Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through life in someone else's shoes?
Strong-willed tomboy Harley LeBeau puts you in the boots her mother gave her, as she takes you along her journey of escape from an abusive childhood and the desire to find herself as she comes of age. Made to feel a burden to her father simply by her gender, Harley is determined to prove her worth and independence, leaving the small town she grew up in and the one boy who gave her a soft place to fall, Jeremiah Johnson. Torn between saving herself and abandoning her mother and younger sister, Harley chooses her own life in hopes they will choose theirs, too.
A mature, candid read for everyone. A must for women. The Boots My Mother Gave Me explores the dynamics of abuse and dysfunction, the courage to overcome, the strength in sisterhood, and the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mothers and daughters.
Climb into Charlene the Chevelle for a fast-paced story about a girl who is tough enough to survive and tender enough to learn to trust in love.
"Not since Margaret Mitchell's Scarlett O' Hara have we seen a literary female of such strength, vitality, vulnerability, and complexity as Harley LeBeau. The Boots My Mother Gave Me is a powerful and emotional novel examining a young woman's journey to outrun her past, all the while burdened by the baggage of it. Brooklyn James writes the brutal truth about the dysfunction of family and the legacy it leaves. James navigates effortlessly through the rough terrain of her characters' battered and complicated psychologies. If truth is beauty, then James has written the most beautiful of tales."
"This is a novel I would love to read! The excerpt is original and beautifully crafted. The writer deftly uses his/her own voice rather than relying on imitation in the narrative. When writing about the this type of disturbing subject matter, it is easy to overuse tired, meaningless and cliched expression. But the narrator's voice through the first person point-of-view is original, sensitive and genuine, bringing the reader closer to her and the situation we find her in. I definitely feel this novel can be successful."
"Very satisfying read! Up there with To Kill a Mockingbird!"
"Brooklyn James' soundtrack to her novel The Boots My Mother Gave Me does more than give a clever feminist twist to the title. Her songs serve as chapters themselves, underlining James' deft ability as a storyteller and songwriter."
The Boots My Mother Gave Me qualifies as a Quarter Finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Awards!
Brooklyn James serves as Closing Ceremonies Speaker for the International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma. Combining personal experience and reading excerpts from her novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me, in bringing awareness, education and promotion of recovery for abuse victims.
Brooklyn James releases official music video for 'Can't Get It Right,' the title track off her first solo album Music to the novel The Boots My Mother Gave Me:
Brooklyn James signs with KPI Records of Nashivlle, TN with her first album, Music to the novel The Boots My Mother Gave Me.