Glory has been raising her daughter alone since the loss of her husband in the war. Thankfully she owns the farm where...moreEsmeralda by Judith Leger Review
Glory has been raising her daughter alone since the loss of her husband in the war. Thankfully she owns the farm where her and Cassie, her daughter, live. Mr. Lanter is her hired hand and while Glory doesn't particularly like him, he does his job. Not many would live this far from town so she is happy he continues to work for her. Sheriff Will Moore, an old friend of both Glory and her deceased husband, stops by to check on her.
Cassie's best friend Esmeralda has been watching over Glory's family for as long as she can remember. Many people claim that Esmeralda has magical powers or that she is a witch but Glory knows better. Esmeralda is just an old weather beaten wooden statue that is slowly rotting away to nothingness.
When a scream pierces the mountain air, all that Glory knows or thinks she knows, is about to change.
A creepy short story very reminiscent of what was once upon a time found in an Alfred Hitchcock Presents collection. The storyteller pulls you in and keeps you focused until the hair raising end. Well worth the read!
I received my copy through the author in exchange for my honest review.(less)
Rise Up is a mixed bag collection of 24 short stories by CS. Fuqua. The stories include the sci-fi fantasies of Time Now, All the Brave Soldiers and B...moreRise Up is a mixed bag collection of 24 short stories by CS. Fuqua. The stories include the sci-fi fantasies of Time Now, All the Brave Soldiers and Big Daddy's Fast-Past Gadget; the supernatural thrillers Demons and Sand; family themed story Sibling Rivalry and my 2 personal favorites Luau and DTs.
Each story is scripted in such a way to draw you into the story right away and keep your interest until the sometimes surprising end.
I have always enjoyed short story collections and this one does not disappoint. Well worth reading! Some of my favorites include:
All the Brave Soldiers: Medical advancements aren't always a cool thing.
The Pinpoint Tune: Practical joker meets practical nurse
Time Now: How many times would you change the past to change the future?
The Tenor's Wife: Obesity can shorten a life, though not in the 'weigh' you think.
Big Daddy's Fast-Past Gadget: A gadget after my own heart (or car)
Demons: Finding the demon inside can sometimes set you free
Luau: A tasty introduction to a native party
Rise Up: Music can change emotions and feelings, among other things, if done correctly(less)
This was a very disturbing novel on the effects war has on a young American man, thrust into a war 6000 miles from his home, his family and his girl a...moreThis was a very disturbing novel on the effects war has on a young American man, thrust into a war 6000 miles from his home, his family and his girl and what his life and the life of his family becomes after the war is over. But don't get me wrong, this is not a typical war novel but rather a character study of the McCleary family.
James,a veteran of World War II, and eldest son, Jonathan, have always been at odds. Jonathan has suffered his entire life from the indifference his father has shown him and as time goes by there is little chance that this will change.
After James' wife Madeline dies, James and his three sons are together one last time in the old family home. Jonathan has flown in to Rockaway Beach from California to help his brothers, middle son Matt, and youngest son, Paul, and his father sort, keep or discard the mementos and belongings of family's lifetime. The three brothers all have issues with their father but James is by far the most affected.
As Jonathan starts to sort through all the contents stuffed into the house's attic, he comes across his father's army foot-locker, brought home with James from the war. Jonathan has little interest in the war. Seeing little of interest to him, Jonathan moves to another section of attic and finds a shoe box filled with letters. All are addressed to his mom, he's curious as he realizes these are letters his father wrote to his mother while he was stationed in Europe. James will not discuss his time as a soldier and Madeline would tell the boys little of James' story as she says it is not her story to tell. Jonathan has never considered his father to be anything but a distant, cold, humorless man. The letters are a both a revelation and a shock! Things are not always as they appear, nor as black and white as we all think.
This is not your typical life after war, boy makes good, happy ever after novel that is usually written, nor is it filled with an abundance of gore, slaughter and violence. It is a very, very creepy (in a fantastic way) look into the minds and emotions of a group of soldiers, brought together by war; how, who and why they survived; and how it affected one man (and his family) in particular in the years afterward. The author, Frank Nappi, weaves an incredible tale about the human spirit, what one can and will do to survive and how actions, taken or not, effects everyone around us, and how our thoughts can control us unless we can learn to control them.
The writing is very clear, vivid and real. The characters were quite the collection of differing personalities, each with good and bad traits. I really enjoyed the unexpected way the story went from James' past to Jonathan's present using Madeline's letters. And trust me, it works!
