What if you spent the last eight years of your life convincing yourself that you had your life together only to be told by a ninety-eight year old black lady that it wasn't? What if this lady was a total stranger to you? Not just a stranger but a stranger who was dying; a stranger that you had been given the responsibility of taking care of.
What if you had a secret that you thought only two people knew? What if you found out you had been wrong and someone else knew your secret. What if the other person was a ninety eight year old black lady?
That's not all. What if that ninety eight year old black lady told you she was sent to help you? Would you want her help?
What if she told you she could turn back the hands of time so that she could show you things from your past and her past then did it? What if she did all of this so that she could offer you a future? Would you be interested? These are some of the questions Matthew Allen Green is faced with in the debut novel Touched by Linda Armstrong-Miller.
Touched is a fictional novel that deals with real issues and emotions. It is the story of a young man who had to make a choice after experiencing a very traumatic event in his life. His choices were to move on and live or shut himself off and not trust or love anyone. He chooses the latter.
In Touched, Mat encounters a ninety eight year old black lady, Grandma, his first night of call, as an intern. Mat learns throughout the course of the night that Grandma has powers, which enables her to do wondrous and scary things. She calls these powers 'tools of the trade'.
He finds out that she can not change what happened to him but if he will simply let her touch his heart, she will provide something for him that will help him cope with his pain, loneliness, shame and despair. She will provide his with a family.
He also finds out that he only gets one shot at this family. He is struck by the realization that once Grandma is dead, his fate is sealed. That once the clock starts ticking it cannot be stopped. What he finds out that really scares him is that in order for him to have his new future something has to give. That something is Grandma. She is willing to die so that he may live.
Thus the journey begins. It is a journey that will be paved with much pain. However, it is a journey that in the end Matthew Allen Green will be glad he took.
I promise you will feel like you are battling the same evil that he is as you walk along beside him.
When I saw how determined she was,
I went to her little boy and knelt beside him. I was determined she would have a
prize at the end of her labored journey. While Goatee held his watch, Blondie
looked on. I looked to see how close she was. To my shock and surprise, her eyes
locked with mine. When she finally arrived, she smiled at me. I couldn't believe
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