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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Patty Pick for 6/18/15 is "The Flying Circus" by Susan Crandall!

Susan Crandall's next book is coming out in July! Her last book, "Whistling Past the Graveyard" has turned into one of my favorite books of all time. You have to love the characters, especially Starla, and the subtle message in that book. Starla stole my heart from the first chapter.

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Susan Crandall's soon-to-be-released "The Flying Circus"! It will be available on July 7th!! It has a more adult cast of characters but we learn that their childhoods are continuing to play a role in their reactions to life. Three unlikely companions team up to become a troupe of traveling daredevils. The stunts come in the air with Gil and his Jenny airplane and on the ground with Cora and her motorcycle. All the while Henry works to hold them and their machines together with his mechanical acumen and a lot of luck.
The group slowly reveal the reasons they are all running away from their former lives. Henry
has the most to lose as we, the readers, find out early on that he is a wanted man. Henry came
from a German family of immigrants that suffered much tragedy before and during World War I.
As we meet him, he has become an orphan that was adopted by a kind farmer with a passel of daughters. The older girls are jealous of Henry and stymie his attempts to become part of the family
at every turn. Then one day, Henry finds Emmaline murdered. Henry makes the worse choice he can make, he runs.
He meets up with Gil and Cora after witnessing their race against each other in a pasture along the
quiet road he is traveling. Cora shows up unexpectedly on the road to join them as they start their trip to Chicago. The group of three work their act across the country to make money and we continue to learn the facts about the families and hardships they have left behind. They form a tight group that will be tested all in many ways.Read this and enjoy the trio! You will be rooting for them around every page. Again Thank You to Susan Crandall for giving a few of us an opportunity to win one
of her wonderful books!!