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Patty Gayle and the Legend of Kingsley (The Kingsley Adventures Book 1) by [Willow, Cynthia P.]
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From the Author

I began creating this story in my own childhood.  Once my fingers actually touched the keys, it took six years to complete.  My own memories of Kingsley Lake helped me to make this story as realistic as possible.  The Holy Spirit and my mother's memories guided me through the rest.  My prayer is that you, as the reader, can and will relate to Patty Gayle and the quest she takes to overcome her fear and strengthen her faith.  As an adult, enjoy the simplicity of this story, read it out loud to your children, and please, by all means, try the hot chocolate!  It really is good!  Thank you for allowing my writing to be apart of your life, Cynthia

From the Back Cover

When twelve-year-old Patty Gayle's grandmother grants her an old skeleton key, it unlocks the adventure of a lifetime!  The key leads her to beautiful Kingsley, a magical land threatened by an evil sorcerer.  Patty Gayle soon discovers that an ancient prophecy has foretold that a young human girl is the only hope for Kingsley.  If she is truly to be the chosen one, she must overcome her deepest fears.  Will the faith of a young girl be enough to free Kingsley from a tragic fate?

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  • File Size: 1065 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008TT8VRS
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By William Woodall on August 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I liked this story. It has an old-fashioned flavor which worked surprisingly well with the magical modern-fairytale theme. When I first started reading, I confess that I hadn't read the product description and so I didn't know what kind of story I'd be reading. For several chapters nothing magical happens, and it reminded me more of a memoir or someone's life story from the early 1960's in northern Florida. But then magic appears suddenly, in the form of a bracelet which allows Patty to speak to her dog. That was quite a startling development at that point since I wasn't expecting it.

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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There were a few elements that distracted me in the beginning, but once I locked my inner editor in a closet in the back of my mind, I was able to get into the story. I don't read much fiction geared toward younger audiences, but I enjoyed this adventure fantasy. Patty is a spunky young woman with whom I could identify. Her feelings of not fitting in with her classmates, her desire to do something important and to find out the truth about things, are traits I had at that age.

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.
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Finished your book yesterday at the beach and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Even thought it is intended for a very young audience, I found it very entertaining. The first half of the book brought back fond memories of a simpler place and time - transistor radios, record players, Elvis records, green stamps, and getting your windshield washed at the garage. Being the same age as Patty Gayle, I felt like I was going back in time. The second half was full of surprises. I could never imagine what would possible happen next. I found the book was hard to put down once I started reading! Very well done!
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What a fun book was this to read! Each chapter leads you through another part of the adventure... and what an adventure it is! This is the story of an ordinary girl doing extraordinary things. Fairy queens and talking animals bring fun to this book. This book weaves through a fun multi-step adventure without being complicated. Although it would be great for preteens and young teens, it's a fun adventure for anyone! The chapters are short, so it might be good for a bedtime story lasting over several days for the young ones. I was given a copy of this book for my honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to start the second book!
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When young Patty Gayle's grandmother tells her that a special key she has will unlock amazing secrets, Patty never imagines what incredible adventures are in store for her. Unfortunately, her grandmother has a stroke and eventually succumbs to death before she can reveal those secrets to Patty and she is left to find and unlock those secrets on her own. The mystery that unravels in the pages following is truly an exciting turn of events full of secrets and danger that will keep the reader coming back for more as Patty discovers the existence of the land of Kingsley and the amazing destiny that she holds in that world.

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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