Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: Land of a Hundred Wonders by Lesley Kagen

"Quite Right" Lesley Kagen!  Bravo!! 

Author, Lesley Kagen embodies a true talent for bringing her characters to life.  I truly feel like I knew each character, at one time or another throughout my life.  Two of them, Gibby and Billy, I will remember for a lifetime.

Gibby is "NQR" due to a brain injury.  You will love who she is and the miracles she views from everyday life.  Gibby has the uncanny ability to remember her favorite sayings, although they are "NQR" as well.  (I laughed so hard that I had tears streaming down my face.)  Billy is Gibby's saving grace with a heart so tender, that he sees her for who she is and loving her despite her short comings.

Growing up in the sixties and seventies I could relate to the innocence and innocence lost during that time in history.  The corruption, the racism and secrets...we've come along way and yet have so far to go.

Thank you Lesley!

SYNOPSIS by Barnes & Noble
The summer Gibby McGraw catches her big break, the cicadas are humming, and it's so warm even the frogs are sweating. Brain damaged after a tragic car accident that took both her parents, Gibby is now NQR (Not Quite Right), a real challenge for a fledgling newspaper reporter. Especially when she stumbles upon the dead body of the next governor of Kentucky, Buster Malloy.

Armed with her trusty blue spiral note-book, Gibby figures that solving the murder might be her best chance to prove to everyone that she can become Quite Right again. But she gets more than she bargained for when she uncovers a world of corruption, racism, and family secrets in small town Cray Ridge. Lucky for her, she's also about to discover that some things are far more important than all the brains in the world, and that miracles occur in the most unexpected moments.


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