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Patty Gayle and the Legend of Kingsley (The Kingsley Adventures Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Cynthia P. Willow , Carol Fountain
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Patty Gayle and the Legend of Kingsley” is a fairytale set in Kingsley Lake, Florida, in 1960. It is the journey of Patty Gayle, a twelve-year-old awkward girl, who doesn’t think she has much purpose in life until she is given a key that unlocks possibilities of which she could only dream. The key leads her on an adventure to a magical land that she thought only existed in her grandmother’s stories. While on her quest, Patty Gayle realizes some of her fantasies, but must strengthen her faith in God, gain confidence in herself, overcome her own fears and emotions, and defeat a sinister sorcerer before the inhabitants of Kingsley can be saved.

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From the Author

I began creating this story in my own childhood.  Once my fingers actually touched the keys, it took six years to complete.  My own memories of Kingsley Lake helped me to make this story as realistic as possible.  The Holy Spirit and my mother's memories guided me through the rest.  My prayer is that you, as the reader, can and will relate to Patty Gayle and the quest she takes to overcome her fear and strengthen her faith.  As an adult, enjoy the simplicity of this story, read it out loud to your children, and please, by all means, try the hot chocolate!  It really is good!  Thank you for allowing my writing to be apart of your life, Cynthia

From the Back Cover

When twelve-year-old Patty Gayle's grandmother grants her an old skeleton key, it unlocks the adventure of a lifetime!  The key leads her to beautiful Kingsley, a magical land threatened by an evil sorcerer.  Patty Gayle soon discovers that an ancient prophecy has foretold that a young human girl is the only hope for Kingsley.  If she is truly to be the chosen one, she must overcome her deepest fears.  Will the faith of a young girl be enough to free Kingsley from a tragic fate?

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  • File Size: 1062 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TT8VRS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet fairytale August 13, 2012
I liked this story. It has an old-fashioned flavor which worked surprisingly well with the magical modern-fairytale theme. When I first started reading, I confess that I hadn't read the product description and so I didn't know what kind of story I'd be reading. For several chapters nothing magical happens, and it reminded me more of a memoir or someone's life story from the early 1960's in northern Florida. But then magic appears suddenly, in the form of a bracelet which allows Patty to speak to her dog. That was quite a startling development at that point since I wasn't expecting it.

Patty goes on to visit the magical kingdom of Kingsley, where she is able to save the people from an evil wizard. Now I tend to like magical and amazing things in a story, the stranger the better, so all this was delightful as far as I was concerned. I especially liked the poker-playing dolphins and the mermaids.

I did think the story ended a bit too quckly after the climax; I would have liked a little more information about what happened to everyone. Also, readers who did read the product description and who were expecting a magical adventure may be a little confused at first by the long build-up period before the magic actually appears. But on the whole, those were minor issues.

I think this story would be most suitable for middle-graders, maybe especially for girls of that age. It reminded me of a bedtime story in places, but that only enhanced the fairytale aspect, I think.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done! August 24, 2012
By Vera S
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Finished your book yesterday at the beach and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Even thought it is intended for a very young audience, I found it very entertaining. The first half of the book brought back fond memories of a simpler place and time - transistor radios, record players, Elvis records, green stamps, and getting your windshield washed at the garage. Being the same age as Patty Gayle, I felt like I was going back in time. The second half was full of surprises. I could never imagine what would possible happen next. I found the book was hard to put down once I started reading! Very well done!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable trip through time and space September 5, 2012
By TraciB
Format:Kindle Edition
There were a few elements that distracted me in the beginning, but once I locked my inner editor in a closet in the back of my mind, I was able to get into the story. I don't read much fiction geared toward younger audiences, but I enjoyed this adventure fantasy. Patty is a spunky young woman with whom I could identify. Her feelings of not fitting in with her classmates, her desire to do something important and to find out the truth about things, are traits I had at that age.

The world of Kingsley Lake, Florida, is described in enough detail for the reader to be able to imagine it without being distracted from the tale. The pacing is good, keeping the story moving forward while giving a picture of Patty's life and circumstances. For those of us who were born and grew up in that era, the small details recall life in the South and the nostalgia of childhood.

The section set in the realm of Kingsley is also well done. There's enough information to be able to picture the place, its residents and perils, but not so much that you want to skip paragraphs.

One detail I found interesting was the frequent mention of God and how faith in Him would carry Patty through the trials she would face in her quest to save Kingsley. It wasn't Patty saying this; it was the creatures that populated Kingsley. The fairies, mermaids and talking animals all urged her to lean on her faith when facing her enemy and his magic-based trickery. Such straightforward references to God are refreshing and unusual in fantasy, even when it's written by a Christian.

