Caroline’s Books Archive

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Recent Reviews of The Ivory Caribou

on July 19, 2016
Carolyn McCullagh has written an informative book dealing with Inuit culture and wartime espionage. She has done this in a way that makes reading sheer pleasure. I highly recommend this novel. Evelyn Smith
on July 11, 2016
This is a fascinating story of a woman coming out of a personal shell of widowhood. In doing so, she solves a mystery and bridges two cultures. She travels to the Arctic to ferret out the genealogy of her late husband only to find a new life. The mystery of her late father-in-law’s strange WWI experiences is supplanted by the uncertainty of her relationship with a half Inuit man who lives in two worlds. That uncertainty creates tensions during an Arctic educational adventure. Leave it to a polar bear to break the ice! Caroline McCullagh’s deft storytelling teaches us much about a culture of which most of us are unaware. You will love this book.
on July 11, 2016
I enjoyed this book because of the interesting characters and the plots. It was educational about Inuit culture as well as World War II. Hard to figure how these two are tied together but they were. And LOVE of course! I can’t wait to read the next one. I want to see how these characters develop.
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Wuzzle Pizzard – Review of The Ivory Caribou

on July 1, 2016
The Ivory Caribou is a chilling tail because it takes its heroine, Anne, from the balmy climes of San Diego and throws her rather unceremoniously into the frigid arctic wilderness. Fortunately for Anne, and for us as readers, the adventure and romance of this story warms her in heart and body and us in spirit. This story is also a fascinating account of loss, transformation, redemption, and recovery. The plot is driven by two quests into the past, one to find the history of a mysterious lost relative, and the other to recover the unrecorded history of the First Nations people who live in the isolated Canadian community where these two story arcs intersect. In the telling of this story, the author demonstrates her extensive knowledge of the Inuit culture, the science and the practice of anthropology and archaeology used to study that culture, and the esoterica surrounding the rather unique circumstances Anne discovers from the life of her lost relative. I highly recommend this book to readers who love to learn about lives from different times and cultures while they are also entertained by a good story well told.
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Valerie H. – Review of The Ivory Caribou

on July 2, 2016
I enjoyed this story and could relate to much of it, as I am a widow in my early sixties. The book held my interest and I even lost track of the time when I was reading and exercising at the same time, which means the story has to be good! I would recommend it as a light, but interesting read.
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Ray Beiter – Review of The Ivory Caribou

on July 2, 2016
I loved the “proper” use of the English language that entertains as well as stimulate the readers imagination. This is a very creative novel that inspires people who are senior citizens to not give up on adventure and love. Caroline McCullagh paints extremely crafted word pictures to grab and involve the reader and take them to places never visited. The book can trigger memories of your past and it allows you to have new experiences as well. Imagination is served.
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R. Wallace – Review of The Ivory Caribou

on July 6, 2016
What delightful way to learn about the Inuit culture, conducting genealogical research, the personal aftermath of widowhood and finding a second love, then add in a little history of World War I. I couldn’t help but love the characters and their personalities and Anne O’Malleys’ inner processes.I was happy to hear a sequel is already planned. This book is an engaging way to spend a lazy summer afternoon and evening.
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Jim Bennett – Review of The Ivory Caribou

A widow chooses to complete her husband’s search for his father’s missing years. This takes her to Ottawa, the arctic, and various discoveries. A missing diary provides a back story. A helpful chief librarian provides a distraction. Finally, a visit to the Canadian arctic includes a series of tests.

I haven’t had this much fun reading prose in a while. The story moves well, the characters are deftly drawn, the plots so easily interwoven you won’t believe your mind.

This is basically a love story? Or is it an adventure story? Or is it a commentary on the tragedy of war? It is all of these, and more.

My personal guidelines, when doing an ‘official’ KBR review, are as follows: five stars means, roughly equal to best in genre. Rarely given. Four stars means, extremely good. Three stars means, definitely recommendable. I am a tough reviewer. I try hard to be consistent. This is a very nice, well-written, enjoyable tale. Five stars is an easy decision, and extremely highly recommended.

Kindle Book Review Team member.
(Note: this reviewer received a free copy of this book for an independent review. He is not associated with the author or Amazon.)

    Jim Bennett, Poet, Reviewer and

author of Cold Comes Through

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Lynette M. Smith – Review of The Ivory Caribou

LynetteWhen the publisher provided me with an unsolicited review copy of this book two days ago, I expressed regret that I wouldn’t have time to read it for another couple of weeks. But then I decided to read the first few pages over lunch yesterday, and now I know what people mean when they say “I couldn’t put it down!” To the exclusion of all daily responsibilities, I kept reading and had finished 75% of the book by midnight last night. Today I eagerly finished the rest.

Why was it so engaging? It had many wonderful qualities: three well-developed, mature characters you could identify with; a love triangle; tastefully described intimate scenes; unusual yet plausible geographic settings (San Diego, Ottowa, Alsace Lorraine, and a modern-day Arctic tundra Inuit village); and drama (cultural contrasts, wartime adventures, and more). And to top it off, the book was educational too, providing fascinating insights into Inuit culture in Canada as well as what a rural French region of Europe was like during World War I.

The time I spent immersed in this book was WELL WORTH IT, and I will definitely recommend this book and author to my friends!

Lynette M. Smith, All My Best Copyediting

and Heartfelt Publishing

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M. J. Joachim – Review of The Ivory Caribou

Book Review: The Ivory Caribou by Caroline McCullagh

by M. J. Joachim

In a world where archeological research esteems the invested interest in Eskimo culture, diverse, yet full of unexpected trials, tribulations, twists and turns, a world where healing cannot be denied, something loss must lend itself to, for without this healing, people might stagnate, wither and die unto themselves, readers are taken on an adventurous and all too intriguing journey, where knowledge is far beyond the literary, educated mindset of our modern life, tracing back centuries of silent understanding, thoughtful curiosity and mindful reflection.

The Ivory Caribou is a story of love – past, present and future. It is a story of longing, hope and recovery, beautifully written and exceptionally produced. Subtle messages tap the readers subconscious, reminding us to be more aware and considerate of others, for this is the eskimo culture readers become acquainted with, a culture that has a thing or two to teach the rest of us as we hurry on our way to whatever we have going on in our lives.

The Ivory Caribou is a love story too, a beautiful tale of how two people fall in love, minus the lust factor, and become one with each other on a level so deep it is almost contrary to what so many of us are exposed to when it comes to dating, courtship and love. Family is as vital to the relationship as the two people falling in love, because family bonds are strong and members care enough about each other to wish for the best, often going out of their way to help the two people falling in love, because love is beautiful and should be promoted through the laws of basic attraction, common decency and spiritual fruition.

I thoroughly enjoy reading The Ivory Caribou. It’s easy reading in a story with so much depth, one I think you might enjoy reading too.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Wishing you every success with your writing.

M. J.

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H. Byron Earhart – Review of the Ivory Caribou

5-starsCan a sixty-year old widow embark on adventure and fly to another country to uncover genealogical mysteries? Can she travel to northern Canada and enter into the life, language, and culture of the Inuits? Can she rediscover romance?

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To find the answers to all these questions, read Caroline McCullagh’s well written novel, Ivory Caribou.. Anne O’Malley, the heroine, is the feisty lady who mixes romance, genealogy, travel, detective work, and cultural exploration.
The characters in the story are interesting. The scenes–which shift from San Diego to Ottawa to an Inuit village in northern Quebec–are described with flair. The plot is clever, with many unexpected twists and turns.
I highly recommend this book.

H. Byron Earhart
Author of Religion in Japan (5th ed)
No Pizza in Heaven (novel in press)