Award Winning Best Selling Florida Author Yvonne Mason

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Tangled Minds

Tangled Minds

Tangled Minds

Several years ago after I finished releasing Dream Catcher Failure Was Never an Option, I sat down at my computer and wrote this book. The book itself is fiction, however, the storyline is fact. My oldest grandson has ADHD. His mother had him when she was very young. She made some bad decisions, not as bad as my character in the book but bad decisions none the less.

Tangled Minds is loosely based on that life experience. Sadly my grandson continues to make bad decisions and because of it his life has been a series of run ins with law. ADHD is one of the most misunderstood disabilities out there. When he was first diagnosed, I researched everything I could on this divisibility. I understand it so well. However, that being said it can be controlled. The mind is a funny thing – it will only take on a life of its own if we allow it to. Sadly many who have ADHD allow the mind to control the person instead of the other way around.

Tangled Minds is just that, the tangling of actions, reactions and the consequences of those actions and reactions which continue for generations.

If you haven’t yet read this book you need to- if your teens have read this book they need to. It will change the way you think.

” Tangled Minds is a masterpiece. In the fine tradition of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Yvonne Mason leads the reader through the twisted and tangled lives of Brianna Van Pelt and her son, Josh, thrusting us into a Pygmalion dilemma that has consumed scholars for decades. Is there such a thing as a “bad seed”, an individual whose feet are placed upon a path of crime and evil almost from the beginning? Thwarted by her parents’ tough love, seventeen-year-old, single mother, Brianna, allows herself to be drawn into a new world glittering with easy money and false promises, accepting that proposition that no good girl ever should. With her young son, Josh, in tow, she dazzles with new prosperity, fulfilling the fantasies of not only her glorified pimp, Ken Morgan, but those of a judge and a host of depraved, desperate men in their wake.”
Ann B Keller

September 2, 2013 Posted by | Books | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tangled Minds

Tangled Minds is a masterpiece. In the fine tradition of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Yvonne Mason leads

the readerthrough the twisted and tangled lives of Brianna Van Pelt and her son, Josh, thrusting us into a Pygmalion

dilemma that has consumed scholars for decades. Is there such a thing as a “bad seed”, an individual

whose feet are placed upon a path of crime and evil almost from the beginning? If the circumstances

of one’s birth or the choices one makes cannot be overcome with love, patience and the rarely

 grasped opportunity for redemption, what chance is there for any of us?

Thwarted by her parents’ tough love, seventeen-year-old, single mother, Brianna, allows herself to be drawn

 into a new world glittering with easy money and false promises, accepting that proposition

that no good girl ever should. With her young son, Josh, in tow, she dazzles with new prosperity,

fulfilling the fantasies of not only her glorified pimp, Ken Morgan, but those of a judge and a host of depraved,

 desperate men in their wake. Ms. Mason’s familiarity with the legal system and law enforcement showed

through clearly in several well orchestrated scenes, as the long arm of the law repeatedly tried to halt the

 ring of drugs and prostitution and Brianna and her son fled for the safety of the mountains.

Ms. Mason’s understanding of mountain people was stellar. These simple folk protect their own with

fierce loyalty and Brianna and Josh find shelter beneath their net of poverty, love, moonshine and madness.

 Here, transgressors simply disappear, never to be heard from again and the mountains hold their secrets

 close to their chests as nature smoothes the pothole’s dark waters and envelops the hills in song and greenery.

 Even murder seems somehow justified in a place such as this, but the twisted and convoluted logic of

 its inhabitants finds no sympathetic ear in the outside world and Josh must ultimately face the

 consequences of his actions.

And yet, within this story, there lies hope. In Hannah and Miss Amy, we see the opposing force of love,

 the light of goodness that can blaze through even the meanest dark, if only one has the courage to reach for it.

Fragile yet steadfast, this gentler emotion finally reaches even Brianna, a woman some would have classified

beyond redemption. In love’s golden glow, we find hope, hope for Brianna and Josh and perhaps even for

ourselves, as well.

Tangled Minds should be required reading for every high school senior or college freshman, although

its audience is clearly much wider. Life is, indeed, full of choices and consequences. An individual may

 be able to run fast and far, but in the end, he cannot outrun the ultimate judge – himself. True redemption

begins from within. May love’s tiny flame light the way as we reconcile our past, lift our face into the winds

 of change and set our feet once more upon the good road. An excellent read!

   Ann B. Keller, Author

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