Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Kay Tracey #8 Beneath the Crimson Brier Bush

In Kay Tracey #8, Beneath the Crimson Brier Bush, Kay and Mrs. Tracey go with Aunt Jessie to inspect her farm.  Shortly after their arrival, Kay discovers a baby under a crimson brier bush.  Aunt Jessie falls in love with the baby and declares that she is going to keep it.  Aunt Jessie won't let the Traceys tell anyone about the baby, but Kay privately hopes to find the parents.

Only in Kay Tracey's crazy world would one find a baby under a bush and decide to keep it.  Mrs. Tracey and Kay have misgivings about Aunt Jessie keeping the baby, but it's not like they do anything to stop her.

Kay continues to experience the delightfully random events that are a hallmark of this series.  On page 87, Kay gets caught in a forest fire.  Later in the story, Kay and Cousin Bill return home to find their kitchen flooded by a pipe that has corroded.

It's curious and rather convenient that the one man who can save Rose's eyesight lives in a nearby city.

The story is a bit convoluted with multiple sightings of people who are missing a baby or have been seen with a baby.

For the Garden City and Books, Inc. editions, the first two pages of the story were rewritten, and the last page was partially rewritten.  Otherwise, the stories appear to be the exactly the same when opened to various random pages.

I enjoyed this story.

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