- File Size: 2112 KB
- Print Length: 432 pages
- Publisher: Indian Rock Publishing (January 10, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CQEFLMU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Devil's Elbow (The Brookfield Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 432 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
Matchbook Price: $1.99
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
|Age Level: 10 - 18||Grade Level: 6 - 12|
- Book 1 of 2 in The Brookfield Saga (2 Book Series)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Londergan really knows how to tell a story. I will definitely keep up with this author to see what else he has in store. A truly enjoyable read.
I enjoyed The Devil's Elbow as it detailed the life of the early settlers, their joys, their hardships, their fears, and their hopes. Several times I was familiar with the names of the indigenous tribes mentioned, a few times I enjoyed stopping to quickly research the location of an Nipmuck village.
I am not sure I will ever drive through the towns and villages mentioned in this book again without vivid ideas of what life was like over 300 hundred years ago in these very same localities. As a former teacher, I should like to see this book used in Massachusetts schools to teach not only language arts but colonial New England history. This book is a winner.
The vocabulary and phrasing in some parts of the book is out of time with the period and level of education of the characters, but I did not find that too distracting. I saw one mention to "canning" food. If I am not mistaken, canning was not invented until Napoleon's army needed a way to preserve food over 150 years after the period in The Devil's Elbow. All the other historical references, however, were right on target and brought the book to life for me. I recommend this book as light, enjoyable reading, especially for young adults.
Londergan's writing is so seamless that you never have to take your mind off of the storyline to figure out what he's trying to say. All descriptions and narrative are worked right into the storyline to create an aura of reality and permanence in this work. It is also written completely in the first person, a technique that when mastered as well as Londergan has immerses the reader directly into the trials and joys facing the main character.
The characters in this novel are very interesting. They are well developed and allow you to join in their lives along with the community in which they live. You want to see them succeed and achieve their life goals, regardless of how far they are from what we would expect today. The supporting characters are also quite uniquely developed. Londergan provides them with all of the characteristics necessary to become real people and members of the community, along with additional things that make them who they are.
As a whole this was a very intriguing look at the time period and the western expansion in the continental United States. Everything was spot on and wrapped up in a very heart-warming, yet heart wrenching story of the lives of a young couple attempting to succeed in a very rough climate.
Please note that I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review
So, why am I the odd one out (so far) in that I don't give it 5 stars? I DID enjoy it and I WOULD read more of the author's books but what put me off is that the editing was just a bit scruffy in places, particularly towards the end. That could be down to any one of a number of things but (for me) it just slightly marred the pacy nature of the story (I don't want to include spoilers here).
I also felt that it was slightly overlong for the storyline and there were chunks in the middle which could have been taken out to the benefit of the piece. I'd have liked to know more about the Indian's culture, too.
I admit that this is all a bit on the nit-picky side. If I could, I'd give it 4-and-a-bit stars but it would be just below 4-and-a-half and I can't do fractions so I've rounded it down.
My overall message should be clear - go ahead and read The Devil's Elbow.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story somewhat relates to parts of our family tree. There are realistic historical events which occur in the Book.Published 1 day ago by Joan O'Brien
I picked this book up at the Salem Cross Inn. Autographed copies were for sale in the lobby. A great idea. Thoroughly enjoyable read. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kerry Hotaling
Love the devil's elbow! Local historical flair with characters that bring the story to life.Published 8 months ago by TerriB
I enjoyed this book. It was nice to read something a little different. I learned more about the early Puritan settlers which was very interesting to me.Published 9 months ago by Virginia
I couldn't put it down. The characters are so real. The events are heartwarming, exciting, and historically accurate. Made me feel like I was there. Wonderful writing.Published 11 months ago by Mary K. Murray
I totally enjoyed this book. I found it really interesting and it was great reading about our neighboring towns. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Anne M. Wood
This well written book is also very well researched and convincing. The tragedy at the early settlement at Brookfield is revealed in personal way, causing the reader to feel like a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kathy-Ann Becker
Brings to relatable life an extraordinary period of colonial expansion and adds people to the history of the area.Published 15 months ago by Dan Hamilton
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Books > Children's Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction