Angeline Bouley does it again! The Firekeeper’s Daughter is one of my favs so I will admit I was a little apprehensive about reading this next release. If that’s where you are, let me put your mind at ease. This is a beautifully written masterpiece. I loved catching up with the Firekeeper family and going on another adventure, this time with Perry and Pauline, Daunis’ twin nieces. They are still very different girls but with an incredible bond. As the teens in the area enroll in a summer internship program with the tribe, the girls become part of a group that gives themselves the team name The Misfit Toys. Perry gets assigned to work at the local museum where she learns about Indigenous artifacts and the processes and laws which have been established to help her people reclaim their ancestors and their belongings from institutions and private collectors. This proves to be an extremely arduous task, and Perry finds herself in an anthropology lab gazing at the skeletal remains of a young girl not much younger than herself. While she is horrified that this ancestor of hers is kept in a box for prodding and studying, she also finds herself heartbroken for this family member who has not been able to find rest after death.
Perry is determined to do whatever it takes to give the Indigenous ancestors a reburial, and return items made and used by past generations to their families. Her passion drives her to take risks and even break the law in her quest to right so many horrifying wrongs that have plagued her people for centuries. A task this big is difficult to pull off, especially with a fierce auntie like Daunis. Not to mention several young women from various tribes in the area have gone missing, some turning up dead! Whoever is doing this has struck fear into the hearts of everyone in town who call it the Windego (a beast with a ravenous taste for human flesh). Perry can’t continue on this journey solo, she must turn to her band of Misfit Toys for help to do what needs to be done in retrieving what is rightfully theirs. Eluding the authorities has Perry’s heart pounding and then there’s the Windegoo…
This book absolutely blew me away! I love stories that take facts and fiction and weave them together in a beautiful, literary piece of art. That is what this is. Angeline Bouley once again taught me so much I didn’t know about the Indigenous people and the trials they still face today. These facts combined with the mystery and thrill of solving murder, kidnapping, while ALSO fearing for the safety of the beloved characters from being the next victim had me turning pages until well after midnight!
Words are so profound and ever-changing through time. Depending on where you live, your social status, your occupation, or even your family, the words you use may be very different from someone else in different settings and circumstances. Pip Williams explores the compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary. Set at the height of the women's suffrage movement and over the Great War, Williams introduces us to Esme, a girl being raised by her widowed, lexicographer father, who spends his days in the ‘Scriptorium’ examining suggested words for the dictionary. Esme’s place under the sorting table brings her to her first word collection as a slip falls to the floor. Not wanting the word to be forgotten, Esme tucks it safely in her pocket, igniting her curiosity about and love for words.While I don’t consider myself to be a historical fiction reader, I quickly found myself eager to continue reading to see how things would unfold. Esme takes a journey, deliberately seeking out people of all social statuses to discover new words previously discarded by lexicographers like her father. The people she meets are from the slums, markets, factories, and theaters. Everywhere she goes, she always has slips of paper and a pencil in her pocket for the discovery of new words. Those she meets will expose her to the effects of protesting the suffrage movement, the devastation of young men called to war, and the shocking realization of a caste system that somehow defines what life’s possibilities are for those around her.This has become one of my favorite books. Pip Williams has woven together a beautiful, historically accurate masterpiece of the assembling of the first printing of the Oxford English Dictionary! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that will not only take you on a journey, but give you insight into an actual piece of our history. I hadn’t considered the painstaking task it was to assemble the dictionary, a book that is so often overlooked in today’s world, along with the power of the words it holds. Great for adults and book clubs!
Coffee and time travel! This book has such a great storyline and a really imaginative way of combining two unlikely topics. What if you could go to a coffee shop that offers the ability to go back in time? Visit a lost family member? Change a conversation that didn’t go the way you planned or hoped? You enter the little shop set off the beaten path, eager for your journey, only to realize that the one chair you must occupy is taken by a woman who, it seems, will never leave. Don’t try to force her to leave; it will NOT end well! Once she does get up and you decide to take your shot, you find out there are rules: You can only visit people who have visited the coffee shop, you cannot leave the chair, nothing you do during your visit will change what happens in the future, and you have to finish the coffee and return to your time before the coffee gets cold (this one is very important and there are dire consequences if you do not).Kawaguchi is masterful in his writing as he paints a picture of a group of strangers who come together with different motives and end up being dear friends. Rather than having chapters, this book is divided into the stories of each of the characters. It’s a quick read that will take you on a great adventure into the past, or possibly the future!
