Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Path to Old Talbot by Jordan Elizabeth

Path to Old Talbot
by Jordan Elizabeth

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: CHBB Publishing (March 22, 2017)
Publication Date: March 22, 2017
Genre: YA | Time Travel | Mental Illness
Print Length: 202 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Thirteen-year-old Charity can escape her unpleasant reality by stepping through the parlor closet of her mother’s new home, a mansion built in the 1800’s.
In her hometown of Talbot, New York, in the year 1880, she doesn’t have to worry about her depressed father skipping his medications or her mother flirting with her coworker. Instead, she gets to know the hatter’s son, who shows her a lifestyle of manners and pride. Few have ever accepted Charity’s old-fashioned ways…until now.
However, old Talbot can’t banish the present. Charity can stay in the mansion, with access to the hatter’s son in the past, and the prospect of a steady family unit with her mother and the new man in her mother’s life, or she can go back to her father, who has been given the option to straighten out his life and join them in their new home. Instead, his world unravels, and he spirals into violence and self-harm.
Torn between two worlds, Charity knows that if she doesn’t help him, she may lose him forever if he follows through on his threats of self-destruction.

 Path to Old Talbot by Jordan Elizabeth

Path to Old TalbotAt thirteen, an age of chaotic emotions and insecurity about life, Charity learns firsthand, the powers of love, loss, mental illness and the magic of finding a place where your problems can be left behind. In a time when things are simple, more honest, less polished and more forgiving, Charity will learn to give of herself, deal with her own problems and discover friends she will always cherish. For Charity and her mother, that new life began the day they opened the door on their new home, a well-aged, but forgotten place that still holds the secrets of a far distant past when the house was young and Old Talbot was a growing community in the end of the nineteenth century. The magic began with the opening of an old parlor door that transcended time and welcomed new visitors to the past.

With the adult worries of the twenty-first century behind them, Charity and her mother find the charm of simpler and more sincere times and an escape from their own harsh realities. Torn between two worlds, Charity continues to reach out to the father she is losing to his madness and depression, the father who loves her, loves her mother, but cannot seem to dig himself out of the hell of his own making. For Charity, both eras are defining times in her life, as the past and the present provide the strength she needs for whatever may lie ahead.

Jordan Elizabeth’s THE PATH TO OLD TALBOT is more than a fantasy escape for a young teen with no control over the events playing out in her life. Jordan Elizabeth does a remarkable job of giving insight into depression as a true illness, not a crutch and does so through the understanding and “wisdom” of a child in distress, a child coming to grips with the knowledge that no matter how much she is loved or she loves in return, sometimes ones torment in their mind becomes all-encompassing and it is no one else’s fault. Feel the wonder of stepping back in time, the magic of living history and the people who were truly part of that history.

Enchanting, yet thoughtful, Jordan Elizabeth will hold a reader of any age captive with both her fantasy tale and her insightful way of explaining the devastation of depression that shatters the age old mold of a child’s unearned guilt and insecurity. Highly recommended for all ages with characters that are so believable, one can almost reach out and touch them.

I received this copy from Jordan Elizabeth in exchange for my honest review.

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