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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Todd: The Cedar Cove Chronicles, Book One by Cynthia Ulmer is a fictional novel that is the first part in the Cedar Cove Chronicles series. Todd is set in a typical Southern setting of the '40s and '50s. Life then was more simple and uncomplicated, although harder with fewer material comforts. Todd is one such story of a boy named Todd and his years and experiences as he grew up in the rural South several decades ago. The story starts with an introduction by Todd himself and his family, and is written in the first person from Todd’s perspective. The farming community ties are explored along with his teenage years, crushes, and of course, family. Yet, not everything is rosy as they all struggle with their neighbor, Horace Hammond, an alcoholic as well as an abuser. How this family stays strong through love and faith forms the basis of this novel.
Todd by Cynthia Ulmer is a nicely written book that keeps the reader engaged. It provides a glimpse into life in the '50s in North Carolina. I liked how Todd’s character is presented in the first person, which allows readers to understand his thoughts and feelings as he comes into his own. I also liked the bonds of love and caring portrayed between members of the family, parents, and grandparents, as these are the ones that shape him and form a lasting legacy. All in all, I enjoyed reading Todd: The Cedar Cove Chronicles, Book One by Cynthia Ulmer and would recommend it to anyone.