I have read and enjoyed the three Patch Town series books, and now Finding Emmeline, the first book in the Brain Box Detective Club series. This book tells the story of finding and rescuing Emmeline Quinn and her eight year old daughter from the bondage imposed by Emmeline’s landlord and employer, Charles Hobbs. Along the way there is adventure and danger, set in the backdrop of the beautiful Pocono Mountain region of northeastern Pennsylvania.
A central theme in each of Mr. Parlante’s books is that we only become truly free when we forgive those who have hurt us. The main character of the books, Martin Gilmore, works hard to overcome past anger and grow beyond it through forgiveness, but as we all know, this is not an easy task.
I find that I have become attached to the characters in the Patch Town/Brain Box Detective books. They are simple, everyday people that struggle with the very recognizable difficulties of daily life. Martin has lots of anxieties, but manages to love. He has overcome past difficulties with being able to hold onto a job. Though devastated by the loss of his first wife, he was able to find Linda and her daughter Kati, and begin to build a new life. The adventure added to each book makes it fun to spend time with these very tangible people.