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Patty goes on to visit the magical kingdom of Kingsley, where she is able to save the people from an evil wizard. Now I tend to like magical and amazing things in a story, the stranger the better, so all this was delightful as far as I was concerned. I especially liked the poker-playing dolphins and the mermaids.
I did think the story ended a bit too quckly after the climax; I would have liked a little more information about what happened to everyone. Also, readers who did read the product description and who were expecting a magical adventure may be a little confused at first by the long build-up period before the magic actually appears. But on the whole, those were minor issues.
I think this story would be most suitable for middle-graders, maybe especially for girls of that age. It reminded me of a bedtime story in places, but that only enhanced the fairytale aspect, I think.
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The world of Kingsley Lake, Florida, is described in enough detail for the reader to be able to imagine it without being distracted from the tale. The pacing is good, keeping the story moving forward while giving a picture of Patty's life and circumstances. For those of us who were born and grew up in that era, the small details recall life in the South and the nostalgia of childhood.
The section set in the realm of Kingsley is also well done. There's enough information to be able to picture the place, its residents and perils, but not so much that you want to skip paragraphs.
One detail I found interesting was the frequent mention of God and how faith in Him would carry Patty through the trials she would face in her quest to save Kingsley. It wasn't Patty saying this; it was the creatures that populated Kingsley. The fairies, mermaids and talking animals all urged her to lean on her faith when facing her enemy and his magic-based trickery. Such straightforward references to God are refreshing and unusual in fantasy, even when it's written by a Christian.
All in all, I found Patty Gayle to be a book that appeals to readers of all ages. Anyone old enough to read a chapter book will find something in this tale to intrigue and delight them.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Patty Gayle and the Legend of Kingsley" by Cynthia Willow. Cynthia's description of both the characters and the world around them is vivid and will leave lasting pictures in the reader's mind. Patty is a believable character who wrestles with her situation and learns a great deal about what it means to have faith. I found this to be a fun read that all ages would enjoy, but would be particularly geared toward tweens and teens. There is a Christian message throughout the book that deals with the issue of walking by faith, not by sight, that enhances the book and the characters in it. Overall, many readers will be blessed reading through this book.
Kristi Burchfiel, Christian devotional author and speaker
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This was an excellent book! A good reminder about the power of faith. Wonderful story which I didn't want to put down once I began readingPublished on December 8, 2013 by reader
My boys and I listened to the audiobook of Patty Gayle and the Legend of Kingsley, and we all really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by A. Reader
[The following review was written by my 15 year old daughter who read the book and wrote the review]
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