I received my copy by the author and was asked for an honest review in return.(less)
In 1603, Gabrielle Carelton was a lady in Queen Elizabeth's court for 6 years. Black of hair, green of eye, heavy of weight, Gabrielle sees herself as...more In 1603, Gabrielle Carelton was a lady in Queen Elizabeth's court for 6 years. Black of hair, green of eye, heavy of weight, Gabrielle sees herself as a plain looking, plump woman. While she will devoted to her queen and her country, she is not afraid of speaking her mind when occasions warrant it. After the Queen compares her to a stuffed goose, she suffers even more from insecurities about herself.
When Queen Elizabeth calls a meeting with Gabrielle to take place in the early morning, Gabby is worried, very worried. Queen Elizabeth is not an early riser so Gabby knows that it can't be good news. When Queen Elizabeth tells Gabby that she is to wed a Scotsman, she is shocked, when she discovers the Scotsman is Colin Douglas of the Douglas clan, she is horrified! Queen Elizabeth will not take no for an answer and Gabby, who has always been loyal to the Queen, knows that she will have to accept what she has been ordered to do.
The Maxwell clan and the Douglas clan have been enemies for decades. Gabrielle with her small drop of Maxwell blood is perfect for the Queen's plan. Not only will it hopefully settle some of the strife on the borderlands by uniting the 2 clans, but it also rids the Queen of Gabby, who rumor has it, has been friendly with Robert Devereaux whom the Queen looks on as her special suitor. The only way Gabby can get out of this is if she goes against the Queen and that she will not do.
On the border, Colin Douglas' twin Connor, known far and wide as The Black Douglas, devises a plan that will get him payback against his twin, and help to settle some of the unrest on the border. His plan includes kidnapping and then marrying Gabby, begetting a son, and having her die (he believes that all Englishwomen are frail, helpless beings).
When a feverish and sick Gabby first lays eyes on Connor, she is instantly attracted. Little does she know, but Connor also sees something in her, something he wasn't expecting. Gabby is slowly getting better and getting to know Connor. Things heat up when a kidnapping is carried out in Connor's castle. Will he go after the kidnappers? What will happen to Gabby when she finally meets Colin? And if the rumor is true and the Queen is dead, is Gabby still obligated to marry?
Great scenes, good descriptions, and fun characters all make for an entertaining read. I enjoyed the historical facts that were incorporated into the story. A great historical romance novel.(less)
In 1948, Arthur Murphy, manager of the minor league baseball team the Milwaukee Brewers, has been sent out on the road to find some new talent. When h...moreIn 1948, Arthur Murphy, manager of the minor league baseball team the Milwaukee Brewers, has been sent out on the road to find some new talent. When he comes across 17 year old Mickey Tussler throwing crab-apples into a barrel with fantastic speed and accuracy, he believes he has found the man. He quickly realizes that while Mickey might have the best arm he has seen in all his years of baseball, Mickey's not quite like everyone else. Murph's not worried though. He thinks that Mickey's ability with pitching will overcome any obstacles that will be put in the way.
Mickey Tussler has not had an easy life. Mildly autistic, Mickey has always been a bitter disappointment to his father. His ability to throw has opened up an incredible opportunity for Mickey with the farm team. He's unease around the other players is slowly overcome as most members of the team slowly accept him. Pee Wee, a teammate of Mickey, befriends Mickey. He understands the hardships of beings different as his sister is deaf and has always faced challenges and prejudices due to her inability to hear and speak.
As the season progresses the team slowly comes together. Most of the players realize that Mickey is a main part of why they are winning and are coming to accept his oddities. One man on the team though is angry. Angry and jealous. Lefty thinks of himself first, last and always. A good pitcher in his own right, Lefty believes he is better than Mickey and the rest of the team. He thinks Mickey shouldn't be playing and is willing to do whatever it takes to get him off the team. This is a moving account of life in the late 1940's after the war, a boy's coming of age, a boy overcoming tremendous obstacles to become accepted in the everyday world and a well written account of the hardships and joys of baseball.
A wonderful cast of characters which include Mickey, pitcher extraordinaire but due to his autism an odd duck; Pee Wee, fellow baseball player, a caring and accepting man; Lefty, unable to see anything or anyone but himself; and several other interesting people.
