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10 thoughts on “CAPE MAYBE

  1. Dale Harcombe Dale Harcombe says:

    Four and a half stars I am not a huge fan of coming of age stories, nor of reading on a Kindle either But I did with this book since Carol gifted me a copy Once I started I had to keep reading this book, because it kept calling me back to it The story starts with 11 year old Katie, her alcoholic mother and the mother s current boyfriend Ray He is a real piece of work The reader is meant to s despise him and you do The situation becomes so unbearable for Katie that her grandfather Poppi in Four and a half stars I am not a huge fan of coming of age stories, nor of reading on a Kindle either But I did with this book since Carol gifted me a copy Once I started I had to keep reading this book, because it kept calling me back to it The story starts with 11 year old Katie, her alcoholic mother and the mother s current boyfriend Ray He is a real piece of work The reader is meant to s despise him and you do The situation becomes so unbearable for Katie that her grandfather Poppi intervenes Poppi is just a lovely character, as is Ursula, Uncle Nack s friend, who tries to provide the mothering that Katie lacks from her own mother.This novel portrays the heartbreaking effect of addiction and how it ultimately affects not just the person concerned friends and family as well It also shows that despite resolve not to be like an alcoholic parent, the temptation to follow the example and make wrong choices is always there Needless to say as she is growing up Katie manages to makethan her share of unwise choices that impact her life in various ways At times I was so angry not just with June, Katie s mother, but with Katie I could have shook them But that only shows that the characters were created so well that I was so involved in their struggles I could have done without the language at times but I guess that helps shows the characters Some of the little incidents that added colour and showed the inherited creativity were the building of the birdhouses and doghouses I also liked that the ending didn t tie everything up completely


  2. Lesley Peck Lesley Peck says:

    A beautiful heartbreaking book about life and addiction Katie grew up with an alcoholic mother and lived with her grandfather and great uncle for the most part Watching her mother struggle and fail time and time again, Katie deals with it the best way she knows how in the bottle This book was at times hard to read as it deals with real life issues It shows you despair but also gives you hope Wonderful story


  3. Tara Tara says:

    This read is one that I would not normally pick up just because I am on a different reading kick right now, however I am glad that I took the chance I have to be honest here and say that it did take me a little bit to get into this read The inner dialogue threw me for a bit, it just didn t sound right But then after a chapter or two we are given the time frame and it made sense The mention of Katie s our female MC father dying in Vietnam when she was a toddler helped me place the setting This read is one that I would not normally pick up just because I am on a different reading kick right now, however I am glad that I took the chance I have to be honest here and say that it did take me a little bit to get into this read The inner dialogue threw me for a bit, it just didn t sound right But then after a chapter or two we are given the time frame and it made sense The mention of Katie s our female MC father dying in Vietnam when she was a toddler helped me place the setting so then the actions and dialogue of the character made better sense Once I got that, the story held a better flow for me We are taken on a journey with Katie and addiction, neglect and her own coming of age It s a heartfelt story and watching her struggle with her mother s issues and her own is something I am sure we all can relate to in one way or another I was intrigued watching Katie battle with her demons and how she was fighting against herself While most of the decisions she made were irresponsible, they are typical of a know it all teenager trying to exercise their independence This is a great read for most any age 13 as it does deal with real life issues and the struggles that we as humans all face The ending is my only complaint It just sort of stops and there are still many unanswered questions and issues that I feel need to be resolved so the reader can walk away feeling satisfied There is drinking and mention of sex but not at all graphic Very PG


  4. Gayle Gayle says:

    I received this book as part of an early readers program Sometimes one can be sorely disappointed, but certainly not with this book The characters are so well developed that I became engrossed in their lives, and I just kept turning the pages.It starts when Katie is eleven years old and carries her through high school Her protector is her grandfather whom she adores, yet she is torn between his common sense way of raising her and her desire to be with her alcoholic, mentally ill mother.Katie I received this book as part of an early readers program Sometimes one can be sorely disappointed, but certainly not with this book The characters are so well developed that I became engrossed in their lives, and I just kept turning the pages.It starts when Katie is eleven years old and carries her through high school Her protector is her grandfather whom she adores, yet she is torn between his common sense way of raising her and her desire to be with her alcoholic, mentally ill mother.Katie vows she will never follow in her mother s footsteps, but vows are often broken Along the way are her friend, Dennis, whom Katie wants asthan a friend, his mother, Ursula, who takes on the womanly duties needed in raising a girl, and her great uncle who lives in the house with Katie and her grandfather You can probably guess that alcohol finds its way into her life and creates big problems for her.The love is so strong, and it will win out in the end.This is a wonderful book that will lead you through many emotions Don t miss it


