- File Size: 889 KB
- Print Length: 246 pages
- Publisher: Elizabeth Jasper; 1 edition (January 12, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 12, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005UBZOPA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,746,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Meggie Blackthorn (Meggie Blackthorn Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top customer reviews
Ms. Jasper responded to a 'share reviews' call on an authors' blog asking for submissions of SIZZLIN' STORIES. Expectation was some sort of 'action/adventure' story, not a coming-of-age tale about an eleven year old English girl of the fifties...
...Well, MOVE OVER action heroes; here comes Meggie Blackthorn!! As this stalwart, courageous character leads the reader through a vivid descriptive day-to-day life, the mundane takes on a thoroughly vibrant color. This reviewer didn't empathize with Meggie: he BECAME Meggie.
After hooking one into the mundane school-girl life story, a journey of friendship, love and honor transitions into suspense and violent crime (all highly believable and realistic) before a happy ending that's just satisfying enough to allow one to wait for the next book...
...good thing it's available now!
'Meggie Blackthorn' is a beautifully-written book with meticulous attention paid to period detail. The story is a rites of passage for an eleven year-old girl from a Northumbrian pit village, called Shippon, plucked from the bosom of her family to live with her grandparents because she passes the exam to go to the High School in Newcastle and her family cannot afford to send her on the bus. Here she makes friends with Dave, Ollie and the aforementioned Suzie, but also runs foul of the brutal Billy Fish and his loathsome mother, known as 'The Codmother' because of her habit of opening and closing her mouth like a fish.
The whole story is told through Meggie's eyes exactly as a girl of her age would tell it. A young girl alone in the big city soon finds those who will help and support her - but also those who would destroy her and those she loves. Her life changes - and in more ways than she could ever have dreamed possible.
Elizabeth Jasper obviously takes enormous pains with her work and as is evident in this book. I hope to see more of Meggie's life story in the future. There are certainly enough threads remaining for a sequel in due course.
Meggie Blackthorn is exceptionally well written with strong characters throughout and not a word is wasted as Elizabeth Jasper shows us Meggie’s world through the eyes of the child. A really heartwarming feel-good story.
And even Radio Lux was given an airing…what more could you want?