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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  231 ratings  ·  66 reviews
"It was about four years ago, the last trip we ever took together--my mother, sister, grandparents and me. Course, we didn't know it at the time. You never know something like that, like it's the last one you'll ever get, till it's just a memory, hanging like mist. This is what happened that summer, true as I can tell it. Not a one of us was ever the same."

Part road trip,...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published 2008)
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The author drew me in with a well told story and then let me down at the end when I discovered this was "Christian Fiction" and had an anti abortion message
I selected this book thinking it would be an appealing addition to my growing collection of Southern fiction. Nothing in the description prepared me for the overwhelming Christian elements and the heavy-handed anti-abortion message that form the basis for the narrative. Though the characters of Janie, Rainey and Priscilla are appealing and the folksy tone consistent, I was very disappointed by the way Priscilla's dilemma was treated. The talk of God and angels was off-putting and overly simplist...more
Without a doubt, Saving Cicadas is the best book I have read in years. It will be hard to write an adequate review of this impressionable novel and even more difficult not to include spoilers. It is a book that captured me from the first page and left me in awe at the last page. It took twists and turns that kept surprising me and when I thought I couldn’t be further surprised; I was surprised again.

Priscilla is a woman who is haunted by her past, depressed about her future and in turmoil regard...more
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This book was an utter surprise to me. Took me for a nice trip with lots of twists and turns. I was lost most of the way, but in the end found the light. Saving Cicadas, is a brilliant novel, told mostly from a child's point of view. To see the world through innocence, and not know what is going on most of the time, to learn about the Macy family through snippets of ease dropping, grasp my attention through the whole book. The story follows the Macy family who is taken on a road trip after Prisc...more
Jun 12, 2009 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
On sale December 1...
A novel of unconditional love and the freedom of letting go.

When single mother Priscilla Lynn Macy learns she's having another child unexpectedly, she packs the family into the car to escape. Eight-year-old Janie and Rainey Dae, her seventeen-year-old sister with special needs, embark on the last family vacation they'll ever take with Poppy and Grandma Mona in the back seat.

The trip seems wayward until Janie realizes they are searching for the father who left them years ag...more
Saving Cicadas is told through the eyes of an 8 yr old girl, Janie, whose family is facing some hard times. Her mother has to make a tough decision and Janie wants to help her mother make the right choice. Unfortunately, one of those choices she doesn't really understand, but with the help of her grandparents, she soon learns.

Some reviewers warned against this book because of its Christian content and "anti-choice propaganda". That caused me to read it and I was not disappointed. A charming book...more
This book left me absolutely speechless.

At first I was very intrigued by the eight year old girl's perspective of her mom and 17 year old challenged sister. I thought, "Hey, this is different! and Precious! What could be better?"

Eventually i got sucked in, holding my breath through every twist and turn.
And they just kept coming.
If you yell at your books prepare to yell and yell and yell. You may even throw this book a few times. And then you might cry a few times. But thats a good thing right?...more
Linda Parks
What a fascinating book. I was completely caught off guard by the twist that gives this story unbelievable, heart stopping meaning. In a world where very little in life is valued as it ought to be, and not enough thought is given to the affects of our decisions - along comes a book that, with delicacy and a sweet child's voice, reminds us.
Michelle K
So not what I expected....I was thinking it would be more Southern lit, but it was clearly more Christian lit (and not really the best of either genre)
Without giving spoilers, the end made me go back to re-read earlier scenes to see what I had missed the first time through....which is kinda cool.
It is impossible to describe this book without giving away spoilers. At times it is confusing as to what is what. Keep reading; it comes together in the end. I also really like Seitz's other books and it is amazing that each book is so different from the one before it.
No spoilers here... I was a tiny bit confused in the beginning -- in a way that made me keep reading -- and I sprinted through the second half of this book! I really enjoyed the family mystery and loved the twists!
Fun, intriguing and plot twisting. There is some fantasy in the book, so don't go into it without letting your cynical nature have the day off.
This was not what I expected when I bought the book. The story is of a family going on a vacation after the unmarried mom finds out she is pregnant. The story takes you on a journey that covers the past and present. It takes you inside the emotions of a disappointed grandmother and a daughter who feels her life is unraveling as her mother tries to make a decision on her next step. The story takes a twist that will leave you looking at life in a different way. Covering a touchy subject in a very...more
Jamie Donovan
Wow! Amazing story. Read it, but don't read anything about it before you do.
Nicole Ayers
very poignant...and took on the issue of abortion from a voice I've never heard
Book completely moved me on such a personal level.
In this Christian novel, single-mom Priscilla is pregnant for a third time. Unsure of what to do next, she loads her two daughters and the grandparents into an old Crown Vic for a road trip. They end up at the Victorian house of Priscilla's childhood where family secrets surface and nothing is quite as it seems. Priscilla faces unresolved issues from her past as she wrestles with her options regarding the unborn child in her womb.

