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Vinegarone Paperback – July 5, 2012
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I haven't given five stars to this book because it's perfect or the writing flawless but because I was so 'lost' in the story, I ignored the imperfections in parts of the plot and some of the (very few) flaws in the writing. The characters became, for the duration of my reading, my friends and my family and I cared enormously for Jeep, Candi and Kimmisue.
I should also mention that there are very few male writers who can write convincingly from a woman's point of view. Douglas Carlyle did a good job here, as the women's voices rang true to me.
The setting was very vivid and I really felt the hot sun, the dry air and the dust and saw the wide open spaces and the beautiful scenery. (This would make a wonderful movie). The paranormal theme was not noticeable at first and the reader was introduced to the spirit world of the Native Americans little by little, which worked a lot better than if it had been thrown in my face at once. I have never been that taken with the supernatural in books, even if I believe that there are things beyond this world that we don't understand. I don't usually pick up a book with this theme. But this time I'm glad I did.
I don't want to introduce a spoiler but I should mention that the ending was a little confusing, and I suddenly wondered if I had switched to a different book in my Kindle by mistake. But then I saw what the author wanted to achieve and I realized that it did work very well.
The Lone Madrone worked its magic on me. I only wish I could bend time and read it again as if for the first time. But hopefully there will be another book by this author very soon.
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