About the Book
It is said that something magical happens during the festival season in Coraloo, something unexplainable. People tend to be a little crazier, reckless. Maybe it’s because it coincides the full moon, but Coraloo’s constable, Roy Blackwell, is beginning to think it’s something else. That said, Roy has other things on his mind, like marrying Margarette Toft. A controversial decision as the Toft and the Blackwell families have a hatred for one another that is older than the town itself. Tradition collides with superstition as the feuding families compete to organize the events surrounding the most talked about wedding in the history of Coraloo. Despite the array of minor catastrophes that ensue, and the timings clashing with a four-week long festival celebrating a legendary beaver, Roy and Margarette hold fast and declare they will do whatever it takes to wed. That is until Roy unearths a town secret – a murder involving a pair of scissors, an actor with a severe case of kleptomania, and the mysterious marriage of Innis Wilkinson. Can good come out of unearthing the past – or will only heartbreak follow?
In My Opinion
In The Marriage of Innis Wilkinson Lauren H. Brandenburg builds on the success of her Carol Award-winning The Death of Mungo Blackwell. Readers are welcomed back to Coraloo with its zany residents, long-held traditions, and feuding families.
Brandenburg manages to take something that could be absolutely ridiculous and make it charmingly quirky. Roy Blackwell’s patience and desire to ease his fiancée’s burdens is so sweet. Margarette Toft, with her out-of-control task list is easy to relate to. I love that there’s more to the author’s characters than meets the eye, and the truths revealed as you spend more time with them.
This is a book that is both an escape and a discovery. Whether it’s loving well in the midst of chaos, discovering what is right in front of you, the joys and disappointments of family, or finding the place that is yours, there’s something in this book that will speak to readers in across many areas of life.
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About the Author
Lauren H Brandenburg is a wife, mother, storyteller, author, and purveyor lovely things. The Death of Mungo Blackwell is her first novel with Lion Fiction and her first novel for grown-ups. As a former English teacher and homeschooling mom, Lauren combines her love of ‘the what if’ with her spirit of adventure and faith to delight and encourage readers young and old. Her fourth book in The Books of the Gardener series, Orlo: The Created, was a 2017 finalist for the Selah Middle-Grade Novel of the Year. Lauren is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is on staff with the Realm Makers conference. She was a 2020 finalist for The People’s Book Prize (UK) and the Selah Award in Women’s Fiction, and American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2020 Carol Award winner in Contemporary Fiction,. She lives with her husband, Jamie, and two children in a lovely little town just south of Nashville, Tennessee, however… she will always consider Kentucky her home.