All in all, I found Patty Gayle to be a book that appeals to readers of all ages. Anyone old enough to read a chapter book will find something in this tale to intrigue and delight them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fairy Tale about a Fairy Tale August 19, 2013
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What a fun book was this to read! Each chapter leads you through another part of the adventure... and what an adventure it is! This is the story of an ordinary girl doing extraordinary things. Fairy queens and talking animals bring fun to this book. This book weaves through a fun multi-step adventure without being complicated. Although it would be great for preteens and young teens, it's a fun adventure for anyone! The chapters are short, so it might be good for a bedtime story lasting over several days for the young ones. I was given a copy of this book for my honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to start the second book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patty Gayle & The Legend of Kingsley October 24, 2012
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Great book, fun read, I had an aunt and uncle that lived on Kingsley Lake, and I spent many Summers there. It brought back fond memories for me personally. I really enjoyed the characters she created, and would recommend this book for everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a wonderful story of faith! October 19, 2012
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I grew up about 30 minutes from Kingsley and enjoyed remembering days spent on the lake. It is still a treasured swimming place by many.
I so enjoyed the connection of faith and family in this story. Patty truly cherished the relationship with her grandmother. Even though Callie didn't have worldly possessions she gave her so much more love and taught her faith in her Savior.
What fun I had reading the fairy tale! Good always wins. Even through trials and testing of our faith He is faithful if we just believe.
The story line was geared toward younger readers but I was hooked from the beginning. Did not want it to end!
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Published 8 months ago by linda douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars A very charming fantasy story
In his book The Magician's Nephew, CS Lewis describes a sort of world between worlds where someone might travel from our world to Narnia or to any of a great number of alternate... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT AN ADVENTURE!
What a wonderful story for the young reader who enjoys a good mystery! For that matter, great for all ages! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story!!!!!
A good friend of mine sent me the link for this great book when it was made available to purchase on Amazon, since we both grew up going to Kingsley Lake, which is the fabulous... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Vickie Berryhill
5.0 out of 5 stars magical with a message
First let me say this book is masterfully narrated. I love it when an audio book sounds this good. Second the story is a wonderfully done adventure that swept me away with a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This was an excellent book! A good reminder about the power of faith. Wonderful story which I didn't want to put down once I began reading
Published 17 months ago by reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, whimsical story. My family of boys loved it!
My boys and I listened to the audiobook of Patty Gayle and the Legend of Kingsley, and we all really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by A. Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Read
[The following review was written by my 15 year old daughter who read the book and wrote the review]

I found this a rather fascinating story, and I enjoyed the storyline... Read more
Published 20 months ago by David G. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and fun story
First off, I'll admit that I was surprised at how into this book I got. Patty Gayle and the Legend of Kingsley is a light fantasy novel that's targeted for kids, and yet here I am... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Rebecca Quarles
5.0 out of 5 stars A neat twist on a family legend
Being a mountain man and one of Scott-Irish decent I love a good family tall tale. Mrs. Willow does not let us down. Read more
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Cynthia loves to spin stories in the shade of the willow tree...when she's not home schooling her teenagers or reading to her toddler. She's also a student in her 5th year with Liberty University. She loves Jesus and has many stories to share about faith. She resides in Georgia with her husband and three children.

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What are readers saying about Cynthia's stories?

"Wow...what a wonderful Christmas in July gift!! This is exactly the sentiment I feel after reading "Hell's Christmas" by talented Author Cynthia P. Willow. It clearly is the gift that keeps on giving all year long." ~ Dolores on Amazon

"Fabulous story telling that brought so many emotions to the service... I laughed in places and teared up in others. Cannot say enough good things about this!" ~ Joelle on Amazon

"What a fun book was this to read! Each chapter leads you through another part of the adventure... and what an adventure it is!" ~ Diana on Goodreads

"What I love most is how she skillfully weaves the very real message of God's love, protection, grace, forgiveness and salvation into the the characters' adventure in this fantastic make-believe world." ~ Nora on Goodreads

Want to know about Ciella Naden?

Ciella Naden is Cynthia's 14-year-old daughter. She wrote "Cat Tales and Whiskers" when she was 13 as a home-school assignment. She battles dyslexia, but believes that with God, ALL things are possible. She also holds a high-green belt in karate, competes in air pistol competitions with the local 4-H, and runs her own crochet business. She loves Jesus and plans to write more stories about Ash in which he will be demon hunting.


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What age is this appropriate for?
Hi! I apologize that I didn't see this sooner! I had no idea this discussion was started. Please forgive me. Depending on their reading level, it's recommended for ages 10+. It's also recently been released in audio format. Again, I apologize for the delay. I wish Amazon would alert me when... Read More
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