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Whistling Past the Graveyard

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~*~ by Susan Crandall Coming-of-Age Southern Fiction A nine-year-old girl runs away from her Mississippi home in 1963, befriends a lonely woman suffering loss and abuse, and embarks on a life-changing roadtrip. Whistling Past the Graveyard   is a fictional tale, yet depicts an authentic display of the harsh realities of  the 1960s Civil Rights era.  As she runs from her troubles, young Starla Claudelle is forced to face greater trials and fears than she ever thought possible.    I loved the relationship between Starla and Eula. Their skin color, hardships, and outlooks on life are completely different, but they're bonded by their compassionate and steadfast hearts. Pros :  The characters are developed beautifully, the struggles and hardships of the Civil Rights movement are realistic, and I was instantly drawn in by the voice and flavor of little Starla's narration.  Cons : None. Overall : Whistling Past the Graveyard took me back in time a

The Light in Summer

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The Light in Summer is the first book I’ve read in the Butternut Lake series. This new-to-me author creates characters easy to relate to, an enjoyable read with a lot of depth, and an interesting, homey community. Billy Harper, the main character, is a librarian, which in my book (pun intended) is an extra perk. The characters in this story are memorable and feel like friends. This is a sweet summertime read, dealing with family relationships, romance, and lots of smiles. I hope to revisit Butternut Lake again in other books in this series. 4 Stars Cover : Love Title : Love Pages : 384 Publisher: William Morrow ISBN: 978-0062399373 I received a complimentary copy of this book from LibraryThing.