The Song of Copper Creek by Kristen Mckendry (Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway)


I loved this author's last book, The Governess, that I read last year and have been so
excited for this one, which  I loved as well. Read my review and enter the giveaway below...

The Song of Copper Creek
by Kristen Mckendry
LDS Fiction, Women's Fiction, Christian Fiction
Paperback & ebook, 226 Pages
July 3rd 2017 by Covenant Communications

Summary

It's been more than a year since she lost her family - a tragedy that has left Grace Whitaker a shadow of her former self. Unable to move on surrounded by so many memories, she makes the desperate decision to return to her childhood home in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. There she hopes to salvage the broken pieces of her life - but what she finds is the promise of peace and healing in an unlikely place.

Copper Creek Farm is part of a Canadian historical museum, offering glimpses into 19th-century pioneer life. Yet the farm offers much more than that - it is a place of second chances. For Grace, the opportunity to work the land alongside the loving Whelan family is the first step toward healing. But she isn't the only broken soul seeking hope on the farm. Grace is joined by a young man in trouble with the law, as well as the Whelans' son and grandchildren, who are struggling through their own heartbreak. Together, these survivors discover the strength that can be found in friendship. But when faced with the uncertainty of the future, will they have the courage to move beyond the past to forge new lives for themselves?

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My Review

THE SONG OF COPPER CREEK is a story full of heartbreak, healing, and hope, with characters who become so dear to the reader that it's hard to let them go at the end. Highly recommended to those who enjoy LDS, Christian, or Women's Fiction.

The author's details and writing style flows so smoothly. I loved how I could picture everything and how immersed I felt in this story. I loved the small-town setting and the farm where Grace learns so much about everything, but more importantly about herself. There is so much healing for her and other characters to do and I loved, loved watching that healing take place. I loved that the author doesn't sugar coat anything. She lets her characters grieve and cry and make mistakes. It's tough sometimes - enough so that I was crying alongside or for them. But then all the good moments were so bright and sweet. I loved the balance and the continual hope that you can feel.

I loved these characters! Loved them!! It threw me just a little that one of the main POVs was from Martin, but it made sense after a little bit and it worked. I loved how intertwined these characters become in helping each other. Sometimes when you have several characters in a book with different paths it doesn't work, but the author handled all of this marvelously well. I wasn't once confused and the characters were never one-dimensional. They all felt genuine.

The only thing I might have liked changed was the romance and more added to the end of the story. I would have loved another 30 to 50 pages to show how things turn out. I want to know how Mason and his kids fair, how Matt does in school, how the Whelans and their farm weather the winter, where Toby and Margaret end up, and especially more between Grace and the possibility of what her life will be. Obviously, I wasn't ready to let these characters go.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I was expecting a romance and this is more of women's fiction or inspirational fiction, but I loved every minute. I can't wait for more from this author!

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Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author


Kristen Garner McKendry began writing in her teens, and her work has been published in both Canada and the US. She received a Mississauga Arts Council MARTY Award in Established Literary Arts in 2012, and her book Garden Plot was nominated in 2011 for a Whitney Award of excellence in LDS literature.

Kristen received a bachelor's degree in linguistics from Brigham Young University and has always been a voracious reader. She has a strong interest in urban agriculture and environmental issues. She enjoys playing the bagpipes, learning obscure languages, growing wheat in the backyard, and making cheese. A native of Utah and a mother of three, she now resides with her family in Canada.


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