Friday, July 4, 2014

Book Report & Giveaway: Annie's Stories, by Cindy Thomson

Winner of last week's book "Truth be Told" by Carol Cox is: SUSAN P

Welcome to the Wizard of Oz....in New York City. Annie's Stories by Cindy Thomson takes you deep in to the Irish roots of her heroine Annie, her love for stories and keeping the memory of her storyteller father alive and memorialized.

With the entrance of a whistling postman, new boarders at her home, and a broken golden road popping up at every turn, Annie isn't sure she will ever establish a home in American. And her father's stories may be forgotten.

Thomson does a wonderful job of creating rich characters that make old NYC come alive at the turn-of-the-century. If you have even a tiny speck of Irish in you, you'll want to read this book. If you harbor the slightest fondness for Dorothy and Toto and what it was like when their story was first released, you'll want to read this book. Like Annie does, we all find ourselves relating to the Lion for some courage, the Tin Man for a heart, and my constant reminder that like the Scarecrow, I definitely need a brain.

Her sub characters are also warm embrace to this historical take on immigrants in New York City. Mrs. Hawkins, owner of the boardinghouse, Kirsten and Jonas, the brother and sister who's trouble ensnare Annie's future, and Aileen, a troublesome cousin.

If you enjoy Ellis Island and the plethora of tales that came from that docking place, you will love Annie's Stories!

Are you Irish? Do you have ancestors who came through Ellis Island? Have you ever read The Wizard of Oz or just seen the movie? Leave a comment and enter to win a copy of Annie's Stories!

14 comments:

  1. I am Irish, but read wizard of Oz in 3rd grade. Never made an Irish connection. We didn't come through Ellis Island that I know of.

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    1. I've never read it, just seen the movie :)

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  2. I love watching the Wizard of Oz, it's so magical! Bought the DVD for my granddaughter for Christmas. She loves it!
    Jaime, I still say the model on the cover of this book bares a striking resemblance to you!

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    1. I never noticed that before. I guess there is a resemblance. :)

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  3. I am part Irish but my ancestors came over before Ellis Island existed. :)
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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    1. oooo, you're OLD WORLD Irish. WAY cool

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  4. My husband has some Irish in his family tree but his ancestor went to Canada instead of the USA. The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies. :-)

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  5. Never read the book but have of course seen the movie! A classic for sure.
    I think most of my distant relatives came from England.or Germany and long before Ellis Island...
    Pattymh2000 (at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Honestly, until Cindy's book, I didn't know Wizard of Oz WAS a book!

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  6. Thanks for the review, Jaime!!

    I have no Irish blood that I'm aware of, and also not aware of any ancestors coming through Ellis Island. I DO love The Wizard of Oz - who doesn't??

    Love the cover of "Annie's Stories", Cindy's online history posts relating to the book, and the story line!! I already have her wonderful book!!

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    1. Cindy has done an AMAZING job with this book!

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  7. I didn't know the Wizard of Oz was in book form, thought it was always a movie which I have watched many, many times. I'm adopted so I don't know if I'm Irish or not. My biological last name was Myers or Meyers. My adopted father is all Irish whose parents came to Ellis Island and my adopted mother is half Irish and half Scottish whose parents also came to Ellis Island.

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    1. Karen G. you're the winner of Annie's Stories!! Please shoot me an email to jaimewrightbooks (at) gmail (dot) come and I'll get this great read shipped off to you!

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