It is said that something magical happens during the festival season in Coraloo, something unexplainable. People tend to be a little crazier, reckless. Maybe it’s because it coincides the full moon, but Coraloo’s constable, Roy Blackwell, is beginning to think it’s something else. That said, Roy has other things on his mind, like marrying Margarette Toft. A controversial decision as the Toft and the Blackwell families have a hatred for one another that is older than the town itself. Tradition collides with superstition as the feuding families compete to organize the events surrounding the most talked about wedding in the history of Coraloo. Despite the array of minor catastrophes that ensue, and the timings clashing with a four-week long festival celebrating a legendary beaver, Roy and Margarette hold fast and declare they will do whatever it takes to wed. That is until Roy unearths a town secret – a murder involving a pair of scissors, an actor with a severe case of kleptomania, and the mysterious marriage of Innis Wilkinson. Can good come out of unearthing the past – or will only heartbreak follow?
I had trouble getting into this book at the beginning but it soon captured my interest. It’s quite different then what I typically read. To me it felt part Romeo and Juliet and part fairy tale. The story is about Roy Blackwell and Margarette Taft who had fallen in love in spite of the long lasting feud between their families. The story had a fairy tale feel as if the town of Coraloo was cast under a magic spell with the colorful townspeople, superstitions and the deep family traditions that become very pronounced during the month long festival. All the weird things that happened felt unreal but somehow just fits with this story. Mixed in to their story is the story of Innis Wilkinson. The girl with the scissors. That added a different twist to the story.
I liked all the different family members. Each had their own personality. It’s hard to choose who is my favorite.
I think the life lessons in this book can be a good reminder to the reader as well.
This was a different book then what I am used to. It took me awhile to get to and I might not have kept reading but I am glad that I did.
I recommend this book to family and friends.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
About the Author
Lauren H. Brandenburg is a mentor, speaker, and author who happily blurs the lines between traditional genres in both middle grade and humorous family fiction. She has currently written six of the ten books in The Books of the Gardener Series–Orlo: The Chosen (#4) was a finalist for the Selah Award middle-grade novel of the year. The Death of Mungo Blackwell recently won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award for contemporary fiction. Lauren is a former junior high and high school English teacher who stepped away from her profession to raise and homeschool her two children. She currently lives with her husband, Jamie, and their children in a lovely little town just south of Nashville, Tennessee where they eat and laugh a lot.
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