Susan Norcross is a 40 year old, single woman in the small Northern Michigan town of Petoskey. She helps her grandparents run the family bookstore, Sleigh by the Bay, which is based on our very own McLean & Eakin Booksellers! Susan's normal childhood ended when her parents were tragically killed by a drunk driver the year before her 14th Christmas. Her mom was 40 at the time, the same age Susan is this year, which makes this Christmas harder than any year before. Her spunky, social media influencer friend Holly begs Susan to join her in Chicago’s famous 10K Santa Run where she meets a random runner dressed as Santa (of course, who else would he be dressed as in the Santa Run?) and they have an immediate connection. The race starts and they get separated by the mass of Santas and Mrs. Clauses. Her mysterious Santa calls out to meet later but never shows. Her hopes once again dashed, Susan declares she is absolutely out and decides the dating game is not for her. But her friends, along with grandma and grampa, won’t let it rest. They are determined to see her find her true love and be happy. Holly gets started with her media influence and before she knows it, Susan has dates lined up in the hopes of reconnecting with her Santa and getting her happily ever after. Can Susan truly be happy when she’s holding all this burden from her parent’s accident so many years ago? Can she hope, one more time, that this person that she felt so drawn to would be one of the Santa’s who responded to the posts?This amazing novel comes to us just in time for Christmas! I loved every page of Christmas spirit, grief, growth, forgiveness, hope, and love! I fell in love with all the characters so easily. Noah is my absolute favorite with his quirky sarcasm and sassy attitude. If you are from Petoskey or you’ve ever visited, you will be able to envision every landmark and local business. mentioned. I was drawn in by the depth in each character as they stepped outside their comfort zones in hope, knowing that risk is involved, and then they hold on to each other to steady their journey. Watching their growth and healing take place through each of their circumstances was encouraging and empowering. I found myself writing down quotes and underlining passages that were so profound I wanted to make sure I could remember them. Even quotes from Noah “No whip for these hips!” LOLThis book is a gem and will make a perfect Christmas gift for this holiday season. We even currently have bookplates signed by Wade Rouse, who writes under his grandmother’s name, to honor her and all the love and support that she gave him growing up. So while you watch the snow floating down, and you’re checking over that Christmas list, remember A Wish for Winter! Why not buy one for yourself too so you can read it together? I bought one for myself and one for my mom (Shhhh! Don’t tell!) so we can have lunch and talk about all our favorite parts together!
No matter how many times we hear the story of Rapunzel, Mother Gothel's is never fully revealed… until now! I have always been drawn to fairy tales with twists that I don’t expect or a story that portrays the hero or villain in a different light. Seeing things from a different perspective often sheds light on why a character turned out the way they did, OR it can show you how they have been misjudged.The Book of Gothel first introduces us to Haelewise, a young girl, in 1156 Germany. Never fitting in and prone to fainting spells, her village suspects her of possession, and her father tries to keep her hidden away from outsiders. Happily, she and her mother are very close and connected. Unlike the others in the village, Haelewise's mother has not forgotten the power of Mother Earth and uses her knowledge of and resources for midwifery. When her mother passes away and Haelewise is all but abandoned by her father, she braves the forbidden forest outside the city limits and finds the tower of Gothel: a spell-protected haven for girls in search of safety, and also a place saturated in her mother’s past.Author Mary McMyne will sweep you away into Haelewise’s journey as she discovers the mysterious, ancient world of spells that she only glimpsed via her mother. This world being one the church tries to keep hidden, Haelewise searches tirelessly, witnessing a murder, fleeing for her life, and fighting for the future in her quest to discover and reveal the truth.I really loved this adventurous story line and McMyne's focus on the fight for justice and truth. I am also someone who is a fairytale fanatic, and I relish a satisfying ending. This one got me! I was starting to feel a tinge of disappointment when out of nowhere, everything pulled together in a way I did not see coming! This is a book that you must add to your TBR list!
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