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Seventeen-year-old Melanie Easton lives in a loveless home with her negligent, self-absorbed, and potentially dangerous mother. Consequently, she knows loneliness. Unexpectedly offered a ride with a classmate, Robert Reynolds, Melanie finds there is more to people than she ever imagined. Living in self-imposed anonymity, Melanie struggles to survive without becoming bitterSeventeen-year-old Melanie Easton lives in a loveless home with her negligent, self-absorbed, and potentially dangerous mother. Consequently, she knows loneliness. Unexpectedly offered a ride with a classmate, Robert Reynolds, Melanie finds there is more to people than she ever imagined. Living in self-imposed anonymity, Melanie struggles to survive without becoming bitter and hate filled.After being befriended by Robert Reynolds, windows of opportunity open for Melanie. Accordingly, the road to discovery divulges there may be reasons for her strange home life. The reasons she never imagined until she begins unraveling the documents hidden away, until now. Out of the discovery of the secrets, lies, and deceptions, come the possibility for exciting changes. Perhaps along with the answers, comes the opportunity for genuine happiness. A suspenseful story that will engage your heart and mind with hopefulness and admiration for Melanie's courage and willingness for self-discovery and personal growth....

Title : The Path of the Child
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ISBN : 31361365
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Number of Pages : 406 Pages
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The Path of the Child Reviews

  • Alp
    2019-06-09 23:27

    “I refuse to be a person that cannot move forward in life due to the chains of their childhood.”Reading this book made me feel so good inside, and I really mean it. It was a heart-touching story which grabbed me from the first few pages and I had a hard time putting it down.This was the story of Melanie, a seventeen years old girl who grew up feeling unloved, unwanted, and uncared by her own mother. There had been no hugs, no affection, and almost no conversation between them. Although they lived in the same apartment, her mother left her alone to take care of herself most of the time. So she'd become a shy and quiet girl who kept to herself and had no friends at all.One morning while Melanie was walking to school, a car pulled up alongside her and Robert, a boy in her class called her and asked if she wanted a ride. The moment she got into his car, she never knew her life would change forever.Thankfully, Robert came into her life. He helped her come out of her shell, and helped her uncover her roots and trace her family she never knew existed. He was with her every step of the way through good times and bad times, or even the most major moments in her life, until she finally found a place she could really call home. Oh Robert, you have a heart of gold!At first, I was so angry with Katherine, Melanie’s mother. I tried to find a reason why she hated Melanie so much and kept wondering why she treated her own child badly. But later when the truth was gradually revealed as the novel progresses, it was a little bit shocking to find out that (view spoiler)[Katherine had been suffering from mental health problems after all this time (hide spoiler)]. And then I felt sorry for both of them.I admired Melanie for her strength and her bravery. Given all that she had been through, it was a miracle she never went down the wrong path. On the contrary, she pushed aside the negative feelings and determined to learn to stand on her own two feet.This was such an inspiring read. It gave me more than I ever expected. It doesn't matter how you grew up. You can’t change anything about the way you were raised, but you can always choose to be a better person. Don’t allow your past to dictate who you are and your future.By the way, I enjoyed the warm feelings I got when reading this beautiful story. There were some intense and emotional moments that broke my heart again and again, yet there were moments of joy that I felt truly happy for Melanie and her family. Moreover, a little romance in this book literally brought a big smile to my face.**Many thanks to the author for giving me the copy of this book.

  • Steven Walle
    2019-06-15 19:31

    I enjoyed this book emmensly! The charictor development was excellent. The plot was wonderful. The lessons learned were very insightful. I will not tell you anything about it accept that it is a must read. I am excited to read the next book by this author.Congratz on a great book!Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond

  • J. Kahele
    2019-05-20 22:10

    IntenseFor seventeen years, Melanie lived her life being ignored by her mother. She never gave her hugs, kisses or good wishes like a mother would.When Melanie takes on a job, her mother is angry about it and embarrasses Melanie by coming to her job and making a scene, it is when Melanie realizes she has had it with her mother and asks her boss if she can stay at the pizza shop, in the storage room. Her best friend Rob, offers her to stay at his place instead.As time goes on Melanie is desperate to know who she is, of she has more family somewhere. Her and Rob, sneak into her apartment while her mother is gone and grab documents, one his her mothers birth certificate that shows her parents names. Melanie works relentlessly searching for her mothers parents. Will she find the truth and the family she desires?My thoughts: Through the story, we find out that Melanie's mother has some deep mental issues, but that to me does not excuse the way she treated Melanie, at all. I felt so sorry for Melanie, being pushed away from the very person she trusted so much.All I have to say is thank god for Rob. This boy gave Melanie a deep friendship, that helped her regain her confidence and self esteem. Fantastic story.

