His Family is a kind of immortality

Roger Gale came to New York at 17 from New Hampshire looking for a business he could turn into the American dream. He made it happen. He also married. His Family by Ernest Poole MacMillan, 1917. 1917 bestseller #7. Project Gutenberg ebook #14396. My grade A-. Three daughters and 20 years later, Judith died, leaving […]

This Side of Innocence made riveting by unlikeable people

Taylor Caldwell sets This Side of Innocence in the era of bustles and Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, but this odd tale of a dysfunctional family packs all the punch of a Netflix® drama. Seeking happiness, the characters try the old standbys—sex, fulfilling work, filial duty—and still there’s something missing. This Side of Innocence by Taylor Caldwell […]

Mary Peters, Tender Novel with Backbone

Mary Ellen Chase’s novel Mary Peters is a hauntingly lovely tale of ordinary people who face life head on. Mary Peters is not a great novel, but it’s a good novel. It’s about giving your kids love and discipline. It’s about compassion, about doing right just because it’s right, and about the futility of cursing […]

My Friend Flicka is family-friendly reading

Everyone who has heard—or perhaps wailed—“if only I had a horse (or kitten or dog) of my own” will recognize the premise of Mary O’Hara’s novel My Friend Flicka. Ken McLaughlin, a dreamy kid, the despair of his ex-military father and exemplary older brother, has failed fifth grade. Ken insists that he’d be different if […]