Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Back before Christmas, Smiling Sally reviewed The Little Giant of Aberdeen Countyby first time author Tiffany Baker. I commented how the book sounded like something I would enjoy and Sally, being the generous girl that she is, sent it to me. I was right on the money; I loved it, even reading during the daytime, which is something I never do because reading often puts me to sleep.
Truly Plaice is born with a syndrome called acromegaly, in which the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone. Truly does not discover this until she is an adult, because her widowed father, devastated by his wife's death in childbirth and blaming the doctor, never takes his daughter for medical attention. By the age of 1 1/2 Truly is too large to fit into her 4 year old sister's clothes and is given boys' overalls, work shirts and boots to wear. Gloriously contrasting with Truly is her sister Serena Jane is slim and petite, blond-haired and blue-eyed. She is the beauty of small-town Aberdeen, pet of the reverend's wife, and it is a given that she will be May Queen one day.
Truly knows she is different than Serena Jane and others, but it isn't until she starts school and schoolteacher Priscilla Sparrow refers to her as a "little giant" that she knows just how different. In a small town being different is usually not a good thing, and Truly's inability to conform in other ways does not help. She is neither a good student, an athlete, or a witty conversationalist. Upon the death of their father, the chasm between the sisters becomes larger as their lives are set on different paths, Serena Jane one of privilege and adoration, and Truly the degradation of becoming a local outcast It is not until she is an adult and discovers one of Aberdeen's legendary secrets that Truly finds her calling and acceptance, becoming an herbalist, which allows her to gain control over her own life.
Dreams, fear, love, revenge, admiration, hatred, friendship, family, these are all themes in The Little Giant of Aberdeen County. Almost Gothic, with a villain, unrequited love and family secrets this story is fresh and interesting and the four main characters of Truly, her friends Amelia and Marcus, and their nemesis Robert (Bob Bob) Morgan are well-constructed, whole people with imperfections, strengths, and at one time or another, are sympathetic for the reader. While one might expect the book to make readers feel forlorn, I mostly felt hope and often I laughed while reading. We all know that beauty is only skin deep, and this magical story just brings the message home again.

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19 comments:

Chris said...

This book does sound like it would be a good read. Thank you for your great review.

Hugs,
Chris

bj said...

That Smiling Sally is a sweetie!!
Glad you enjoyed the book..

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

This book looks like one that I would love too. Thank you for the review.

Smilingsal said...

Excellent review.

Raggedy Girl said...

Thank you for the lovely book review. It is so nice to hear from someone who actually read the book rather than just close your eyes and point..... smiles.
Roberta Anne

Justine said...

Wow, sounds like you've stumbled upon another great read!

Justine :o )

squawmama said...

Wow it sounds like a good read... Always nice to hear about a book from someone who has read it... Thanks

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Rue said...

Hi Elizabeth :)

That book sounds really good! I feel sorry for Truly just reading your review.

Oh and your crafts are NOT like oriental trading!! LOL That was funny but NOT true :)

rue

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Elizabeth,
Your reviews make me want to read every book you have read. Seriously, I'm getting totally hooked. Thanks for another great one! xxoo

char72 said...

Sounds like a good book.
Charlotte

Vanessa Rogers said...

That sounds like such a good book! I love finding books that touch my heart and stay with me forever!

Debs Desk said...

This book sounds like it would be great. I would love to read this touching book.
Thanks
Debbie

quelleheure4 said...

It's a wonderful thing that the author is using humor because it really could have been quite a morose tale. Sounds wonderful.

Valerie said...

I'd really like to read this
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Tammy B said...

sounds like a good one, thanks for the recommendation :)

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

Awesome review, I posted that I blogged on the main post for the book giveaway!

MJ said...

This sounds really good!


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Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

This definitely sounds interesting...put my name in the hat for this one as well!!

ikkinlala said...

This looks like an interesting book!

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