Tuesday, February 3, 2015

(Review) Ingrid by Lynnette Kraft

Publication Date: June 12, 2014.
Publisher: New Wrinkle Publishing.
Genre: Fantasy fiction reading challenge 2015.
Pages: 412.
Source: Free ebook copy from Lynnette Kraft in exchange for a review.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

Link @ Amazon: Ingrid.

The book has its own website: Ingrid. 

Link to listen to the music. The composer is Jared Kraft.
The download of the music if FREE. I have enjoyed listening to the music! It's ethereal, relaxing.



Summary:
Ingrid is a beautiful but mute teenage girl. She is lovely outwardly and inwardly. She lives with her parents and several older brothers in the community of Scot. We are not told where Scot is located. The story is fantasy fiction so the location of Scot is the fantasy land of the author's creation. My guess is Scot is a land similar to Ireland or Scotland. The time period is a mystery. My guess is the medieval period. Ingrid's best friend is Adair Pole. Adair is slightly older than Ingrid. Both Adair and Ingrid grieve for something missing in their lives. Both are kindred spirits in need of help. Ingrid meets two Kunbion in the forest. They have come to assist and advise Ingrid. She is given a gift to be used to help Scot.

My Thoughts:

  • The first thing I've loved about this story is the the Kraft family has worked together on the book. Lynnette is the author of Ingrid, her son is the composer of the accompanied music, a daughter contacted me to review the book. Lynnette Kraft has a website devoted to the book. Everything is done professionally. Great care and attention to details has been executed. I'm a fan of independently published books. Some of my favorite reads have been independent works. 
  • I love the creativity of the story. The Kunbion are not magical creatures in respect to a dark art. They are magic in respect to they are not human, they are a mystery. They do not coerce. They do not invade another human's body. They are to advice and encourage people to make the right decision in regards to helping people. 
  • Ingrid is a moral story. There is a teaching lesson in the story: love, kindness, thoughtfulness, respect, and gentleness. To notice, think, and care for the "least of these" is an emphasis. 
The story is not labeled Christian, but it has strong elements of Christian teaching. 

There were a few times in the story when I felt it snagged a little, meaning the story became a bit slow. Over-all I loved the story. 

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