My #Bookreview of historical #western #romance Call Of The Canyon by Zane Grey

The Call of the CanyonThe Call of the Canyon by Zane Grey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Call Of The Canyon is a western set in the 1920s.

Glenn Kilbourne returned from WW1 to America, a broken man both physically and emotionally. His determination to return home to his fiancé, New York socialite Carley Burch, gave him strength during the darker times of war. Yet he found that the country he had fought for did little for its returning soldiers, and the life he lived before the war no longer appealed to him.

Glenn set out for the West; he needed time to heal. He went to Oak Creek, Arizona where he almost died from the long-term effects of the war. But, slowly, the peace and care of the Hutter family helped him recover. For four years Glenn stayed away; although he wrote to Carley, she began to suspect she was losing him, so she headed west to fetch him back. But she too discovered the magic and beauty of the Arizona land.

I read about this book in another one called Trusting The Currents. It intrigued me and when I found a free copy I downloaded it immediately. Parts of Arizona, particularly around Sedona, are said to be filled with strong cosmic forces conducive to healing and spiritual experiences. The author’s story of Glenn and Carley highlighted the effect the land can have on people. The tantalising descriptions of the vast ancient landscape, including mountains, canyons, gullies, desserts, and old volcanoes, definitely called to me.

Written and set almost one hundred years ago, the storyline may be seen as simplistic, the terminology occasionally harsh to modern ears, but that’s the delight in reading a book like this. I was also pleased that I felt akin to Addie Mae from Trusting The Currents, now that I’ve read a book which inspired her to travel and follow in Glenn and Carley’s footsteps.

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“What subtle strange message had come to her out of the West? Carley Burch laid the letter in her lap and gazed dreamily through the window. It was a day typical of early April in New York, rather cold and gray, with steely sunlight. Spring breathed in the air, but the women passing along Fifty-seventh Street wore furs and wraps. She heard the distant clatter of an L train and then the hum of a motor car. A hurdy-gurdy jarred into the interval of quiet.” – Zane Grey, “The Call of the Canyon”

About the author

Zane Grey (1872-1939) was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that were a basis for the Western genre in literature and the arts. With his veracity and emotional intensity, he connected with millions of readers worldwide, during peacetime and war, and inspired many Western writers who followed him. Grey was a major force in shaping the myths of the Old West; his books and stories were adapted into other media, such as film and TV productions. He was the author of more than 90 books, some published posthumously and/or based on serials originally published in magazines.

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My #BookReview of TRUSTING THE CURRENTS by @lynndapollio #TuesdayBookBlog

Trusting the CurrentsTrusting the Currents by Lynnda Pollio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Trusting The Currents is a form of conscious storytelling. It is the story of two women: Lynnda Pollio who reached a point in her life when she was ready for a spiritual journey, and Addie Mae, a Southern African-American woman who chose to speak about her own teenage life through Lynnda.

‘Then, one afternoon, Addie Mae laughed, and every plan I had entertained evaporated.’

At a time when many are awakening to their own spiritual paths, Addie Mae’s story will resonate with those ready to hear her words. Addie Mae’s tale is set in the 1930s; she lived in a small town, with her mother, uncle and his step daughter Jenny. They were people who relied on the land for most of their food, supplemented by a small income her mother made from sewing. The community was friendly and hard-working.

Addie Mae and Jenny were best friends; while Addie Mae had a thirst for learning at school, Jenny was more of a free spirit. Jenny spent hours in nature; listening to the trees and earth spirits. She followed her own path, was pretty and caught the attention of the boys.

The one dark cloud which hung over their lives was Uncle Joe. Addie Mae reckoned he was born bad; unhappy with his lot, he spent most of his time drinking and at times took his anger out on the family and their home.

This is a multi-layered book; the poetic writing creates beautiful pictures of 1930s Southern America, and Addie Mae’s rich Southern dialect drops you right into the era.

“Let go, fool child. Can’t hold to anythin’ too tight.”

Addie Mae’s own story is about self-discovery and her strength to break away from the small town expectations. But this is much more “It’s not what happened to me that matters.” She tells Lynnda at the outset. This book will be about what each reader can take from it: messages, lessons and inspiration may resonate with readers. This book was full of meaning for me, and I thought about it a great deal, afterwards; I’ve been excited about spreading the word to others, and hope you will take as much from it as I did.

I’ll leave you with one more quote from Lynnda about Addie Mae.

