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A Rare Gift (Crystal Journals) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 7, 2016
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"I am overwhelmed!" - Irene N. Watts irenenwatts.com I am overwhelmed! Just finished reading and want to
know more! You have done a tremendous job, the book has so many levels, trust and friendship and the
importance of kindness all woven together with historical truth, you almost had me believing in the power of the
crystal and normally I am not captivated by fantasy. But you certainly captivated me.
Lovely characterization, and the suspense is maintained until the end. It's going to make a great series.
Leanne Kelly Goodreads
Jul 20, 2016
Leanne Kelly rated it it was amazing I absolutely loved this book. I thought it might be strange to read a young
adult book but it was absolutely fantastic. It's very captivating and fun to read, the story line flows very well.
At first I was a bit hesitant since I'm not into stuff with crystals but the story doesn't focus on the crystal that way.
The way it unfolds with the crystal is actually super interesting. You get attached to different characters even when
you don't really like them at first. There's so much that happens in the short 150 pages but it's so good.
I couldn't put it down. It's a great read and I would definitely recommend it to kids as well as some older adults.
Sometimes it's nice to take a break from reading heavier adult books,
I read A Dance With Dragons before this so this was very refreshing.
From the Author
A Rare Gift is the first book in a series that I am writing. The series title is Crystal Journals.
Susan Sinclair has become a person that I know very well. I find myself cheering her on
as she surmounts the obstacles that I gleefully put in her path. Thinking about what troubles
she will fall into next is a lot of fun for me.
There are two levels of plotting, I find. Level one is what happens in each book and the
twists and turns that the story takes so that Susan remains challenged, and the story is
of adventure. Level two is the next book down the line and the one after that, and which characters
I can bring back at a later time and what that would mean to Susan and the overall story.
Writing a book and lots of stories never prepared me for the wonderful feeling of actually holding my
book in my hands. It was great. Then the next great thing was hearing from people who had read it.
It was wonderful to hear what they thought. Some asked questions that I had not even thought about.
So, Susan's adventures continue in Book 2 which is called Pharaoh's Tomb. Book 3 is Lady Knight
I can tell you that the story occurs in the year 1212. Book 4 is going to be a real surprise, I think,
for Susan and for readers. Stay tuned.
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Crystal Journey: A Rare Gift is the story of a young girl and her slowly awakening social conscience. Susan Sinclair, a resourceful ten year old, buys a mysterious crystal at a flea market. The crystal she soon discovers has magic properties which cause Susan to travel back in time to 186o’s. To her dismay, she finds herself on a migrant ship bound for New York where she encounters a ‘nasty boy’, an orphan named Jeremy. Although she finds travelling back into the past confusing and frightening, Susan is pulled into the circumstances of Jeremy’s life. Susan is a clever girl who is not entirely happy with her new found crystal. At one point she goes back to the flea market and tries to find the old woman who sold her the crystal to give it back. The woman refuses to take it, explaining that Susan is the guardian of the crystal now and that the stone is meant to right events on the earth that have gone wrong. This is a turning point for Susan who decides to take up the challenge of the crystal and help the ‘nasty boy’, Jeremy she has met on the ship. As she tries to help Jeremy by bringing him food and clothing, she discovers the value of helping others and comes to regard her own family in Canada with new appreciation.
I am not normally a reader of time travel but I found this well researched book irresistible for a number of reasons. It is written in a clear, fluid style. The characters are full of surprises, and are not what they seem at first. The book is wonderfully suspenseful. Every chapter ends with a –cliff-hanger-. The plot is filled with surprising twists and turns. The author, Ms. Ludlow has a good ear for dialogue. This is a book which will reward the reader with many hours of entertainment as well as giving insights into the world of migrant ships and harsh conditions at sea.
I have had A Rare Gift by G. Rosemary Ludlow in the house for some time as my wife had read it and tossed it onto my pile with a “You should read it too.”
The story is well told with excellent characterization. The plot has twists and turns that unfold smoothly. The interaction between characters is not stiff or forced. None of this should be of interest to most people. What will be of interest is the speed of adventure, the reality of situations and their occasional laugh-out-loud humour, and interest in the further (promised) adventures of Susan.
Although this is a book for younger readers it stands up to a light adult read as well.
A Rare Gift is a very good book. I have recommended it to my friends—readers and writers too.