Welcome to Cedar Cove Life!
Introducing: “The Cedar Cove Chronicles”
by Cynthia Ulmer
Have you ever been to Cedar Cove?
Once you visit, life for you will never be the same.
You will never want to read about witches, warlocks, and evil forces again.
The powerful emotions of Love, Unity, Harmony, Dreams, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and a clear understanding of the Love of Christ will visit you and remain a part of your life. In this 6 book series, these good people will live with you daily. You will not be able to wait until this evening’s quiet reading moments, to get to the next scene.
It is almost like these people are actually real. The author is truly touched by a spirit that will change the way people in America and the World love and care about each other.
It will change the kinds of books you look forward to reading forever…
~Award-Winning Writer, Cynthia Ulmer
“Born in Virginia and raised in North Carolina, Cynthia Ulmer is a true southern author whose books reflect her southern and Christian heritage. Her writing has a down-home, comfort to it that brings her vast array of characters to life.”
(Below are the award-winners from the six book series)
About Cynthia Ulmer
Award-winning Author, Cynthia Ulmer is a medal-recipient writer of her Southern Family Fictional Series, “The Cedar Cove Chronicles” a Christian themed fiction series about family life, love, faith, and endurance. Her titles are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and many online bookstores and released between mid-2009 through mid-2015. Books one and four are Medal-winners by ‘Wishing Shelf Indie Book Awards.’
“Some people struggle with what they are meant to do in life and others just know it all along. I’ve known since I was a small child that I wanted to write–the stories were always in my head.” The Cedar Cove Chronicles is a series set in the fictional community of Cedar Cove, North Carolina, and follows the lives of ‘The Jansan Family,’ their friends and neighbors during the 40’s and ’50s.
Here is how Cynthia describes her fictional light Christian theme drama …
“Have you ever been to Cedar Cove? Once you visit, life for you will never be the same. You will never want to read about witches, warlocks, and evil forces again. The powerful emotions of Love, Unity, Harmony, Dreams, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and a clear understanding of the Love of Christ will visit you and remain a part of your life.
In this 6 book series, these good people will live with you daily. You will not be able to wait until this evening’s quiet reading moments, to get to the next scene. It is almost like these people are actually real. The author is truly touched by a spirit that will change the way people in America and the World love and care about each other. It will change the kinds of books you look forward to reading forever”. . . Cynthia enjoys writing, reading, listening to music, being with her family, and working in her church. She resides in the Carolina’s with her family. Visit her Official Author Website
THE BOOK REVIEWS ARE STILL COMING IN On AMAZON…
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2020
Todd is my first introduction to Ulmer’s work and now understand why it became a fantastic award-winner. I look forward to reading the whole series of ‘The Ceder Cove Chronicles’ after reading Todd as it holds your interest in what is to come next being a family saga and unique enjoyable book!
The story of a fictional family set in the 1940s – 1950s when times were much more straightforward. The Jansan family goes through many trials and storms but holds steadfast to their Christian faith and beliefs as they learn they can endure any storm together as a loving caring family. I am not a big fan of heavy religious reads, but this story has just the right amount as not to be overbearing. Todd is well written, well-developed characters. Watch out for Grandma Cal, a vibrant ole coot!
The story overall pulls you in with family drama, surprises, and a lot of love. Even as you learn about their neighbor, who is a very nasty mean drunk and is a constant that made me feel lucky I don’t live next door to Horace! (I’m not too fond of spoilers) …
I was, however, privy to know that the author had woven in some of her cherished childhood and family memories of family living in the south, which I feel. made this book even more special to read. It has a historical feel to a fictional novel that has you engaged with only an area or two where the flow could have picked up a bit.
While reading Todd, be ready to experience more love, some laughs, a tear or two, and feelings of loss of old fashioned family values and discipline that many of us grew up within like ‘Old Southern Americana.’
I highly recommend it and such an enjoyable read.
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2020
Cynthia Ulmer’s novel “Todd, The Cedar Cove Chronicles, Book One,” if it does nothing else, it should make you think. It is a novel about violence: domestic, social, and cultural, against the backdrop of war. I did not see this work so much as a Christian novel as I did a novel about human frailty.
The story is related through the engaging voice of Todd Jansan, a ten-year-old boy living in rural North Carolina with his farming family. Being a “southern” novel it has the ubiquitous southern quirky character, Grandma Cal, who keeps a gun with her at all times in order to shoot whatever she feels to be a threat, i.e., snakes and bears. She’s not a good shot, but that’s part of the quirkiness.
The novel takes place during the early forties, during the time of the Second World War. Todd’s Uncle Clyde returns home from the European Front after having been severely wounded. His return is problematic as is nearly everything for this family, but that is understandable. Times are hard. The family lives next door to a most hateful man whose idea of punishing children is brutal.
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2020
As the title of this review suggests, I found the child’s voice narrating this story to be believable, heartfelt, and engaging. Another big plus for this book is the window it provides into family life for a small farming community during World War II. It’s a fresh perspective.So many World War II books and movies I’ve run across go more into the battles and bombs, the politics, the atrocities of the Nazis, the efforts on the home front in support of the war—all of which are important aspects that help us understand life during that time. This book, for me, is a welcome addition, something else to think about.
Another positive is the ongoing and escalating conflict between the narrator’s family, the Jansans, and a neighboring family, the Hammonds. I was very much emotionally invested as the plot unfolded. Very good read and well-written!
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2020
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2020
This is not my typical wheelhouse, family dramas aren’t something that I’ll read regularly.Still, I liked the concept of the returning black sheep of the family trying to patch things up. The amount of detail in the opening chapter alone really paints a painful picture of an abusive marriage and it’s genuinely chilling.
Ulmer’s writing style is very easy to read and this book seems to stand well-enough on its own so reading the other books in the series doesn’t seem to be a big issue. This is definitely not going to be for everyone but definitely give it a read if you get the chance because it’s most certainly worth your time.
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2020
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2020
Clyde is a good man. Now.
But he has a past to overcome ad war experiences he must reconcile. He has married Wanda and is striving to live a Christian life. Everything seems to be going well but there is the everpresent fear of his anguish returning. Wanda has her own childhood traumas that keep the reader involved and interested. This is a lovely and hopeful book about family life.
So Cat suggests you pour yourself a tall cool glass of Sweet Tea, kick your feet up, and dive into this amazing heart-warming and uplifting this summer of this award-winning book series of “The Jansan Family Saga.”
Readers won’t be disappointed!
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