24 of 25 Stars
20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards 2012
"The Silver Spoon by K.T. Archer is a delightfully poignant story that will have readers lining up for her next book. Someone with a tremendous amount of storytelling ability and skill has obviously written this book."
Editor's and Reader's Choice
Death has a way of uniting and dividing the living.
Twenty-five-year-old Lizzy thinks if she keeps her eyes closed all the way, then maybe what she is experiencing will not be real. Her mother, who has always been her rock, is about to die from cancer. As her mother takes her last breath, Lizzy—who has never truly been on her own—steps into the unknown and begins a new life.
In the aftermath of her mother's death, Lizzy's inner strength is tested, as the dysfunctional secrets her family has managed to hide for years suddenly begin to bubble up—revealing the imperfections of those she loves and admires. As Lizzy slowly realizes that her family may not have the emotional fortitude to unite after death, she heeds her mother's advice and decides not to trust the people she thought she could trust the most. But when her father shows up on her doorstep and reveals the promise he made to her dying mother, Lizzy must decide whether to forgive him for his past mistakes even as she attempts to resolve the conflict that surrounds her family.
As Lizzy journeys down a path to a new awareness, she must overcome emotional obstacles in order to finally grow up.
"A story of love and forgiveness and a discovery of what truly holds meaning in life. In her debut novel, K.T. Archer has crafted a beautiful and heart-warming story."
Olivia deBelle Byrd
author of Miss Hildreth Wore Brown-Anecdotes of a Southern Belle
"She brings her vast personal experience to her characters and tells a believable story that highlights the current struggles in today’s families: What to do with aging loved ones with Alzheimer’s? What does it mean to die with dignity at home? What about relatives who steal from the dying? What role does the legal system play in caring for an elderly, frail adult?" Sept 2010
Marianne Moates Weber is a freelance writer, author of Truman Capote’s Southern Years, and a hospice social worker.
"It’s a distraught and frustrating saga, one that pits Lizzy’s determination and love for her family against the maddening will of an embittered woman—readers with a particularly vicious relative will probably relate."
Kirkus Indie Review 2012
I would like to take a moment to introduce you all to my writing companion, Pipa. As I wrote The Silver Spoon she sat diligently by my side. I would write until the wee hours of the morning then rise early to write some more. Each and every time she took her place on her little bed, waiting patiently. Being a mature dog, life was good stretched out relaxing and possibly laughing while I stressed over revisions and edits. If dogs could talk I'm positive she could have some tales to tell. Unfortunately, the day before receiving the news I had been awarded Editor's Choice my sweet girl had to end our journey together. In a bitter sweet moment I wanted to scoop her up and tell her, "We did it!" but her bed was empty. I miss my sweet girl tremendously and will remember her being by my side each and every time I write. Rest in peace baby girl. Your time on this earth my be over but your memory and place in my heart will never be forgotten.