BISHOP STREET by RENE D. SCHULTZ ~ Review & Giveaway

Bishop Street
By: Rene D. Schultz
Released July 28, 2013
Appox. 239 pages

“Bishop Street” is a heartwarming and redemptive novel that captures the complex relationships between four orphans and their lifetime of challenges. It’s uplifting and with each turn of the page, you fall more in love with the characters.

Margaret Gray for the past twenty years has hidden behind a facade of normalcy. She wasn't always rich and famous. At the age of seven, her mother abandons her on the steps of the Bishop Street Orphanage with a note pinned to her coat. Here, under the cruel tutelage of Sister Theresa, Maggie develops a powerful bond with her roommates, Elizabeth, Lucy and Randolph. Their close friendship fortifies them against the years of physical abuse, emotional torment, and manipulation that follows.

Now, Maggie is thirty-nine and her nightmares are coming back. Despite a successful writing career and a flawless reputation, she is unable to keep all that she has built from crumbling around her. It’s been twenty years since she’s heard from her friends. Why didn't they answer her letters? Had they survived? Had Sister Theresa been right, or had she manipulated them all with lies, aiming to destroy their friendship, forever?

Sister Theresa is dead and with nothing left to fear, Maggie hires Damon Depre, a private investigator to find her friends, and seek the truth. This starts her down a twisted path, that will once again, test her strength of character. Will she find more than just her friends...

A story of true bonds built out of survival and sadness.  This is an emotional roller coaster and one I believe many will enjoy!

Margaret "Maggie" Gray is an accomplished author on the heels of yet another highly anticipated release.  It has been twenty years since she left the orphanage she called home whereby leaving behind the only three people she ever considered family.

Maggie sets out to find her long lost childhood friends.  To kick off the search she contacts Damon Depre, a successful private investigator.  Not only do they have a professional interest but Maggie finds herself very attracted to Damon.

As details are revealed Maggie is taken aback to see the path in which her friend's lives have taken each of them.  Can the pain these individuals have suffered as children still be plaguing them as adults?  Why have their lives all taken very different paths?  From the uber successful to the one still living a nightmare, Maggie is determined to reach each one of them. 

Bishop Street is not your typical modern day romance.  This story has sad childhood histories which have anchored four adults to one another.  What I enjoyed about this story is that the characters were truly dealing with their struggles in the best way they could, which is real life for most people.  The book is well written and my only real issue is that at times the story was a bit slow but I was willing to overlook that since the characters were captivating.   

This is Rene Schultz's second novel.  It was a pleasure to read this novel and I look forward to many more of Rene's books.

I give it a solid 3.5 - 4 stars!


I’m divorced and I live in a small community just north of Los Angeles where I raised my two sons. I love to garden, try new recipes, take lots of pictures, and occasionally I enjoy a glass of wine with dear friends. I’ve never jumped out of a plane, climbed Mt. Everest, or seen the Northern Lights of Alaska. But, I have danced in the rain, sent a message in a bottle, and I’ve rode my motorcycle down The Pacific Coast Highway on sunny California days! 

After my divorce, I waltzed into the world of online dating. I didn’t find my knight-in-shining armor, but instead in 2008, I wrote a very successful book on my entertaining experiences. My first book “” was published by a small press and you can find it on Amazon. 

My first fiction novel “Bishop Street” is coming out July 2013. This story is about four powerful friendships that begin at Bishop Street Orphanage. It continues with lies and deceit after they leave at eighteen. Then, twenty years later, redemption plays out and ultimately the strength that got them through their childhood becomes the catalyst that binds them back together. 

My passion of writing has lead me on the most amazing journey. Now, my focus is on fiction. I thrive on developing strong storylines that showcase today’s contemporary lifestyles. Rags to riches, Robinhood, and surviving the odds, seems to be my one common denominator that showcases my fascinating and diverse characters.

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