Dianne K. Salerni
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer KM
As children Maggie and Kate were big trouble makers. Leah, who was much older, did not live with them. However, things changed as they grew up. In the middle of the 19th century, Maggie, Kate, and Leah managed to convince people of knocking spirits and ghosts. As time went on, the knocking ghost noises meant something different to each sister; some scamming, some popularity, and some money. Many people found them crazy and full of witchcraft, as their lies became a way of life. Maggie met an arctic explorer who gave her a chance to turn her life around from the lies and deceit. It was time for her to decide how her whole life would turn out. This book shows what family truly means to the characters and lets them explore different worlds.
The style of the work is original and different to read but to put it frankly, I did not enjoy this type of book. I found it drawn out and hard to stay focused while reading. I also found it hard to review because of how drawn out it was. The characters were great individuals, but the vocabulary and whole theme of the book couldn't make me that interested. My mindset is more on the creative, artistic fiction, and science fiction types do not draw me in one bit. This is just one persons review, so I would recommend that you look around at other reviews. It is a fine book though, in itself.
This book deals with some stressful things as in infamy, deceit and lies, and tedious scamming. Use best judgment.
Reviewer City, State and Country: , Pennsylvania USA
Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer MDG
High Spirits by Dianne K. Salerni is about two real historical figures. These girls, Maggie and Kate Fox, started rapping out messages from spirits as a joke to scare their family. Soon everyone in their family and town believes them to be mediums that are able to communicate with the dead. Their older sister starts using their "gift" for money-making purposes, which leads the girls to creating a national craze known as spiritualism. When Maggie meets an Arctic explorer, she must choose between the man she loves and her spirit rapping.
I really enjoyed this book. It has the right amount of humor, spooks, romance, and character development. You step into Maggie's shoes and see the mid 1800's as she does. The book spans over several years of her life, and you begin to grow up with her. It is very detailed and informative, and Dianne K. Salerni does a wonderful job of storytelling. Even if you don't like historical fiction, this book is a great read, especially since all the characters actually lived in the past.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania United States
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