Monday, August 26, 2019

Adventures in Poverty: Review and Giveaway!

About the Book

Book: Adventures in Poverty

Author: Nancy Bolton

Genre: Memoir

Release Date: July 30, 2019

Faced with eviction, living on union strike pay, our time for making a decision was running out. Where could we go to live with our five small sons? We had few options. The scariest possibility was also the one that fit best with our tiny income. But could we really make such a difficult move? To transport our family, and our mobile home onto a five-acre parcel of rural, undeveloped land? No electricity, no running water, with winter fast approaching. It sounded a little crazy…….
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About the Author

Nancy Shew Bolton is a wife, mother, grandmother, jewelry maker, crochet crafter, and of course: a writer! She lives in upstate New York in a lovely scenic region known as The Fingerlakes. Widowed last year, she is comforted by her five sons, two grandchildren and a marvelous array of family and other loved ones. She loves the creative process, and puts her whole focus into the stories she writes. May you be entertained and uplifted by them!
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Sometimes life hands out an unexpected challenge, and the direction you mapped out for your family comes up against a big roadblock. And there you are, trying to navigate back to a path that makes sense. One that would be as close to the previous path as you can get. But our only options led us in directions far away from what we were used to.
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My Thoughts

Adventures in Poverty by Nancy Bolton is a true account of what happened in 1986 when the Bolton Family moved their mobile home and family to a five acre lot they owned in upstate New York where they would live without electricity and running water.  An additional problem is that winter was fast approaching. This family of seven were living on strike wages of $70 a week at the time.  The five boys ranged in age from twelve to four months.  I started reading Adventures in Poverty and was immediately drawn into the story thanks to Nancy’s engaging writing style. Readers are taken on the journey with the family as Nancy recounts what happened via anecdotes.  We see how the family managed to adapt to their new life and learned many lessons along the way.  It was a challenging new lifestyle that had is ups and downs.  The adventure began when they arrived at the lot to find their mobile home had been plopped down too close the road and it was on an angle.  The family had to eat dinner while holding onto their plates, so they did not slide off the table.  Nancy had to cook their first dinner over a campfire since the propane could not be hooked up and she cleverly took the rack from the stove to put on the fire for the pots and pans.  They had to haul water and then heat it up.  They were fortunate to get the help of many kind people along the way.  I found Adventures in Poverty to be an inspiring story and a must read for any individual going through a tough time.  I was amazed at how Nancy managed to maintain her positive attitude even during the toughest of times.  Some of the stories will have you chuckling and others will bring tears to your eyes.  God helped them get through it and brought their family closer together.  I appreciated that they raised their boys to embrace the differences between people and cultures.  The parents also wanted the kids to focus on others so they would not be greedy or materialistic.  My favorite quote from Adventures in Poverty is “..hardships come and go but with God’s help we didn’t need to fear them.  We’d learn something useful from them.  It’s all part of the journey.”  Adventures in Poverty is an uplifting story that will linger with you long after you finish it.  
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To celebrate her tour, Nancy is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and eBook copy of her book.  Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter. Good Luck!  Thank you for joining me today.  Adventures in Poverty is available through Amazon and is a part of the Kindle Unlimited program.  Tomorrow I am featuring Silent Night, Deadly Night by Vicki Delany.  It is the fourth A Year Round Christmas Mystery.  I hope that you have an enriching day.  Take care of yourself and Happy Reading!


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  1. This book sounds like a fascinating read.

  2. Thank you for sharing your review and the book details. This sounds like a wonderful read.

  3. I really enjoyed this book! Living off the land stories are among my favorites, as that has been my life.

  4. Sounds like a fascinating book. Looking forward to reading.