Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Children's Home

It is Appreciate a Dragon Day!  For Harry Potter fans, this is our day!  On this day in 1919 the Eighteenth Amendment was ratified. It banned the making, sale, and consumption of alcohol (I bet a lot of you are glad that this amendment was repealed)!    In 1938 the first jazz and swing concert was held in Carnegie Hall on this day! In 1964 Carol Channing Hello, Dolly! opened on Broadway.  These are just a few of the fun events that happened on January 16 in history!

The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert is an unusual book.  Morgan Fletcher lives alone in his big house until Engel shows up.  Then one day a baby is left at the door.  Slowly other children start to appear at the house.  When one of the children become ill, Engel finds Dr. Crane to come and visit.  At first Morgan hides from Dr. Crane.  Morgan was severely injured by his mother. His face and one hand are badly disfigured.  Then slowly Morgan gets to know Dr. Crane and they spend time together.  Then people come looking for the children.  When they search the house, the children (and all of their things) disappear.  Until one day they find one child (maybe they are supposed to), Moira.  Morgan and Dr. Crane along with the children go looking for the Moira.  Why was the little girl taken and what is their fascination with children? 

The Children’s Home is just plain odd.  I have tried to summarize it to the best of my ability.  This book is really not that long, but it seem to go on forever.  I really tried, but I was never able to get into this book.  Odd things happen in the book, but nothing is ever explained (like what year is it, the country, last names).  The writing style is convoluted and formal.  I do not think I got the point of this book, but then I do not believe the writer knew what type of story he wanted to write.  The world the writer created did not seem complete or whole.  We are only given a little bit of information about it (like everything else).  I give The Children’s Home 1 out of 5 stars (which means I really did not like it).  It sounded like an interesting book, but I just found it odd and confusing (and very disgusting at the end).  This book is not for someone with a light stomach.  There are some nasty things that happen near the end of the book (with equally horrible descriptions). 

I received a complimentary copy of The Children’s Home from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am currently reading The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth (it is disappointing).   I hope everyone has had a great Saturday!  If you like cozy mysteries and movies, check out the Peach Cobbler Murder (based on the Hannah Swenson book series) on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries tonight.  It is just delightful!  Have a great evening and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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