Caroline’s Books Archive
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
When 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
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.
Can 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?
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)