The story has a nice even tempo. It starts to pick up pace as the Brewers get closer and closer to the end of the season and a chance at the playoffs. The baseball scenes are well written and give you the feeling of being there in the stands, in the dugout and on the pitching mound. Touches of humor, conflict and friendship keep the story from being flat.
The ending however fell flat for me. I just didn't feel it was keeping with the rest of the book. It almost felt like it was tacked on simply to end the story.
All in all, a great story that will appeal to many people. This isn't just for baseball fans, it would also appeal to anyone who likes a great people story or for anyone who likes to see the underdog come out ahead. I do look forward to reading Sophomore Campaign which is the sequel to The Legend of Mickey Tussler. (less)
Amanda Lennox, blond, green eyed and intelligent, at least she thought she was intelligent until she lied to get this job of bringing Roger Thornton B...moreAmanda Lennox, blond, green eyed and intelligent, at least she thought she was intelligent until she lied to get this job of bringing Roger Thornton Bannister III home. The little monster was making the already rough trip through the western countryside unbearable. Amanda has always prided herself on her even temper but now, stuck in the river, with the spoiled Roger splashing her and demanding lunch, Amanda is ready to blow. Even Roger realizes that perhaps he's pushed her too far and goes rushing off into the forest to find someone to help Amanda.
To Amanda's surprise and relief, Roger comes back with a man. But after just a few minutes with this man, Amanda's wondering if maybe being trapped in the river wasn't better than having to put up with this man.
Jacob Blackhawk Chandler is no one's idea of a hero, including himself. A half breed Indian with a chip the size of the Rockies on his shoulder, Jake doesn't want to get involved with Amanda and Roger but since there is no one else around to get Amanda out of the hole she's in, he steps up.
Getting out of the river requires a lot more body contact then Amanda was prepared for. She's thankful that Jake was there to help but is uneasy with the new thoughts crowding her head. She just wants to get back on the trail and get Roger home.
Ready to leave Amanda and Roger to find their way through the country side is fine with him until Roger comes up missing. Amanda turns again to him for help and against his better judgement, Jake agrees to help find Roger. He tells himself it's because of the money that Amanda has offered him and nothing else.
As Amanda and Jake trek through the countryside on Roger's trail, they find themselves drawn to each other. But what kind of life can a angry half breed offer a proper Bostonian white woman specially in a country where Indians and white people don't mix, and being caught together can cause death?
I really enjoyed this novel. With wonderful commentary on the western countryside, the tiny towns and the relationships between people of different races this was a very readable novel. The characters are well rounded, with some flaws which helps to make them believable. The story clips along at a steady pace.(less)
A curse had been put on Gabriel so that he would know nothing but pain and sorrow. Fathye, his soul mate,had been hanged along with several other inno...moreA curse had been put on Gabriel so that he would know nothing but pain and sorrow. Fathye, his soul mate,had been hanged along with several other innocents during the Salem Witch Trials and though he was a powerful warlock he had been unable to save her. At the loss of his beloved Faythe Gabriel has survived the past 3 hundred years in an emotional vacuum. Until Taylor... Taylor, a girl of our time, has come to accept that supernatural beings do exist. Smart, sexy and savvy, she is at once out of her depth when she is sent back in time 3 centuries, back to Salem, back to the Witch Trials. If only she could remember who she was and why she was walking around in the dead of night in a creepy forest. The deja vu feelings she is having are not helping nor is the pain from the wound on her head! Suddenly it all makes horrible sense to Gabriel...the beautiful outcast Faythe, from 3 centuries ago is actually the 20th century Taylor! This time though Gabriel vows to protect Taylor/Faythe even if it costs him his eternal life. While this is book 3 in the Hanaford Park series it is a great stand alone novel (I myself have not yet read books 1 and 2 but would very much like to). I was, I admit, expecting a little supernatural, witches and warlocks romance novel with a hopefully well written story and interesting characters. What it is is so much more! A humorous, well scripted novel involving found, then lost, love; witches and warlocks; time travel and a way of looking at the Salem Witch Trials that makes you go hmmm. The characters are quirky, humorous, likable and believable. The storyline is well paced and interesting and definitely has some twists to it. I received my copy through GoodReads FirstReads and my review was unsolicited. (less)
Alexander Donovan graduated Annapolis at 22 years of age. Boredom set in fairly quickly so he applied to and became a Nav...moreSlow Boat to Purgatory Review
Alexander Donovan graduated Annapolis at 22 years of age. Boredom set in fairly quickly so he applied to and became a Navy Seal. It was as if he had come home! After 8 years as a seal, this fearless, methodical man had his career ended by bullet which shattered his knee. For many years now he has just drifted through life with no direction or aim.
