Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"Kunati is the way to go" says reviewer

That's right. The wonderful and insightful book blogger J. Kaye Oldner just posted a rather generous review of Janeology, but also had wonderful things to say about Kunati. Woo! Makes an author proud. Of course, I already knew that Kunati books are keepers!

About Janeology From J. Kaye's BookBlog

"How many of you were caught up in the arrest, trial, and conviction of Andrea Yates? I was. There was too much about her that hit close to home. She was a home school mother like me. I suffered from depression along with other things. Depression was part of her genetic make up.

When I read about this book, JANEOLOGY, I wanted to read it. Our library was processing five copies and I was on the waiting list. When Becky LeJeune, a reviewer for Book Bitch, sent me an email with the opportunity to review this book, I jumped on it.

I didn’t get past ten pages when questions started bubbling up. I wanted to know more about the author, where she got such a fantastic idea, and more behind the scenes information. More importantly, I wanted to know the authors views about issues presented in the book. I quickly emailed Karen Harrington and asked if she’d be willing to chat more and put my curiosity to rest. She agreed. (YEAH!!) I’ll be posting about that later on in the week.

Before I go further, here’s what the publisher has posted about the book.

A legal thriller ripped from the headlines.

Jane, a loving mother of two, has drowned her toddler son and is charged with his murder in this powerful examination of love, loss, and family legacy. When a prosecutor decides Jane’s husband Tom is partially to blame for the death and charges him with “failure to protect,” Tom’s attorney proposes a radical defense. He plans to create reasonable doubt about his client’s alleged guilt by showing that Jane’s genealogy is the cause of her violence, and that she inherited her latent violence in the same way she might inherit a talent for music or a predisposition to disease.

• “Harrington begins with a fascinating premise and develops it fully. Tom and his wife emerge as compelling, complexly developed individuals. This debut novel is as much a character study as a legal thriller.” —Booklist

• “Beautifully written, compellingly crafted ... brilliant characters.” —Donald T. Phillips, author, Lincoln on Leadership

• "A fascinating legal thriller with some paranormal elements... fast-paced and gripping as readers want to know what caused Jane to kill her son and attempt to kill her daughter." Harriet Klausner, Amazon #1 Reviewer, Senior Review Midwest Book Review

The book is only 256 pages, but it took me almost a week to finish it. Normally this means the book is dragging or failed to entertain - not so in this case. I found myself reading slower, wanting to absorb the words and emotions of the characters. I paused throughout to reflect back to my feelings during the Andrea Yates trial.

It’s hard for me to form the words about I feel because my thoughts and feelings are almost at war with each other. The book brought to light controversial and moral issues. Who is to blame? Has our mental health failed us? Does our genetic makeup predict our future?

I have read so many great books this year and Harrington’s JANEOLOGY ranks at the top. To learn more about this author, visit

Another thing I want to mention is about the book’s publisher. If you are a collector of books, K√ľnati is the way to go. The books are cloth hardcovers which are so rare to find now days. It’s such a beautiful book. You all know that I am not a collector and so will be passing on my beautiful copy of Janeology to a viewer. If you are new to this blog’s raffles, please click on the link below where it says “About the Raffles.”


Thanks, J. Kaye!


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