Michaela’s Gift

michaelasgift-200This past week I read Michaela’s Gift by Cordelia Dinsmore. This is a cross between a mystery and adventure!

Here is my and Amazon’s brief summary:
Michaela has always felt at home at her grandparent’s house. There is a gift she is supposed to get, but, no one would tell her anything about it – until Aunt Sharon comes. Her mom gets mad at everything and is petrified of Blackie, Aunt Sharon’s dog. Michaela and her mother butt heads, her mom continues to try to get the family to pack up and go home from their vacation early, so can Michaela convince her mother to stay, learn about her gift, and bring her family together in internal peace again?

Michaela Cochran and her family make the trip to her father’s ancestral home every year, but this year is special. Michaela is now twelve, the age when every girl in the family receives a special gift. When Aunt Sharon explains that Michaela’s gift is a magical ability to bring one of her drawings to life, Michaela begins making plans. What she wants most is a castle high on the mountain, where her family can live together. But if she can’t figure out how to resolve the growing hostility between herself and her mother, her gift is meaningless.

Here is what I like about this book:
This book made me feel like I was Michaela and some of what happens is what happens to most moms and their daughters. I liked how you got pulled into the story and could not put it down. I read this book in a day. The resolution was something unexpected.

This book is like one of those Aesop stories with the hidden morals or a school lesson that is actually fun – no offense teachers (no “F”s please! Thanks!)

Next week I will be reading Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis.

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6 Responses to Michaela’s Gift

  1. sharonledwith says:

    Wow, Gaea you’re a fast reader! Love stories with dogs in them! Cordelia Dinsmore sounds like she has a tail-wagging story! Cheers!

  2. Thanks so much, Gaea, for your great review! I’m glad you liked it, and even happier that you couldn’t put it down. I’m also glad I found your site so I can read your opinions of other books I might want to read.

  3. clarissajohal says:

    Nice review, Gaea! Looks like a very good read.

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