Friday, July 12, 2013

Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph Crosby Lincoln

A couple of years ago I picked up Cape Cod Stories by J. C. Lincoln and really enjoyed the folksy, funny yarns about life in a long-ago New England town. Cy Whittaker's Place is a bit different because it is one long story and is not quite as humorous, but it retains the down-home feel of the first book and was a very pleasant read.

Cy Whittaker left Bayport as a young man, vowing never to return. After he makes his fortune at sea, however, he changes his mind and comes back to the old homestead. All his relatives are dead and he has to start from scratch to make a name for himself in the community. Sounds simple enough. But add in an abandoned child, a fiesty school teacher, a corrupt politician and a few vicious gossips, and you’ve got quite a page turner.

Like the previous title I read, there are a couple of racial slurs, but for the most part this is fun novella that can be read in one or two sittings. Free on Kindle.

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