The Kiminee Dream by Laura McHale Holland #BookReview #WORDforest #4.5*

A deeply poetic, riveting debut novel. Full of magic realism. Hypnotic and endearing.

A tale of Midwest charm and quirky characters, but with twists and turns that reveal a dark side you don’t see coming. Once you enter this world, you won’t want to leave until the last mystery is solved — so say early readers of this immersive page-turner.

Odd things happen in Kiminee, Illinois. Lilacs bloom in winter. Gravel glows golden on occasion. Pigs play kick the can. So when Carly Mae Foley learns to read at age two and masters multiplication at age three, the town’s quirky, tight-knit denizens take it in stride and embrace her with pride. But when a terrible twister tears through, Carly Mae is maimed, dashing hopes for her future. Her father is swept away and assumed dead. And her mother slinks off after creeping, naked, with her lover from the remains of a ruined home. It’s up to Carly Mae’s grandmother and a devoted, one-eared dog to hold what’s left of the family together. But not everyone is rooting for them, and when an appalling crime occurs, long-held animosities boil over. Will the good folks of Kiminee pull closer together now—or be torn apart?

Influenced by folklore and magical realism, The Kiminee Dream is a lyrical story with characters equally charmed and challenged while living where the ordinary and miraculous coexist seamlessly. If you like depth as well as whimsy, arresting twists, and details that rouse your senses, you’ll love what is both an eloquent exploration of acceptance and a tender tribute to the people of Illinois.

Don’t delay. Experience this literary gem today.

A Charming, Whimsical Read!

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with this one but found it to be a mystical, imaginative read.

Kiminee, Illinois, is a town like no other. In this close knit community, magical things occur. Everyone knows everyone else and they all love Carly Rae, a young girl with never ending talents. When the town gets hit by a twister which whisks Carly Rae off, she is hurt and it affects everyone. Her father disappears at the same time and with no certainty as to what happened to him, her mother takes off leaving her and her twin siblings in the care of her grandmother and Buster, the one-eared dog who is Carly Rae’s constant companion. But all is not well in the town, and old grudges rise to the surface causing the residents to be unsettled and, when a crime occurs, no one is really sure if the town can keep the closeness nurtured over the years.

This is a splendid story, with lots happening. Beautifully written and easy to read it reminds me of fairy tales like Snow White and films like The Christmas Chronicles or Brigadoon. There is a whimsical air about this novel and it is a marvellous, entertaining read. I loved all the characters – the good and the bad; each one is fully developed and, I imagine, it took some planning to incorporate everyone without any slip-ups! A delightful, satisfying read with, in my opinion, the perfect cover given the content. A charming book and one I’m happy to give 4.5*.

My thanks to Cristina Deptula of SBC Global for asking me to review this one and providing my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: women’s fiction

Author Details

Whether penning stories long or short, true or untrue, I strive to stir people’s emotions and find hope in unlikely places. I thrive on following my imagination and encouraging others to do the same. Inspired by the freedom and power found in today’s independent publishing community, I formed a tiny company through which I’ve released several award-winning books. An avid fan of story performance, I also enjoy freeing stories from the printed (or digital) page.

2 thoughts on “The Kiminee Dream by Laura McHale Holland #BookReview #WORDforest #4.5*

  1. Thank you so much, Grace, for taking the time to read and review The Kiminee Dream. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Your help in connecting readers with authors they might in enjoy is invaluable, and I hope you find it gratifying. It did take concentration to keep track of the characters’ intersecting stories. In one chapter draft, police chief, Earl Wiggs, was sweet on Abby Louise—until I remembered (slapping my forehead) that she was a generation older than he was.

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