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Where Bluebirds Fly (Synesthesia-Shift Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Brynn Chapman , Victoria Lea
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Verity Montague is a servant in 1692 Salem. Her flaming red hair and mismatched eyes make her a prime target for accusation of witchcraft. Orphaned during the Indian raids, she and her brother with Asperger's Syndrome come to live with the key historical figures of the trials-The Putnams. They keep their synesthesia secret- that days, months and years appear as color in Verity's mind, and for John, that symphonies play in a Fantasia-style performance of colors and geometric patterns.

Truman Johnstone 's ability to discern people's expressions, and decipher if they were lying- made him an outspoken child. Being different kept him from being adopted till he was fourteen. He now runs an orphanage for problem youths, and is a feeding therapist in his desire to help children deal with their peculiarities. To give them the childhood he never had.

The harvest festival corn maze Truman creates every year has an unwelcome visitor. Children hear disembodied voices skipping through the corn maze amid the backdrop of eerie orchestral music. In every year of the calendar, intermittent doors of time swing open and closed, so long as the cornfield stands.

In societies set on sameness-all are outsiders.

They learn the traits that make us outcasts, may be the very ones that make us great, and that true love may heal all, and even transcend time.

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About the Author

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heroine To Cheer For November 8, 2012
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Fall is the perfect time to revisit the history of The Salem Witch Trials. But this book was so much more. The heroine from 1692 and her present-day hero are both people for whom "different" is just a label, it's their world. Each suffers from a type of synesthesia, which allows their brains to process things in unique ways. In the present day world of science and technology, this is hard enough, but for the heroine, in 1692, she can only be labelled as a witch because of her unique qualities.

A blend of science and compassion, I came to really care for these characters and their plight. There's also rich connections to other literary masterpieces, which added to the enjoyment of the book. I found the story gripping, and I rooted for this couple to find their happily-ever-after. I loved that the ending opens the door for future books, and that the misfits come to understand themselves and their world a bit more.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Bluebirds Fly January 26, 2013
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This is a well written, well thought out book. The story goes back and forth between Salem of 1692 to present day. A romance, yes, one that is sweet, but intense, and so well written you almost think more happened than did. It could be a YA, but for older, mature youth. The scenes of a scalping are intense. Equally brutal, but of emotions, are the Salem scenes. The author shows how jealousy, fear of anyone different, and plain meanness can too easily get a person singled out as a witch. The characters from past and present are ones I wanted to know more about, and enjoyed how they dealt with being in a time period not their own; so well done. Their abilities, which they have known only as a burden, something to hide, are brought out and treasured by someone who can appreciate them. This is the first in the series, The Synesthesia-Shift Series, and I highly recommend this book. I certainly look forward to more books by this author, and in this series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful February 15, 2013
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I loved this book. I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation. A definite page turner. Ready for more
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite finished April 11, 2013
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At times, I felt the book was to fast, and simple. The plot wasn't too strong either. There's definitely still room for improvement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bewitching story of love and acceptance April 9, 2013
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Set against the entwined lives of two orphans centuries apart, this story is a book about soul mates and the powerful love that comes with the acceptances of our "differences." This is a fast and inspiring read that links modern ideals of "normal" with the terrifying reality of being "abnormal" during the time of the Salem witch trials. I would love to teach this novel to my high school students; its themes are rich as it forces us to re-evaluate our own lives....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel to the Salem Witch Trials August 19, 2014
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Where Bluebirds Fly is a unique and educational story about sensory disorders written by Brynn Chapman. It kind of threw me for a loop because I was expecting a supernatural story set during the Salem witch trials. What I got was an explanation for why some people see things differently than others and which probably caused mass hysteria back in 1692.

The story centers on Verity who was orphaned with her brother John, both of whom become servants for a prominent family in Salem - the Putnam’s. John is described like someone with Asperger's Syndrome (think Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory), and Verity sees auras (colors and geometric patterns). Our hero Truman also suffers from a condition that gives him the ability to tell if someone is lying. Truman lives in present-day Pennsylvania helping his best friend run an orphanage for special children with “gifts” similar to what Verity and John experience.

Truman and Verity meet with the assistance of a magical corn maze. Apparently, the maze is on a type of wormhole that periodically opens a time portal to Salem. The basic theme in the story is that true love heals all wounds - and may even transcend time.

Karen Krause did an excellent job narrating the story. She gives each character their own distinct voice and seamlessly switches between genders and characters with ease.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars could happen? January 4, 2013
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was a great read, couldn't put it down
wish some of it was true
is a sequel coming???
I'd check out more from the writer
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This audiobook was original reviewed on I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This is my very first time listening to an audio book, well okay I know I listened to some when I was a child. This is the first adult book. I was super excited to get a chance to review Where Bluebirds Fly for a couple reasons. First I love reading about the Salem witch trials and witchcraft type stories. Second I work with people with Autism and my son has some Asperger’s type habits or traits. I was interested to see how well the author would portray these subjects.

After I was half way through this book I checked out the authors website and realized she has a background in pediatric therapy and has hands on experience with individuals with Asperger’s syndrome. The author also did a great job of researching the times in Salem during the witch trials.

Chapman did a wonderful job of moving back and forth between characters and time making the story flow together nicely even when switching within the same chapter. I did find this book to be a bit more scientific or I guess you one could say medical/technical. I didn’t have a hard time following it through as I already have a good understanding on Asperger’s. I did learn more about Synesthesia, which the author explained through the characters. Truman and Verity both were strong characters and I really enjoyed them. It was like a match made in heaven but between different times. I found both to be very technical in personality which reminds me of my own son. I am not sure how one without a knowledge of Autism would do understanding this story, it may be a bit too much for some.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with topics not covered often - aspergers, synesthesia,...
I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written and I actually learned a lot about the Salem witch trials and life in that time period. Read more
Published 1 month ago by charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This book is a good one but different from what I read usually. It will make you think. So I recommend it. Get it and enjoy reading.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Burleson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Marla T. Morgen
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Oz never dared to go.
Writing with such a creative flair as to near-seamlessly meld the 1600 and the 21st century. Relevant issues of discrimination, acceptance, and genuine compassion throughout.
Published 2 months ago by Sarah E Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Original Story
A fairly original novel with two intertwining plots, one in late 1600s Salem where a girl's brother is accused of witchcraft, and the other in modern times with a man specializing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Gallen
3.0 out of 5 stars Lil something different
I thought the author captured the hysteria of Salem quite well. This is a sad time in history that has always fascinated me as it has many others, and this book gave us a pretty... Read more
Published 4 months ago by What's Beyond Forks?
3.0 out of 5 stars hard to rate for me
Wasn't my kind of book, I left it as "its ok" because it probably was, it just was not what I thought it would be and didn't want to be unfair to the writer. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dennis J. Duguay
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
action packed fiction which has historical facts thrown in. very enjoyable and an easy read. the characters are indeed which you want tho help and see a happy ending.
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique spin on history with a very compelling heroine
Verity Montague and her brother John have secrets. They’re different from their fellows in 17th Century Salem, and in this time of paranoia and suspicion, difference is a death... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dana Brantley-Sieders
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
I love this book. (Complete disclosure: I am given credit for some editing I did.) I fell in love with it from the first reading. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ginny J
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More About the Author

Brynn Chapman is published in Historical and Historical Fantasy Romance for adult books. She also writes under R.R. Smythe for Young Adult Historical Fantasy.


She also blogs with the wonderful authors, Grace Burrowes, Hope Ramsay, Alix Rickloff and many others at

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