  5. Janaki Kuruppu Janaki Kuruppu says:

    an honest examination of the development of an alcoholicKatie s mother June is an ugly alcoholic, who constantly disappoints her daughter, and her father and brother As June spins out of control, Katie is protected by her grandfather, Poppi, and given a second chance to live up to her potential Shadows of her mother continue to sabotage her efforts to succeed The first half of the book move a bit slowly, and I was disappointed to find that the pathology and roots of June s alcohol addiction, an honest examination of the development of an alcoholicKatie s mother June is an ugly alcoholic, who constantly disappoints her daughter, and her father and brother As June spins out of control, Katie is protected by her grandfather, Poppi, and given a second chance to live up to her potential Shadows of her mother continue to sabotage her efforts to succeed The first half of the book move a bit slowly, and I was disappointed to find that the pathology and roots of June s alcohol addiction, and possible mental illness are never fully explored Granted that the story is written from the point of view of Katie, the daughter, but I would have thought that she would have hadcuriosity about how her mother landed in the desperation that is her present As the story moved away from June s mistakes, and focusessquarely on Katie and her choices, I found it gotinteresting The characterization of Poppi is wonderful, and I really enjoyed his quirks and manners


  6. Lonny Lonny says:

    I could not put this book down once I started it I was immediately drawn into the story of Kate, who we meet at 11 years old Kate is dealing with an alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriend, but fortunately is taken away by her grandfather to live with him and Kate s great uncle At a young age, Kate discovers that alcohol can help her forget the problems and disappointments in her life She becomes pregnant while in a drunken haze, and delivers a daughter Will the circle of alcoholism cont I could not put this book down once I started it I was immediately drawn into the story of Kate, who we meet at 11 years old Kate is dealing with an alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriend, but fortunately is taken away by her grandfather to live with him and Kate s great uncle At a young age, Kate discovers that alcohol can help her forget the problems and disappointments in her life She becomes pregnant while in a drunken haze, and delivers a daughter Will the circle of alcoholism continue further Kate has a supportive family of her great uncle, his lady friend, Ursula, and Ursula s son, Dennis, who Kate has loved since she was a child Her story in trying to overcome the addiction and be the mother that she had always wanted kept me glued to the book, silently cheering Kate on to make the right decisions


  7. Evelyn Evelyn says:

    In this poignant coming of age story, we meet Katie at age eleven when she is battling with her alcoholic mother and her boyfriend Ray Katie s grandfather takes custody of her for protection, and her mother progressively becomesunstable until she ends up insttutionalized As her teen years progress, the reader suffers right along with Katie as she makes questionable choices that will determine her future Is she strong enough to learn from her mother s mistakes as well as her own and beco In this poignant coming of age story, we meet Katie at age eleven when she is battling with her alcoholic mother and her boyfriend Ray Katie s grandfather takes custody of her for protection, and her mother progressively becomesunstable until she ends up insttutionalized As her teen years progress, the reader suffers right along with Katie as she makes questionable choices that will determine her future Is she strong enough to learn from her mother s mistakes as well as her own and become the person she wants to be I really liked this story and its theme of second chances I think that it would be a good choice for a book discussion group or older teens who are dealing with family issues


  8. Brooke Brooke says:

    I received this book for free from the author, who is a friend on Goodreads whom I have never met, for her birthday present to us My expectations were pretty low as I knew nothing about the book and wasn t sure if the author was going to have any talent I was very pleasantly surprised I really enjoyed reading this book It was one I stayed up way too late reading because I just couldn t put it down The characters were very well developed I felt the whole spectrum of emotions for the main ch I received this book for free from the author, who is a friend on Goodreads whom I have never met, for her birthday present to us My expectations were pretty low as I knew nothing about the book and wasn t sure if the author was going to have any talent I was very pleasantly surprised I really enjoyed reading this book It was one I stayed up way too late reading because I just couldn t put it down The characters were very well developed I felt the whole spectrum of emotions for the main character, Katie frustrated, sad, heartbroken, proud, happy, etc I found myself hoping for happiness for her What a great gift this book was to me


