I do not like to write bad reviews of books as I know a lot of hard work goes into writing them. That being said I was disappointed in this book. I waI do not like to write bad reviews of books as I know a lot of hard work goes into writing them. That being said I was disappointed in this book. I was recently visiting Springfield, Missouri and heard about the Smallin Cave. Knowing I did not have the time to tour the cave I drove out to where it is located to visit their gift shop to see if they at least had a book about it. It intrigued me as it said it was a Civil War cave. I spoke with the person running the gift shop who also happened to be the author of the book. After speaking with her I was even more interested, so I bought the book. When I got home I started reading it and ended up being disappointed. For me the writing style was very dry. I was happy each of the chapters and stories were very short only a page or two so that made it go by a little faster. I wanted more stories about the cave and things that happened around the cave. This book had very little about the cave. It was more about the town of Ozark and the surrounding areas. We had the story of of how the cave was created geologically, the story of the Baldknobbers, and a few Civil War stories about Missouri but not in connection with the actual cave and the book ended with a scientific study of bugs and animals that live in the cave. I so wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. ...more
When I finished this book last night the first thing I had to say to myself was wow - what a powerful book. I have read all of Lisa's Carolina seriesWhen I finished this book last night the first thing I had to say to myself was wow - what a powerful book. I have read all of Lisa's Carolina series and loved each of them and thought they were touching, but this one was even more so. If that is even possible.
I had never heard the story of Georgia Tann or the Tennessee Children's Home Society so this was all new to me. From page one I felt horrible for Rill/May and her entire family. I can not even begin to imagine what is must have felt like to have total strangers come and take you away never to see your parents again. Nor how the parents felt to find their children had disappeared or even worse to be told they died when in fact they did not. How extremely painful.
I liked ho Lisa told both tales of Avery and Rill/May. Avery the granddaughter who was wanted to find out the secret of her grandma's past and how she is connected to May. Then Rill/May's story of survival of a childhood that you cannot imagine. Some of the things he as well as the other kids had to endure was unthinkable. You wonder how they survived such things and were able to overcome some of it.
Lisa did a great job in the details of the emotions and the scenes. I felt as if I was right there with Rill/May. I wanted to give her a hug and to help her in whatever way was possible. She is one of the few authors that can write a book that effects me so much. With each page I wanted more of the story, more of the history, even at the end I wanted more. I wanted to sit down and listen to May and Judy talk about their past and here their story told by them. I loved the ending but wish I could have know what actually happened to the other three siblings.
This book would also make a great movie. I highly recommend it. It is one of the best books I have read this year. ...more
I enjoy reading books that have anything at all to do with Laura Ingalls Wilder as she is an idol of mine. This is one of a few books that have Laura'I enjoy reading books that have anything at all to do with Laura Ingalls Wilder as she is an idol of mine. This is one of a few books that have Laura's articles she wrote for the Missouri Realist in it. The way she writes is fitting for today as it was during her lifetime. Here is quote from one of her articles that I liked: "While blue is without a doubt a heavenly color, it is better in skies than in one's mind ..." Very fitting. I also found this very fitting as how to make your life more simple seems to be the theme in a lot of books and magazines. In January 1924 Laura wrote an article about how to simplifying your life. I thought we could all go by her advice. She said "Here is a good New Year's resolution for us all to make: To simplify our lives as much as possible, to overcome that feeling of haste by remembering that there are just as many hours in the day as ever, and that there is time enough for the things that matter if time is rightly used." She was a very wise woman on so many things. I look for to the next book in this series. ...more