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Tattered Pages, The Light Blue Ribbon
by Vickie G. Adkins   

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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1588510220 Type: 


Copyright:  Jul 1 2001

Barnes &
AmErica House

Story is based on an actual obituary the author found tucked away in an antique book. Little Willie died of unusual, unexplained circumstances on June 5, 1899.

Fulfilling a childhood dream, Verl purchases an aged, abandoned, antique bookstore. During the renovation process, she finds a book that contains an intriguing bookmark; the obituary of a little boy named Willie, and a remnant of light blue ribbon. Verl feels an instant attachment, and when she can't get the description of little Willie's death out of her mind, she picks the book up to read it again. She then realizes that the obituary and ribbon had been bookmarking a section of the book that dealt with child abuse.

After Internet research gives Verl the location of the city mentioned, and a family with the same last name, she writes a letter to ask for more information, also offering to send a copy of the obituary. This brings Will Noble to town. He talks Verl into returning home with him to meet his grandmother. Annabelle Noble is the little sister of Willie, mentioned in the obituary. Over 100 years old and near death, "Annie" witnessed the tragic event of Willie's death, and relives her never-before told story to Verl. Annabelle's recollection helps her to come to terms with her past, thus mending a rift that has grown between her son and grandson.

Verl carries lasting memories of her time with the Noble family back home to Somerville, where she begins to wonder about her own heritage.

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Reader Reviews for "Tattered Pages, The Light Blue Ribbon"

Reviewed by 2/3/2003
What a unique way to locate the spark which resulted in the writing of "The Light Blue Ribon." I hope to read in in the near future.
Reviewed by Midwest Book Review 5/26/2002
by L.A. Johnson for Midwest Book Review:

Verl was born and raised in Somerville and loves everything about her small home town. Her fondest dream and goal is to own a bookstore on Somerville's main street and fill it with books both old and new. When her beloved grandmother dies, her inheritance allows Verl to realize her dream. She and her faithful companion, Puppy, move into Grammy's house and begin work on the building she has purchased for her bookstore.

Verl's life expands beyond Somerville and her small dreams with an unexpected discovery. Tucked into an old book with brittle pages, she finds a century old obituary and a faded bit of blue ribbon. On June 5, 1899, Willie Johnson died at age 13 years, 3 months, and 17 days. The circumstances surrounding his death are a mystery, and it took the brave lad several days to die. That small bit of information from the past touches Verl, and soon becomes obsession. Via internet searches she tracks down Willie Johnson's relatives. Her plan is to return the book that had hidden Willie's obituary for 100 years, and to maybe discover a bit of his history. Her plan is not as easily resolved as she had hoped.

Will Noble comes to town. His grandmother is Willie's younger sister. Her promise to tell Verl the truth of Willie's death tempts the small town girl to travel to Wisconsin and meet the last of the dead boy's relatives. The unfolding of an old mystery, and the beginning of what might be love come as a result of that trip.

I won't reveal the secrets Verl discovers, or hint at other surprises she encounters. Verl is an appealing character, as are the others you will meet in Tattered Pages. Her persona is straightforward and spiritually strong. Vickie Adkins tells her intriguing tale well and does it in engaging style. She plans a sequel to this novel and I cannot wait to read it!

Reviewed by Lynn Barry 11/17/2001
I am thrilled to see a story about the horror of child abuse. No "message in a bottle" but a desperate cry from the grave for help and much needed spotlight on this awful reality for many kids. Great book.
Reviewed by Evelyn Horan 11/17/2001
An intriguing plot taking us into both past and present. A timely and important topic for today, approached with sensitivity and caring. A sure success!
Reviewed by Kathy Bosworth 11/11/2001
Very powerful story with strong characters and plot line. I found myself completely absorbed in the first chapter and want to read more.
Reviewed by 9/20/2001
This book looks like a must read!!!
Reviewed by Beverly Conatser 7/23/2001
This book has a little of everything to offer a reader with a little bit of mystery, romance, and history. Just a great overall story. A must for a personal library!!!!!

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