Pete McLean is the only child of a wealthy widowed farm wife, with Isaac being their bla ...more
This do know, I GREATLY liked this heartfelt, thought-provoking, enthralling story. Companionably readable, this is a storyteller's story, rich in atmosphere, colorful characters, culture-essence dialogue and a kinship storyline.
"All along the three-mile drive, every car and truck that they met pulled over to the side of the road in a silent show of respect. Ever since he w ...more
Missing Isaac is a vivid portrait of a community in the 1960s South, concentrating on the story of a boy growing up and learning about class, love, family, faith, and community.
In the opening scene Pete's father has died in an accident; his field hand Isaac tried to save him. Isaac befriends Pete; later he disappears.
I expected Isaac's story to be the main one, but instead it is placed on the back burner while we watch Pete grow up. Looking for Isaac, Pete meets a girl from an isolated family ...more
Southern charm abounds in this lovely novel. So many fabulous secondary characters. Even those with cold hearts were well written.
The beginning of the book pulled me in, especially the interaction with Pete and Isaac. There was ...more
There is a lot of pain and heartache here and when we face growing up in the 1960’s Alabama, and meet prejudice head on. This is Pete’s story and his family that found the town of “Glory”, the setting of this story.
While the author has us walking in Pete’s shoes, we experience and walk with others in this community, and learn a ...more
As the title suggests, we are introduced to a young boy, Pete, who has latched on to his father’s field hand, Isaac, after some terrible circumstances. Isaac is like the big br ...more
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I was so excited to start this debut novel from author Valerie Fraser Luesse. The first thing I usually notice about a book is its cover and I totally loved this one. Missing Isaacis a beautifully written story that takes place during the 1960’s in the small southern town of Glory, Alabama.
The main character was Pete, an eleven year old boy who loses his father to an accident at the beginning of the book....more
Southern rural community culture plays an essential role in Missing Isaac, the setting is more than a simple canvas for this story to be painted on. It is the South and the collective pride and prejudices of her people that form the foundation and framework of this immersive experience.
Pete McLean is just a nice young man and I'm sure his mama is over the moon proud of him. Isaac Reynolds might be employed by the McLean family but Pete is unconcerned by age, soc ...more
I received this book from the publisher. This ...more
Set in the 1960s in rural Alabama, Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse is a quick-read that's rich in content, imagery, and emotionally-filled southern dialect. The book opens ... Full review posted: bit.ly/PageBedtime
Yet it works despite these “errors”. Or perhaps because of them. When Pete’s father dies in a farm accident, Pete’s relationship with Isaac is ...more
The novel starts in 1962, when 11 year old Pete loses his father in a farming accident. One of the workers on the farm, Isaac, tries to fill in for Pete's dad when he can - taking him fishing and sharing life lessons with him. Isaa ...more
I was really excited to win this won because after my sneak peek, it was a book I wanted to read. It did not disappoint me.
When I first started reading, Pete is a child and idolises his father. His father works in the cotton fields, which is the family business. Not far into the book, Pete looses his dad from an accident in the cotton fields and this is where Isaac comes in. Isaac is a 30 year old black man who has worked for Pete's grandfather (daddy B ...more
But I didn't love the story as much as I thought I would.
Given the title and the book's description, I expected Isaac's disappearance to be a major part of the story. In truth, his disappearance only casts a vague shadow throughout most of the book. In fact, Pete w ...more
Missing Isaac is billed as a coming of age story, which I do believe it is, not only for Pete but for his love interest, Dovey. The story follows Pete’s life from about 11 to 17 and how he reacts to the passing of his father; his friend Isaac that goes missing; and meeting the love of his life by chance while searching ...more
In Glory, Alabama, in 1964, Isaac Reynolds, a black field hand goes missing. When Jack McLean, Isaac’s friend and employer, was killed two years earlier, Isaac took Pete, Jack’s son, under his wing and the two were almost inseparable. Thirteen-year-old Pete sets out to try and find out what happened to Isaac; in the process he finds a new friend and learns about the worl ...more
Set in the south, “Missing Isaac” gave a very interesting look into life during the 1960’s, in a town where both rich and poor, black and white, consisted. What first drew me to this debut novel was the time period – I don’t see a lot of Christian fiction set during the 1960’s, so that immediately caught my attention along with the fact that I’ve been looking for more CF set during this time. :) However, this was primarily a southern 1960’s view and what they had to go through, not so ...more
Well. Even with this novel’s title and the beginning, ending, and some pieces of the mystery in the middle, much of the book doesn’t have a whole lot to do with Isaac, or Pete’s connection to him. It’s a coming of age/love story ...more