Welcome to the circulating blog tour and giveaway for The Searchers series of middle grade historical fiction by Bertha Schwartz, hosted by JustRead tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
It’s 1880 and Kelly lives alone with her Papa, a lighthouse-keeper in Massachusetts. She longs to know more about her Mama, and Papa has finally promised to tell her the truth on her fourteenth birthday. Before Kelly can learn much though, dangerous men the notorious Blackburn Brothers arrive unannounced and take Papa away. Kelly is left alone and responsible for the lighthouse.
Granny, a former slave and family friend, learns of Kelly’s plight and decides to help find the answers to her questions. Mysterious letters, snow storms, and violence threaten Kelly’s safe haven as new friends help unearth old secrets in Kelly’s lighthouse home. How can she bring her papa back? Who is her true family?
IN MY OPINION
When Kelly’s papa finally tells her about her mother on her fourteenth birthday, the answer isn’t at all what the girl is expecting. On the eve of an epic adventure, Kelly discovers truths that are hard for her to comprehend. Unbeknownst to her, even more truth is about to be uncovered.
Evil men and winter storms keep Kelly hopping while her papa is missing and it’s up to her to mind the lighthouse, guiding boats away from danger. Even when danger has landed on her doorstep.
Bertha Schwartz gives her young heroine plenty of challenges that keep the reader engaged in the story while impressing on them the importance of family of all types. Whether it be a biological family, one formed through heart-ties, or a community that rallies around during difficult times, family is an important part of what shapes us into who we are and who we will become.
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BOOKS IN THIS SERIES
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bertha Schwartz is a Swiss Amish transplant to the beautiful farmland of Nappanee, Indiana. She loves spending time with family and friends, including fifty-two nieces and nephews. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, sewing, and reading. Raised near the lovely Swiss city of Berne, Indiana, Swiss is her mother-language. Languages and different dialects are a special interest of hers.
(1) winner will receive:
- a set of all 3 books in The Searchers series (US only)
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 9, 2019 and lasts through 11:59pm February 4, 2019. Void where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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