About the book:
When Keziah de Forest’s grandmother, Oma, is diagnosed with dementia, the seventeen-year-old makes the decision to leave her family and move to New Winchester to care for Oma. However, the decision comes with burdens Keziah never expected. Each day becomes a greater weight and loving the woman she once cherished becomes a chore.
Resentful of her hardships in New Winchester and the family secrets buried in the attic, Keziah finds herself drawn to Oma’s ramblings about the Goat Children, a mythical warrior class who ride winged horses and locate people in need, while attempting to destroy evil in the world. Oma sees the Goat Children everywhere, and as Keziah reads the stories her grandmother wrote about them, she begins to question if they really exist.
About the author:
Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. With an eclectic job history of working as a college professor; historic costumed interpreter at Fort Stanwix, Victorian Leisure Fair, and Mayfaire on the Green; office specialist; sales clerk; election inspector; and trainer, she is now diving into the world of author.It happens to be her favorite one.
When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog, Kissed by Literature. Jordan is the president of the Utica Writers Club and maintains JordanElizabethMierek.com.
She roams Central New York, but she loves to travel. A great deal of time has been spent in a rural town very similar to Arnn, the setting of her novel ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW.
Warning: Some spoilers may be included!
Trigger warning for the book and maybe the review: dementia and Alzheimer’s and all the surrounding difficulties.
Keziah is a good granddaughter and a good girl. When her grandmother is diagnosed with dementia, she volunteers to go live with her grandmother and care for her because most of the family thinks the only option is to put her in a nursing home.
This book made me cry more than once. My maternal grandfather Honey had Alzheimer’s and watching him deteriorate was one of the most painful experiences in my life. The Goat Children brought all the past suffering front and center. Keziah, while living with her grandmother, discovers many hard truths about her family and her life that makes caring for an ornery, angry, and confused grandmother even more difficult than it already is for a seventeen-year-old girl still trying to attend high school.
I truly wish that I could write a better review for this book because it was so wonderful, so enchanting, and so powerful. It shows readers how terrible dementia can be to everyone in the victim’s circle – family, friends, neighbors – while also offering a bit of hope. The Goat Children are there. You can choose to be one of them and stay forever young. If you choose to leave, that’s fine, too, but you can go back. And when you go back you’ll be young again. Forever.
Fuck. I’m not crying again. See, this is why I can’t write this review! Every time I try, I end up in tears. I recommended this book to my mother and several people in my family. I also recommended it to many people in my circle of friends who have dealt with this sort of illness in their families. And, of course, I’m also recommending it to just about anyone who wants to read because it is that good!
In conclusion, I feel this book earned 5.0 out of 5.0 stars because it really captured the pain, heartbreak, and occasional hopeful moment of the disease while also weaving in a lovely bit of fantasy. Clearly, my grandfather is now one of the Goat Children.
About Curiosity Quills Press:
Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape!