Kathleen M. Jacobs is no stranger to Mountain Mama Book Reviews. Last year I featured her novel Honeysuckle Holiday on my second Author Spotlight page. Recently, I had the pleasure of reading her middle grade novel, Marble Town, which follows the life of thirteen-year-old Cole Atwater whose mother was killed in an automobile accident when he was ten. Cole questions whether or not he will follow in the destructive footsteps of his best friend, cling to his childhood sweetheart, become further distant from his grieving father, or trust himself. Through mysterious clues left throughout the historic cemetery his mother tended, the story becomes one of hope, healing, and redemption.
Though this is a middle grade read, as an adult reader, I was still just as engrossed in the story. Kathleen’s writing style is eloquent enough for its intended youthful audience to easily comprehend the story but still allows for an adult reader to be transported to a place of youthful understanding. This book includes insightful internal dialogue that is a signature of her books. Cole’s innocence and insight transcends to all ages of readers, and creates a truly delicate and beautiful story of loss and healing.
Though this novel is a quick read with only 110 pages, it does not fail to evoke many emotions throughout each chapter. Kathleen has an eloquent and unique style that develops with each of her books. Kathleen sets scenes and creates characters with a descriptive ease that encourages the reader’s imagination and resonates long after the book is finished. It has insight into the impact of grief on not only a child, but a family. As with Kathleen’s other works, she put a piece of her heart and soul into Cole’s story. It will be an insightful and suspenseful read for the youthful readers whose path it crosses and is sure to be an endearing tale to the adults who read this book.
To learn more about Marble Town and Kathleen’s other works you can go to her website at www.kathleenmjacobs.com. Marble Town is available for purchase through Books A Million, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.