  • J. Schlenker
    2019-06-10 01:37

    Original, emotional. Good story line that kept me engaged. I finished in two sittings, which is good for me as I am a slow reader. But time flies by when I’m truly into something I like. I didn’t want to put the book down. I could easily see this being made into a movie. There is so much potential. It could easily have been a five, but I felt the characters needed more depth, more back story. The author assured me this would be the case in a sequel. I would be delighted to see a sequel for each of the main characters. There is so much going on with each of the characters that could justify an original Netflix series. All of this, and it this author’s first novel.

  • Darren
    2019-05-24 22:20

    I won this as a e book off a site called book I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. It is my first book by this author. I hope to read more books by this author.

  • Dean Paul Baker
    2019-05-26 23:21

    Path of the Child is almost equal parts heart rending and heart warming. Our heroine 17 year old Melanie, is an instantly identifiable and sympathetic character, and on reading her plight, you cannot fail to root for her. From the first pages you’ll be sucked into a truly engaging story. I’d hesitate to try and pigeon-hole the story too narrowly, it definitely has Young-Adult themes and will appeal to teens, but it also has a maturity of prose and subtlety of plot that will hold the interest of older readers.With the subject matter, the book could easily have descended into a misery-fest in the hands of a lesser writer. So what impressed me most about the book was that the family back story was really well described. Often you only get one dimensional characters in stories like this ie irrational wicked step-mother etc etc. But the author really went to a great deal of effort, without hampering the pace of the story, to explain the motivations of the characters and why they behave as they do. As we find, everyone has their own troubles. The plot moves along nicely and resolves satisfactorily with bitter-sweet realism. I can see this book appealing to a wide audience, young Adult but also grownups who appreciate a good story with interesting characters. It's not normally the kind of book I'd read but it hooked me in easily.

  • TDCbookreviews
    2019-06-10 22:22

    Overall I guess this was alright. It was hard to get into and keep my interest personally but Melanie's journey is one of loss and finding your way in the world. If that is the kind of story you are looking for then pick this one up. The grammar was off and the paragraphs needed to be better separated; from one paragraph to the next hours would go by and it was confusing. 3 stars for the life lessons and the cute relationship between her and Rob.

  • Julia Wilson
    2019-06-13 02:31

    The Path Of The Child by Sojourner McConnell is a powerful contemporary novel which I really enjoyed. It was a compulsive read which drew me in from the start as I put on my 'Mom and nurturing' hat.The novel is two-fold, dealing with a child and her mother. Told in the third person from various viewpoints, the reader gets to intimately know the characters.There is the voice of mental illness. I found this a powerful chapter as the voices played their part. They seemed to empower the person as their will took over.Another area discussed was love and care. A child needs to be nurtured. My heart just broke. "She had been told all her life that she 'wasn't worth the effort.' " Every child matters. No child asks to be born. Whatever the circumstances of conception, children need love and care.The voice of neglect really upset me. "She wanted someone to know she existed." Everyone wants to be noticed. No one wants to live in isolation.The novel was about roots and a search to belong. A need to know who you are and your heritage, so you can move into the future.The tongue is a powerful weapon. It can build up or tear down. Both cases apply to the novel.To witness a blossoming and awakening into a world of love was beautiful to behold. "She knew love existed in books; she was just realising it existed in life too." This I think is one of the most powerful phrases in the whole novel, encompassing both isolation and hope.As an avid reader, I loved all the references to books. Many I had read and they awoke memories in me.Kindness is vastly under-rated as a quality but we all need kindness. Little acts of kindness can produce smiles and swell hearts.Friendship and families are presented in the novel. The love and care is beautiful to witness. The gentleness, like handling a delicate flower, really comes across to the reader.I thought The Path Of The Child was a unique and powerful book. I could empathise with all the characters. There were some very beautiful moments that have left hope in my heart, with the promise of a new tomorrow.A wonderful read.I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  • Sojourner McConnell
    2019-05-23 19:22

    I wrote the book, then I rewrote it to make it better. I hope you will want to give it a try. I feel so much love for Melanie and her new chance at life.

