In the current state of our world today, it was hauntingly helpful to read this book. As you dive deeper into this historic fiction, I’m sure you too will find a story of prejudice, class and injustice looming over you. The author had me completely absorbed with this novel which was inspired by the real life kidnapping of Bobby Dunbar.
Set in the early 1900’s, you first learn of a wealthy family, John Henry & Mary Davenport. They travel to their summer home in Louisiana with their three sons. Four year old Sonny, the youngest of the family, disappears one night without a trace. Two longs years are spent hunting for their missing son while also trying to keep their family and marriage intact.
A boy is then discovered travelling with a tramp–a boy who closely resembles Sonny Davenport. Could this be the son they have been searching for all this time. Could this be the answer John Henry is looking for to bring happiness back to his wife?
The traveling tramp tells of a different background for this young boy. He declares that he is the son of an unwed, pregnant farm worker that has been placed in his care until she delivers her second child.
Two mothers…both declaring the son is their own. While the wealthy temporarily win and we see much injustice for the poor, we get to the gripping end….who has truly seen the most injustice?
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Evidently there is some secret character that comes and drops coins in the landscape when Addi and Max come to visit. Even more curious is that it seems they all are found in the general vicinity of Pappy’s grilling area….hmmm!
When the kids first get to our house, there is flurry of activity with very important decisions regarding snacks, drinks, and what toys they want to play with. Meanwhile, Pappy will scurry off outside to start the firepit and grill for the evening.
Once all decisions have been made, we all head outside, with little hands full of all the goodies they have collected inside. However, even better treasures await them outside. Pappy announces, “Addi, Max~get over here quick! It looks like secret treasures have been left yet again.
They run over by Pappy, already forgetting those items that were oh so important just a few minutes ago…and the search begins! Quickly, Addi eyes some silver and copper coins (she is the master egg hunter just like her mother!).
However, they know there are still more goods to uncover in the rocky path, so they continue on~each trying to find the most coins to add to their piggy banks (or pockets if we are discussing Max).
This continues on until the every inch of the area has been combed. They make sure to put their new finds in their own secret areas to save away for a rainy day. Leave it to Pappy, he has always been the one to help us all understand the importance of saving….all while making it fun!
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