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Path to Old Talbot

4.48  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Charity can escape her unpleasant reality by stepping through the parlor closet of her mother’s new home, a mansion built in the 1800’s.

In her hometown of Talbot, New York, in the year 1880, she doesn’t have to worry about her depressed father skipping his medications or her mother flirting with her coworker. Instead, she gets to know the hatter’s son, w
Published March 24th 2017 by Crushing Hearts Black Butterfly
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When thirteen year old Charity moved with her mother Isadora to her dream house in Talbot, they were leaving her father Max behind at their old home. Tensions in the household were high so a separation seemed necessary. Charity was excited to be in the old mansion which had been built in the 1800s – the old furniture and knickknacks had been left there by the previous owner, so their historical significance was important to both Isadora and Charity, with their continued interest in the past.

At thirteen, an age of chaotic emotions and insecurity about life, Charity learns firsthand, the powers of love, loss, mental illness and the magic of finding a place where your problems can be left behind. In a time when things are simple, more honest, less polished and more forgiving, Charity will learn to give of herself, deal with her own problems and discover friends she will always cherish. For Charity and her mother, that new life began the day they opened the door on their new home, a we ...more
Alicia Huxtable
Mar 27, 2017 Alicia Huxtable rated it it was amazing
I love Jordan Elizabeth Mierek's books and this one is no different. She amazes me with how she can transport me to another place and bring her characters to life.
In the one Charity moves away with her mother Isadora, from her father, who is mentally ill but refuses to take his medication. They find a way to Old Talbot through a door in their new house and from there, things become magical.
G. Miki
Feb 18, 2017 G. Miki rated it it was amazing
Dad is having another of his usual meltdowns, crying and screaming. Charity and Mom are moving, without him, to an unbelievable place--a place that really can't exist, but does. This new home brings magic to Jordan Elizabeth's readers, a true adventure that both young adults and even more adult readers can revel in. The novel is a 10, an A++, an escape for both characters and readers, a definite yes. –G. Miki Hayden, author of The Heroine’s Journey
Donna Foston
Thanks to the author for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. I liked the premise of this book, but it seemed lacking in details and character development. For instance, we only see Max at his absolute worst. It would have been nice to see him, or memories of him, in happier times. Otherwise, why are Isadora and Charity trying so hard to hold on? Also, it seems like Isadora and Charity have a close relationship, but when Charity learns about something in her mom's life th ...more
May 03, 2017 Kaila rated it it was amazing
This was a really good story.. The characters were in depth.. there was good and bad in this.. the emotions were all over the place.. it had a lot of twists and turns.. overall it was very well written and i really enjoyed it.
Samantha Cutler
May 13, 2017 Samantha Cutler rated it really liked it
I did receive a copy in exchange for an honest review. The beginning started a bit slow and I worried I would not enjoy the story, but as I got to know the characters I found myself thoroughly enjoying the ride. It is unique and it was a joy to watch the characters develop well.
Jan 25, 2017 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Path to Old Talbot is a sweeping tale of adventure and escape weaved between heartbreak and starting anew. Charity's story hits you right in the heart. I loved Path to Old Talbot, and the way the author weaved the past with the present. Mierek made the past really come alive, which isn't always easy to do. This book made me cry a lot-- another thing that's not easy to do! 5 stars!
Apr 04, 2017 wrecked_life rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
It's a fascinating story about the past and the present crossing paths. Charity's life is not easy and when she moves to a mansion with her mother the only thing that keeps her going is to know that there is an escape.... escape from the present, from her reality. Whenever she wants she can go to the old Talbot. Unfortunately she can't stay there forever. Every time she must return to her home. At least she had something to look forward to.
Soon she has friends in the old Talbot. People
Debbie Bratt
Apr 14, 2017 Debbie Bratt rated it it was amazing
There are many reasons why I love Jordan Mierek's books BUT the main reason I loved this book in particular is the authors keen perception and insight to mental illness, depression and how it impacts the family. Living with someone who suffers and can't control their emotions is extremely hard. When Charity speaks, she gives a voice to the family member's thoughts and feelings about suffering (often alone) with the afflicted family member. Depression and mental illness not only impacts the perso ...more
Darlene Cruz
Apr 16, 2017 Darlene Cruz rated it it was amazing
I liked everything about this story, escaping from personal issues through a portal of magical wonder.
Face the heartbreak and challenges of mental illness plays on every emotions. Then to escape from the personal issues different scenario, can it strain their relationship? Whose relationship? The very word 'escape' caused an enthusiastic feeling for mother and daughter. I felt the description of the old house, vividly danced through my mind. Did it creep me out? You betcha. I was waiting and won
Kirsti Call
Apr 03, 2017 Kirsti Call rated it really liked it
Shelves: author
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

As a therapist, I'm always interested in stories that accurately portray depression. Jordan Elizabeth does an excellent job of showing what it's like to live with depressed loved ones. I loved how kind Charity and her mother are, despite how awfully Max treats them. There's a lot of compassion in this book, but also truths about how it's not easy to live with untreated mental illness.