  • Eva Pasco
    2019-06-01 00:25

    A Gratifying Coming-of-Age!Throughout my reading of this story, my mind kept playing the refrain of book title, ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,’ for its pervasive themes of loneliness and resilience. My review for ‘The Path of the Child’ is based on what I deem a perfect fit for the genres of Young Adult and Coming-of-Age in addressing the theme of resilience.Melanie Easton has led a lonely life for seventeen years from being neglected and rejected by her own mother. Books are her saving grace as they open up new worlds and enable her to live life vicariously through the characters. She embarks on a much brighter path from the day her classmate, Rob Reynolds, offers her a ride home from school.While most of the story is told from Melanie’s perspective, the author also invokes other points of view which do not confuse the reader, but lend a clinical approach in relating backstories and offering probable cause for a mother’s unfit parenting.Not a goody-goody story by any means, I found it refreshing that this Coming-of-Age didn’t turn into a Coming-of-Rage with the plausible consequences of Melanie becoming a victim of bullying; seeking love and acceptance through promiscuity; numbing her pain by abusing alcohol or drugs; engaging in delinquent behavior.Instead, when Melanie comes across hidden documents in the apartment she shares with her mother, she and Rob follow up on information to find long, lost relatives who might shed more light on her mother’s harmful and unpredictable outbursts. Underdogs who overcome insurmountable odds are unsung heroes and heroines who are truly inspiring, even in fiction! Just as the content of books provide sheer will and determination for Melanie to choose the right path, I strongly believe this book has potential to influence young adults to take the high road when faced with opposition.

  • Catherine Townsend-Lyon
    2019-06-04 03:31

    "I Could Relate To This Coming of Age Story Personally"Where do I begin? Even though this a piece of fiction, you learn right away that this story is one of many young girls journies and path in life. Starting from childhood to about 17, Melanie has faced abuse, abandonment, non-existent parental love as the list goes on. I could actually "feel" many of the same feelings Melanie felt. I to had a rough childhood. As I, and Melanie, just wanting to be heard or acknowledged from your parents would have been a sliver of hope of love.I don't like to spoil a good read, so what I will tell you is that the author did an exceptional job in writing this storyline as it shares many topics through her characters that brought meaning. And when a writer can make you feel what she is writing with a tear shed, a smile with a laugh, a girl longing to find some truth, and feeling her character has Triumph by the end of the story? Now that is what makes this book a great read! And that is exactly what you get when reading "The Path of the Child." It leaves you feeling inspired, learning the power of love, and shows we all have a "seed" within us to overcome anything in our lives through Melanie.... I will be waiting for book 2. LOL.

  • M. Duda
    2019-05-22 00:26

    "As if by a miracle, the baby grew...Perhaps out of retaliation against her mother that lavished no attention on her. Perhaps her actual survival would be so, that in the future she might find a voice..."Melanie seeks escape: from her past, from her mother, and from the woe that haunts her. She seeks answers. And most of all, Melanie seeks happiness.Melancholy saturates The Path of the Child. But at the end, the protagonist finds contentment and belonging, leaving a smile on the reader's face.

  • Joni Dee
    2019-06-15 23:21

    I must admit that "And the Path of the Child" is not my go to genre. Being a thriller reader, I always expect the worst in any novel: when is the next twist, when is the next accident or death, and thus I find "regular life" fiction normally dull. Having said that, this is by no means my view of "And the Path of the Child" which showed me, how a rough, "everyday" life, can be painted in vivid colours.Alabama good girl Melanie has never been loved by her mom. In fact, she is regularly neglected and as a result became a wall flower, as both her mom and schoolmates disregards her. She has no other family, and never knew her father or heard of any relatives.This all changes when kind-hearted Rob takes an interest in Melanie, and helps her break free from the shackles of her hard life, on the path of discovering her family and roots.We learn about her mom's past, and embark on a new voyage along with Melanie.This is an interesting novel, with complex characters and an ambiguous ending: it is happy and has a tang of "It's a Wonderful Life" or "Christmas Carol" but it is anything but plain straightforward (no spoilers here).If you like general fiction, you will enjoy "The Path of the Child". If you like "Christian Fiction" or stories in which humans, with their flaws and misjudgement or their kindness and good nature, are the centre, you would love it.get it FREE (also Paperback) until 1 Oct, here:

