Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Song of Copper Creek by Kristen McKendry {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}

The Song of Copper Creek by Kristen McKendry
Paperback, first, 226 pages
Published July 3rd 2017 by Covenant Communications

It's been more than a year since she lost her family - a tragedy that has left Grace Whitaker a shadow of her former self. Unable to move on surrounded by so many memories, she makes the desperate decision to return to her childhood home in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. There she hopes to salvage the broken pieces of her life - but what she finds is the promise of peace and healing in an unlikely place.

Copper Creek Farm is part of a Canadian historical museum, offering glimpses into 19th-century pioneer life. Yet the farm offers much more than that - it is a place of second chances. For Grace, the opportunity to work the land alongside the loving Whelan family is the first step toward healing. But she isn't the only broken soul seeking hope on the farm. Grace is joined by a young man in trouble with the law, as well as the Whelans' son and grandchildren, who are struggling through their own heartbreak. Together, these survivors discover the strength that can be found in friendship. But when faced with the uncertainty of the future, will they have the courage to move beyond the past to forge new lives for themselves?


My Review: 5 Stars

I can't imagine going through the grief, heartache, and pain that Grace has endured. I don't know if I would be strong enough to recover from losing my world, and although she has her ups and downs, Copper Creek Farm is really the first step towards finally allowing herself to heal.  

I was taken aback by the gentle, tranquil feeling of this story. I can only compare it to a comfort food or something like Anne of Green Gables (without the precocious red-head). Through farming, simple living, acceptance, and pure love, Grace is finally able to begin to know peace and to extend that feeling to others around her who desperately need it. 

This rag-tag assembly of characters wrapped themselves around my heart and found myself wishing for a summer exactly like this one, from the setting to the friends. The vivid descriptions and imagery stayed planted in my mind, long after I finished the story. 

There's not a lot of romance, some hints here and there, but I was still completely captivated and enchanted by this story.

Content: mild+ religious elements; extremely mild romance. 

*I received a copy from the publisher, which didn't affect my thoughts. All opinions are my own.*


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About the Author:

Kristen McKendry began writing in her teens and her work has been published in Canada and the U.S. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Linguistics from Brigham Young University and has always been a voracious reader.

Kristen has a strong interest in urban agriculture, sustainable living, environmental issues, and the local foods movement. She incorporates these themes in her writing, and she also lets her Mormon background flavour her work to make her culture more accessible to mainstream readers. She enjoys playing the bagpipes and banjo, learning obscure languages, growing wheat in the backyard, and making cheese. Raised in Utah, she now resides with her family in Canada. She's also the proud grandmother of the world's cutest kids, Rowyn and EĆ²ghann.

Kristen won the 2012 Mississauga Arts Council MARTY Award for Established Literary Arts, and her book Garden Plot was nominated for the 2011 Whitney Award for excellence in LDS fiction. 

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