly as that seems to say. 

Moving on. The characters were absolutely what MADE the story for me!

I adored Sam Carroll. He never gave up on Allie. He loved her always, right where she was at. He was sincerely clever and humorous. He always had this bright hope and faith about him too, which was quite charming. I loved watching his relationship with Allie grow and bloom throughout the years in the story.

I grew to love Allie Everly over time. Honestly, I hated how mean she was to Sam when they were both younger. But how could you dislike her forever when she was authentic, passionate and driven to stand beside her momma, even in death? The story really started to grip me when Allie had her life completely flipped upside down. It was when Allie moved from Tennessee to Maine that the trials and her true character were borne, and that, for me, was what really drove the story. I loved that music...and the piano...meant so much to her, because music and everything piano means so much to me also. Oh, and words too! I loved that two things that the author is really passionate about, writing and piano, were interwoven into the character of Alcyone Everly in a completely unique and loving way.

I was head over heels in love with Miss Beatrice. She always, authentically, showed Allie what love and faith looked like even if Allie didn't want any part of it, because of the feelings her momma had transferred onto her about faith and God. I pretty much laughed every time Miss Beatrice got all silly and slipped into using her "Beatrice-isms" in conversation with Allie

I  loved the secondary characters, which didn't really feel all that secondary to me, and I also adored the historical time frame. 

At times Rachel Coker's writing voice and storytelling style reminded me a lot of Madeleine L'Engle and Nicholas Sparks (both of whom I love and consider to be favorite authors.) Her description and seemingly proseful words are so very lovely! I enjoyed how real and authentic and alive Rachel's words felt to me throughout the novel. Allie's story was so mature and filled with such depth, and honestly I was surprised at just how much storytelling maturity I saw, especially seeing as how Miss Coker is a lovely young lady of seventeen. I'll definitely be keeping up with Miss Coker and her writings in the future! ;-)

What I Didn't Like So Much: The ending...somewhat. Sigh. I thought it was a little strange that *spoiler ahead* when Sam finally comes back home from the war after two years and him and Allie are reunited on the beach they only cried, talked, hugged and he asked her a certain question. Um, if I had not seen my sweetheart in two years and he just asked me a certain question you'd better believe that I'd have thrown my arms around his handsome neck and kissed him like I never had before!  Overall I was okay with the ending, though I thought it was pretty sweet overall.  ;-)

I'm recommending this book... If you are interested in looking more into a stellar debut author, YA Historical Fiction and a story about grief, life, love and ultimately faith then you should definitely give this novel a read! 

About The Author: Rachel Coker resides in Virginia with her parents and two sisters. She has a passion for great books, and has been surrounded by them all her life. Her gift for writing became apparent at the age of eleven, at which time her parents signed her up for a year of lessons with a professional writing coach. Rachel also has a deep love for classical music and old black-and-white movies. When she is not writing or playing the piano, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and friends and serving her Lord and Savior.

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Note: In conjunction with the Team Novel Teen book tour, I received a free copy of this book for review.


  1. Great review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The characters truly were great, weren't they? And you're right, the secondary characters weren't just secondary characters...they had plenty of life and personality as well! :)

  2. This book looks interesting! Thank you for the review of it!

    1. It is QUITE INTERESTING, Jemimimah. ;-) Thanks for finding me on Goodreads!

  3. Thanks for the fabulous review, Sarah Elizabeth! I'm so thankful for all of your support and encouragement. ;) So glad that you enjoyed Interrupted, and I'll keep your comments about the ending in mind when I finish my next book. ;)

  4. Oh, well, thank you for writing such a fabulous book! I surely did enjoy it and will be eagerly anticipating that next novel of yours to be sure. I actually quite liked the was sweet and simple. I just thought if I HAD to pick on something it would be how I would've reacted differently to that "certain question" had I been the one in Allie's shoes. ;-)

  5. This is a very nice review!

    As you mentioned, it was interesting how the author's interests were integrated into the story. I can only play a bit of piano myself but I write a lot so I could identify with Allie's dream of wanting to have a book published.

    1. Oh, yes! I would love nothing more than to have a book published! =)

  6. Fun review!! :-D I agree with you all over the place, especially how the supporting cast is very alive and vibrant!

  7. Oh, Sarah, you write book reviews like some people write poetry. I loved savoring every word and nodding my head along. :) Sam = *swoon* Allie = definitely felt like shaking her a few times for how mean and dense she could be. Miss Beatrice = got on my nerves sometimes, but she sure was a patient woman, and, I think, the perfect second mother for Allie.

    I also agree that I would have been perfectly okay with one little kiss at the ending, but I chalked it up to the time period. :)

    1. Poetic book reviews, eh? I'll take it! haha Yes, Miss Beatrice was a little overly silly at times (even for me), but she didn't cause me to laugh on more than one occasion.

  8. I love this review! And how wonderful that God put it in your hands for such a time. God is so good. And I'm sorry to hear about your Mimi. :-(

    As to the romance/ending, I suspect that's Rachel's personal preference as she wrote for a teen audience. Knowing that, it didn't bother me that the ending felt more like a handshake than a cemented relationship. Though realistically, someone like Sam would have kissed her--unless she'd told him not to, which she hadn't, right? It's been a while since I read it. LOL


    1. I love that I was able to review it! Thanks, Jill! ;-)

      It was amazing how when I started reading Interrupted my Mimi was slowly slipping away and I had traveled to see her, and if I recall correctly I'm pretty sure that I finished reading Interrupted the day before my Mimi passed away.

      Yes, I suppose that the level of romance was based on Rachel's personal preference too. But it did feel more like a "handshake" to me than a "cemented relationship." Like I said that was the just about the only thing I didn't like so much, but the ending worked just swell enough to satisfy me. At least Sam came back! And yes, I believe someone like Sam would've kissed her like there was no tomorrow; and she never told him not to.

  9. Yay! I'm so glad you got the chance to read Interrupted too, Sierra.

  10. Excellent review! Thanks for sharing!


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