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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
In an absolutely fantastic work of historical fiction, author Don Gutteridge has provided his readers with a wonderful read in Bewilderment. Set in the time of the Great Depression, we follow our protagonist, Gabe Goodfellow. A coal miner in Point Edward, Ontario, he takes the idea given to him by a gypsy that he should join the carnival. His wife Blossom is strongly opposed to this seeming wild whim, and his daughter Rosie is equally unimpressed. Following this family's foibles through a difficult time period in history, the reader will feel truly involved in the lives of the Goodfellows, their friends and neighbors, and a whole cast of unforgettable characters that will stay with you long after you've finished the book.
I loved this book. Adored it, really. I love historical fiction in general, and author Don Gutteridge has a true gift in writing excellent examples of this genre. His characters are so engaging, so true to life, that you will feel as if they are friends by the end of the book. And his ability to write in such a way that the reader will feel as if they are actually living in the time period is simply second to none. Coming away from a book feeling both educated and entertained is a true gift for someone who reads as much as I do, and I truly felt this after I finished Bewilderment. This book would be enjoyed by any reader who loves historical fiction or just an excellent story of any kind. I highly recommend Bewilderment by Don Gutteridge, and am very much looking forward to reading my next book by this author as soon as possible!