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The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green

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Sometimes wonder is found not beyond the stars, but a few feet from your own front door...

Daniel Green makes crop circles. As a member of a secret organization, he travels across the country creating strange works of art that leave communities mystified.

He's always been alone; in fact, he prefers it. But when a dying farmer hires him in a last-ditch effort to bring publici
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Carolyn
Sam Barts is a farmer in a small Vermont town, struggling with drought and attracting young people to stay and work the farms. Sam is dying of cancer and in his final months has come up with a plan to give the town an injection of interest and tourism. He's engaged Daniel Green to design a crop circle that he will secretly make under cover of darkness in Sam's cornfield. Daniel is part of a clandestine group that hires themselves out to make crop circles. He has created fourteen before in other ...more
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The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green is a beautiful story of hope and perseverance. Erica Boyce writes with creative, poetic language. This book was so wonderful- so different from what I tend to come across these days. I loved how eccentric the entire story was and the healing and lessons that happened. I feel like I went on a journey with Daniel and Nessa as well as her whole family. It’s a story that won’t soon leave you. What begins as a delightful journey goes deep. All along the way the lan ...more
Karen R
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I enjoyed many aspects of the story, especially those related to the crop circles. The ‘circlers’ are based on a real group of people and circle-making is generously weaved into Boyce’s story. Some of the related elements are quite fascinating.

The author introduces a number of fractured and flawed characters and successfully works towards reconciling relationships and quieting demons. I did think that the book was too tedious in parts, especially during Daniel and Nessa’s road trip. A good effor
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Tiffany
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This Netgalley request was one I made because of all the great reviews on #bookstagram. To see fellow book lovers swoon over a book that I haven't read gave me serious fomo, so I had to have it. I had almost forgotten about this book until the #reviewathon and I'm so glad I picked this one up. I laughed, I cried, and my heart broke while reading about Daniel and Sam's family. This book does contain difficult content, but Boyce did a wonderful job writing it in a respectful way. I honestly adored ...more
KC
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. There is a mystique about crop circles. Are they manmade or designed by something more celestial? Daniel Green is part of a highly clandestine group of individuals who design and create crop circles worldwide. Daniel travels to Munsen, Vermont after his talents are requested by a terminally ill farmer and his wife with the hopes that the publicity that these perplexing crop circles may generate will save their dying farmland and rural town. With the familiar prose of Rachel Joyce, Eri ...more
Chris Conley
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful. Completely original and fascinating story!!
Bridget
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a great, unusual read! I hadn't known what to expect from this novel but I know that I loved its title and the alluring front cover, both of which caught my attention.

This sweet and engaging story begins with Daniel Green who has a fascination with crop circles. He, along with other members of a secret organization, travels across the country creating strange works of art that leave communities mystified. But when a dying farmer hires him in a last-ditch effort to bring publicity t
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Karen ⊰✿
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Barts is a farmer in Vermont who is watching his small town decline while his health does the same. As a last ditch effort to attract people to his town, he comes across an underground group called "The Circlers" who are volunteers that create crop circles. Sam hires them and Daniel Green is assigned to the job.

So begins this lovely story which is all about love, family, and community. It was just as interesting to me in terms of the descriptions of a small town farming community as it was t
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Cori
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book's central theme was unexpected but super enjoyable. The crop circles topic was so unique but it worked well and the relationships that were built out of that were well done. The different points of views that picked up right after each other was also an enjoyable part of the book.
Without over explaining, one part that I bookmarked to reread in the future is about the pebble in the shoe. The example is a great explanation and claififier and was an important part to the book. The intens
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Linda Quinn
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daniel Green has spent his adult life making crop circles as part of a secret society that travels the world doing so. When he is hired by a farmer in a small Vermont town to make his 15th circle, his life is changed forever. Great characters and a really satisfying ending make this my new go-to book for people who are looking for a good read to escape their own problems for a while.
Penny (Literary Hoarders)
Now don't let the 3-star think this was not a good read for me. It's a very good story, and I liked it a great deal, it was just that I felt there was a lot going on inside. It felt like it was just too much sometimes.

There was plenty inside too to remind me of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, a book I just finished before reading about Daniel Green. The small town that is petering out with the absence of the younger people to sustain it and in The Fifteen Wonders' case, it's old Sam that
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Anne
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I am only giving this interesting novel 3 stars because several times throughout the book, the story was bogged down with way too many details. However, the necessary details were beautifully written and I could feel the love, the joy, the anguish, the sorrow most keenly, of many of the characters. I felt that the story lagged when the attention was turned to the history of the making of the crop circles, and of the storyline that involved Ray, as well as Daniel's past girlfriend.

Thank you to Ne
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Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)
The perfect amount of weird and quirky and quiet and emotional.
Lolly K Dandeneau
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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‘The farm is beautiful at this hour, before the fog has lifted and you start remembering the ways it has betrayed you.’

