by Frances Greenslade
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Shelter 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
There were times when I was reading this book that I closed the book and let my mind wander to the place where Jenny and Maggie’s travels were taking them. Whether it was in the backseat of their mother’s car or out on the open green fields, I felt like I was a part of their world and longed to witness everything that they were taking in. The first part of this book was hard to crack open and I wondered if I would fit into their world but once I understand their antics, the mystery of their world was mine for turning the page. The relationship between these two sisters was amazing even though they were totally different people, they depended on each other and saw the uniqueness in each other and did not judge each other no matter what direction life took them. In today’s world, I know this is a hard concept to follow which is what made this book so enjoyable to read. No, it was not sappy and unrealistic it just showed how with the dramatics of a family, the bond of two sisters can still remain strong. The history of the family when all is said and done adds an interesting twist to the story and for that, I applaud the author. I won this book from Goodreads but that does not influence my opinion, my opinion is my own. “If there is a God, he was a little too casual or absentminded or something. He should have thought to make sure we had maturity before we were able to reproduce, especially since, according to my biology class, human beings nurture their young longer than any other species.”
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Shelter by Frances Greenslade ISBN: 9781451661101 Starts out when Maggie was being told from her dad how to build a shelter. He used to work in Oregon but traveled north to BC to live off the land and avoid the Korean draft. He had come over from Ireland and had enough battles. He knew many ways to make a shelter and she watched. Scene at the homefront reminded me of when we first moved to the island-we had to carry our 5 gallon buckets of water up the hill 300 yards and we had no heat for the first several months, outdoor bushes for the bathroom. After their fathers death they move to a camp where Irene, the mother cooks for those who come to camp. After summer they move in with a local woman who can do/fix anything. After a time they have to leave there and Irene puts the kids in a home with friends of the family-The Edwards while she goes to the logging camps to cook. no kids allowed but her kids will be able to attend school. When Ted develops cancer she spends time with him in the hospital where he's on morphine for the pain. He tells her all about her father. She and her sister now work after school and their mother's last letter stated she wasn't feeling very well. They stopped receiving money after that. Maddie plans a weekend trip to try to find her mother, along with her sister and meet up with some crazy people while hitchhiking. When Jennie gets pregnant from a boy who's left the area. Bea makes a call and ships her out to a home for unwed mothers run by nuns. She finally tracks down someone who knows Irene's past and divulges secrets to her in hopes it will lead her to find her mother... Love all the descriptions about the meadows of flowers and other nature. Also learning what they used to keep the deer out of the garden, gonna have to try it. Canasta talk is cool to read about. Quilt making and the patterns from the Indian tribe women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For leaders to gain knowledge an medicine cats and their apprentises talk to their ancestors.
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JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story of two sisters as different as night and day, who drift apart for a short while as Jenny explores the things a 15 yr old does and Maggie who is younger and more mature gets a job to keep her out of the way of their caregiver, though the sisters need each other more than they realize what they need most is to find their mother, she dropped them off with strangers while she went to look for work and never came back. After a few years and much talk Maggie and her best friend, Vern, set out to find her. They don't get far though, Vern's Uncle Lewis picks them up on the highway during a thunderstorm and takes them home. Maggie doesn't give up and when Jenny is sent away by the woman their mother left them with she takes off on her search again. Eventually Maggie solves the mystery. That's all I'll say about that as I don't want to spoil it. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it was unpredictable and intense. I could imagine the places and the scenery Maggie describes. The array of characters were very interesting! Greenslade has an amazing talent, Shelter is about love and loss, family and human strength. I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where the clans will join each Sunday Night to share their news.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago