The shabby looking girl in the cover of the book entitled Dovey Coe, written by Frances O’ Roark Dowell, gives inkling to the story. Dovey Coe is the youngest among the Coes; Caroline, the eldest and reckoned as the most beautiful in town and Amos, is the deaf and middle child. Ironically, people mistook Dovey Coe as the eldest when she speaks up her mind. Beyond her peers and years, the way she talks and thinks could either get her into or out of trouble, not that she’s always looking for one.
The retort of
Dovey Coe to townsfolk of varying ages and the simple life of the Coe’s family up in the mountain amused me already, but as the author added Caraway family, conflict started to build up. And when Parnell Caraway had Caroline as his object of affection, to the point of marrying her, the simple life of Dovey’s family was disturbed and her freedom was threatened. Dovey never wanted to live anywhere else than their home in Indian Creek, North Carolina. She often used her cleverness to defend herself and family, especially Amos to mockers and Caraways, the ...
richest family in town. Their lifestyle includes showing off their wealth through deeds and words to everyone as if they can buy anything in the world.
Will Dovey be able to defend herself—say the right word that would make her from alleged killer to supposed victim of a crime she never imagined to be part of. As young as she is, she has been the protector but in times when her freedom is at stake, who will stand by her? Amidst the conflict, I like the way the author has rendered the innocence and characteristic of
a child to Dovey: playing up in the mountain, seeking affection from family, quarreling over small matter with her siblings and protesting now and again to her parents.
Unraveling the mystery upon reaching the last pages of the book has reminded me of the importance of family. At times of difficulty when things don’t seem to be on our side, our family will be there for us: putting everything aside. Whether you’re from a simple family like Dovey or from well-off family like Caraway, I am certain you’ll love Dovey’s adventures in mountain, town and through life.
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