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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Book Review of "With Purpose and Promise" by Kentucky Author K. Melissa Burton

Thank you to one of Louisville Family Fun's regular reader, Caryn Weferling, for this book review!  We will be giving away some of this local author's books soon!  Stay tuned....

As I sat down to read "With Purpose and Promise," I was excited to read a book by a local author, K Melissa Burton. Inspired by real-life events in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, the story introduces Lilly Kate Overstreet, a simple girl growing up in the early 1900s. Lilly Kate learns to adjust to many changes, keep a major secret, discover who she is, and help her school introduce the game of basketball to the town. Through tragedy, hard-work, and a love of learning, Lilly Kate becomes the first in her family to receive a high school diploma at the prestegious Kavanaugh High School, who's founder, Mrs. Kavanaugh is a feared, respected, and admired. Burton's writing is wonderfully descriptive. As you read, you can see yourself in the 1900s. A time without running water or electriciy at home, when automobiles and airplanes were new to the world, when most girls didn't expect to go to school past 8th grade, and before women's opinions mattered enough to allow them to vote. There is an underlying religious theme to the book, however it is not overwhelming to the story or "preachy." It flows through the book as natural as church would have been important in people's lives back in the 1900s. As I read, I became immersed in the story. I laughed, I cried...I stayed up past midnight to finish it because it was too good to put down. I truly enjoyed this story. It isa perfect book for girls to read - especially young girls who need to appreciate school, family, friendship, and the hardships of life. I look forward to reading more books from Burton in the future.

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