Monday, December 5, 2011

Gabe's Triumph by P.M. Smith

At the turn of the 20th century, life in rural Indiana was significantly different from today. Farm families "made do." In other words, they raised or hunted the meat they ate. They grew or gathered the vegetables for the table. They made most of the things they wore, the bedding they slept on and much of the furniture for the home. There were no shopping malls, supermarkets or items available to purchase at the click of a computer mouse. Life was survival and it took all members of the family and their skills to keep a household going. Gabe is a member of such a household and has learned the skills for survival that have been passed down from generation to generation from the frontier days. These skills are put into play as the young adventurer faces challenge after challenge on that greatest of adventures called life.
(Synopsis taken from Amazon)

My Thoughts:
Gabe's Triumph definitely made my top ten books read in 2011 list. The author did a great job creating characters that you can identify with. Gabe was very innocent and sheltered when it came to the outside world, which I liked. It added a fun viewpoint to the story. I was a little confused as to why Mikey changed his name to Logan and wish the author would have elaborated on that a bit more. The book gave a great view point on the twentieth century. The end of The Great Depression could have been covered a little bit more throughly. The poems in the back of the book were great also, and added a little extra to the book. This coming of age book will make you laugh, cry, bcome angry, and become happy. I highly reccomend that you put it on your to be read list.

I give Gabe's Triumph: 4/5

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I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review and was in no way compensated for this review.

Reviewed by: Kayla Merritt


This sounds like a good book. For some reason, I really enjoy reading books that display the simpler ways of living. Although I love my modern blessings, the simple days feel very dear.

This book was written by my mother. She wrote Gabe's Triumph without sentimentality, and I was very impressed. The book straight out made me cry. On a side note, I thought the ending portion moved too fast, but as I reflect, that is probably valid in that the older you get the more time flies. Good job, Momma. I love you.

@C.E.: It is a great book. I'm starting to get into the genre.

To: Kayla Merritt
Thank you for reviewing Gabe’s Triumph.
I appreciate your candor and honesty. I want to thank you for questioning certain points. This is the best test to tell if the scene is coming across to the reader as the writer intended.
The decision for Mikey to change his name to Logan, for me, was representation of shrugging off the old and joining the modern world.
Gabe is one of a dying breed and though exposed to and even utilizing some modern conveniences, remains a character of the pre-modern world.
Again, thank you and I hope you enjoy my future offerings.
PM Smith

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