Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Button Legacy by Ginger Marcinkowski

Publish Date June 5, 2014 by Vox Dei

Growing up, Emily Evans of Run, River Currents had always shared a special understanding with her grandfather, John Polk, even when she couldn't fully see beyond the darkness of her father's abuse. Yet John looked to the future in faith to what his God could do. Years after her grandfather's death, the unexpected delivery of the decorated tin, still brimming with odd-colored buttons, unlocks the joyous memories and lets Emily realize she has nally discovered the secret her grandfather promised lay within the stories of the worn button box. Told through the eyes of a devout grandfather, The Button Legacy: Emily's Inheritance laces together a godly heritage and the power of one man's prayers, offering a lesson of how God's grace can be seen even in the simplest thing-a button.

My Thoughts:

The Button Legacy is an inspirational story of the history of a family told through their memories from different buttons saved.   The family saves buttons that have special meaning to them in a button box and bring those buttons out during different times of their lives.   Many times those stories held a special meaning to the person telling the story, whether it was passing on history or sharing a life lesson.    I was able to, through this story; remember some stories that my grandparents shared with me or something significant that happen in our family that I had not thought about for a while.   I found it touching how many times the youngsters were not very interested in hearing the stories, but when forced to hear them they ate them up, wanting more.  

I loved how the story went back in time seamlessly to tell the tales of the buttons.   Never did the story drag or slow down with the differences in times and the different characters involved in the stories.    I found myself pictures the timeframe that the buttons would have been worn and what the people who wore them would have been doing.   I also enjoyed how time changed in this family.   Cars appeared, party lines were developed, but through all the changes the family stuck together and shared their history.
This is a great story that I recommend.  

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About Ginger Marcinkowski

Ginger Marcinkowski was born as one of eight siblings in northern Maine along the Canadian border, a setting that plays a prominent role in her writing.

Her debut novel, Run, River Currents, was published in August 2012, was a semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Awards and a 2013 Kindle Book Award Finalist, also winning honorable mentions in other national awards and festivals. The Button Legacy, a novella, was published in June 2013, and was written as a prequel / sequel to Run, River Currents. Her upcoming release, The Button Legacy-Emily's Inheritance, will be published in the summer of 2014 and is the full story of the Polk family’s journey of faith told through buttons collected over generations. Emily's Inheritance concludes Run, River Currents dramatic story of healing and forgiveness.

Ginger has been a public speaker and visiting lecturer for many years. She has been a professional reader for the James Jones First Novel Award ($10,000 prize), and was a judge for the ACFW 's prestigious Genesis and Carol Awards. She is actively involved in the Hampton Roads Writers Association and is a member of the ACFW and AWP Writer's Associations as well as a columnist for Book Fun Magazine.

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