The Unicorn Tree

The Unicorn Tree

by Cynthia Collins

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ISBN-13: 9781986397995
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/27/2018
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 611,044
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Collins writes stories that weave past and present through historical settings with the aid of ghosts and family. She is a two-time award winner of The Storyteller magazine's People's Choice Award - 1st Place Fiction.

She had every intention of pursuing a classical music career but, after moving to New York City, spent her spare time watching the ships in New York Harbor. This led to volunteering, sail training, and employment at various maritime historic sites. As a result, she as written both fiction and numerous non-fiction articles about historic house museums and tall ships. She is originally from Jefferson City, Missouri, graduated from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri with a Bachelor of Music, received a certificate from the Salzburg Universitat Summer School in Salzburg, Austria, and studied music composition at Mannes School of Music in New York.

Visit her website and blog: https://cynthia-collins.com
Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CynthiaStories
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The Unicorn Tree 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
GemmaDavison 5 months ago
There is something so appealing about Young Adult fiction, there is an innocence to it that is always so endearing, and this is particularly true about 'The Unicorn Tree' by Cynthia Collins. In this beautifully written love story, two young girls separated by over 100 years are bound together by their eerily similar circumstances. Both have connections to the sea, and when present-day Lisa's brother goes missing whilst sailing across the Atlantic, she finds herself more drawn to her historical counterpart and the mysterious Unicorn Tree that she mentions in her diary. Will the Unicorn Tree – believed to protect and watch over ships at sea – be able to solve the mystery of Lisa's lost brother and what other secrets will be revealed in the diary of Mirabelle's diary, the wife of a Ship Captain over 100 years ago? This was a stunning read with an appeal to all ages, with a riveting plot and empathetic characters, I enjoyed it from first to the last page.
Jamztoma 7 months ago
A Sweet Story of Faith, Family, and Friendship This is the story of Lisa Duncan, a studious teenager and a loyal sister to her older brother Matt who at the beginning of the book is setting out to sail across the Atlantic as a crew member of the historic clipper, Northern Star. Before departure, Matt gives Lisa a journal book for her to write her adventures in while he is away so that when he returns he can read all about them in it. As soon after all this takes place, Lisa and her friends who are her classmates are given an assignment by their teacher Ms. Anderson to “explore their community and write about anything that interests them.” Well, it just so happens that when their adventures get to Mirabelle Manor, the distinct residence of the Hutchings family who came to New Medford, Massachusetts “as shipwrights and later owned their own fleet,” Lisa becomes so enamored with it and its mistress Mirabelle Hutchings that she decides to write about it for the assignment and thus this story unfolds. Mirabelle Manor is now a museum and there are people who are in charge of its care and any transactions involving it and Lisa befriends one of its tour guides, Betty Parker, who then goes on to give Lisa Mirabelle’s diary to help her with her assignment. I found this book to be reminiscent of stories I read in English class as a teenager in high school. It brought back all memories of being assigned research papers and being with friends who shared the same interests in community landmarks and such that it makes it such an enjoyable read. Even though its language was simple and middle grade level, I found myself drawn to Mirabelle Hutchings and how she would make apparitions to Lisa helping her to write and research her paper as well as showing her the mysterious “unicorn tree” that the rest of the employees of Mirabelle Manor museum had been trying so hard to find but could not. Lisa’s teenage problems that the book talks about just adds to my memories of my teenage yearsl it is all so nostalgic and vivid now it makes me teary eyed. It also makes life near the ocean enchanting and idealistic. I thought the inclusion of church and a pastor in this book was sweet making me deem this book as a work of Christian fiction. It is indeed a story of faith, family, and friendship and it has that feel-good vibe that a Christian would appreciate. I urge those who are religious to give this book a read because it is heartfelt and magical in the sense that it involves a family and a teenage girl who is not mischievous but is a dear who stays true to her sea-bound brother through it all as she keeps writing in her journal that he gives her at the beginning of the book that she worries about him and that a supernatural woman (a friendly one) and her husband (also a ghost) are working in their own way to ease Lisa and her parents’ worries and provide them both with comfort in a career that can be fatal. I also would like to recommend this book to those who have family members in the military and are praying endlessly for those members to come back safe and alive one day. Buy a copy for yourself now because it is a great story to read while hurricane season is going on at the moment. God bless us all.
