Truman Johnstone 's ability to discern people's expressions, and decipher if they were lying- made him an outspoken child. Being different kept him from being adopted till he was fourteen. He now runs an orphanage for problem youths, and is a feeding therapist in his desire to help children deal with their peculiarities. To give them the childhood he never had.
The harvest festival corn maze Truman creates every year has an unwelcome visitor. Children hear disembodied voices skipping through the corn maze amid the backdrop of eerie orchestral music. In every year of the calendar, intermittent doors of time swing open and closed, so long as the cornfield stands.
In societies set on sameness-all are outsiders.
They learn the traits that make us outcasts, may be the very ones that make us great, and that true love may heal all, and even transcend time.
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After I was half way through this book I checked out the authors website and realized she has a background in pediatric therapy and has hands on experience with individuals with Asperger’s syndrome. The author also did a great job of researching the times in Salem during the witch trials. Chapman did a wonderful job of moving back and forth between characters and time making the story flow together nicely even when switching within the same chapter. I did find this book to be a bit more scientific or I guess you one could say medical/technical. I didn’t have a hard time following it through as I already have a good understanding on Asperger’s. I did learn more about Synesthesia, which the author explained through the characters. Truman and Verity both were strong characters and I really enjoyed them. It was like a match made in heaven but between different times. I found both to be very technical in personality which reminds me of my own son. I am not sure how one without a knowledge of Autism would do understanding this story, it may be a bit too much for some. For this being the first audio book I have listened to, I found the narrator to be good at changing her voice for each character. At first I was lost with the accents for Truman and his co-worker, Rom at the orphanage but once I kept listening it became very easy to know who was who. I found myself at the beginning needing to pay close attention to the narrator to learn each characters accent and which place the story was talking about but it did become easier as the story went on. My attention was held well with the narrator, she has a soothing voice. The storyline hooked me right from the beginning so I wanted to know more and find out how this story would end. One of my favorite parts is when Verity and Truman communicate through Truman’s journal. I was very happy that this book wasn’t left with a huge cliffhanger. I look forward to book 2 and see what is in store for Verity and Truman within the cornfield portal. Audiobook provided for review by the narrator. Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]
I thought the author captured the hysteria of Salem quite well. This is a sad time in history that has always fascinated me as it has many others, and this book gave us a pretty good glimpse of the mind set of the time. It showed many sides to human nature, both good and bad. The attraction between True and Verity was pretty instantaneous. They fell in love fast. They had much in common though, and the cultural gap between them didn't hold them back. They learned from each other and adapted. There was so much going on within this plot, it could be a bit overwhelming at times, and I'm not sure I fully grasped everything that was going on behind the scenes. The story ends in a way that leaves it open for a sequel, and I hope there is one because I was left with so many unanswered questions. Where Bluebirds Fly by Brynn Chapman was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
This is a jumping story! Jumps back and forth from Salem during the witch trials, to an orphanage for needing children in current day Pennsylvania. Verity is different, red hair, different colored eyes, and she sees colors with words. Verity's brother John is also different, probably on the autism spectrum, and doesn't really understand people. Verity is a servant, working for the Putnam's, during the witch trials. She tries to keep an eye on her brother, but taking care of her own chores makes it difficult to keep an eye on him all the time. People are *afflicted*, ill, and so accusations of witchery automatically go flying around. Once accused, even if innocent, even without proof, your time is limited, your death guaranteed. Truman is different as well, always has been, dealing with several types of synthesesia, associating colors and smells to words and people. He and his friend run the orphanage. One night, Truman sees something in the corn field and takes off after it, her. He comes across Verity, after she had also run to the cornfield. Though they're in different times, different places, they can see and hear each other. Communicating through his journal, they get to know each other, and each others' struggles and fears. Any more would have to give spoilers, so I'll stop, but it's a very good book, a great bit of additional history about what went on during the trials. Review by Kendra @ FaeBooks