“Family Reunion is a refreshing breath of air in today’s young teen’s fictional world. … [It] has an intriguing storyline and plot that the reader will find enjoyable as they work on solving the many riddles and enigmas with the girls. It is definitely a wonderful read for young readers.” Sonja, avid reader
“This book was a delightful read, with an engaging plot and well-developed characters. Although it was my teen daughter that purchased the book, I wanted to read it also and found myself as interested in the story as she was! We are looking forward to the next book in the series!” “SewManyTreasures,” homeschooling mom
“From the very beginning, I could identify with Marielle and I think most homeschool girls can. … I highly recommend Family Reunion to everyone who enjoys stories that are true to life, faith-building, and stories about homeschoolers.” Sarah Holman, author and blogger
“Family Reunion is a wonderful and interesting book. Young girls to mature woman will delight in reading [it].” Joanne E., avid reader
“[The] whole book is awesome! I can’t wait till the next one is out! The story was fun, the characters real, and the treasure hunt intriguing.” Kayla, homeschool student
“Ms. Bryant has a real sensitivity to the day-to-day experiences of young girls. The richly described Central Texas scenery and the author’s constant reminder to appreciate the littlest things in life give the book a quiet realism. Young readers will be enchanted by the creative clues and home schooled girls will enjoy this peek into their little-explored point of view.” Sarah Scheele, author and blogger
“This book has already proved itself a ‘memory wave’ for many American homeschoolers (that’s right, even graduates!) of personal reunions attended. Many of the chapters, in my own case, brought back visions of personal problems faced plus God’s grace worked amidst my own situations.” Crystal Bush, avid reader
~*~Marielle Austin is 14 years old, small, blond, and blue-eyed. She’s homeschooled and is passionate about the Lord, the past, and literature. She’s dreamy and poetic, perhaps too much so; but she’s also endearingly sweet and shy, with a pluckiness that would surprise acquaintances if they knew of it. She lives with her parents and two younger brothers, Garrison and Benjamin, way out in the beautiful Texas hill country.
It’s spring, and her family and her dad’s parents, who live two miles away, are hosting a week-long family reunion. All of Dad’s siblings and their families will be there, including Marielle’s two best friends and cousins, Emma and Caroline Yardley, and her three other girl cousins, Abby, Kailey, and Reanna, who hale all the way from Wisconsin. Marielle doesn’t know them as well so she’s worried about how they’ll connect.
The first day, Sunday, their grandfather, Will Austin, presents them with an exciting plan: he has three projects for them to complete by the end of the week, and if they succeed, he and their parents will have a prize for them, more wonderful than they can imagine. But not only do they need to get the projects done: they need to accomplish them with love and teamwork.
Each project is unique and calls for all of the girls’ input, but Abby, Kailey, and Reanna are not willing workers. Problems surface right away because of their bad attitudes and bad work ethics. 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 their love when it’s hard even to feel it? Will the mysterious prize slip away, and with it any chance of relationship?
“I highly recommend this lovely book. The ‘adventure’ of six American cousins traveling in Britain was authentic and detailed .... Marielle is a good role model, but her personality is so sincere that young girls won't feel preached at.” Sarah Scheele, author and blogger
“The story was enjoyable, the characters a delight, the descriptions gorgeous, and at one point I found myself near tears at a beautiful part of the spiritual journey in this Christian contemporary YA novel, steeped in a historical feel.” Deborah O’Carroll, writer and blogger
“Miss Bryant has weaved a story of depth and feeling, putting realistic characters in true-to-life experiences. This is more than a book about girls going on a dream trip to England—it’s edifying fiction about Christ-like love and letting our light shine for Him.” C. R. Hedgcock, author
“England Adventure is a touching account of how much ordinary people can do to hurt or heal each other. A book with beautiful descriptions of Great Britain and considerable emotional power.” Hannah S., writer
For as long as she can remember, Marielle has dreamed of seeing England in person. When kind grandparents send her and her cousins there to visit old friends, she can hardly wait to see the places she’s known in fiction and film. The Endicotts are perfect hosts—and their worldly American granddaughter Paris, perfectly beautiful.
But it soon turns out that nothing is as it seems. Her cousins Abby and Reanna, once the best of friends, appear deeply at odds, and the picture-perfect Endicott family is hiding secrets of its own. Distanced by an ocean from home and her family’s protection, Marielle finds herself challenged by a troubling new world. She befriends Paris, but Paris seems opposed to what Marielle stands for. Can Marielle be the witness who helps Paris overcome the lifestyle that’s harming her? Or will Marielle and her cousins be overwhelmed by the conflict this supposed dream trip has brought them?
Book 2 of the Six Cousins series sees Marielle’s challenges expanding along with her world. Recommended for ages 12 and up, it helps instill the importance of loving others, of staying close to God, and of being a light to the world.