In WWII, Alex's grandfather Randolph was a soldier in the American army. Randolph is the only one left alive, scattered around him are the bodies of German and American soldiers united now in death. The only option for Randolph is to try and fight his way back through the German line to get to his countrymen. An unavoidable explosion leaves Randolph dying in pain and unbearable agony.
Gaspar De Rouse is tired, tired as only an immortal can be. For seven hundred long years he has protected the secret that led to his human death, his resurrection and his chance to enter heaven when he redeems himself. He is a man with few friends, but many enemies. If he is found, it could lead to ultimate destruction.
Dominicus Bureau is a priest sent on a quest to find Gaspar De Rouse and get the secret that only he knows. Dominicus maybe a priest, but he would not hesitate to kill in the name of God. Upon Randolph Donovan's death at 96 years of age, a series of events is set into motion, events that can change the world as we know it. Alex is sent on a quest by his dead grandfather, given only vague clues and an old key. When he starts out to find what his grandfather was hiding, little does he know he is being watched by many different people who all want different things from him, including his death.
Somehow Gaspar De Rouse, Dominicus Bureau and Alex Donovan have a shared destiny, one that will forever change their lives.
I really enjoyed this novel. It was set in modern day, with flashbacks to 1944, and to medieval times. The descriptions of the people, customs, housing and art of the different periods is very detailed, without becoming too much. The characters are believable, well fleshed out and I really like that all have very human flaws and emotions. The storyline transitioned smoothly through all the time periods and all the story lines. A very exciting book, one that was very hard to put down.(less)
Now I must admit, I requested a review copy simply because this was a debut novel for the author A.D. Koboah and not because I'm a particular fan of p...moreNow I must admit, I requested a review copy simply because this was a debut novel for the author A.D. Koboah and not because I'm a particular fan of paranormal fantasy fiction. But this is not just a paranormal fantasy fiction, it's a beautiful love story, a touching look at mother-daughter relationships and a haunting look at the lives, loves and feelings of slaves in early America.
Atlanta, 2011 - Dallas Marshall is a family rebel, in no small part because she receives psychic impressions or vibes. She disliked most of her family, finding them to be driven only to increase their already substantial fortunes. When her grandma had passed away, the only one left in the family who was like her was her artist aunt, Rose. There was a joke in the family about a guardian angel. Needing a refuge from her other family, Dallas is staying with her aunt. Wanting to be close again to her grandma, Dallas goes to the basement where her grandma's things are stored. Inside an old chest, Dallas finds what appears to be a journal. Receiving an impression when she touches the book, she knows it is written by an unknown woman, but a woman she has some kind of connection with. She opens the book and enters a different world, one that will change her life.
In 1807, Luna is a beautiful slave woman, owned and abused by Master Henry, and then by his son Master John. The only control Luna has in her life is to get rid of the pregnancies resulting by this abuse. Getting caught would be deadly, but she will not allow a child of hers to be owned by the Master. Her mother, Mama Akosua, had been sold away when Luna was 3. But she had found a way to remain close to her daughter, living a 2 hour walk away. Mama Akosua is an herbalist and some say, a witch. She helps her daughter to abort the children, except the first one, a daughter, that she had spirited away.
Luna has turned to God and has trouble believing in her mother's powers, even though there are times she feels them within herself. At a fire ravaged chapel on master's property, Luna has hidden a bible she had stolen from master's wife. She loves that book, and wishes so much that she could read the words herself. She feels something evil at the chapel, but cannot stay away.
After leaving the chapel, she meets the creature. Luna stares in awe at him. He is beautiful in his guise as a human man, but it is just a guise. But there is another entity in the clearing by the chapel, and it is pure evil. Luna needs to get away, run fast and get away from them both.
After the creature in human guise stops Master John from having his carnal way with Luna, it is revealed the creature is a vampire. He spirits Luna away, to keep her safe. As times pass, she falls in love with Avery, the name of the man he was before being turned into a vampire.
I can't say more as I don't want to spoil the surprises in this wonderful paranormal, vampire fantasy romance novel.
The only thing I would change about this novel is to make the story of Luna read like actual journal entries. I believe that would have made a more powerful statement.
