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Women's Fiction Review   


The Search For Shannon
By Vicki Allen
Magnolia Publishing, 2000
ISBN: 0-967-48805-2



Vicki Allen, an adopted child, met her birth mother in 1997, and that meeting inspired the writing of The Search for Shannon, a sweet, gentle novel about four generations of women connected by the adoption of Andrea ("Andie") Shepherd LaRue's daughter. 

The Search for Shannon, Vicki Allen's second novel, is the story of how one decision can change the lives of people who would never otherwise have any reason to meet each other.  When, at eighteen, a pregnant Andie decides to leave her hometown of Pine Prairie, Texas rather than ruin her boyfriend Cole Dewberry's chances of going to college on a baseball scholarship, her impulse sets in motion misunderstandings it will take twenty years to sort out. 

Told in four voices, the novel introduces the reader to Andie, Dana, Diane, and Zoe, strong Southern mothers and daughter who cherish, resent, and ultimately, love each other very much. 

The Search for Shannon was selected as a fiction finalist for the 2001 Oklahoma Book Awards. 

Vicki Allen was born in Birmingham, Alabama and currently lives in Oklahoma City, where she works as a pharmicist. She is married and has three children. Her first novel, For Molly, was released in October 1999 and the author is currently at work on a sequel tentatively titled, The Return.


Pam Kingsbury
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