  9. Kristi Chessmore Kristi Chessmore says:

    A well written story of a young girl and with many struggles other than just coming of age This is not about that, so much, as the other challenges she faces within her life She has to make decisions at a young age that none of us wish upon our daughters, sisters, friends, etc This is a book of choices, mistakes, family, love and coming out on the other side of potential disaster I think adults and teenagers alike would enjoy this book I also believe that young people could learn somethin A well written story of a young girl and with many struggles other than just coming of age This is not about that, so much, as the other challenges she faces within her life She has to make decisions at a young age that none of us wish upon our daughters, sisters, friends, etc This is a book of choices, mistakes, family, love and coming out on the other side of potential disaster I think adults and teenagers alike would enjoy this book I also believe that young people could learn something about themselves through the characters in this book I would recommend it for those 16 and older


  10. Kristina Kristina says:

    Cape Maybe is a wonderfully written story that takes you deep into the lives of some powerful characters I found myself loving, hating and crying alongside Kate throughout the novel and had a difficult time putting the book down without knowing what happened next Twenty four hours later I closed the book wishing it hadn t ended so soon Great read from Carol Fragale Brill definitely add it to your list


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CAPE MAYBE ❮PDF❯ ✐ CAPE MAYBE Author Carol Fragale Brill – Polishdarling.co.uk Sometimes the toughest journey is the one that takes you back to your roots For Katie, navigating life and love is trickier than walking barefoot on a beach full of broken shells Maybe Katie will brea Sometimes the toughest journey is the one that takes you back to your roots For Katie, navigating life and love is trickier than walking barefoot on a beach full of broken shells Maybe Katie will break the family cycle of alcoholism Maybe she won t Set against the backdrop of picturesque, seaside Cape May, CAPE MAYBE traces the push and pull of Katie s conflicting love for her erratic mother and steadfast grandfather and her ever growing attraction to her best friend, Dennis Katie s life is shaped by her vow to be nothing like her alcoholic mother Her reckless teenage choices test the strength of family ties, friendship, and first love Ultimately about hard earned hope, what we inherit, and what we choose to let go, in CAPE MAYBE, Katie discovers what she never expected about motherhood, forgiving yourself, and creating your own second chances.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 265 pages
  • CAPE MAYBE
  • Carol Fragale Brill
  • English
  • 06 July 2020

About the Author: Carol Fragale Brill

I don t remember a time I didn t love books When I was something I realized I wanted to write one it took me another something years to get startedSince then, I have earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed two novels PEACE BY PIECE and CAPE MAYBE Poets and Writers named my fiction the Maureen Egen Writer s Exchange first runner up A novel excerpt turned short story was selected as a favorite for the Philadelphia Stories Anthology I write book reviews for New York Journal of Books and my work has also been published in Wide Array, Philadelphia Stories, The Press of Atlantic City, and numerous online e zines Find my blog at.



10 thoughts on “CAPE MAYBE

  1. Dale Harcombe Dale Harcombe says:

    Four and a half stars I am not a huge fan of coming of age stories, nor of reading on a Kindle either But I did with this book since Carol gifted me a copy Once I started I had to keep reading this book, because it kept calling me back to it The story starts with 11 year old Katie, her alcoholic mother and the mother s current boyfriend Ray He is a real piece of work The reader is meant to s despise him and you do The situation becomes so unbearable for Katie that her grandfather Poppi in Four and a half stars I am not a huge fan of coming of age stories, nor of reading on a Kindle either But I did with this book since Carol gifted me a copy Once I started I had to keep reading this book, because it kept calling me back to it The story starts with 11 year old Katie, her alcoholic mother and the mother s current boyfriend Ray He is a real piece of work The reader is meant to s despise him and you do The situation becomes so unbearable for Katie that her grandfather Poppi intervenes Poppi is just a lovely character, as is Ursula, Uncle Nack s friend, who tries to provide the mothering that Katie lacks from her own mother.This novel portrays the heartbreaking effect of addiction and how it ultimately affects not just the person concerned friends and family as well It also shows that despite resolve not to be like an alcoholic parent, the temptation to follow the example and make wrong choices is always there Needless to say as she is growing up Katie manages to makethan her share of unwise choices that impact her life in various ways At times I was so angry not just with June, Katie s mother, but with Katie I could have shook them But that only shows that the characters were created so well that I was so involved in their struggles I could have done without the language at times but I guess that helps shows the characters Some of the little incidents that added colour and showed the inherited creativity were the building of the birdhouses and doghouses I also liked that the ending didn t tie everything up completely


