“The first thing that drew me to The Shingle Weaver’s Picnic is the cover, which portrays an idyllic childhood scene. The sense of childhood adventures, excitement, and curiosity exuded by the cover is excellently reflected in the narration and the characters…The narration flows exquisitely as the events unfold… The writing flows flawlessly, and I had a hard time putting the book down. Even the descriptions of food scenery, and everyday life are so enthralling that they kept me glued to the pages. I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy engrossing storylines and historical fiction set in the United States during World War II.”
“This winter's 'must read' is a revisit to the past, full of the beauty of childhood innocence and how suddenly it can change. PC Smith tells a gripping tale full of the warm comforts of familial love but soon adds the suspense and danger that hides in the neighborhood once thought safe. With each chapter, the author leads us into the labyrinth of personalities who make up this intimate Northwestern town and takes the reader through the complex and sometimes very shocking situations that causes the murder of this unfortunate child, revealing a surprising twist at the end. The story leaves us waiting for another of Smith's intriguing stories.”
--Mary Kay King, 5-star Amazon reviewer
“This book was entertaining and riveting from start to finish with just enough suspense to keep you turning pages. Somewhat reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, it offered a window into the life of a smart, loveable young girl who experiences both tragedy and elation during the most interesting of times. I've circulated this book to friends and family members and all have found it fun, well-written, worthwhile and thoroughly entertaining!”
--Paul B. Malone, 5-star Amazon reviewer
“I couldn't put this book down and coming from someone who doesn't read much, that says a lot! It was a trip back in time portraying how the realities of war left devastating effects on many families, but also brought each other together. This was story of a young girl's frightening experiences of one summer that brought about her amazing transformation into womanhood. The author brings you through a sharpening portrayal of the many faces that helped shape her new view on the world. It was a clever, exciting and sometimes shocking journey set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Plus, who doesn't love a book with a good twist “
--Julianna Brundage, 5-star Amazon reviewer
"In this debut novel, trauma rocks a small town in Washington State during the summer of 1942, baring the secrets that lie just below the place's bucolic surface and ending the childhood innocence of a group of young friends.
An engaging tale with a final twist."
"This novel is rife with delightfully rich sensory details...The Shingle Weaver's Picnic is a historical fiction story of innocence lost, and hideous violence lurking under the surface of a small town."
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