  • Mirta Oliva
    2019-05-31 00:26

    The Path of the Child, a tender tale of a loveless mother-child relationship, mimics episodes seen in real life. In most cases, the psychological effects of this hurtful situation go unnoticed until years later, as it is humanely portrayed in this story. Luckily, a newly found friend came to the rescue of the protagonist, the one who suffered the most. His affection served to help her find inner strength during adolescence to deal with what happened next in her life."The author also emphasizes throughout various scenes the importance of families being united, and the pains felt when one member decides to break ties with everyone forever. Such actions ignored the suffering her estrangement inflicted on others, including her own child.

  • Tabi Slick
    2019-05-24 00:21

    Melanie didn’t have a normal childhood growing up. Her mother was never around who treated her like an obligation rather than child and she was never allowed to be involved in anything school related. She has no idea about the tragic past her mother lived and I would bet you everything would’ve worked out differently if Melanie had known. This dysfunctional lifestyle has lasted until just about her senior year when she meets a boy, named Robert, who helps her get a job and make a life for herself. Path of the Child by Sojourner McConnell is a compelling coming of age tale that unveils the deep wounds that untreated mental disorders fester.The Overview:First we have the main character, Melanie Easton, whose mother, Katherine, always kept at arm's length away. From Melanie’s perspective she has only been able to rely on herself. Her mother, who often disappeared for days on end, only provided for Melanie because she had to. Melanie is a self-taught lover of books and came to view school as a safe haven. She never missed a day and, unlike her mother, enjoys work and going to school. She grows a lot from her friendship with Robert, a fellow classmate who helps her find her first job. He is the one who helps her find her Grandfather and Aunt who she didn’t knew existed because her mother never talked about them.What Melanie and her family don’t understand is what actually happened to Katherine. She had emotional problems that the family didn’t notice or never knew how to deal with. She blamed herself for the death of her mother because she thought her father did as well. The negative things she would tell herself furthered her spiral into a dark and lonely life. In school everyone gossiped about her which didn’t help her mental status. When she was seventeen she was raped and I’m guessing that’s when Melanie came about. Katherine left her home behind and went off on her own. She never talked about them again and she never got the help she needed.The Critique:The beginning of the story does a lot of telling rather than showing in order to give us a basis for where Melanie is in her life. I would’ve been more compelled by Melanie’s inner dialogue if I had experienced with her some of the things her mother did when she was younger. We see a little bit of that relationship, but there’s definitely more telling than showing this relationship.Another problem I found was with Robert’s character development. While we’re told that Katherine is self centered and only cared about herself, we actually see this in Melanie at times with her relationship with Robert. Even though Robert has problems he’s dealing with himself, everything is about Melanie. He is always telling her that he is there for her, but she never seemed to reciprocate. She would cook meals for Robert and her dad instead to show her gratitude, which is all fine and dandy, but it seems Robert had more to deal with. Melanie forgot to ask Robert how her decisions would impact him and this didn’t seem to bother Robert at all, which isn’t believable. This makes me think he is either losing himself in her or he’s just more interested in her than she is in him. Either way, this is a sign that the relationship isn’t going to last.Luckily, the relationship isn’t the main part of the story. The main focus of the story is Melanie finding her family and discovering what it’s like to be cared for. I wonder, though, how she would feel if she knew what her mother had gone through? But in the end, it didn’t matter. Her mother had gone too long with such hatred inside her and it ruins the relationship between mother and daughter. Which is devastating to me. This is a very tragic story and honestly I wasn't’ prepared for what happened near the end. I wish I could’ve seen Robert’s character developed a little bit more as he is introduced at the very beginning, but overall it was a great read and I enjoyed watching how Melanie bravely faced tough situations that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.Star Rating Report Card:3.86 Stars out of 51) Were the characters believable?★★ - 2 stars2) Did you like the characters?★★★★ - 4 stars3) Does the story move at a good pace?★★★★ - 4 stars4) Are there holes in the plot?★★★★ - 4 stars5) Is there conflict?★★★★★ - 5 stars6) Is the point-of-view consistent?★★★★★ - 5 stars7) Did you enjoy the story overall?★★★ - 3 stars

