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BOOK REVIEW: THE NIGHT JOURNAL
BY ELIZABETH CROOK

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Meg Mabry really had no interest in reading her great-grandmother's journal of their family legacy. Her great-grandmother was Hannah Bass and her detailed diaries gave a very good description about living life on the southwestern frontier where she was a Harvey Girl at the Montezuma Resort and later as the wife of railway engineer Elliott Bass. Her grandmother, Bassie, insisted that Meg read the volumes but Meg still refused.

When an excavation was being done on the family property, Meg agrees to accompany Bassie to New Mexico. It seems that Bassie was quite upset because the excavation planned would also did up her dogs who were buried on the grounds.

While the excavation is being done, something not quite expected is found. What is it? The discovery now makes Meg want to read the journal of her great-grandmother in order to find out more. Now she begins to wonder if everything in the journal is true.

Elizabeth Crook has written a story that is very moving. It spans a generation of four women. It is very obvious that the author has spent a great deal of time doing research for this book. She really makes the reader feel like they were part of the history in New Mexico at that time by giving us many details. She does a wonderful job of combining the then and now into a very smooth story and quick page-turner. In addition, the book includes a great cast of interesting characters. Be sure to read this book. It is mesmerizing.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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