The Canary

The Canary

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Paperback, Solstice Publishing, 2014, ISBN13 9781625261175, ISBN10 1625261179
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Paperback, Solstice Publishing, 2014, ISBN13 9781625261175, ISBN10 1625261179
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The Canary

Myra Galloway is young and widowed with five young children to support. She sells homemade sweets on the streets and docks of Galveston as a means to feed her family. Julia Jameson is a church going woman who discovers on her wedding night that her husband is not the man she thought he was. But is Julia really the person she appears to be? Sure Foot and Black Jack are two young boys who end up as shipmates on the Sallie Lou, an unlikely pairing but they become fast friends. Jacqueline T. Moore's historical novel, The Canary, is set in 1890's Galveston where the summers are hot and people have secrets in their past. The characters are very believable as their lives come together and a hurricane is brewing. As a bonus recipes for the sweets are in the back of the book. This is the first of a triology and I eagerly look forward to reading more about these characters.

Awesome writing technique! Captivating!

The Canary, by Jacqueline T. Moore, was mesmerizing from the first word. Ms. Moore’s ability to develop the characters drew me into the plot and caused me to sympathize with each character's personal "plight." Her outstanding job with dialects and colloquialism was absolutely charming. In particular, Jack's "slave talk" was particularly convincing. The Hebrew was also on the mark. I thoroughly enjoyed the interweaving of the characters and their personal stories. This book wasn’t simply a story of a widow with 5 children, but the story of a community. The "indomitable human spirit" is present throughout every detail of the plot from Myra's striving during her husband's illness and supporting her children after his death, to Flossie and C.B.'s abusive treatment, to the recovery in the aftermath of the hurricane. Also, the time period is as I would have imagined it would be. Ms. Moore’s excellent historical research on the time period and the hurricane is apparent in this writing. Allow yourself to be transported back in time and feel the difficulties as well as the joys of the late 1800's. This book is a purchase that you will not regret. I am eagerly awaiting more works by Jacqueline Moore.

Cry Babies are not just whiny kids...

Cry Babies are not just whiny kids... Delightful first offering from an author who puts her readers smack-dab in the middle of things as the characters maneuver the social labyrinth of church ladies, younguns, race, jewelry, sailors, and "polite society" in 1890's Galveston, TX
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