Featured: Find the Girl by Donan Berg
Review: “When we care for one another and have the passion to help them, we might discover beautiful corners of the world along the way.”
Seventh-grader Eta Dorcas captures a weasel in an Iowa cave.
The weasel speaks.
And, Eta’s fingertips glow blue and she dares not tell Dad, Grandma, sister Daria, nor brother Nathan.
Ian, a seventeen-year-old sailor in the 1800s, is cursed to live as a 21st Century weasel unless he collects the silver, gold, and pearl spelled out by an anagram: Find the Girl.
Eta doesn’t believe she has magical powers.
Yet, she’s an empowering spirit as she and Ian propel themselves on three separate trips to 1859 Greece, Ireland, and the Mississippi River.
The adventures blend harrowing intrigue, bond-building, and enlightenment without romance as Ian’s collectibles are not freely given.
Eta’s family dynamics build and reveal her empathy.
Meet Donan Berg:
Born in Ireland with a United States Midwest boyhood, Donan prospered after college in professional urban positions.
He has authored ten novels including award-winning mystery, romance, and fantasy. His romance novel One Paper Heart earned the Feathered Quill First Place Gold Award. In 2021, Literary Titan bestowed its Gold Award on his fantasy novel, Find the Girl, A Fantasy Novel, which has ranked number one most popular at AuthorsDen.com since April 2021.
Earlier novels, mystery, A Body To Bones, romance thriller Alexa’s Gold, all reached the pinnacle of multi consecutive months as the first place, most popular book at AuthorsDen.com. Early writing accolades include seven winners’ circle entries in the Dixie Kane Memorial Writing Contest.
Aria’s Bayou Child, A Thriller, chronicles a falsely imprisoned mother’s breakneck search for her child. You’ll cringe, gasp, and sigh with relief at the heartwarming ending. Into the Dark, brings back a Sheriff Jonas McHugh mystery. He finds thousands of dollars in a Northwest Iowa cabin ballot box and an Iowa Caucus presidential candidate campaign manager murdered outside a nearby cave. Time counts down toward a promised bomb explosion.
Author Berg has lived an accomplished life as a print journalist, corporate executive, and lawyer. His U.S. Army service in Korea with the United Nations Command included Panmunjom truce talk first-hand journalistic reports distributed to worldwide media.
While he’ll never volunteer he owns five pairs of well-used ballroom dancing shoes, he will happily trade apple crisp recipes. He enjoys book clubs and has traveled to all fifty states in the U.S., plus multiple foreign countries.
He believes the soul’s imagination accents positive desires and, if nurtured, can fulfill the secret dreams living inside all of us.
Find the Girl by Donan Berg immerses us in the whimsical story of Eta Dorcas. Eta’s world opens with a shocking discovery; after a trip to local caves with her grandma and younger sister Daria, Eta’s fingers suddenly begin to glow a bright blue. This shocks her – but she’s even more surprised to find that a creature has snuck into her backpack and escaped the cave with Eta and her family. We learn that the creature is a weasel who once lived as Eighteenth-Century Sailor, trapped in his animal form by a vicious curse.
Find the Girl takes a magical turn into an expansive world where anything is possible. Eta and Ian, the boy-become-weasel, are suddenly entangled in a quest to free Ian from the curse that’s been put upon him by Greek seafarers. This quest leaves him with three important words: find the girl. We travel around the world and through time with the protagonists as they encounter different trials and creatures, challenging them to discover a cure for the curse before time runs out.
This book was such a fun read. Eta’s voice is entertaining and joyful despite the strenuous trials she faces, and I loved seeing this magical world from her perspective. The bond she forms with Ian felt genuine and touching, and I found them both to be nuanced characters with relatable motions among the fantastical setting. I enjoyed that the story left some open avenues where future tales could develop further from this intricate and well-constructed universe.
I found the world presented in Find the Girl so unique. It was unlike any fantasy stories I’ve read previously, and I loved the specialized voice that came along with this brand-new view. However, I did find the beginning confusing as we’re thrust into this magical world without much description. Berg makes up for the heavy information by providing, detailed fantastical occurrences later in the story, as we meet new characters who give more context to the universe that’s been constructed.
If you’re looking for a joyful and inspiring story that’s great for all ages, Find the Girl is your next perfect read. The story emphasizes how special it is to embrace wonder and change. It shows that when we care for one another and have the passion to help them, we might discover beautiful corners of the world along the way.
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