Sunday, November 23, 2008

Jessie's Mountain by Kerry Madden

"The icicles crack together in the trees like giants' swords, and the freezing rain pounds our tin roof."

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Abstract: In late 1963, with her family in financial straits, twelve-year-old Olivia runs away to Nashville to sell some of her songs.

Viking; 304 pages


Mary said...

In this conclusion to the Maggie Valley trilogy, Kerry Madden beautifully captures the Smoky Mountain setting and the loving Weems family who live there in Maggie Valley. I really enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy, and I enjoyed this third title as well. (I certainly think it works as a "stand-alone," but I would love to hear from other readers who have not read the first two books.) Captivating as it is, I think this book could be improved with the inclusion of a CD of Livy Two's music.

I hate to think this title is the conclusion to the series. I still have many unanswered questions about Gentle, Daddy, Grandma Horace, and the rest of the family.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, and do not represent the opinion of the Cybils panel as a whole.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the first two books and look forward to reading the third installment. I had the good fortunate to have Kerry autograph my copies. I wonder what happens to Uncle Hazard?

Jen said...

I didn't read the first two, and do think it was a standalone. However, I found it to be too pat for my liking, and the reading of this one is not likely to entice me to read the first two. Perhaps had I read the first two I would've been more connected to the characters.

A safe read, definitely, but this bookmobiler wasn't convinced it was distinguished.