The characters have distinct voices and are colorfully drawn. Some...more
Lenore Webb
Have you ever wanted to just chuck it all? You know, today you wake up and life is way too much to handle. So why not just make the change? Jump in the car and go? I know that I have felt that way, but never made that leap.

While reading Saving Cicadas I felt a kinship with Priscilla Lynn Macy who learns she's having another child unexpectedly so she packs the family into the car to escape. In doing so she takes her family (we can not runaway without them) on a road trip. Of course this turns int...more
Author: Nicole Seitz
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
December 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59554-503-9
Genre: Inspirational/woman’s fiction

Janie Doe Macy is eight-years old when her mother discovers she’s pregnant again, with a child she doesn’t want. Janie’s sister is seventeen, and has Downs Syndrome, and Janie’s mom, loads everyone up in the family vehicle (including Janie’s grandparents) and leaves her dead end job even though gas prices are pushing $4.00 a gallon, and even though even Janie...more
Ugh. Seriously?

I'd like to leave it at that, but I will just warn that Seitz has a clear agenda with this book - to try to make others see abortion "through the eyes of a child," (the book is written at a low reading level - not sure if it is actually intended for a school-age audience?) even comparing her message to that of Harper Lee's in To Kill a Mockingbird, which is just... misguided. Abortion's a sticky issue, and it's certainly not black and white, nor an issue that most children would b...more
Bruce Judisch
I want to describe Saving Cicadas as deceptively imaginative, but ‘deceptive’ could cast a negative shade over the story and I don’t mean it in any negative way. Still, it’s true, so I’m sticking with it.

Saving Cicadas is deceptively imaginative.

Nicole Seitz has woven a subtly explosive tale of redemption, hope and fantastical intrigue set in the flatlands of the South. It seemed harmless enough. When the theme began to emerge from the plot, I sat back, comfortable in my certainty with where the...more
Marie desJardins
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Linda Harkins
Well, when I begin a book, I usually finish it, but this one was a disappointment. The handling of unplanned pregnancy, abortion, and adoption turned out to be simplistic and superficial. Spirits, ghosts, and angels have no place in the discussion of such powerful and important issues. This is just the kind of book that will probably be made into a movie.
I am completely torn on this review....I just don't even really have words for this book. Nicole Seitz shrouds the entire piece in mystery and only reveals key bits at the end. The story itself was beautifully written, it flowed effortlessly and sucked me into the story, even in some places unwittingly. Other thoughts I had on this piece is that is had a very literary feel as well as a very sad presence. The whole time I was reading I wanted to start weeping for this poor little girl's innocence...more
It has been a while since I attempted to read such a poorly written book. This book tried way to hard to be anti-abortion Christian propaganda. I did know it was going to be Christian fiction as it was published by Thomas Nelson. I am a Christian, but of all the books published by Thomas Nelson that I've read over the years- this was horrible.
The ghosts, the weak thin plot, the poorly fleshed out characters, I couldn't even finish it. I skimmed through the end.
I cannot recommend this to anyone...more
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I really enjoyed this book! It has strong messages, characters you can love, and a twisty plot that will keep you wondering til the very end. I think what I enjoyed most about this book was the innocence of a child's mind as well as the meaning of a life and letting go.

Completely captivating, Nicole Seitz takes you on a ride of faith, hope, life and innocence, leaving you in a different place with each new turn. This is a book that I would recommend to all those who want an amazing,wonderful, m...more
Teresa Smith
The first part (75%) was a good read & I had a hard time putting it down. Then it "got weird" towards the end. Could have had a better ending, this was "too strange" for me.
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Nicole Seitz is a South Carolina Lowcountry native and the author of five critically acclaimed novels. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism, she also has a bachelor's degree in illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design. Nicole is a speaker on writing, art, and faith; she's an exhibiting painter and has illustrated the covers for her nove...more
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