It’s heartwarming to remember the joys of childhood memories. And how exciting it is that so many have found The Silver Hill Boys and the Secret Railroad Club brings back some of their fondest memories. Here are some of the wonderful, and much appreciated, notes I’ve received. Please feel free to comment below.
I received your book yesterday afternoon and began reading it immediately … finished it a few hours later … after our many conversations I expected a great book … this is even better …and the theme has limitless possibilities … I’ll keep checking the rails.
It’s MUCH more than [a children’s book]. By infusing a charming, breezy, and uplifting tale with loads of NOSTALGIA (sound of “pusher mowers” being but one of many cues) from the wondrous years of our youth, you managed to make plausible the concluding events of the appearance of the completed “complex”. Not unlike the magic of Christmas…or toy soldiers come to life. Somehow you have managed to connect the 4 main characters’ pasts & present without loss of the innocence of their past.
Book is BRIMMING with OPTIMISM…something in short supply these days. From what reservoir you draw this unmistakable current I do not know, but it is refreshing. Naturally , one would expect a “children’s book” to be uplifting, but this theme ( which I attribute to the author’s state of mind ) is pervasive – in the book ( including it’s dedication to your parents & Grandson, as well as the acknowledgements ), your website , and emails. Joe, you must be a “happy camper”, because I don’t think such an attitude toward life can be “faked”.