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About the Author

Kelsey Bryant is a homeschool graduate from Central Texas. Books have been a part of her family for generations. Ever since she can remember, Kelsey has been writing stories and dreaming of the magical moment when her books would join the ranks. She draws inspiration from the Greatest Story Ever Told, which culminates in the Messiah’s salvation offered to every person. Her life would be meaningless without her relationship with Yeshua (Jesus). She’s also inspired by the classics, especially the works of her favorite authors Jane Austen, L. M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Louisa May Alcott. She loves history and even her contemporary fiction has a historical bent. Six Cousins: Family Reunion is her debut novel. It is about things she knows well: homeschoolers, family interaction, the Texas hill country, and the longing for beloved stories to be part of one’s own life. She hopes it will touch her readers. Besides writing fiction, Kelsey is also a blogger, an editor for one youth magazine, a writer for another, a martial artist, and an avid student of the Bible.

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Product Details

  • Series: Six Cousins
  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492330795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492330790
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,840,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kelsey Bryant is a homeschool graduate from Central Texas. Books have been a part of her family for generations. Ever since she can remember, Kelsey has been writing stories and dreaming of the magical moment when her books would join the ranks.
She draws inspiration from the Greatest Story Ever Told, which culminates in the Messiah's salvation offered to every person. Her life would be meaningless without her relationship with Yeshua (Jesus). She's also inspired by the classics, especially the works of her favorite authors Jane Austen, L. M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Louisa May Alcott. She loves history and even her contemporary fiction has a historical bent.
Her first book, "Family Reunion," also the first in the Six Cousins series, is about things she knows well: homeschoolers, family interaction, the Texas Hill Country, and the longing for beloved stories to be part of one's own life.
Besides writing fiction, Kelsey is also a blogger, an editor for one youth magazine, a writer for another, a martial artist, and an avid student of the Bible.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sonja on November 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Family Reunion is a refreshing breath of air in today's young teen's fictional world. As an avid reader growing up, I would scour the library shelves seeking books with good morals and "clean" plots. So often over half of my checkouts would end up being returned without being finished. I know that had this book been on my library shelves five years ago I would have been ecstatic to find a book that talked about the things I knew and loved best--homeschooling, literature, Scripture, and friendships with cousins.

One of my favorite parts of the book is how beautifully Kelsey developed the characters in Family Reunion. I honestly felt connected to each of the girls and their unique personalities. Reanna, in particular, was my favorite as her personality seemed to wind and twist around--each new revelation about her character a piece in the puzzle I didn't realize I was even building. Abby and Kailey were precocious characters, making me simultaneously laugh and smack my forehead at their typical female teenage tirades and antics. The triangular relationship between Marielle, Emma, and Caroline reminded me uncannily of my own relationship with my cousin and sister.

Family Reunion has an intriguing storyline and plot that the reader will find enjoyable as they work on solving the many riddles and enigmas with the girls. It is definitely a wonderful read for young readers. I highly recommend it and am greatly looking forward to the publication of the second book in the series!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on January 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
Age Appropriate For: All Ages
Best for Ages: 13 and up (reading level)

All homeschoolers know how tough family relations can be at times. Many of us have at least one relative that thinks we are really weird for having been schooled at home. All of us have had to hang out with people who don't share our values and struggle to think of good topics of conversation. This book is about all of that and so much more.

From the very beginning, I could identify with Marielle and I think most homeschool girls can. She is mature for her fourteen years, but neither does she act too old for her age. She struggles to do what is right, especially concerning her of her three cousins. Sometimes she succeeds, sometimes she fails. She is so relatable and likable you are sure to love her.

I loved the plot of the story. At first, I didn't think that Kelsey was going to be able to stretch the story of the six cousins working together to complete three task over a week into a book lasted just over three-hundred pages. However, I wasn't bored. I enjoyed the story and it never felt too long.

I highly recommend Family Reunion to everyone who enjoys story that are true to life, faith-building, and stories about homeschoolers.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SewManyTreasures on December 9, 2013
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This book was a delightful read, with an engaging plot and well-developed characters. Although it was my teen daughter that purchased the book, I wanted to read it also and found myself as interested in the story as she was! We are looking forward to the next book in the series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Book and a Smile on April 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
First, before I begin, I have to say a big thank you to Kelsey Bryant for sooo generously allowing me to review her wonderful book for her! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I hope that you can also receive the chance to dive into the glorious book and grasp the wonderful message that is embroidered onto the pages. :)

What I Liked:

Kelsey Bryant wrote this book with so much creativity, that I was in awe. The book wasn't a fast-paced book at all. Rather, it took a slower pace, but was never- if I could say- boring. It was probably the perfect length- congrats, Kelsey, on timing it perfectly!!

Kelsey depicted each character excellently. All of the girls seemed as if they could be a real, everyday person. I have to congratulate her on that, as sometimes authors can't capture that real-life essence in their characters. So, as I said before, she definitely mastered that area.

Also, the characters were very dynamic. Each of the characters could be flexible- so to speak. I appreciated the fact that one minute they were a cheerful, energy-filled character and then the next minute, they were reserved and sullen. As you can see now, they were always changing- like sometimes we humans do. We aren't always bouncing up and down, but we aren't always quiet and meditative either. So I very much enjoyed reading the sections in which the characters were able to be one way for one minute, and then another way another minute. They were definitely authentic.

I definitely could relate to the message that Kelsey portrayed. As a girl with many cousins, I have dealt with situations much like the main characters had to deal with, so I think it allowed me to enjoy the story and message a little more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MedievalHistorian on February 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
4.5 Stars
Suitable for all ages. Most appropriate for girls 10-16.

Have you ever read a book where you felt your heart knit in friendship with the author? Miss Bryant's heart came through in the pages of this sweet story and I felt almost as if I knew her personally. Beyond that, her style was most intriguing. It breathed true literary talent, with a charming mix of 21st century reality, colorful descriptions, and a classical touch.

There were so many elements to this story that I liked. The emphasis on modest dress, good Christian and classical music, Christian character, Internet safeguards, and fresh young girlhood - there were many times that I could have simply hugged Miss Bryant.

The story line itself was simple and portrayed a very wonderful mix of true-to-life emotions and relate-able characters. Even the not-so-pleasant characters were fairly easy to understand, even during the times you were irritated with them. The struggles of the six cousins as they participate in a special mystery hunt/project set up by their grandparents during a family reunion was interesting. It portrayed a good amount of real-to-life situations that younger girl readers will definitely appreciate and learn from.

There were two drawbacks to the story, hence my not giving this book an additional half-star. First, I felt it was a bit long for its genre. While I have no doubt younger girls would be so intrigued they wouldn't notice, I as a much older reader had just a bit of a struggle with a story that was that long, but had no action. Secondly, there are quite a few references to Tolkien's works and characters. As I do not believe in Christianizing forms of paganism, his works do not appeal to me and I felt the continual references were a slight drawback.
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