Vanderpool is amazing! Her storytelling in both Moon and Navigating Early have made me feel like I was there, to laugh and cry with her characters and wish that her stories would never end! Highly recommend!
The innocents of the times.
The ending was great.
Abilene, of coarse!
The whole book moved me.
I loved all the people in the book.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
This book is two stories in one. It is truly heartwarming, and if you are a history buff like I am, you will enjoy the setting of the two stories - one during the Great Depression/Dust Bowl days and one during World War I in small town Kansas. Read by one of my favorite narrators, I very much enjoyed listening to this story and I highly recommend the book.
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Challenges read for: Goodreads, Historical Fiction, Audio Book, Women Authors
Book Cover: Fabulous--That is Abilene at her best!
Narrated by: Jemma Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, and Kirby Heybourne
I enjoyed this book at lot and would highly recommend it for a younger person to read. It is rich with history-bouncing back and forth between 1918 and 1936. A young Abilene jumps off a train in Manifest, Kansas where her Dad has sent her for the summer while he takes a job with the railroad. Here Abilene establishes a friendship with two cousins, Lettie and Ruthanne. The three friends turn sleuth after Abilene finds a box of mementos hidden in the room she is staying in for the summer. The box opens the door to the richness of diversity, small town living and the ties that bind.
A story of friendship, of war, of loss and ultimately hope--a great summer read that will take YOU back to those languid summer days of youth.
The narration of the audio format was superb--any time I see Jemma Lamia's name in the narration, I always grab it!
It's an entertaining story, definitely intended for younger readers/listeners, with some good history woven into the narrative.
This is a book for a younger audience. I'm afraid I'm not in the target audience.
The narration by Jenna Lamina kept my interest in what would otherwise have been a little dull.
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
Jenna has a voice that makes stories come to life! I enjoy listening to her. This book about Abilene takes some twists and turns and kept my attention. I like early 1900 books and the adventures the characters encounter.
A really fantastic novel performed beautifully. I enjoy historical fiction, but I think anyone who likes a good story will love this. Vivid characters and a deeply interesting story brought to life by wonderful narrators. I will be looking out for the author and narrators in future.
I accidentally came across this book through the recommendation of a children's librarian. It was a pleasure to read even as an adult. My pre-teen daughter will also love this award winning book.
Moon over Manifest is a wonderful blend of history and the charm of childhood wonder. It is a well written story that takes you on two journeys that blend together perfectly in the end. I really enjoyed the ride and it was a fun read that I would recommend for anyone from early reader to adult.