Elizabeth's Midnight

Elizabeth's Midnight

by Aaron Michael Ritchey

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ISBN-13: 9780986184512
Publisher: Black Arrow Publishing
Publication date: 02/18/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 940 KB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Elizabeth's Midnight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story of a girl coming into her own. A girl finding her light through what seems to be the darkest of odds. A girl crushed by home-life and revived by the love of her grandmother and a chance, or maybe not so chance, meeting with the fifth son of a fifth son. She finds she has love in her heart, and I believe, faith and the courage of a lioness. Her fantastical and daring journey from Bethie to Elizabeth is written artfully and with such care, I can't wait to read something else by Mr. Ritchey.
RADee More than 1 year ago
CharlesYoite More than 1 year ago
I know it's cliched, but Elizabeth's Midnight made me laugh and cry. I saw in Grandma May my own grandmother, who died when I was too young to appreciate her. Elizabeth's adventures with Grandma May allowed me to go on an adventure with my grandmother in my imagination, to believe in her and treasure her. I resonated with Elizabeth in her struggle to love her family and home, yet at the same time not allow them to tether her. I hope many young people get the chance to read this book and grow alongside this young woman.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Elizabeth's Midnight is a young adult adventure story written by Aaron Michael Ritchey. Bethie Meyers is 16 years old and lives with her mother and her twin sisters, if living outside on the porch can really be considered being part of the household or the family. Bethie's father left the family a while ago, and she really didn't blame him. Mother Meyers is harsh, physically abusive and controlling, and Bethie wishes she could leave the family as well. The high point of her life is her weekly visit to the Gentle Whispers Nursing Home, where her Grandmother May, a catatonic patient, has lived for the last ten years. Bethie brings her Jane Austen reader and spends an hour reading aloud. Mother Meyers is seriously considering transferring Grandmother May to a nursing home in Mexico as a cost-cutting measure and Bethie secretly destroys the brochures that arrive from the home to try to keep that from happening. Aaron Michael Ritchey's young adult adventure story, Elizabeth's Midnight, is one of the most compelling and exciting coming of age stories that I've read in some time. I was thrilled when Bethie's Grandmother May opened her eyes and proposed an adventure of a lifetime to her beaten down and repressed granddaughter. Then I cheered as the new Elizabeth took over from the Bethie who had lost her self-esteem so long ago and watched as she became a strong, adventurous young woman who could do just about anything...with a little help. Grandmother May is a rich and regal figure whose return to life seems a heroic effort to rejoin her lost wartime love, but is ultimately designed to rescue her granddaughter. Elizabeth's Midnight is beautifully written, and I was hooked into the story from the first page. Its message is positive and inspiring, especially for the Bethies out there who have their own Mother Meyers to fear and esteem issues to cope with, and who desperately need to keep their dreams alive. Elizabeth's Midnight is most highly recommended.
wazi More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth’s Midnight by Aaron Michael Richey Beth is a junior in high school, a bit over-weight, insecure, and a terribly introverted sixteen-year-old. Mostly because of her verbally abusive mother and younger sisters. Her twin sisters, Megan and Melinda, are pretty, thin, and popular. All of which, Beth is not. Beth has only one memory of her grandmother before the nursing home. She was six years-old and they were making cookies, Grandma May smiled with kind blue eyes and called her Elizabeth. Not Beth, not Bethie, but Elizabeth. Beth longed to be headstrong and confident like Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, one of her favorite stories. While Beth was reading to Grandma May, she suddenly awakens and wants to make plans to fly to Paris to rendezvous with Phillip at midnight on Halloween, Beth thinks her grandma is delusional. However, May seems so full of life and promise that Beth follows along at first just to keep her safe. So… the adventure begins. This is a wild adventurous roller-coaster ride that tests friendships, loyalty, obligations, responsibilities, reality, love, and truth. The plot is character driven and told through Beth’s eyes. She is dismayed a lot of the time. (Ha! I get it!) But May keeps challenging Beth to stretch outside of her comfort zone, to find the confidence she needs to succeed within herself. May does this by showing her examples. May can be quite a swindler, she knows how to read people and connect with them. Is this a form of magic? At each stage of Grandma May’s quest the goal is to be reunited with Phillip, her one true love. May has held onto a poem written by Phillip for sixty-four years. In this poem is a riddle they must decipher to find the next poem and a small treasure. It’s like a scavenger hunt through May’s past and they are being followed by tattooed men. When the tattooed men show up in France in force, Beth and May are chased. It becomes clear that these men seek to end May’s quest by any means necessary and things suddenly get real for Beth. At the train station a young handicapped Frenchman, Quince, helps Beth and May escape the tattooed men yet again. He offers them a safe place to stay and decides to join their quest. But there is a dramatic turn when Grandma May meets with tragedy and is weakening. All she wants now is one last kiss from Phillip before she dies. Beth ends up risking more than she should to try to make that happen for May by taking over her quest. As she meets the final stage head-on Beth learns she can walk through her fear afraid. There are some emotional twists and dramatic revelations towards the end of this story that caught me unaware. Aaron Michael Richey has been able to take this coming of age tale to a whole new level. The adventure is engrossing, the tension continues to build through the entire story with suspense and emotion. The characters are unique, charming, and the relationships have a realistic feel to them. I have to say, well done! This is a journey extraordinaire. Format/Typo Issues: I was given an advance readers copy to review. However, I found no significant issues. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** May 7, 2015