“A Plain & Fancy Christmas” by Cynthia Keller is a story about two women who were switched at birth. One woman wa Also reviewed on Oh! Paper Pages
“A Plain & Fancy Christmas” by Cynthia Keller is a story about two women who were switched at birth. One woman was raised by an Amish family while the other was pampered in an upper West Side apartment. The novel documents the journey of these two women as they first discover their true origins and navigate their emotions and new families.
Upon first reading the novel, I was struck by the wonderful way Keller introduces the audience to the characters. The first four pages allow the reader to feel like she is transported from scene to scene and from character to character in a seamless way. The transition felt like the characters passed the reader along from hand-to-hand much like a game. It was a wonderful beginning to the story. Keller’s attention to detail is much appreciated. Her tidbits about Amish culture are woven perfectly in the story. Her research on the Amish is evident and adds an authenticity to scenes that encourage the audience to understand and connect with the culture so admirably portrayed.
In today’s society, there are often news articles that illuminate the switching of babies at birth. A short article never encompasses the true nature of how the individuals feel and how the families cope with the knowledge that their beloved child is not genetically related. I enjoyed reading “A Plain & Fancy Christmas,” because it provided a way for me to go beyond a simple headline and to imagine how these people reconcile their emotions with new insight. I recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in envisioning how a story develops after two people are mistakenly sent home with the incorrect family.
*Book received free from publisher as part of First Reads....more
In “The Jinx,” D.F. Lamont documents the journey of 13-year old Stephen Grayson, a very unlucky boy. Stephen’s firstAlso reviewed on Oh! Paper Pages
In “The Jinx,” D.F. Lamont documents the journey of 13-year old Stephen Grayson, a very unlucky boy. Stephen’s first bout with unfortunate circumstances begins with a bike accident. As the weeks progress, Stephen’s life seems to become a magnet for all things gloomy. After a potentially fatal car accident that leaves Stephen unharmed and his mother and brother mildly injured, Stephen decides that he is a liability to his family and must leave them in hopes that he will keep them safe. On his quest to find safety, Stephen battles stone monsters and a cult with the help of Daedalus, a scientist with extensive experience with the balance of order and chaos. Stephen’s questions about his sudden unlucky nature are eventually answered and a battle ensues between order and chaos.
Here is a debut novel of fiction from a writer who understands the formula of a successful fantasy adventure. The story quickly captures the audience’s interest and grasps tightly onto our attention throughout the novel. Lamont’s characters are likeable and relatable. Stephen is an average boy who just wants to get through 8th grade. Daedalus is a genius who made some mistakes but redeems himself later in the story. Lamont’s writing is brilliant. His choice of diction and phraseology are perfect for the story. His decision to include physics in the novel is wonderful because it will give young readers the opportunity to learn about science in an interesting way. Several of Lamont’s sentences leave the reader with a happy smile on her face. The most enjoyable aspect of this novel is the descriptive language. Everything from the sound of a bike to the texture of clothing is described wonderfully.
“The Jinx” is targeted to children aged 9-13, and I highly recommend this novel for that age group. It is the perfect pocket-sized adventure.
In exchange for an honest review, I received a copy from Goodreads....more
In One Pink Line, Sydney is about to graduate from college. She has a long-term boyfriend, a new job, and a life justAlso reviewed at Oh! Paper Pages
In One Pink Line, Sydney is about to graduate from college. She has a long-term boyfriend, a new job, and a life just waiting to be lived. Everything seems to be going smoothly for Sydney until she discovers that she is pregnant. She sees those two pink lines and her life changes. We follow Sydney as she tells the story of her childhood and the events that bring us to the night when she sits on the bathroom floor staring at the pregnancy test that changes everything. The story is inspired by true events.
Dina Silver’s debut novel is excellent. Her characters are lovable and the storyline is perfectly created to lure in readers. The format is clever and is well-suited to acquainting the audience with the past and present. This is a novel that exhibits the extraordinary talent of a writer who understands storytelling. From start to finish, One Pink Line is a great read. I am excited to read Dina Silver’s subsequent work. I urge you, reader, to purchase a copy of One Pink Lane if you are interested in a well-written, interesting story.
In exchange for an honest review, the author kindly sent me a free copy.
When Earth is destroyed, the population moves to Mars to create a new community. Lunara, a small colony, is developed Also reviewed at Oh! Paper Pages
When Earth is destroyed, the population moves to Mars to create a new community. Lunara, a small colony, is developed on the moon to mine minerals from passing meteors. When Lunara is invaded, a group of survivors travels to Mars to seek answers.
Fans of science fiction will enjoy Lunara: Seth and Chloe. The world Davenport created is rich with details. The story is fast paced and storyline is well-developed. Davenport provides a significant amount of background information to provide his audience with important facts.
Though I do not usually read science fiction, I am impressed with Davenport’s writing. It is evident how much time and effort the author put into his first novel.
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