Thursday, September 17, 2009
BBAW Day Four - A Book recommended by another Blogger - Pike Point and The Good Lord's Earth by Greg Suhonen
Book Blogger Appreciation Week is winding down, and today’s project is to talk about a book you discovered on someone else’s blog.
When I first got back in to book-reviewing and blogging full-time seriously, I ran across a very nice blog by Shelia DeChantal. Here “One Person’s Journey Through A World of Books” (http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/) is elegant and informative, and Shelia is just as helpful and encouraging as they come.
A while back, she spoke of a book that she was taking on a trip with her, “Pike Point And The Good Lord’s Earth” by Greg Suhonen. I commented that it sounded good. The next thing I know, Mr. Suhonen had emailed and offered a copy of his book for my review.
I told him I’d be delighted to take a look at it, and boy am I glad I did!
“Pike Point And The Good Lord’s Earth” has to be one of my top-10 best written books of this year. Suhonen invites his readers to experience the beauty and majesty of Minnesota through his descriptive words and lively story. It made this Southern gal feel right at home.
The story revolves around the Maki family. Paavo Maki, a native of Finland, immigrated to the United States when he was 18. He worked hard to save his money and buy a prime piece of property in 1922. That property was known as Pike Point on Lost Woman Lake, near what would become the Boundary Waters Canoe Area National Park.
The Maki family built a resort on the land, and for years have run a successful business. Grandson Ray Maki has lived and worked at the resort for all of his thirty-three years, and expected the summer to come not to be any different than past summers. That is until he meets Angie Holter, a pretty nurse up to visit her parents. Then Ray’s world, and heart turns upside down. This summer would soon become one both Ray and Angie would remember for the rest of their lives.
Suhonen’s characters in “Pike Point” are warm and engaging, from impish Grandpa Paavo to tenderhearted mom Ellie, even down to old curmudgeon Skinny, the brilliant wood carver/hermit. These are people you want to meet and become friends with. An outstanding accomplishment for the debut author.
Whether you are from up in the Cold Blue North or down in the sunny South - if you’re looking for a great book filled with family values, adventure and love, look no further than “Pike Point And The Good Lord’s Earth.”
"Pikes Point and The Good Lord's Earth" can be found on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com.