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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite
Uncle Bud's Health Mine and the Girl Who's Going to Fix the World by Mary Patterson Thornburg starts with the misfortunes of Bud Lomax. He lost his ranch to the bank, and his daughter ran away. Bud's next business endeavor, the Cozy Nook Café, was also a disaster. Years later, Bud opened a so-called health mine, taking advice from Henry Duncan, whose wife, Lucy, suffered from rheumatism. Bud owned land with a cave named Bull Cave after it had rejuvenated a bull some time ago. There was something unusual about Bull Cave. Lucy's rheumatism almost disappeared following seances held in the cave. Bud's niece started working in the cave and witnessed some strange occurrences. Then she meets a girl named Helen, who had vanished in Bull Cave long ago.
Uncle Bud's Health Mine and the Girl Who's Going to Fix the World is a heartwarming story told from the perspective of Bud's niece. Mary Patterson Thornburg's informal writing style made this extraordinary story surprisingly convincing; the mysterious Helen was likable. It offers thrilling suspense and leaves readers with the lingering flavor of Native American myths and legends, providing hope for a better future in our troubled times. I appreciated the smooth narrative and surprising ending. It is hard to fathom the depth of wisdom shared by Thornburg. I highly recommend Uncle Bud's Health Mine and the Girl Who's Going to Fix the World to fans of short tales containing an element of the supernatural.