Readers’ Corner, June 2022

By Bonnie McCune & Kathleen Duhamel ~

Do you believe in magic? Magical realism has a realistic setting but includes fantastic elements. This example, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman) boasts terrific characters and enigmas. Related in a straightforward style, the story centers on a middle-aged man who returns to England, his childhood home, to attend a funeral. He remembers an extraordinary, supernatural girl, Lettie, and her mother and grandmother, who helped him when an evil spirit nearly imprisoned him in a dangerous alternative world. Through his memories, he relates how he escaped and saved his family as well. The book deals deftly with the impossibility of knowing what’s real or true.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances. Ruth Emmie Lang’s delightful debut novel chronicles the life of Weylan Grey, an eccentric young boy raised by wolves, who begins an uneasy transition into mainstream society. His story is told from multiple points of view from the people who knew him, giving readers a fully developed portrait of this immensely likable and unique character. Weylan possesses special gifts, such as the ability to manipulate the weather. The trouble is, he can’t always control his powers, which puts others’ lives in jeopardy. Lang takes readers on a magical journey that does not disappoint.

The Velveteen Rabbit. Margery Williams’ classic children’s book celebrates its centennial this year. Over the decades, Williams’ beloved tale of a plush toy rabbit who longs to become real has been translated into multiple languages and been the subject of numerous adaptations. At its heart, the book brims with warmth and wisdom, along with a message about the transformational power of love. A delightful addition to any family bookshelf

Author Kathleen Duhamel writes humorous contemporary romance featuring “seasoned” characters. Her newest is Fed Up. Author Bonne McCune’s latest is Never Retreat, a suspenseful romance in Colorado’s wilderness.

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