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Author Janine McCaw is known for believable characters being placed in circumstances they'd probably rather not be in, leading to twisting plotlines that keep the reader guessing. While her first novel, Olivia's Mine, is a fictional account of historical events that happened during the early 1900's at Britannia Beach, B.C., McCaw also writes in the general, paranormal, YA, urban fantasy and chick-lit genres.
The Helens-0f-Troy series is aimed at YA/Adult audiences that enjoy a little humor, a little horror and a lot of family drama. The first three books in the series are Helen's-of-Troy (released), Nightmare on Jacey Street (pre-release) and Boughs of Holly (pre-release) and follow the paranormal adventures of Helena, Helen and Ellie LaRose.
Pumper, the story of a firefighter who rescues a young child and the publicity goes to his head, is also in the works.
McCaw lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband Paul. She is not a zombie (twitter) but has been known to roam the streets that way... and not just on Halloween.
Sharon E. Cathcart
on Jan. 20, 2012 :
Overall score: 3.75 stars. If the editing were better, this would be 4.5 stars or more.
"Olivia's Mine" is the story of Olivia Fitzpatrick, a young married woman living in a Canadian mining town in the early 20th century. We see her through an abusive marriage, trying to run a business of her own and find her place in what passes for society in little Britannia Beach.
McCaw deals with very real issues of women's rights, coverture law, racial prejudice and more in this story. There were a great many things to like.
Unfortunately, I found myself jerked out of the tale by editorial issues like using a possessive apostrophe when a plural was intended, homophone errors ("last rights" instead of "last rites") and errors like "Aryan sweater" where "Arran sweater" was intended. It's kind of a shame, because the story line was very good and kept me interested. I cared about the characters, but the poor editing was a real distraction.
I hope that the author will have the book edited and re-issue it; it really is a worthwhile tale that deserves better packaging.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on Nov. 27, 2011 :
This was a good book, but there was so much foreshadowing that the end came as an anti-climax. I appreciated that the book included the stories of Japanese and Chinese workers as well as the main characters (who are of European descent).
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on July 12, 2011 :
Good story, and engaging characters, but... too much detail in some things, yet the author skims through or completely skips other, important parts. The writing could use cleaning up and editing, and the story line could be tightened up a bit. I did enjoy the story, regardless.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on May 08, 2011 :
Olivia’s Mine is a great story as well as a detailed look at early 20th century life in the North West. The reader is quickly drawn into a cast of engaging characters and, along with them, struggles through a barrage of disasters and personal struggles. The author’s sincere love for the local area is obvious. I definitely recommend it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)