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Jamie's Muse by Bonnie Lee Black
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it was amazing

Bonnie Lee Black has transformed a genealogical mystery into a literary treasure with a surprising connection to Peter Pan. The author’s great-grandmother was listed as “Unknown” on her grandfather’s death certificate. This gap in her family history launched Bonnie on a quest to give not only a name, but also a rich and vibrant life to this forgotten woman. She would learn her great-grandmother’s name was Helen David Black from Kirriemuir, Scotland, born in 1862—just two years after the town’s most celebrated son: J. M. (Jamie) Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. In a story that spans four generations and three continents, “Jamie’s Muse” ingeniously weaves together the highly plausible relationship between Helen and Jamie, their tumultuous lives and ultimate fates, and the true story of her grandfather’s ocean voyage as a young orphan boy to Ellis Island, New York, linking the American author to her Scottish roots. This engaging story, based on the author’s extensive research and travels, gives new dimension to the life of Jamie Barrie, convincing this reader to conclude, “It really could have happened that way.”
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Reading Progress

May 1, 2019 – Started Reading
May 15, 2019 – Finished Reading
June 1, 2019 – Shelved

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