I would be doing a review of the above book, A Trip, A Tryst and A Terror just as soon as I finished reading it. I received this wonderful little book in the mail yesterday from my friend, Martha Jane Orlando, the author..., and I must tell you that once I picked it up and started reading I had a difficult time putting it back down!!
First, let me tell you that I thought this story was written just for children judging by the information on the back cover:
"Spending the summer at Grandpa Will's farm with his family is the last thing ten-year-old Davy Murray wants. How will he survive without his friends, the pool and his computer? There isn't even a television at Grandpa's house! Doesn't anyone see how miserable he will be?...But, then, Davy has a most surprising and unexpected encounter...one which will change his heart, and his world, forever..."However, from the very first chapter I was captivated by this story and the interesting mysteries that and adventures that awaited Davy once he arrived at the old family homestead of his "step" great-grandfather, set in the midst of the mountains, woods and meadows of the Appalachian mountains. I found myself wishing I could go back there and spend the summer along with them...and recapture the memories of long-gone idyllic days spent on my grandfather's farm as a little girl...or perhaps even now as a grown woman still longing for such adventures.
There is something magical and mystical about this place, but all with a purpose to help young Davy come to a change of heart that is life-altering, perhaps even a "type" of salvation....but this particular story ends with a "bang"...and a scramble in my mind to hurry up and get the next book in the series to find out what happens next!!
I would highly recommend this book for children (ages 7-12)...great summer reading for kids, and also for Moms and Dads and Grandmas and Grandpas alike. It would also be excellent reading for families who are struggling with "stepchild - stepparent" issues. My only disappointment in the book is that it is just too short!!! (121 pages) And I have to wait to get the next book in the series! Therefore, I would suggest you might want to order all three books in the series at once! (More information about all of Martha Jane Orlando's books can be found HERE)