YA Novel “A Pardon for Tommy” Offers Hope in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

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rom the opening paragraph young readers will be drawn into the story of Chelsea and her family. Although the devastating storm was several years ago, the aftermath and emotional turmoil of Hurricane Katrina are still very real for Chelsea, who experienced the loss of everything that was important to her on that faithful weekend.

“I was a nurse in Houston at the time of Hurricane Katrina and we treated hundreds of displaced New Orleans residents,” said Patricia Nmukoso Enyi, author of A Pardon for Tommy. “I had the opportunity to get to know so many families and listen to their stories of loss, courage and hope and was inspired to write this book based on so many of those who endured this natural disaster.”

Chelsea was only twelve when her family experienced the storm. She, along with her pet turkey Tommy, witnessed unspeakable damage and yet through it all, found the courage to move forward. In this engaging chapter book readers will come to see the turkey, Tommy, as a symbol of hope as well as a little bit of conflict and just a touch of humor.

“As a Christian, we learn that God tell us to give thanks no matter what life hands us,” said Enyi. “Certainly those who have endured natural disasters, financial loss and/or other family difficulties understand the power that giving thanks and having hope offers. My wish is that readers will understand that by working together and believing in possibilities we can do amazing things and survive even the unimaginable.”

Readers will take a journey with Chelsea as she faces her fears of the past and comes to terms with loss. Chelsea’s mother also has her own experiences when coming face-to-face with her long lost brother, a family member previously ostracized, who now longs to have a place in the family. How will Chelsea and the rest of her family react?

“Patricia has a way of telling a story that captures the reader’s attention right from the beginning,” said Lisa Umina, founder and president of Halo Publishing International. “In her latest book A Pardon for Tommy she deals with real life fear and loss in a way that is encouraging and hopeful.”

A Pardon for Tommy is Enyi’s third book. Her first book, Marcus the Magician is a children’s story aimed at kids who are feeling bored and unhappy. Enyi is also the author of a young adult novel entitled The Prodigal Daughter. In this story, the main character, Loyce, is as beautiful as she is intelligent. Like the girls in her close-knit group, she looks forward to college, marriage and a family of her own. When Loyce’s friends arrange a surprise party for her, it has a life changing consequences. All three of Enyi’s books are available for purchase from Amazon.

Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 1.45.54 PM tommy cover“A Pardon for Tommy” is now available at Halo Publishing, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It is available in paperback for $11.95 and in an e-book format for $2.99.

About Patricia Nmukoso Enyi

Patricia Nmukoso Enyi was born in Nigeria, West Africa. She lives in Pearland, Texas with her husband and two children. Patricia is a nurse and over the years she has cared for the sick and infirm of all ages. She specializes in caring for the elderly and one day hopes to open a family nursing practice in Nigeria that will care for patients of all ages.