The year is 1958 in Peachland, Okanagan BC. Twelve-year-old Christine meets a man renovating an old house in her neighborhood and immediately feels a bond between them. Even though her mother reacts strangely after hearing the man's name, Christine visits Jim often after school and learns a lot about flowers and gardening. She is heartbroken when he suddenly leaves without a good bye and is determined to find out where he is and why he left. As she unravels the mystery, dark secrets are revealed that make her uncertain if Jim will even want to come back.


I found the book hard to put down and was as curious about who Jim was as Christine. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I found the wholesome goodness mixed in with this little girl’s daring plans to find out who Jim really was—and where he suddenly disappeared to—to be very interesting. It kept me turning pages. I normally get bored easily with books. I tend to put then aside and then read on later, but I actually read this book in two days because it was so hard to put down. I kept formulating ideas in my mind as to who Jim would really turn out to be. All in all, a very enjoyable book. – Taylor, reviewer

The Old House by Gisela Woldenga is classified as a young adult, although I would probably classify it as an adolescent, since it seems to be geared more toward middle school and early high school than late high school and beyond. Still, it is a heart-warming and very moving story of a young girl’s quest...The Old House is short and can be read in an afternoon. At least I did it that way. I quite enjoyed it. And while I am not sure I would call it a page-turner, it certainly was an engaging read. – Regan, reviewer

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