Friday, September 14, 2012
The Hermitage House Miracle
This is another of the "my childhood!" books (I should create a category for that!). It's a short (seventy plus pages) book, but it has a rather interesting storyline. Although to be honest, the title is a little misleading, it's not really about a Miracle involving Hermitage House.
Ok, the basic plot of this book goes like this: Jamie's a newly made orphan at Hermitage House. Unlike Magaret and the Moth Tree, this orphanage is really nice. But, Jamie's been getting unsettling dreams about his past. A past that's supposed to be impossible.
The Miracle is never explicitedly mentioned, but it's easy to guess what it is at the end of the book. What I can probably say without giving away the whole plot is that there's a dual crisis in the book: Jamie's personal crisis (which is the main plot) and the crisis facing Hermitage House. At the end, there are a few loose strings that aren't tied up, but if the authors decided to wrap up everything, I think it would be too long and boring (because it involves legal matters like custody).
This book is really sweet, with a few well-thought out characters. There's Jamie, there's his best friend, and there are the Sisters in Hermitage House (I count all of them as one character :p). Since this book is short, each of them is given a perculiar trait to distinguish them. Thankfully, none of it feels forced and the characters are endearing.
I would say that this is a book aimed at younger readers. It's a nice change from all the paranormal fiction coming up, although I suppose to a kid raised on vampires, this might be considered too boring.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.