The Emma Caites Way

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Many readers of this blog will know A.V. Walters, the blogger and homesteader. She and her husband are building their own house and carving out a homestead in northern Michigan. Her blog (HERE) is highly recommended.

Perhaps less known in these parts is that A.V. is also a novelist, with two published novels to her credit. They’ve been on my “want to read” list a long time. A few days ago her first novel, The Emma Caites Way, finally transitioned from that list to my “books read” list.

It’s a delightful novel–an engaging story that begins with the purchase of an old painting in an Oakland, California thrift shop, a purchase that sparks the buyer’s curiosity about the unknown painter and evolves into a quest to discover her story.

As with most good stories, The Emma Caites Way both informs and entertains. A page-turner, I quickly found myself anxious to join the characters in their search and the book was an enjoyable companion over the few nights it took me to finish it. Along the way I learned how oil paintings are restored and was introduced to some previously unknown art history.

It is evident that the author knows well the world in which this novel is set–a world that seems strikingly different from the world I imagine her to inhabit today. I find that intriguing and suggestive of a journey that may deserve a telling of its own.

Winter is coming. We’ll all want to have a stack of books on hand to help get us through the cold dark evenings. The Emma Caites Way would be a fine addition to that pile.


10 comments on “The Emma Caites Way

  1. avwalters says:

    Aw shucks, Bill. I’m blushing! Thank you so much for the ringing endorsement–it would have been enough if you just enjoyed it.


  2. smcasson says:

    Sounds great, Bill!


  3. EllaDee says:

    I’ve also added The Emma Caites Way to my stack… one result of blogging is I’m never at a loss for a new book to read.


    • Bill says:

      No kidding. I’ve discovered some great books through blogging, but my “want to read” list is always much longer than my “have time to read” list.


  4. I’ve been enjoying AV’s blog. So now I will buy the book. My favorite bloggers keep coming out with books and now I am behind! –Curt


    • Bill says:

      I know exactly what you mean. I’ve had A.V.’s book on my “want to read” list for at least a year and probably longer. I’ve got probably a half dozen other books on that list now by authors I’ve met through blogging. It will take a while, but someday I’ll have read them all. 🙂


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