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Cleo's common-sense approach and independence in overcoming life's hardships lifts the spirit and imparts courage for one's own challenges. Truly a treasure. Can't wait for Pearl Munn Bishop's next book!
This fascinating story begins with 16-year-old Willow hitting her head. The whack on the head opens a channel to 19th century Cleopatra Lamb, who implores Willow to tell her story. The details of life in another era are so specific that it left me wondering who is really doing the channeling here. At times, it appeared to this reader that the author, Ms. Bishop, might have a special insight that most of us lack. Reading about Cleo's difficult life turns into a 'count your blessings' experience for readers. This is a coming-of-age story with a decidedly interesting twist.
Cleo's Oak follows the life of Cleo, a midwife living in the 1800s who is prone to mystical experiences. As her story unfolds, Cleo must struggle with much hardship, but she never gives up. Cleo's experiences of loss help make her story one to which we can all relate. Bishop has crafted an engaging story - I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next!
This is a very interesting and captivating story about Cleopatra told through Willow, a 16 year old. The story takes place in the 1800's and tells about the life of Cleo from childhood when she travels with her dad, living with the Stuart's, becoming a midwife, raising a daughter, and other life experiences until her death. The author keeps the reader spellbound, wanting to find out what life holds for Cleo after she visits the "magic circle",which her father had told her about, and releases the butterfly. Mrs. Pearle, this is a great story!
Pearle Munn Bishop weaves an intricate story of the life of Cleo Lamb, a nineteenth century midwife, as told though Willow, a current-day 16-year-old. She expertly incorporates all aspects of life, from birth to death, while adding a level of mysticism that is truly captivating. I can't remember the last time I felt such emotion while reading a book. Bishop has a special gift - I anxiously await more of her work.
As a tree hugger, I found author Pearl Munn Bishop capturing secrets that expanded in number with each character development. One has to know the author, her keen observation, worldly travels and sense of humor to know that her prose will keep you turning pages. Great first novel. Good fireside or summer reading.
After 16-year-old Willow falls and hits her head, she begins to channel Cleopatra Lamb, a woman born during the mid 1800s. Cleo insists Willow relay her story, and although reluctant to do so, Willow spends her summer writing the story of Cleo, whose father drifted from place to place after her mother's death to ensure that Cleo's grandparents would not claim her. Cleo idolized her father and the happiest time of her life was when he began work on the Stuart farm when she was 9 years old. There, Cleo was accepted as part of the Stuart family and attended school and had a normal life until her father left to go to work in Mississippi but was killed in an accident shortly thereafter. Cleo remained with the Stewarts and had a hard time dealing with her father's death but eventually overcame her grief and we follow her journey as she becomes a midwife and marries and has her own child. But Cleo's life is not an easy one and is filled with pain and hardship.
This is an interesting look into the life of a woman who is strong and independent, especially for her time. The concept of channeling is a fascinating one and brings a fresh perspective to the literary world.