Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Shadow in the Garden by Braden McElroy

The Shadow in the Garden
Author: Braden McElroy
Kindle Edition
File size: 172k

About the Book:
Uplifting and inspirational, The Shadow in the Garden features Luna, a troubled little girl with a courageous spirit, and her travels with her grandfather to Spirithaven—a world of wonder and delight where vibrant emotions become colorful traveling companions, memories are carefully shaped—and fears grow into daring realities. Laced with discovery and humor, Spirithaven ultimately teaches Luna important and unexpected truths about the strength of emotions and God’s gift of grief.
My Thoughts:

Braden McElroy has a wonderful gift of storytelling. His writing style reminds me a bit of C.S. Lewis, L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald all wrapped up in one - but still with a flair of his own uniqueness, which creates a captivating and enchanting tale. His story is heart-touching and has a wonderful lesson about loss and grief. The main character, Luna is a child who has suffered a loss and is a totally endearing character. She is a very dimensional and someone that every child (as well as adult) will be able to identify and connect with.

Although written as a child's story, this is a tale that all ages will appreciate. Even though it's geared to those that can read chapter books, don't over look it for the younger child. I suggest considering this as read-aloud story for the whole family, as the detail and imagery will captivate all, and Luna's adventure could create some great discussions - especially if you are having a hard time helping a child with dealing with the loss of a loved one.

I loved "The Shadow in the Garden" and look forward to seeing more from Mr. McElroy in the future.

About the Author:

When Braden McElroy is not writing fantasy for children, he is usually preoccupied with the adult equivalent - developing financial forecasts for his employer in Houston, Texas. Proof resides somewhere in his attic that he earned degrees in agribusiness and Russian language and literature from Oklahoma State University, as well as an MBA from Yale University. In his spare time, he continues to help manage family cotton farming operations near his hometown in Oklahoma. Otherwise, his personal identity has been reduced to "Lisa's husband" and "Mara and Rowan's dad". Also, he is responsible for sifting the kitty litter.

I received a complimentary copy for review. I was not required to write a positive review, but instead, one that gives my honest opinion.

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