I read this autographed edition of Beatty's first novel in the Serafina series with anticipation of finding a story intended for young readers. As I cI read this autographed edition of Beatty's first novel in the Serafina series with anticipation of finding a story intended for young readers. As I continued through the Biltmore mansion with Serafina, the OCR, I found myself more intrigued on Serafina's origin. I was also grabbed by the time period of the story in 1899. I do not think there are enough new books out there for young readers that don't involve new technology and pop icons. Great job, Beatty on capturing my interest.
Beatty spins a tale that keeps the reader flipping pages simply to find out what mystery the black cloak holds. What the reader finds is a great spin and additive to Serafina's origin.
I plan on continuing this series as I conclude that my daughter will read this title. I don't always pre-screen her books, but I find that Serafina might be a topic of discussion with her. This will be interesting to see what adventures Serafina finds herself in with the upcoming books. To my knowledge, Beatty is working on the third installment now and it may be released sometime in summer of 2017. For now, I will read the second installment, "Serafina and the Twisted Staff".
I had the pleasure of meeting Monroe as she signed my copy of this book and I listened attentively as she spoke passionately about the story. After reI had the pleasure of meeting Monroe as she signed my copy of this book and I listened attentively as she spoke passionately about the story. After reading the book, I can see why. Monroe created memorable, relatable, passionate characters that remind the reader of their own family. Granted, this is not your typical "Hallmark Christmas Movie" Christmas story. Nope, it contains heartache, a few tears, meaningful arguments and a sad little boy. Tear-jerking? A bit, but readers will be more than delighted to hear the outcome of Taylor's story. Taylor suffers from PTSD when he returns home to the Charleston area. A Lowcountry Christmas delivers a patriotic tale with family values that any reader can relate and the detail of the Charleston area will surely bring home memories to the locals who were born here. A Lowcountry Christmas is the perfect size for a book that reads evenly paced. It also is a great introduction to the Holiday season. I, personally read Dickens' A Christmas Carol every year and the relative quotes at the beginning of each chapter were warranted as Monroe created a story with the values of the classic tale, but she did not retell the story. This was more than appreciated as I remembered why I read Dickens every year. I give Monroe's latest title 4 stars simply because I have nothing else to compare it with. I am not normally a reader of this warm and cozy style read, but I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed the book. Mary Alice, thank you for introducing a new genre into my library, it was a pleasure to have A Lowcountry Christmas as my first holiday read this year. Looking forward to many more of your stories....more
Not being a grand fan of Patterson's, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story moved quickly and kept my curiosity at bay long enough to finiNot being a grand fan of Patterson's, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story moved quickly and kept my curiosity at bay long enough to finish this book. Understandably, there is a "Co-Author" here of Maxine Paetro, which kept the female lead, Brigid, alive and well-spoken.
Overall, the story was written well, with shortened chapters that keep you on edge of your next page. The trials and tribulations that Brigid go through in the story are heartbreaking, to say the least but give the reader the "burning car crash" they need to see the story through. The reader of this book will be more curious to see how the life of Brigid play through and will leave the imagination open just enough to allow the reader to picture Brigid moving forward.