  2. Lesley Peck Lesley Peck says:

    A beautiful heartbreaking book about life and addiction Katie grew up with an alcoholic mother and lived with her grandfather and great uncle for the most part Watching her mother struggle and fail time and time again, Katie deals with it the best way she knows how in the bottle This book was at times hard to read as it deals with real life issues It shows you despair but also gives you hope Wonderful story


  3. Tara Tara says:

    This read is one that I would not normally pick up just because I am on a different reading kick right now, however I am glad that I took the chance I have to be honest here and say that it did take me a little bit to get into this read The inner dialogue threw me for a bit, it just didn t sound right But then after a chapter or two we are given the time frame and it made sense The mention of Katie s our female MC father dying in Vietnam when she was a toddler helped me place the setting This read is one that I would not normally pick up just because I am on a different reading kick right now, however I am glad that I took the chance I have to be honest here and say that it did take me a little bit to get into this read The inner dialogue threw me for a bit, it just didn t sound right But then after a chapter or two we are given the time frame and it made sense The mention of Katie s our female MC father dying in Vietnam when she was a toddler helped me place the setting so then the actions and dialogue of the character made better sense Once I got that, the story held a better flow for me We are taken on a journey with Katie and addiction, neglect and her own coming of age It s a heartfelt story and watching her struggle with her mother s issues and her own is something I am sure we all can relate to in one way or another I was intrigued watching Katie battle with her demons and how she was fighting against herself While most of the decisions she made were irresponsible, they are typical of a know it all teenager trying to exercise their independence This is a great read for most any age 13 as it does deal with real life issues and the struggles that we as humans all face The ending is my only complaint It just sort of stops and there are still many unanswered questions and issues that I feel need to be resolved so the reader can walk away feeling satisfied There is drinking and mention of sex but not at all graphic Very PG


  4. Gayle Gayle says:

    I received this book as part of an early readers program Sometimes one can be sorely disappointed, but certainly not with this book The characters are so well developed that I became engrossed in their lives, and I just kept turning the pages.It starts when Katie is eleven years old and carries her through high school Her protector is her grandfather whom she adores, yet she is torn between his common sense way of raising her and her desire to be with her alcoholic, mentally ill mother.Katie I received this book as part of an early readers program Sometimes one can be sorely disappointed, but certainly not with this book The characters are so well developed that I became engrossed in their lives, and I just kept turning the pages.It starts when Katie is eleven years old and carries her through high school Her protector is her grandfather whom she adores, yet she is torn between his common sense way of raising her and her desire to be with her alcoholic, mentally ill mother.Katie vows she will never follow in her mother s footsteps, but vows are often broken Along the way are her friend, Dennis, whom Katie wants asthan a friend, his mother, Ursula, who takes on the womanly duties needed in raising a girl, and her great uncle who lives in the house with Katie and her grandfather You can probably guess that alcohol finds its way into her life and creates big problems for her.The love is so strong, and it will win out in the end.This is a wonderful book that will lead you through many emotions Don t miss it


  5. Janaki Kuruppu Janaki Kuruppu says:

    an honest examination of the development of an alcoholicKatie s mother June is an ugly alcoholic, who constantly disappoints her daughter, and her father and brother As June spins out of control, Katie is protected by her grandfather, Poppi, and given a second chance to live up to her potential Shadows of her mother continue to sabotage her efforts to succeed The first half of the book move a bit slowly, and I was disappointed to find that the pathology and roots of June s alcohol addiction, an honest examination of the development of an alcoholicKatie s mother June is an ugly alcoholic, who constantly disappoints her daughter, and her father and brother As June spins out of control, Katie is protected by her grandfather, Poppi, and given a second chance to live up to her potential Shadows of her mother continue to sabotage her efforts to succeed The first half of the book move a bit slowly, and I was disappointed to find that the pathology and roots of June s alcohol addiction, and possible mental illness are never fully explored Granted that the story is written from the point of view of Katie, the daughter, but I would have thought that she would have hadcuriosity about how her mother landed in the desperation that is her present As the story moved away from June s mistakes, and focusessquarely on Katie and her choices, I found it gotinteresting The characterization of Poppi is wonderful, and I really enjoyed his quirks and manners


