Title: Jubilee’s Journey
Author: Bette Lee Crosby
Opening lines: ‘…On an icy cold November Morning in 1956, Bartholomew Jones died in the Poynter Coal Mine…’
Last year I read a wonderful little mystery, the first in the Wyattsville Series called Spare Change – JUBILEE’S JOURNEY is the second in this series.
Bartholomew Jones leaves behind two orphans – seven-year-old Jubilee and her sixteen-year-old brother Paul. Paul has looked after his sister since she was very little and their mother died of a fever. Their father works down the mine doing a job that he hates and he told Paul never to go down the mine. When the father is killed in a mining accident Paul is given the choice of going down the mine and keeping the company house or leave. Paul chooses to leave. He remembers that their mother had a sister – their aunt Anita – who was last heard of in Wyattsville. The two children travel by bus and when they arrive Paul sees a ‘help wanted’ sign at a general store and goes in to apply. Jubilee sits outside on a nearby bench told by her brother not to move until he gets back, and sit she does; she sits as guns go off in the store, she sits as a man runs out of the store, she sits as police arrive, she sits as ambulances arrive and take an older man and an innocent teenage boy suspected of shooting him to hospital. In fact Jubilee sits there for hours until twelve-year-old Ethan Allen comes along and sees the frightened little girl all alone. He convinces her to go with him to his Grandmother’s apartment and now Olivia has two new children to help, a frightened little girl and her innocent brother.
JUBILEE’S JOURNEY held my interest from the very first page. It is a feel good book in the sense that good does overcome evil but for a while there you think that maybe it won’t. The characters are very real, Jubilee is a lovely little girl, Ethan is a cheeky fellow with a heart of gold and a justifiable anger at the injustices going on. Olivia is just lovely and if I were ever in trouble I would want her on my side for sure. There are a few characters from the first book that turn up in this one, and while JUBILEE’S JOURNEY does read as a stand alone you should read Spare Change first to see how Olivia and Ethan face danger themselves.
You will laugh and you will cry and you will really like this heartwarming story.
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.
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