As you can tell, I have not written anything here for quite some time. It’s not like I haven’t been writing or reading. It’s just that it’s been . . . well . . . elsewhere. Which is good, right? Maybe.
Anyway, I recently read a book that a good friend got for me at the the L.A. Conference. Signed and everything! She’s such a sweetheart. And yet we still haven’t had a chance to chat about the book. Darn it.
I’ve never read historical fiction but now that I’ve read this one, I think I’m hooked. It’s Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.
I don’t know how authors actually become the characters they write but Vanderpool has it mastered. She is Abilene Tucker right down to the lingo, the pre-teen angst, the feistyness, the mixed emotions.
Claiming that he can’t keep her with him any longer, Abilene’s father sends her alone to the strange town where he’d grown up. Abilene quickly finds herself caught up in a mystery about her father’s past (along with some other strange goings on). And she manages to make a couple friends who become just as interested in solving the mystery as she is.
I loved how the story wove in and out of the past. I totally appreciated all the research Vanderpool put into learning the different ways of life around early and mid 1900. And how she blended them together with a story that is really hard to put down! I’m a slow-as-molasses reader but I simply burned through Moon Over Manifest.
In fact, I liked it so much I bought a copy for another friend as a birthday gift!
If you’ve already read it, let me know what you think. If not, pick up a copy. Read it. I hope you like it as much as I did.