Puppet on a String

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Tender tales that offer strong female protagonists and a peek at early 20th-century Americana. — Kirkus Reviews


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In the first two books of The O’Shaughnessy Chronicles, we got to know Will and his beloved wife, Mary, as they raised their family in the boom times of the 1920s and the struggles of the Great Depression.

In this third book, we become better acquainted with the O’Shaughnessy children—Sharon, the practical-minded oldest daughter; Ruby, the strong-willed middle child who has a penchant for getting into trouble; and Catherine, the impressionable youngest daughter who goes along with Ruby’s schemes. Catherine is Ruby’s puppet, but she’s willing to let her sister pull her strings because it often leads to excitement and adventure. When the girls’ cousin Gusta moves in with the family, Catherine can’t help but see her as “Ruby in high gear.”

It’s not until Catherine grows up and begins dating the dashing Jonathon Hays, over Ruby’s vehement objections, that the puppet’s strings begin to fray. Will Ruby’s attempts to keep Catherine and Jonathon apart sever the ties between the sisters forever?

Just finished Puppet on a String. Loved every page. You’re an amazing writer and your Mom and her family were people I’d love to have known. Your books could be a movies or a tv series. ~ Raymond Geraldson Jr


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You can also order Puppet on a String, or any of the books in the O’Shaughnessy Chronicles, through publisher Little Creek Press of Mineral Point. Order now.

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I just finished reading Harold Thorpe’s new book, “Puppet on a String”. I like the book and the Author’s Note that is before each chapter. I always enjoy reading the various characters in his books; some are serious and some are humorous. My favorite character is Gusta. She does what she pleases and does not care what anyone thinks about it. If you have not read the previous books, be sure to do so.

I have read all of his books and decided that this one is one of his best, if not the best. I suggest you read it and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
~ Mary McGuire, Rockford, Illinois