Friday, January 25, 2019

JustRead Tours: The Searchers Circulating Tour: Kelly's Search for Family by Bertha Schwartz Review and Giveaway

the searchers series banner

Welcome to the circulating blog tour and giveaway for The Searchers series of middle grade historical fiction by Bertha Schwartz, hosted by JustRead tours!

kelly's search for family.jpg

Title: Kelly's Search for Family (Searchers #2) 
Author: Bertha Schwartz 
Publisher: Ambassador International 
Release Date: December 1, 2018 
Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction 

It's 1880 and Kelly lives alone with her Papa, a lighthouse-keeper in Massachusetts. She longs to know more about her Mama, and Papa has finally promised to tell her the truth on her fourteenth birthday. Before Kelly can learn much though, dangerous men the notorious Blackburn Brothers arrive unannounced and take Papa away. Kelly is left alone and responsible for the lighthouse. Granny, a former slave and family friend, learns of Kelly's plight and decides to help find the answers to her questions. Mysterious letters, snow storms, and violence threaten Kelly's safe haven as new friends help unearth old secrets in Kelly's lighthouse home. How can she bring her papa back? Who is her true family? 

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Ambassador

My Thoughts and Review:
I really enjoy Historical Fiction and think that having a Historical Fiction series for Middle School kids makes a wonderful Series. Kelly's Search for Family is Book 2 in The Searchers Series. I have only read Book 2, but it seems like a GREAT standalone book.

A couple things that piqued my interest in Book 2 was that Kelly is searching for her Mama. She has been living with her Papa in a Lighthouse and she LOVES her Papa, but wants to know about her Mama. I think searching for a parent and wanting to know someone whom who may have never met or don't remember, is a wonderful thing. The time period for this book is 1880, but in today's day and time many kids want to know more about one parent or another. The topic of this book is very relational to many School aged kids of today. I also really like going back in time for reading!

I think the relationship between Kelly and her Papa is amazing. The LOVE between the 2 of them shows throughout the book. Papa promises to tell Kelly more about her Mama on her 14th B-day, but is kidnapped before he can tell her. Kelly feels all alone, until a family friend, Granny, comes to stay with her. Together, Kelly and Granny uncover secrets and mystery and letters from her Mama. Kelly still longs for Papa to come back. Papa eventually does return and more family secrets are revealed!

Kelly's Search for Family is a wonderful book that is mixed with History, Mystery and Family life. I must say it did take me a few readings of Chapter 1 before I could move forward, at first I wasn't grasping the storyline and I always like to understand the storyline before moving on. 

All in all, I think Kelly's Search for Family is a great book and I think a GREAT series for Middle School students. I do think Adults would enjoy the book and series also! 



Bertha Schwartz is a Swiss Amish transplant to the beautiful farmland of Nappanee, Indiana. She loves spending time with family and friends, including fifty-two nieces and nephews. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, sewing, and reading. Raised near the lovely Swiss city of Berne, Indiana, Swiss is her mother-language. Languages and different dialects are a special interest of hers.

the searchers series giveaway

(1) winner will receive:
  • a set of all 3 books in The Searchers series (US only)
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 9, 2019 and lasts through 11:59pm February 4, 2019. Void where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops - and remember to visit the tour each week for more posts.

Share/Bookmark Pin It Print Friendly and PDF


Tighefan42 said... Best Blogger Tips

Great review. This sounds like a great series. Thanks for the Chan e.

Tighefan42 atgmaildotcom

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...