Grymm 7 months ago
Cynthia Collins takes on a great perspective writing about the teenager Lisa. This story has a bit of a modern and historic touch, bouncing between Lisa’s story and Mirabelle’s diary. Collins ties the two together deftly as she sends Lisa on a journey to find the titular tree, a spot just for watching ships come in and out of the area. The story starts with and is fueled by Lisa’s brother (Matt) getting aboard a historic ship with intent to cross the Atlantic on it. Immediately after we find Lisa with friends at Mirabelle Manor, where the story kicks off on its adventure between the past and present, and the supernatural. Collins takes no time in keeping this story moving. It’s paced well and moves easy. Throughout the story, there are little neat bits of parallels and foreshadowing (Lisa’s brother commenting on keeping a day-to-day log for the future to read back on, for example) that help add a heap of depth. This is a great story about the mystery of life, and the love of family…all with a slight supernatural element.
ReadersFavorite1 11 months ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In The Unicorn Tree by Cynthia Collins, 17-year-old Lisa Duncan misses her older brother, Matt, who’s one of the crew of the clipper ship Northern Star, embarking on a voyage across the Atlantic. She and her friends visit a 19th-century estate known as Mirabelle Manor, built by a 19th-century sea captain for his wife. Lisa is captivated by Mirabelle’s portrait-the eyes seem alive, following her every move. Lisa also experiences several weird events during her tour. She has the opportunity to read a copy of Mirabelle’s diary and feels the connection to her as Mirabelle coped with her husband’s absence when he was at sea. Lisa’s also determined to find Mirabelle’s unicorn tree where one can watch for ships. The Unicorn Tree is a charming story. It’s a slightly different YA read-the teenage angst is definitely there but it's combined with mystery, suspense, and even some mystical elements, giving the story a solid depth. With a clean and articulate narrative, the plot has a very nice flow from start to finish. Characterization as a whole is nicely done. When we’re introduced to Lisa, it’s apparent that her summer will be interesting the moment she sees the mysterious young woman on the day her brother went off to sea. As the story progresses, Lisa’s reality and Mirabelle's days in the past start becoming more parallel and the anticipation of what’s to come is enthralling, particularly when there’s troubling news about the Northern Star. On the whole, this is a great read from Cynthia Collins that reaches readers of all ages.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite The Unicorn Tree by Cynthia Collins is a great novel for a younger audience that teaches readers how to deal with absence. Lisa’s life is about to change. She’s a senior in high school and exploring college. Her brother is part of the crew of a clipper called the Northern Star for the summer. She has to do a paper on the historical Mirabelle Manor. The more she learns about the manor, the more it parallels to her life. Mirabelle was an original owner of the manor, married to Captain Hutchings. Mirabelle would wait for weeks to receive letters about her husband’s welfare, using her status to comfort the other families of the crew. When the Northern Star becomes lost at sea, Lisa finds solace in the journal of Mirabelle, using her experiences to find comfort as she waits for news of her brother. Through the connection she feels with the late owner, she’s able to process her own fear and find hope. The Unicorn Tree is the perfect comfort for juvenile readers who have a parent or relative away on a dangerous job. It gives them something to relate to. Lisa pushes people away, but she stays strong for her parents and uses the manor as comfort. Cynthia Collins gives younger readers someone who knows what they’re going through. Lisa’s brother is lost at sea in a hurricane. This situation can easily be applied to someone at war, in the navy, going into a hurricane to help those in need, or any other risk taking job. It can be hard for people to work through fear and it can feel like no one else understands. The Unicorn Tree is that understanding. It’s a comforting novel that’s real, heartfelt, and a little bit mystical. A must-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Collins' The Unicorn Tree is not your typical Young Adult book fare. Extremely well-written, it combines history, teenage angst, family crisis, and the occult in a marvelous blend that keeps the pages turning. An added plus is you will learn a lot about nautical terms and how old ships work. In short, I highly recommend it! SRMallery, author