The small town of Munsen, Vermont is in trouble, a land full of collapsing barns and dead fields await Daniel Green who has been requested by a farmer named Sam. In a plan to bring publicity with his mysterious crop circles, Sam thinks it will be enough to get the ‘young folks’ to stick around, maybe create enough interest to br
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Seema Rao
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charming ~ Enjoyable ~ Touching

tl; dr: Small farm town uses crop circles to cause a stir.

Boyce's freshman efforts starts with a young man using a board to create crop circles. A small town in New England is struggling, and they are hoping for a little press. This well-written book introduces the readers to numerous characters, told in three voices. I found the book charming but not groundbreaking. I will say the crop circles was novel, and that was what drew me to the book. That said, this book
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Chloe
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book as an E-ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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While I enjoyed the underlying aspects of the story, I did not love this book as much as I hoped. It is a story told from multiple perspectives, and all characters working through inner demons and how they overcome them. Through this storyline there were many heart warming moments of forgiveness and redemption, along with many heartbreaking moments that truly made you feel for the characters. So, while the characters
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Chris Murphy
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The novel centers around a farming family in Vermont; the dying father hires Daniel to make a crop circle in his fields, as a last act of impact on the town he loves. The characters deal with the tough reality of their present and their past; there is love, loss, beauty, and flaws. This book has some powerful lessons and will give you "the feels" for sure. The characters draw you in; despite the surreal setting of crop circles, it all feels *very* real.

I loved many parts of this book; picking o
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Colleen
Sam Barts owns a small farm in Vermont and is part of a rural community that is slowly dying out as all the young people leave to pursue a living in more urban areas. Sam is also dying of cancer, and has decided he needs to do something to save the town. He hires Daniel Green, who is a member of a clandestine group that makes crop circles, to come make a crop circle in his field, in hopes that this will inject some tourism and general interest to his community. While Daniel works on creating a c ...more
Karen
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

What an absolute gem of a book. This story took me a while to get into, I kept reading a few pages at a time and not really connecting with it but I finally sat down today to give it a full hour and I was sucked right into the story.

This is one of my favorite kind of novels. There's some plot but really what carries the novel is the rich, layered, 3-dimensional characters. The story is told in rotating chapters from three different characters' points of view. And they all felt real, com
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Eileen
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Likable novel about an odd subject: people who secretly make crop circles. The story really focuses on the characters more than the circles—a farming family in which the father is dying of cancer and a young man who hires on to make the circle, in hopes of drawing traffic to the moribund community. Decent read.
Nan Williams
I appreciate the opportunity to read an advanced digital copy of this book and wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for that in exchange for an honest review.

I also appreciate the impetus to learn more about crop circles and the people (not aliens!) who made them. Yes, I remember back to the 70s when they began to appear and were quite a mystery and a hot news topic.

The format of the book was difficult for me. Each chapter was written in the first person by a different person – probably 8 o
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R.L. Maizes
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so fortunate to get an Advance Review Copy of this book. It’s a moving story, beautifully told, about family and love and friendship, about a dying town and way of life, and the young man who’s recruited to save them. Pick it up. You’ll be so glad you did.
CindySlowReader#Vaccinated!
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
There was so much going on in this story I'm not sure why it was such a slog to get through it. Also the title should have been The Fifteenth Wonder of Daniel Green. ...more
Kelli Estes
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this story!
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Angie Bauman
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book had a lot of heart. At first I didn’t think the concept would interest me, however I grew engrossed with the characters and seeing them all come together to help provide such a simple idea come to life for Sam just made it so wonderful.
Lynn Derks
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WONDERFUL! I love this book. It's hard to believe this is her first published novel. Boyce is a keen observer of human behavior. She is also a very balanced writer, as in narrative and dialogue work well together throughout. I found myself falling in love with each of the characters. ...more
Katie
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Told from several voices, the story of Daniel Green is a story of a small town, family, love, brokenness and forgiveness. The addition of the crop circle mystique adds another interesting layer to a well-written and carefully woven narrative. The author seamlessly moves between times in the characters' lives to explain how their past has shaped the people they've become. More importantly, how their stories intertwine and shape one another.

Several parts of the story moved very slowly. I did enjoy
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Gabi Coatsworth
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that you keep putting down so it will last longer. Or you read it all in one go. I stretched it out, and will probably read it again, because it's wonderful. So well written, and the emotional understanding the author brings to the characters belies her youth. It's hard to believe this is a debut novel. The themes encompass the struggle between rural and urban existence, acceptance of others, the revelation of secrets that can mar relationships but that forgiveness can ...more
Katherine Riley
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green is an enchanting and moving novel about beautiful, flawed people in a beautiful, flawed place. Boyce deftly weaves together the threads of half a dozen struggling lives, all within the setting of one small struggling farming town. Boyce is a wonderful, intimate writer, imbuing each page with deepening tension and an emotional resonance reminiscent of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge.
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