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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Mind's Eye is a young adult historical, coming of age novel written by K.C. Finn. It's set during WWII. Fifteen-year-old Kit Cavendish and her younger brother, Leighton, are on their way to Wales when we first meet them. They're part of a massive evacuation of children to the countryside in anticipation of air-strikes on London. Kit and Leighton both have special green labels identifying their names and destination, unlike most of the children on the train, who have white labels. Kit has a debilitating illness which has weakened her legs and arms, and she's been confined to a wheelchair for several years now. While her body is restricted to mostly indoor places, her psychic abilities allow her to travel beyond those barriers. The brother and sister finally arrive at Ty Gwyn, a farm in Wales, where they're warmly welcomed by Mam, a warm and cheery Welshwoman, and her family, and are made to feel at home.
K.C. Finn's coming of age novel, The Mind's Eye, is listed as young adult fiction, but this historical novel is grand reading for adults as well. I've long had an interest in historical fiction based around WWII and found Finn's work to be a well-written and convincing addition to that genre. The family Kit and Leighton come to stay with are real and compelling characters, and the warmth and support they give the two children is grand to see. Kit's story, however, takes precedence as she's bullied and challenged by a new doctor to overcome a condition exacerbated by a faulty diagnosis. She's an inspiration as she tries and falls and yet tries once again to regain her mobility. The author's treatment of the paranormal aspect of The Mind's Eye is also first-rate and is in line with the actual wartime remote viewing experiments conducted by the allies. I had a marvelous time reading The Mind's Eye, and I highly recommend it.