Clyde and Wanda

The Cedar Cove Chronicles, Book Two

Christian - Fiction
265 Pages
Reviewed on 03/04/2020
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Author Biography

Cynthia Ulmer was born in Newport News Va and raised in Leland, NC. Her Cedar Cove Chronicles is a series of books based on childhood stories and family memories she heard as a child. There are 6 books in the series, chronicling the lives of the Jansan family during the 40's and 50's in Southeastern NC. As you read the series, you will grow with the family and experience life as it happens to them. Cynthia always wanted to be a writer and has a natural gift at bringing characters and situations to life

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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Clyde and Wanda is a work of fiction with Christian themes and plenty of interpersonal family drama and was penned by author Cynthia Ulmer. In this second novel in The Cedar Cove Chronicles, we find ourselves following the Jansen family seven years after the events of book one, in which Todd wondered about his Uncle Clyde who had disappeared whilst off at war. Now Clyde has returned and gotten married, started a family and a business. He had hoped life would finally settle down for himself and his wife Wanda, but the past always finds a way of catching up with us when we least expect it.

Author Cynthia Ulmer writes family fiction with plenty of details and nostalgic, highly descriptive moments. The atmosphere of the work overall makes it feel like you’re living in a black and white movie, with strong characters who are easy to relate to. Wanda’s backstory becomes more interesting and heart-breaking by the minute, making for an intriguing plotline that develops the family dynamics more and more. Readers who appreciate a strong message of Christian values such as faith and devotion are sure to enjoy the novel on that level too, and Clyde makes for a strong hero in that respect as he tries to keep his life together despite the ever-present threat of trauma and trouble returning. Overall, Clyde and Wanda makes an excellent addition to a strong family saga with plenty of vivid characters and memorable moments: a recommended read.