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Most of the characters were not believable, especially the children who were the major characters. They were supposed to be 11 or 12 years old, I think, but they were much too mature for their age. They thought, behaved and spoke like adults in most of their incredible adventures, yet some of their actions and thoughts were very childlike. Annabelle, for example, referred to as a beautiful little girl, wanted a doll and to learn how to read, and Landon, a young boy, wanted to play in the mountains and ride his favorite horse, but both spoke of undying love for each other. I kept wondering how old are these children supposed to be?
Shelly, the grandmother, who had so much wisdom and so many secrets, was my favorite character. She most often embodied the beauty and truth of the novel.
The story was too long to hold my interest most of the time due to the redundancy of the descriptions and infinite details. Despite the many grammatical/typo errors that I didn’t believe were intentional to create colloquial color, the author has an exceptional sense for figurative language, especially imagery, but the reading becomes tedious when he “makes tales out of the smallest of events to broaden the story.” He is, however, a master storyteller.
A Diary's House has a unique story line and I really enjoyed the Cherokee legends, that was a nice touch. I truly think this book has something for everyone!
This is an interesting coming of age story. I really enjoyed it.
Landon Hampshire is a very interesting character. He is a thirteen year old son of a well respected family living in Windrow Heights in North Carolina. I really liked this young lad. He is a curious and sensitive boy, but in a hurry to grow up. In the process, he ends up in the biggest adventure of his life.
I was not sure, when I was approached to read this book, whether or not to read it, as this type of story is not my normal genre. I decided to give it a try however, and I was pleasantly surprised because I really did enjoy it. I did find the story a bit slow and laborious, especially at the beginning and I nearly gave up on it, but I kept going. The second half of the story gathers pace and gets quite exciting! I know that people, way back in time, had a totally different attitude and even a more formal speech pattern to today, but I found Landon's "voice" seemed older than it should have been. Granted, this may have been because he was an older man recounting this tale. However, the formal speech did help me get into the time frame better, even though sometimes I felt like I was wading in treacle and feeling a bit lost. The scenes were written with a wonderful descriptiveness that brought it to life. I really loved the Randola raft scene; it was exciting and nerve wracking. The only problem I had was trying to decide if this story was an adventure, horror, ghost story or romance, as there were all of these elements mixed in it, which took me on a roller coaster ride of emotion. This book also has a lot of myths and history of the Cherokee people who lived in the region 50 years previously. Landon, during one of his adventures, finds a diary of a young woman. This diary is, in it's own way, a historical account of what happened to the Cherokee nation in what would be later known as the "Trail of Tears", though it is first and foremost a memoir of a young girl growing up and falling in love. However, the diary is much more than that and, as I read the entries, together with Landon, I finally understood the significance of it and Landon's relationship to it, as well as his destiny. I did find myself in tears on more than one occasion, so I recommend having a tissue handy. There are several twists and turns in this tale that surprised me and, by the end of the book, I was an emotional wreck.
C. David Murphy has written a coming of age story that touched me deeply. I didn't really care for the rather slow start to the story, but the second half's exciting pace made up for it. This difference in pace also slightly affected the flow, but once the author gained confidence in his writing, the flow evened out beautifully. I would definitely consider reading another one of this author's books in the future.
I recommend this book if you love YA/coming of age, adventure, romance or historical fiction genres. - Lynn Worton
What a great book, in plays in the early 1900's in North Carolina.
It tells you about a boy called Landon and his family and friends. They are convinced that to proof they become man to do a very dangerous river trip. it is a wild river with a waterfall drop.
They do have help from a man building their float who appeared later to be a ghost. A insane priest is around and he is so weird and sort of funny in a way too.
You learn about Cherokee history and the trail of tears, when they make the dangerous trip over the river and the dump down the waterfall, they end up on a beautiful island that is clearly haunted at night, Landon finds a diary and reads about a little girl and her life story, how she felt in love with a Cherokee boy, a mutual love but her father did everything he had to do to keep her away from this boy.
The girls is closer to Landon then he thinks, when he finds out more and more he does everything in his power to make things right. A lot of people are after him to get the diary off him and he is in serious danger.
Landon finds a lovely girl when his dad gives the yearly day for the workers on his farm, you will find in this book, romance, adventure, paranormal , history and more, it is a great build up of characters and I honestly hope I will read more about them (hint to writer lol)
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