Saturday, September 13, 2014
BOOK REVIEW: "Dobyns Chronicles" by Shirley McLain
Charley Dobyns is the first-born son of two loving parents in the late 1800's. He had two much younger siblings, David and Viola, and the family ran a farm in the South.
When both parents are taken from them much too early, sixteen-year-old Charley must take it upon himself to raise his siblings and be the head of the house, though he's not much more than a child himself.
Shirley McLain's novel claims on my Kindle app to take 6 hours to read. I read it in less than four. From page one you are drawn to Charley, the primary narrator and hero of this story, and his life a hundred and fifty years ago.
The story is unbelievably sad. It's sad because this is about real life, not a werewolf lover or magical school. This is real life with no makeup or airbrushing.
While it's sad, it's also about the love of family and the grace of God. You don't have to be a Christian to enjoy this, but if you're not, here's to prepare you for a book about a great believer of the Lord, Charley, and how he knows, as long as he has his family and God, he will be okay.
All in all, it's a beautiful, interesting story about family, love and God, and about growing up in a very different time than we are now. It's an eye-opener, hearing about kids who WANT to go to school, or help their families, when nowadays we have kids complaining about those very things.
Great story. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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