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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553693140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553693147
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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By A Customer on Dec 9 2003
Format: Paperback
I finished Velvet Sky and it was absolutely brilliant, a work of fine art. I finished it, closed the book and just cried. I was so moved and I was so glad I read it... You did a wonderful job.. keep up the good work... thanks Connie (Newton, MS)
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By A Customer on Aug. 8 2003
Format: Paperback
The time, place and characters, even references to music, in the novel took me back to younger days, and while my own trials and tribulations of that time were not those of these characters, the struggles bear similarities. The book reveals how different facets of love touch the characters--family love, friendship love, sexual love, puppy love, sadistic love, romantic love, obsessive love, idealistic love--and how their lives are affected. It was as if i could have been a part of the story without actually being a character mentioned in the book, because these were people i knew or could have known, and the pacing of the book kept my interest to find out what would happen next in each storyline. Mainly, however, it reminded me that somewhere back in 1978, there remains a kiss on my lips and a sweet slow dance for the boy next door. Thanks for the memories, Mr. Reeves! Looking forward to more...
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By A Customer on June 24 2003
Format: Paperback
Rusty Van Reeves is 10 days younger than I am. He describes the childhood and coming of age of young people in a small Mississippi town in the early 1970's. This town could be anywhere in the south, the children anyone of a group of forty-something people. I felt so many of his descriptions in my heart, and deep in my memories. He could have been describing any number of days and summer nights from my growing up.
The main characters are all very different, yet linked in many ways. Patrick is a young man who is being pushed by his father to become a prize athlete. Chase has been his best friend since grade school and is struggling with a secret he feels he must keep or risk losing everything he holds precious; Chelsea has a secret of her own that is so horrible it could slowly destroy her. Kelley is a beautiful, yet kindhearted girl who cares deeply about everyone.
These characters are slowly drawn together when Chelsea's secret comes to light when a horrible murder is discovered. The characters in this book are very believable. The reader grows to understand and care about each and every one.
The book progresses from the early ages of 9 or 10 until the characters are graduating high school. The mystery of the two young people's secrets and the growing love between the other two keep the book interesting and rapidly moving forward. All in all, Velvet Sky is a wonderful read and I would gladly recommend it. ~Susan Johnson /reviewer
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By A Customer on June 13 2003
Format: Paperback
During the summer I like reading books that remind me of my childhood and growing up in the south. VELVET SKY is the perfect book to transport you back in time (1960's/1970's) to that magical era. The novel shows you the frustrations of first love and does a wonderful bit of storytelling that keeps you flipping the pages. I loved it!
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By A Customer on Nov. 12 2002
Format: Paperback
This novel, VELVET SKY by Rusty Van Reeves, is a multi-story effort. This guy knows how to cook on all cylinders. Once this book sets up the main characters it thrusts them into the fire and you find yourself (the reader) being pulled in from every direction.
The book has a few minor grammar errors and a typo here and there but it takes NOTHING away from this multi-harmony storyline! Four stars outta five! _Bengi
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By A Customer on Nov. 7 2002
Format: Paperback
Rusty Van Reeves is a storyteller with a true gift for sustaining suspense. His novel "Velvet Sky" benefits from this skill plus
a reliable sense of pacing. The story builds almost perfectly, balancing a leisurely beginning with well-paced final chapters;
the outcome is always in doubt as the story races toward its conclusion. "Velvet Sky," in fact, reads so much like a movie
scenario that it's easy to imagine it adapted to the screen.
The book centers on the story of four young people growing up in rural Mississippi in the 1970s. Strong family bonds are
counterpoised to the brutal schemes of dangerous and malevolent human predators with the potential to bring ruin to all
the young folk's dreams.
The main narrative tells the story of a young woman named Chelsea, her eventual escape from an abusive father, and her
struggle to build a normal life. She's an engaging character that the reader can't help rooting for. Some of the other characters
are equally well-drawn.
While it teeters on the edge of sentimentality, "Velvet Sky" avoids crossing the boundary. In any event the novel is redeemed
by the author's careful plotting and deft use of suspense. "Velvet Sky" is a book that is well worth reading.

Review of Velvet Sky / Reviewed for Gotta Write Network (GWN)
Reviewed September 2002 by,
--Bill Stephens, Online Reviewer / Canada
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By A Customer on Oct. 18 2002
Format: Paperback
I found this book (VELVET SKY by Rusty Van Reeves) by accident while searching Amazon and I'm glad I stumbled upon it. This novel is all about secrets, love, and suspense. The story centers around four young kids growing up in a little Mississippi town in the 60s and 70s. It is FULL of surprises and I love the way the writer (Reeves) flips from one character to the next building suspense.
There will be one out of the four characters you will be able to relate to. I'm not sure if that was calculated or just luck but it widens the appeal and the audience. As I said, the style is unique and the way Mr. Reeves describes the places and sets up the story is so real. I loved it, from start to finish! Very nice read indeed!
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