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About the author:
Kelsey Bryant is a homeschool graduate from Central Texas. Books have been a part of her family for generations. Ever since she can remember, Kelsey has been writing stories and dreaming of the magical moment when her books would join the ranks.
She draws inspiration from the Greatest Story Ever Told, which culminates in the Messiah's salvation offered to every person. Her life would be meaningless without her relationship with Yeshua (Jesus). She's also inspired by the classics, especially the works of her favorite authors Jane Austen, L. M. Montgomery, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Louisa May Alcott. She loves history and even her contemporary fiction has a historical bent.
Six Cousins: Family Reunion is her debut novel. It is about things she knows well: homeschoolers, family interaction, the Texas hill country, and the longing for beloved stories to be part of one's own life. She hopes it will touch her readers.
Besides writing fiction, Kelsey is also a blogger, an editor for one youth magazine, a writer for another, a martial artist, and an avid student of the Bible.
Family Reunion (Six Cousins, Book 1)
Every word, every moment matters ...
Welcome to the Austin Family Reunion! Fourteen-year-old Marielle Austin's parents and grandparents are hosting family for a week in the Texas hill country, and Marielle's five girl cousins are staying at her house. Emma and Caroline are her best friends - like her, they're homeschooled and passionate about the Lord, the past, and books. Abby, Kailey, and Reanna are from Wisconsin and just as far away in background and interests - what's hot in the world now is what matters to them.
Grandpa Will Austin has devised a series of projects for the six of them to complete. There's a shed to fix up, a missionary to interview, and a trail of clues to solve, leading to a treasure. If they finish by the end of the week and work together with love and understanding, they'll earn a prize beyond anything they could imagine! But difficulties surface right away. Bad attitudes and work ethics seem all Abby, Kailey, and Reanna can offer. Marielle, Emma, and Caroline are at a loss - what can they do to push the projects through? And more importantly, what can they do about their cousins, who won't welcome their friendship? How can they show love when it's hard even to feel it? Will the mysterious prize slip away, and with it any chance of relationship?
This book, recommended for ages 12 and up, helps instill the importance of loving others, understanding differences between people, and focusing on what we have in common. Small things matter and every day counts when it comes to building good relationships.
- Publication Date:
- 1492330795 / 9781492330790
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Friendship