Cathy Reas

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Smashwords book reviews by Cathy Reas

  • Brush Creek Chronicles: The Family of John and Elizabeth Akin on Oct. 02, 2012

    I have been having a great time with this book! Just thinking about getting back into the stories makes me smile! Still, reading it elicits great feeling for my people and their times – patriotic appreciations for their military services, great sorrows over deaths-too-soon for the sake of war or now-curable diseases, exciting migrations and settlements, and the assorted joys of life. Yet, I think what I like best is the factual writing style – it makes me feel comfortable that the historical accounting is as accurate as possible. The stories that have come down my family lines over the decades are recounted without embellishment. For example, I personally know the 1944 demise of my great uncle Acey was the topic of great speculation well into the 1970’s, and Lee portrays all of this wonderfully, carefully providing all the documented, yet juicy, facts without the popular conjectures we bantered in hearsay and folklore 50 years ago. This book is so much more than a genealogical accounting of names and dates. Even without graphics I can visualize the family migrations, the ways they made their living, and physical descriptions. I can appreciate their military trappings, professional and religious affiliations, and I love seeing how names were reused in the family over generations. Lee relates news and obituary info, and even current descriptions of the cemetery plots where some are buried. Each page is packed with facts that captivate me as I consider each individual’s experiences over the years, including their accomplishments and their transgressions. I adore reading about how my ancestors lived – and many of them really lived! Some probably deserve their own biographies. I am just delighted to get to know more about the lives of so many – it makes me smile!