I received my copy through LibraryThing and was asked for my honest opinion. (less)
This is a small book with big impact. A look back in time to the 1950's through the eyes of a now grown man. As a child Rob grew up living on a 365 ac...moreThis is a small book with big impact. A look back in time to the 1950's through the eyes of a now grown man. As a child Rob grew up living on a 365 acre ranch with his mom and dad, Betty and Bullethead, and his 2 younger brothers, Randy and Rich. At that time it was not uncommon for children to get a 'lickin' when they had misbehaved. Kids then didn't have video games and didn't watch hours of television. They actually went outside and played, usually games that were made up on the spot or based on some concept like cowboys and Indians.
Out on the ranch Rob, Randy and youngest brother Rich, were always up for a new experience. The trouble was that most of those experiences that they had lead to a group 'lickin' administered by their father. He believed in the group punishment idea, as did most parents in those days, and had the 3 rules, known as Bullethead's Rules, written down and posted throughout the house.
This book tells the story of the 3 boys who had great ideas, very little fear (Randy wanted to be a daredevil when he grew up) and what happens when the great ideas the boys come up with and then implement take a slightly or sometimes greatly wrong turn.
Now for some people they'll say that 'Oh, that's horrible, spanking the children!' and say that they should have been removed from the home. But that was not the way it was then. And I know that for myself (I was born slightly later, in the 60's) I never considered it child abuse, it was what happened when you got caught doing something that although was fun, was definitely wrong.
This book has brought back some great memories of my own childhood. My 2 older brothers (they were both born in the 50's, several years before my sister and I) took it as their sacred duty to teach my sister and I some fine things like "How to blow up mom's cabbage plants with a nail and a ladyfinger firecracker (or for a better slaw, 2 ladyfingers). Yes we got punished, each of us got a lickin, and we all had to go out and scrub the neighbor's garage because the smell of rotting cabbage was pretty rank. But boy we sure had fun!
I loved how Rob Wood has taken his childhood memories and shared them with us. The story is told very clearly and with a lot of humor. He brings you right back there with he and his brothers, once with his cousin Larry, his parents and his grandparents. A humorous, well written quick read that is well worth the time to read.
I received my copy from the author and my review was unsolicited (less)
A word of warning to readers, this story takes place in 1949 and the author has used certain language, themes and events that may be offensive to some...moreA word of warning to readers, this story takes place in 1949 and the author has used certain language, themes and events that may be offensive to some readers. He does state this at the start of his book.
After the loss of the Milwaukee Brewers to Chip Mcnally's Rangers baseball team, Arthur Murphy's job as team manager is in jeopardy. He is given the task of getting star pitcher Mickey Tussler back to the pitching mound or he loses his job. After a stay in jail due to his choking of Lefty Rogers, a fellow pitcher with some issues of his own, 18-year-old mildly autistic Mickey Tussler has said that he will not play anymore and his mom Molly backs him completely. Murph's whole life has been about baseball and he will do everything he can to get Mickey playing again.
Murph has not told Mickey or his mother, Molly, about the ultimatium. He's worried and well he has talked to them both about Mickey playing again, neither says yes. At the Harvest Fair, Mickey sees the milk bottle throw and wants to play. The crowd gathers as every shot he makes brings the bottles crashing down. First one then another of the crowd recognize Mickey. The crowd starts to chant, Mickey starts to remember how it felt to throw the baseball. When he is finished he tells his mother and Mickey he wants to play again. Murph is safe!
The team starts arriving for their spring training. Pee Wee, Mickey's best friend, is back and they pick their friendship up immediately. Danvers,Clem Finster, Ruby Winkler and the rest of the team are happy to be back, glad that Mickey's back but when Boxcar, team captain and best catcher around, shows up they know somethings wrong. He is a shadow of his former self, tires easily and has lost several pounds. He insists nothings wrong, but they know better.
Murph makes a new deal with Dennison, the team owner. Murph wants to get a new backcatcher and knows exactly who he wants. He's a phenom, works a few towns over and is available but there is one major problem. The owner points out the problem and refuses to allow Murph to hire him. Murph again puts his job on the line offering to quit if Lester Sledge is not all that Murph says he is.
The team had a hard enough time last season with Mickey's oddities. Some of the players are still uncomfortable with him, but they know how valuable to the team he is. When Lester Sledge arrives the team is in shock! Learning to deal with Mickey was bad enough, Lester is a whole other kettle of fish. While they can see that he can play ball, they can also see the color of his skin, and it isn't white.