‘She taught me how much we are shown in a flickering moment. How many secrets are hidden in the ordinary if we only take occasion to notice.’

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Book description

Some moments change everything you become.

Author Lynnda Pollio’s life as a busy New Yorker abruptly changes when she unexpectedly hears the mystical, elderly voice of Addie Mae Aubrey, a Southern, African American woman. Her first words, “It’s not what happened to me that matters,” begin a spirited remembering of Addie Mae’s teenage years in the late 1930s rural south and the hard learned wisdom Addie Mae asks Lynnda to share. As women from different times and places, together they embark on an uncommon journey.

Narrated by Addie Mae Aubrey, Trusting the Currents carries living messages of faith, courage, forgiveness, and the uneasy search for one’s place in life. Beginning at age eleven with the arrival of beautiful, mysterious cousin Jenny and her shadowy stepfather, Uncle Joe, Trusting the Currents explores Addie Mae’s reluctant awakening. As Jenny, the story’s mystical center introduces Addie Mae to the spiritual world, a caring teacher, Miss Blanchard, guides Addie Mae with the power of reading. Romantic love enters her life for the first time with Rawley, and we experience how Addie Mae’s emerging sense of self compels her to a life-altering decision.

Throughout the story her mother remains an unwavering source of love, even when fear and evil shake their lives. Unfathomable loss and rising trust in the “Invisibles” not only transforms Addie Mae’s budding life, but leads to the author’s own spiritual awakening. This unlikely pair becomes partners in showing us how to trust our own life currents.

Trusting the Currents represents a new literary genre of conscious storytelling, engaging high spiritual frequencies that resonate with the reader’s heart, guiding them deep into their own truth and transformation.

About the author

Born in rural New Jersey, I grew up surrounded by trees. I communicated to insects, raised baby birds and wandered through a childhood feeling like I belonged somewhere else…like there was always some time, some place that was waiting for me. As an adult, I moved to New York City and began experiencing life from many perspectives. After my father died, I heard a voice tell me to go to Sedona, AZ, and that began a journey into spiritual awakening. I immersed myself in raw foods, spiritual disciplines, energy work and levels of awareness.

I have always been deeply committed to elevating human consciousness. This life purpose has guided me as an accomplished advertising executive, as a consultant and thought leader in conscious business practices, and as the world’s first Chief Consciousness Officer, supporting Fortune 500 companies by helping them engage the human technologies of wisdom, intuition, compassion, empathy, forgiveness and gratitude. Currently, as an Empathic Consultant, I continue to connect people with the universal truths that lie within their hearts.

I never expected to be a writer until I heard the mystical voice of Addie Mae Aubrey, a Southern, African-American woman asking me to tell her story. Together we shared an amazing journey through space and time that transformed my life forever.

We are all in the process of becoming something unexpected. I am no exception.

Lynnda Pollio

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#BookTwins If You Like Call Of The Canyon, you might like Trusting The Currents by Lynnda Pollio

“If you read … you’ll like …”

When you’ve read a book, do you sometimes find yourself thinking “oh, that really reminds me of *insert name of another book*”?

Welcome to a new feature, in which my team and I make reading suggestions based on your favourites, be they classics, or newer best sellers.  Our recommendations consider not just genre, but writing style, plot—and that ‘feel’ you can’t quite put your finger on.

If You Liked ….Call Of The Canyon by Zane Grey…. you might like Trusting The Currents by Lynnda Pollio

Call Of The Canyon is set in the Sedona area of Arizona. Much of this area is said to be filled with strong cosmic forces conducive to healing and spiritual experiences. Although Call of the Canyon may be seen primarily as a western romance, the magical properties of the land play a part in the story.

While Call of the Canyon is set in the 1920s, Trusting The Currents is set in the 1930s Georgia and is told in a form of conscious story-telling. It is the story of two women: Lynnda Pollio who reached a point in her life when she was ready for a spiritual journey, and Addie Mae, a Southern African-American woman who chose to speak about her own teenage life through Lynnda.

There are two links between the books: Addie Mae’s self-discovery and her strength to break away from the small town expectations, and Call Of The Canyon being on Addie Mae’s own reading list.

Trusting The Currents is a multi-layered book; the poetic writing creates beautiful pictures of 1930s Southern America, and Addie Mae’s rich Southern dialect drops you right into the era. I believe it will appeal to many readers on several different levels.

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