  • Christian Cianci
    2019-05-25 03:20

    What a great novel. It has a real southern feel to it and the words leave their mark long after you put the book down. This is a great fall/ winter read. The authors talent in storytelling give this literary work its own special charm. "Roll Tide" on a solid 4 stars.

  • Robyn
    2019-06-02 23:35

    ***I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in return for a review***The Book"Seventeen-year-old Melanie Easton lives in a loveless home with her negligent, self-absorbed, and potentially dangerous mother. Consequently, she knows loneliness. Unexpectedly offered a ride with a classmate, Robert Reynolds, Melanie finds there is more to people than she ever imagined. Living in self-imposed anonymity, Melanie struggles to survive without becoming bitter and hate filled."My ThoughtsThis is not the type of book I’d usually pick to read as child abuse is a major trigger of mine, but Sojourner McConnell has done a really good job at taking a topic which would usually cause major negative responses in me and turned it into a heart-warming tale of personal growth and renewal. Melanie wins the heart of the reader over in the very first chapter as we are introduced to the world of negligence and emotional barrenness that she is brought into, it hit me like a ton of bricks and that very first impression stayed with me throughout the book, I couldn’t help but wonder how on earth anyone born to such a desperate circumstance could find anything good out of it, and it’s this interest that kept me reading. I loved the themes that are introduced but found the execution of them to be lacking. For example, Katherine (Melanie’s mother) was a single mother with an undiagnosed mental illness – further expansion on such a dynamic could have allowed for some brilliant dramatic and emotional scenes, it seems to me Melanie had no idea there was that side to her mother, of being plagued by an illness, and while later on family all allude to a problem being present, there doesn’t seem to be sufficient information to tell me that it was a real or genuine concern for any of them. And once I reached the end of the book, there was no final closure on what it was that plagued Katherine as it did, nor much closure for other characters linked to her in the book either. I enjoyed the fact that Melanie, when finally befriending someone, does so with a male character. While a female may have provided a more familiar structure of support for readers (I would have expected a female best friend to have come along to be honest) , by having Rob in the picture there is once again and opportunity for additional story lines to develop within the main tale. I feel a bit more could have been provided on Rob’s own background which would have better explained his generosity, sincerity and concern for Melanie. My one criticism would be that the dialogue between characters did not feel genuine to me. What I mean to say is that it didn’t feel like the sort of conversation that one would expect to hear between people sitting in a car, it felt put on; Melanie and Rob in particular reminded me more of an older couple than of two teenagers. Perhaps however this was intended in demonstrating the indirect maturity thrust upon kids forced to grow up too soon?There were grammatical errors and a number of areas which I felt could have benefited from a little extra attention from the editing team but to be honest, for a first time writer and a first book I think McConnell should be exceptionally proud of the outcome of her hard work. ConclusionThis, as mentioned before, is not my usual preferred read, and while I enjoyed it, I found it did not engage me on the level that I would have liked, I could read it and not mind an interruption or two, I think this is far better suited to those of the YA genre fandom or individuals looking for a rose-from-the thorn type tale.

  • Crystal S.
    2019-06-12 20:33

    Book Review: The Path of the ChildWritten by, Sojourner McConnellThe author Sojourner McConnell wrote a fantastic story about a girl named Melonie Easton. Throughout the story the author gives you a deeper glimpse into the child’s life. The child was a lonely child, who felt unloved and unwanted. As Melonie got older she began drowning herself into learning new things at school and through reading. As she becomes a teen, her life begins to change in many different ways. She makes a friend and they become close, during a period of new beginnings and tragic loss. This story is well written and provokes deep emotions that allow you to connect with each of the characters in the story. This author has brought the story and its characters to life in this book. Ms. McConnell has done a fantastic job in making her characters memorable. I actually look forward to reading more books that are written by this author. Take a moment to read this book yourself, because you won't be disappointed! Fantastic book.