As if the problems in their own team aren't bad enough, the Rangers owner McNally and former Brewer pitcher Lefty are hatching a plot to make sure that the Brewers team, specifically Mickey and Murph, don't make it any where close to the finals. Murph adding a Lester Sledge to the roster only adds to their hatred and desire to annihilate the team.
The baseball scenes are terrific, they make you feel you are right there in the dugout, out on the field or up to bat with the players. Some of true events have been moved around, time wise, but as its a fiction story, it works well. The characters are quite a mix of personalities, with some continuing on from the first novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, and some great new ones. The story is a nice even pace that keeps you turning pages. This novel can be read alone or as the second in the Mickey Tussler series.
This was a great character study of people and events in 1949 America, a great baseball story and good example of what can happen if you allow jealousy and hatred to overshadow your life.(less)
Christopher Cameron, Anthony 'Tony' Albanese and Salvatore 'Sal' Esposito have shared everything growing up together. Always considering themselves to...moreChristopher Cameron, Anthony 'Tony' Albanese and Salvatore 'Sal' Esposito have shared everything growing up together. Always considering themselves to be brothers it amuses them to know that somewhere down the branches and limbs of the Scalamarri family tree, the three boys are related. Always joking, hanging out and helping out each other is what they have always done.
When Christopher leaves New York for Texas and a new job, it doesn't affect the their friendship at all. Chris is great with numbers and he's become quite the money wiz. Chris is very careful to keep everything legal, he's looking toward the future and hopes to see himself seated behind the desk at the white house. His wife, a wonderful woman, will do what she can to help Chris. And of course, his 2 bros, Tony and Sal will help all they can as well.
Tony and Sal like New York and they like money. They also like to lift weights and keep in very good shape. They meet Jimmy Tree and he asks them to work for him. Tony and Sal know the risks of working for the mob, but figure the money makes it worthwhile. Plus they got each others backs and if they have to they can call in Chris. Chris knows what they do and is always trying to talk them into going legit, but the pull of money is still stronger.
Tony and Sal hear some very disturbing news from Pops, Tony's 77 year old grandfather. This news changes everything for the guys but they need Chris's help. Sal and Tony arrange to meet Chris in Texas and take a long drive into New Orleans and to run some numbers. More importantly to Sal and Tony, they need to tell Chris what they've learned from Pops and to come up with a payback plan.
As the story of the 3 men moves forward, we are treated to flashbacks involving other members of the Scalamarri family tree. It never feels awkward, but flows smoothly through weaving past with present. The characters are all well rounded individuals, with good and bad habits and traits. The description of the modern day casinos in Atlantic City to the underground cellar in Vincent's parents home to riding the rails in 1935, the author makes these places come alive. A great read! (less)
Oak Island lies off the shore of Nova Scotia, close to the little town of Western Shore. Famous for the still missing pirates treasure rumored to be b...moreOak Island lies off the shore of Nova Scotia, close to the little town of Western Shore. Famous for the still missing pirates treasure rumored to be buried on Oak Island, most of the boys of the area have spent time searching for the treasure despite being forbidden to go there, including Jonah and his friend Beaz.
Jonah has decided that this summer is going to be different! In the two years since his older brother passed away, his mom has barely let him out of her sight. He and Beaz have found an old abandoned row boat that they have carefully patched up. They are finally going to dig for treasure out on Oak Island!
With the disappearance of their school teacher and one of the older female students, Jonah and Beaz's summer just got a lot more interesting.
Jonah knows more than he's saying but is working hard to make sure that he doesn't actually lie to his parents. He's growing up and having to make decisions about how much honesty is best and when to keep his suspicions to himself.
Jonah doesn't realize that what he knows could change people's lives forever, and not always in a good way.
An interesting coming of age mystery novel set in a beautifully described 1958 small Nova Scotian town. The characters are well written, the interaction between characters is at times amusing and very believable. It reads like a dark version of an old Hardy Boys book. Good read for a younger reader.
I received my copy through GoodReads FirstReads and my review was unsolicited.(less)
After reading the "Little House" books as a child, I wanted to read more books about girls that had lived long ago. My mom got me a copy of Anne of Gr...moreAfter reading the "Little House" books as a child, I wanted to read more books about girls that had lived long ago. My mom got me a copy of Anne of Green Gables and I was hooked on her story. I read all the books in the series and loved them all. Thinking back on how much I enjoyed them as a child I believe I will go back and reread them...see if they stand up as well as I remember them.(less)