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Irene N. Watts. When the Bough Breaks
Tundra Books  $12.99  ISBN 978-0-88776-821-7 145 pg.
Reviewed by Darcy, Age 13

Irene N. Watts is one of my favorite historical fiction authors. I find that her writing flows so nicely, and that there is always an excellent balance between historical fact and fiction. These qualities make for a fantastic read that you almost never want to put down. When the Bough Breaks is no exception.

When the Bough Breaks is about Millie Carr, a young girl growing up during the Great Depression. Millie’s family has difficulty making ends meet, but they still are able to appreciate things as if they had all the money in the world. Things seem to take a turn for the better when Millie’s mom announces that she is to have a child. Everything is going well until a strange “traveling” lady by the name of Elsie Bates, shows up on their porch one afternoon asking for some food and a glass of water. In exchange, Elsie offers to read their fortunes. At first Millie is reluctant but after much reassurance from her mother she obliges. Millie’s mother’s fortune tells of her taking a journey away from those that she loves, while Millie’s predicts that hardship lies ahead. This introduction leaves her very uneasy and concerned about this mysterious woman. Will these fortunes come true, and if so, in what way will they materialize? 

This is a very good book, but I feel that it lacks just a little bit of excitement. I found that the events were somewhat predictable and obvious. Overall this was a good read, but it wasn’t one of her books you set down and go “WOW”.

When the Bough Breaks still earns 4 golden stars.


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