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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Avonelle's Gift


Avondale's Gift by Nova Scheller

Diving into your family’s past can be quite a journey.  For some, it brings great joy, for others not so much.

Avonelle’s Gift is the story of a family through four generations, starting back around the year 1900.  What was a short romance for two people became quite a story.  We have all experienced our first love.  For these two young people, it was short-just a few short weeks.  At this time in history, it was not uncommon for workers to travel where they were needed, staying only long enough as there was work.  When young Avonelle left, he didn’t think anything of it, but hoped one day to return to this special girl.  Weeks later, she learned she was with child.  In order to save grace, she married a local boy.  After the child was born, the mother dies.  Unable to care for the child, she is brought to an orphanage.

The story continues through the generations, ending with the great-granddaughter.  Through the years, you read of the trying times of war and work.

Four generations does bring quite a lot of characters.  This is not a fairy tale romance, but a story of life, love and death.  A good story of family history, with a mix of fact and fiction to keep it interesting.  Photos at the end also show the serious times.  Well written, although my copy did not convert to a Kindle mobi file well, quite a few hyphenated words that were most likely at the end of a page in a hard copy were in the middle of sentences.  Getting by that, it was an enjoyable read.  There are no opinions or judgements of what the author’s ancestors did.