- 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: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,027,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Family Reunion (Six Cousins, Book 1) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 27, 2013
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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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Why? It took me a while to boil it down, but I finally realized why: I was emotionally invested in each of the characters. Thus, I got annoyed when the three homeschool cousins looked down their pretty little noses at their non-homeschool cousins. And I got annoyed at the public schooled cousins for being bad-tempered and snooty to their other cousins. (Spoiler alert: don't worry, it all ends well :)
I also found this book very interesting. The 6 cousins have to complete 3 projects in one week in order to gain a special prize. They are of such different backgrounds and interests, but Grandpa and their parents agree they will all enjoy this. BUT they have to get it done together. Mayhem ensues as the
into-dresses, homeschooled, interested-in-literature, into-classical-music, long-hair, short-nails, modest, secluded, sweet, respectful, deeply Christian, Texan, country girls
try to get along with the
into-fashion, public schooled, interested-in movies, into-pop-music, short-hair, long-nails, tight clothes, lots of friends and boy crazy, strong-willed, backtalking, moderately Christian, Wisconsin, city girls.
Yeah. Talk about sparks!
Want a clean read that kids of any age can enjoy? This is it.
Want an interesting read with mystery and adventure? You got it!
Plan on buying the next when available.
Ages: All! (but best for girls 10-16)
Family Reunion by Kelsey Bryant was a fun, clean read. It was light, but it also had some deeper points that drew me in. It had a simple storyline, but a strong underlying message - forgiveness, loving others, and seeing what we have in common with those around us. This book showed how real life is! The three girls from Texas - Marielle, Emma, and Caroline - have to overcome their differences with their three girl cousins from Wisconsin - Abby, Kailey, and Reanna. And, boy, what a ride it is!
It was a good book. The treasure hunt, interview with Mrs. Buford - a missionary to Kenya, and the adventure having to fix up and paint a shed really enlivened the book.
Marielle Austin isn't your typical teenage girl. She's a pretty relatable character to someone like me. She's homeschooled, a strong Christian, and enjoys history, books, classical music, and spending time in nature - all things I enjoy. I was actually instantly surprised with how relatable she was. Her sentiments toward and struggle with Abby, Kailey, and Reanna was so realistic. It would have been extremely hard in her situation. I can honestly say that all the characters were very realistic.
Caroline Austin - I could relate to Caroline more than I could all the others. Maybe it's because we were the same age when I read this - thirteen. She was dynamic and bold. Her reactions and feelings portrayed throughout the book were so understandable.
Emma Austin - sweet, sensitive to those around her, and sensible! I would say she was the wisest and most sensible girl in the book.
Kailey Austin was, frustratingly enough, probably a good portrayal of a typical fifteen-year-old girl. I have to say I was annoyed with her throughout most of the book. I wish she would've stopped saying 'like' all the time! She did get better in the end, though.
Reanna Austin was by far my favorite of the Wisconsin girl cousins. She actually had a good head on her shoulders. She was shy, quiet, sweet, loved music, and was friendly to Marielle. It would be hard not to like her.
Abigail "Abby" Austin, the elder sister of Kailey, was a good character. I say that honestly. She was realistic. Her character made for some obstacles, but she was so much better in the end!
I was so happy with the end when Reanna finally came around! That was one of my favorite parts. It was so refreshing after all of the trouble everyone was having with each other when she admitted she had been wrong and accepted Marielle, Emma, and Caroline's apology. I was also really happy with Abby in the end. She was so much better than she was when the book first started! I enjoyed the references to classical and Celtic music, and also the references to Narnia and C.S. Lewis.
Two things I want to say, though, is that, for a book of its genre, with no action, it was a bit long. And, also, I really felt all the while that the girls should have talked to their grandfather about the hard time they were having and that he would have completely understood - but their not wanting to upset their chances at getting the prize and their wanting to deal with it themselves and be responsible was understandable. Also, the book, thinking back, could've been more exciting.
The book teaches some good lessons for girls nowadays, and was pretty realistic.
This is the first book that I’ve ever read that was written in real-time. In other words, most long books span many years. This long book took about a week to read, and covered a week’s worth of events. It made it that much more interesting and detailed, and helped me to connect with the story even better. Some people might think the story moved a little too slowly in parts, but I think it was refreshing to read and easier to internalize.
This story is written from a Christian homeschooler’s perspective, and upholds conservative, biblical values. This is something I really appreciate! Marielle, Emma, and Caroline are thrust into a situation where they must interact with relatives who have different attitudes and outlooks on life. This creates tensions and struggles on both sides. Not only that, but all six girl cousins must learn to get along and work together in order to hopefully obtain a prize that they’ve been told is something they will all love. The book left me speculating what the prize might be right along with the girls, and, let me tell you, when I actually found out what it was, it came as just as much of a surprise to me as it did to the girls! This story has interesting drama and excitement around every corner.
What made this book the most delightful is that Kelsey Bryant has a gift for developing personalities and depicting human nature. Her characters felt so real, and I was able to relate to them so much. And the Christian girls weren’t depicted as perfect. They felt anger, they sometimes judged their cousins too harshly, and they didn’t always think angelic thoughts or behave in a Christ-like way. But that made them so realistic, so believable, and so easy to relate to. Their struggles with wrong feelings weren’t condoned, but they weren’t downplayed or glossed over either. This gave this story its tangibility. Marielle, Emma, and Caroline worked through their struggles, and they looked to the Bible for the answers. This really helped me to examine and work through my own thoughts and attitudes toward those who hold different values from me.
I highly recommend Family Reunion for all ages. The story was engaging, thought-provoking, and exciting!! I can’t wait to read the second book in the series!
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