  6. Lonny Lonny says:

    I could not put this book down once I started it I was immediately drawn into the story of Kate, who we meet at 11 years old Kate is dealing with an alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriend, but fortunately is taken away by her grandfather to live with him and Kate s great uncle At a young age, Kate discovers that alcohol can help her forget the problems and disappointments in her life She becomes pregnant while in a drunken haze, and delivers a daughter Will the circle of alcoholism cont I could not put this book down once I started it I was immediately drawn into the story of Kate, who we meet at 11 years old Kate is dealing with an alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriend, but fortunately is taken away by her grandfather to live with him and Kate s great uncle At a young age, Kate discovers that alcohol can help her forget the problems and disappointments in her life She becomes pregnant while in a drunken haze, and delivers a daughter Will the circle of alcoholism continue further Kate has a supportive family of her great uncle, his lady friend, Ursula, and Ursula s son, Dennis, who Kate has loved since she was a child Her story in trying to overcome the addiction and be the mother that she had always wanted kept me glued to the book, silently cheering Kate on to make the right decisions


  7. Evelyn Evelyn says:

    In this poignant coming of age story, we meet Katie at age eleven when she is battling with her alcoholic mother and her boyfriend Ray Katie s grandfather takes custody of her for protection, and her mother progressively becomesunstable until she ends up insttutionalized As her teen years progress, the reader suffers right along with Katie as she makes questionable choices that will determine her future Is she strong enough to learn from her mother s mistakes as well as her own and beco In this poignant coming of age story, we meet Katie at age eleven when she is battling with her alcoholic mother and her boyfriend Ray Katie s grandfather takes custody of her for protection, and her mother progressively becomesunstable until she ends up insttutionalized As her teen years progress, the reader suffers right along with Katie as she makes questionable choices that will determine her future Is she strong enough to learn from her mother s mistakes as well as her own and become the person she wants to be I really liked this story and its theme of second chances I think that it would be a good choice for a book discussion group or older teens who are dealing with family issues


  8. Brooke Brooke says:

    I received this book for free from the author, who is a friend on Goodreads whom I have never met, for her birthday present to us My expectations were pretty low as I knew nothing about the book and wasn t sure if the author was going to have any talent I was very pleasantly surprised I really enjoyed reading this book It was one I stayed up way too late reading because I just couldn t put it down The characters were very well developed I felt the whole spectrum of emotions for the main ch I received this book for free from the author, who is a friend on Goodreads whom I have never met, for her birthday present to us My expectations were pretty low as I knew nothing about the book and wasn t sure if the author was going to have any talent I was very pleasantly surprised I really enjoyed reading this book It was one I stayed up way too late reading because I just couldn t put it down The characters were very well developed I felt the whole spectrum of emotions for the main character, Katie frustrated, sad, heartbroken, proud, happy, etc I found myself hoping for happiness for her What a great gift this book was to me


  9. Kristi Chessmore Kristi Chessmore says:

    A well written story of a young girl and with many struggles other than just coming of age This is not about that, so much, as the other challenges she faces within her life She has to make decisions at a young age that none of us wish upon our daughters, sisters, friends, etc This is a book of choices, mistakes, family, love and coming out on the other side of potential disaster I think adults and teenagers alike would enjoy this book I also believe that young people could learn somethin A well written story of a young girl and with many struggles other than just coming of age This is not about that, so much, as the other challenges she faces within her life She has to make decisions at a young age that none of us wish upon our daughters, sisters, friends, etc This is a book of choices, mistakes, family, love and coming out on the other side of potential disaster I think adults and teenagers alike would enjoy this book I also believe that young people could learn something about themselves through the characters in this book I would recommend it for those 16 and older


  10. Kristina Kristina says:

    Cape Maybe is a wonderfully written story that takes you deep into the lives of some powerful characters I found myself loving, hating and crying alongside Kate throughout the novel and had a difficult time putting the book down without knowing what happened next Twenty four hours later I closed the book wishing it hadn t ended so soon Great read from Carol Fragale Brill definitely add it to your list


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