I loved the escapism in the boo
Kitty Galore
Apr 29, 2017 Kitty Galore rated it it was amazing

This is the first time I have read a book with a story line such as this. This book is about Charity, a teenager, adjusting to life in a new home after her parents separate. This story line addresses mental illness, a real issue in today's society. I liked the fact that the author shows mental illness from both sides...We see what Charity's father is like dealing with his issues and what it does to Charity and her mother. Chari
Donna Thompson
Apr 12, 2017 Donna Thompson rated it it was amazing
When I first starting reading Jordan Elizabeth's books, I realized I had found another author that was going to quickly become a favorite. Having read several of them now, I find that each one becomes my new favorite and "Path to Old Talbot" is it. Ever since "The Chronicles of Narnia," "A Wrinkle in Time" and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," I've been a fan of stories where children escape to alternate realities, be it through the back of a closet, a tesseract or on a flying carpet. This book has pl ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Apr 27, 2017 Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon rated it really liked it

*** 4.5 Cranky Stars ***

13 year old Charity and her mom are packing the car to leave Daddy. Daddy is a manic depressive who is non-compliant with his medication and is enabled by his quack of a therapist. They hope that by leaving he will pull himself together and join them.

At their new house (mom's dream house from her childhood) an old mansion, Charity discovers a doorway into the past, to old Talbot. Her and mom go exploring and realize that it is a doorway to the past, and after mom has some
Sean Talbot
Apr 01, 2017 Sean Talbot rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-reads-2017
one of the best things about reading this author is that each book is so different from the last. there can be no comparison at all as thrybseem to delve differently.

what I like most about this book it shows true kindness as well as some of the underlying tones that were was but showed just why the main characters are like they are.
Jane Firebaugh
Mar 31, 2017 Jane Firebaugh rated it it was amazing
I love books about time travel and this one was definitely no exception. A wonderful story, addressing mental illness and family dynamics with a splash of romance and a nice portion of history. Awesome read and I highly recommend it to young adults as well as older adults. I'd love to see a sequel!!!
Mar 29, 2017 Wendy rated it really liked it
In “Path to Old Talbot” Jordon Elizabeth Mierek introduces thirteen-year-old Charity Snow who’s overwhelmed by the moody depression of a mentally ill father so moves with her mother to an old mansion in their town. With the family relationship broken because of her father’s reluctance to turn his life around and to take his medication regularly, and with their finances tight with the move to the new house, Charity and her mother are surprised and excited when they find a mysterious doorway into ...more
Jane Firebaugh
Mar 31, 2017 Jane Firebaugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books about time travel and this one was definitely no exception. A wonderful story, addressing mental illness and family dynamics with a splash of romance and a nice portion of history. Awesome read and I highly recommend it to young adults as well as older adults. I'd love to see a sequel!!!

Charity's father has had depression ever since she can remember. And he is making it harder than ever for them to stay together as a family.
When she and her mother Isadora move to another house- Isadora's dream mansion- they find a closet that can actually transport you to the past.

A closet that is secretly a time portal in a mysterious old mansion was a brilliant idea! It made for an exciting adventure. And I love that author can make history seem like such an exciting, amazing thing, and how
Paula Genereau
Mar 28, 2017 Paula Genereau rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Jordan has become one of my favorite authors. I had a hard time putting it down. I think this is one of my favorite books
Liesl Biddell
Apr 19, 2017 Liesl Biddell rated it liked it
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Melissa Levine
Apr 03, 2017 Melissa Levine rated it it was ok
*** Jordan, please don’t take me off your mailing list, I really enjoyed all of your other stories!***

I hate leaving bad reviews for writers that I like. But, this story, in my opinion, was not up to par when compared to Jordan’s previous stories. I was left with an overall feeling that this story belonged to someone who was new/immature at writing. I’ve read several of Jordan’s stories over the years and maybe it was because the Charity was a kid, but I was left with the impression of someone i
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