Miss Carrie

A Novel

Young Adult - Action
192 Pages
Reviewed on 06/11/2014
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Reviewed by Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite

Miss Carrie is a delightful tale which chronicles the early childhood years of Ben Williams. Ben gets involved in the usual childhood pranks with his buddies. After succumbing to a dare with his friends, he encounters Carrie Stephens who is known to be an “old witch.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Miss Carrie, as she is affectionately called, befriends Ben and she becomes an important fixture in his life. He realizes that he can confide in Miss Carrie and he visits her every day. She was a pillar of strength for Ben, especially when his father died after going to war and when his grandmother passed away. Author Judson Hout also reveals the growing friendship between Ben and his schoolmate Amy and their eventual marriage. Ben goes on to become a responsible citizen who supports his family and never forgets his roots.

Miss Carrie is a very intriguing story. I loved the aura of suspense involved when Ben is so consumed with fear in the beginning when he met Carrie. This is very realistic because at times we might hear a rumour about someone, but in essence we should walk a mile in his or her shoes before we cast judgment. Mr. Hout has done a great job developing his characters, especially the adorable Lounicey and her husband Mashal. They treat Ben as their own child. I loved the caring way in which Miss Carrie pulled out all the stops to adopt Ben after he was forced into the children’s home. Mr. Hout smartly paved the way for the twist at the end. Miss Carrie is a refreshing tale detailing Ben’s passage to adulthood. I recommend it to all readers.

George Mosley

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it without reservation. It took me back to a gentler and simpler time in our society.

Joyce Howell

This book was especially fun for me to read since I am from Camden and the setting for the book is in that area. I enjoyed the way Dr. Hout transitioned Ben through life's emotional trials and the mysteries of why people are who they are. As the story develops, you find yourself so involved in Ben's and Miss Carrie's lives that the ending catches you somewhat off guard and you have to catch your breath. Good book and very enjoyable. I have already recommended it to my friends.