7/17/2010

Still House Pond

Jan Watson
Tyndale
2010 (August)
Fiction/Christian/Historical

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Lilly Corbett Gray, loves pretty things, and animals.  Always on the lookout to rescue a hurting animal or to spring some evil traps, Lilly is a little girl with a big heart.  However that rescue mode is what leads Lilly into the biggest mess of her life. 
Excited about her month long visit to her Aunt Alice in the city, she is anxious to go.  Waiting for Manda the hired girl to finish her chores, and walk her to the coach, that will take her to the train, Lilly hears a dog who is hurting.  Unable to leave it be, she goes to investigate and finds her neighbor throwing a sack of puppies into a pond, and the crying she heard was the mama dog frantic with worry for the pups.  While rescuing the pups, the neighbor catches her and locks her up in a moonshine shed. 
Finding Lilly gone, Manda figures she just walked to the coach alone.  And Manda has her own troubles, the no good middling man from the band at the barn dance, has tried to take advantage of her in the barn and has beat her up pretty good.  Manda runs away to her sisters, not wanting anyone to see her like this. 
The train that was supposed to be taking Lilly to her aunts, has a horrible crash, killing and injuring many people and sending Lilly's family and friends into a frenzied panic of worry.  Will they find Lilly in time?  Will they discover she isn't on the train and find her in the shed?  What will happen to Lilly Corbett Gray?
This story, set in the late 1890's is a great story.  I missed the first of the Copper series (this is number 2 in that series), but I totally loved these characters.  Copper, Lilly's mother would be a woman I would love to have known, you could totally feel her character leap off the pages.  I enjoyed the writing style and the story very much.  A great afternoon read.  Due to release from Tyndale in August 2010.  376 pages US $12.99 4 stars.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review

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