Mila A. Ballentine has created a gut churning, grief and joy inspiring tale with “The Legend of Turtle Pond: The Initiation of Tabitha O’Brien.” This is the story of the O’Brien’s; their journey across the Atlantic aboard the ship Lavinia to a chain of islands known as the state of Astonia, and the trials they endure as they struggle to build a life in this new land.
Tabitha and Marc O’Brien, with their youngest son Jon, leave their homeland in the hopes that a new location will offer respite from the persecution and fear that follows Tabitha. With blood red eyes that almost seem to paralyze, Tabitha is far from a normal woman, though she feels and suffers the same as grief attacks her heart at the news of her eldest son’s death. Brought low by this information, her heart is heavy as the task of tilling the land and creating a homestead out of nothing blurs the days together.
Echoing the hardships and labor of America’s migrant past, this novel is well written and teases page and after page with dropped hints and clues till it climaxes in an ending that would make any mother throw her fist in the air and say “Yes!” Filled with emotions, burgeoning powers, imps and magic – this is a book that flows with the unusual and embraces chance.
Recommended for lovers of Paranormal tales, fantasy and magic, and even those who read stories aimed more at the frontier....Continua