  • Soccergypsy
    2019-06-19 01:23

    ** A free copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. **This was a clean and easy read. While reading my emotional spectrum included but was not limited to: joy, sadness, wariness, excitement, empathy, and sympathy. As promised, this book does engage one's heart and mind. I would have rated this higher but I was able to put it down and walk away. So, although it engaged me, it didn't necessarily demand my attention to "turn the page" and ignore all outside distractions. It was an absolutely lovely read, though.

  • Paulette Birmingham
    2019-05-22 20:23

    I enjoyed this book and I really hope there is a sequel

  • Joanne
    2019-05-31 00:09

    'The Path Of The Child' is a beautiful story with complex, realistic characters, most of whom I quickly grew to love. McConnell achieved this by delivering a strongly empathetic narrative that deeply engages the reader in the thoughts and emotions of the characters. This story really got me in the heart - at first with sympathy and heartache, then a desire to protect, and then anger.However,my enjoyment of this book was compromised by frequent errors of spelling, punctuation and syntax that did detract from the story and frustrate me as a reader. Despite those issues, the magnificent story kept me reading and I found the book quite hard to put down. So, in consideration of all of that, I'm giving this book 4 stars.

  • Kathy LeJeune
    2019-06-09 02:26

    What I liked about this book was everything. It is a debut novel and some of the best books I have read are debut novels. I don't think I have ever read anything like this before. The story is mostly Melanie's point of view and told in the third person. I was hooked in the first chapter.The author does a great job setting up the characters and building relationships that you can understand maybe identify with! I really liked the main character, Mel. This is a very uplifting story. Give it a try.

  • S.K. Wee
    2019-06-02 20:30

    Having grown up without any parental influence, Melanie uses characters from books to emulate. Their experiences color her judgment and outlook of life. Though it's sad that a mother could treat their own child with such disdain, Melanie rises above it all. After befriending a classmate named Rob, Melanie gets a part-time job at a pizza place and seems to thrive, while her mother heads deeper and deeper into darkness and instability. This was a wonderfully written story of courage and resilience of spirit. Highly recommended reading.

  • Anna
    2019-06-04 20:29

    i started it awhile, ago dont remember, when and didnt finish, maybe someday

  • Dan Nimak
    2019-05-29 20:38

    I am so glad a friend encouraged me to read this. It’s not my normal genre, but this book appealed to me from the moment I was introduced to Melanie. The author does a great job in generating genuine compassion for her main character, something that is easier said than done.Throughout the book, we see the things that make Melanie who she is, but more importantly – what she does about them. No spoilers here, but I hope others will enjoy this story of friendship, hope, and the power of the human spirit.

  • Jennifer S. Alderson
    2019-06-02 01:12

    The Path of the Child is a surprisingly positive story about an abused young woman’s struggle to find happiness. What makes this story unique is that it is told from the perspective of both the now 17-year-old girl Melanie and her mentally-ill mother.This is a heart wrenching, emotional roller-coaster that pulls you in quickly. The author does a great job of portraying both lead characters in a way that you can empathize with their decisions and ultimately feel both of their pain. My only criticism is that the dialogue between Melanie and her friends sounds more like forty-year-olds conversing than teenagers, which was sometimes disconcerting. Still, the author’s ability as a storyteller shines through and kept me captivated.Because the author does not describe the abuse in a particularly graphic way, this book is sustainable for both teen and adult readers.It is a heartfelt and moving tale, one that left me feeling slightly depressed and uplifted at the same time.I would read more by this author.

  • Lora
    2019-05-21 00:29

    I love the story of The Path of the Child; it is a well thought out story with sweet ideas. While the story is fiction, many people could learn from this story; learn about kindness, honesty, friendship, and simply just how you should or rather should not treat people, including parents.I love how Melanie starts finding who she really is with the help of her newfound friends; one particular, Robert.This is has become one of my favorite books I have and will read again and recommend it to any and all who love sweet stories with life changing outcomes, for both caricature and reader.

  • Sojourner McConnell
    2019-05-29 20:19