What Bloggers Say
“Ms. Miller pulls you in with wonderful characters and the life folks lead in a cozy, Ohio pre-war town…”
“…Heart Land wears the triple crown of literary genius: it is profound, beautiful and arresting from the first page…”
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What Critics Say
Synopsis: “Heart Land: A Place Called Ockley Green” by Caroline Miller is a fictional memoir of a bright and reckless boy growing up in rural Ohio in 1939, at the close of the Depression and before America’s entrance into World War II. Sleepy farming community, Ockley Green, is a place where a kid with an active imagination is as likely to try to convince his younger brother that monsters do live under their beds as he is to learn from the men who gather at the local diner to talk crops and politics. In this Norman-Rockwell-type world, Oliver creates mischief, makes mistakes, and learns about taking responsibility — important lessons in the making of a man. Instruction begins when Bodacious Scurvy, the town’s notorious alley cat, crosses Oliver’s path and gives him an idea. Author Caroline Miller has a painterly eye for details and imbues her storytelling with fire side warmth.
Critique: “Heart Land: A Place Called Ockley Green” is deftly crafted and immensely entertaining from beginning to end. Showcasing author Caroline Miller as a gifted novelist of the first order, “Heart Land” is an exceptionally entertaining read and certain to be a popular addition to community library General Fiction collections. A truly memorable story from first page to last, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Heart Land” is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).
What Readers Say
“Heart Land mixes a painter’s eye for detail with heartfelt storytelling. Events have the feel of Tom Sawyer set in the 1930s.”
“I found myself spontaneously laughing out loud or shedding a tear. My own childhood came to life again as I contemplated the power of lessons learned during those powerful ‘growing up years’.”
“The author captured the time period and I felt like I was there. A new classic and a must read.”
“…it gave me a very good glimpse into America at an earlier time. A true joy to read and left me uplifted.”
“…a timeless perspective of small community America to world events in 1939 where simple values are learned and the truth is sometimes more complicated.”
“Caroline Miller’s writing evokes an innocence that seems to be lost in most of today’s novels. Heart Land is on my gift-giving list for the year.”