Author: Lawrence Syndey Abel
Published: November 16th 2015 by Speaking Volumes, LLC
Abandoned at the iron gates of an orphanage, Dreams and Hopes, Timothy Other grew up among other orphans who were all loved and cared for by Mrs. Tidy and Mrs. McDuffie whilst being watched over by Mr. Penny, the owner of the orphanage.
Everything changed with the sudden death of Mr. Penny. With the hearts of the occupants and the two ladies still filled with grief over his passing, the orphanage was handed over to the frog-man, Mr. Sterner. The only sources of love for the orphans were kicked out and replaced with mean and cruel Ms. Finn, who was determined to make their lives in Dreams and Hopes a living hell.
Timothy has had enough of the hard life in the orphanage so he took the first chance he got to leave Dreams and Hope: by jumping into the back of a moving truck. Little did he know that that very choice will lead him to a strange island and to Marzipan Mountain where he will meet a four-foot mouse and an eight-foot long caterpillar and a reddish-brown monster who turns out to be a gentle beast.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sterner and Mr. Hargreaves were both after the mysterious letter left in Mr. Penny’s deposit box and somehow they both found out that it has something to do with Timothy. Written on the top of the letter was his name and they were dying to find out. The only problem is: Timothy’s nowhere to be found. But Timothy was on his way home to after finding out about his past. He will be unpleasantly surprised at the welcome party waiting for him at Dreams and Hopes.
Timothy Other : The Boy Who Climbed Marzipan Mountain was a rather interesting read. Especially when I was expecting the whole story to be about Timothy climbing a mountain and the various creatures he meet on the way. What I did not expect was the aspect of fantasy and supernatural embedded in to the very story and the depth of feelings found in its characters. Whoever heard of a rat being fond of a human who fed and listened to him while he poured out his feelings and thoughts to the little inhabitant of Dreams and Hopes?
This book also touched on the lives of children in orphanages and the different managers found in them. I daresay not all owners are fond of the abandoned children they take in. As in Mr. Sterner’s case, his only interest seems to be the land and what Mr. Penny. A greedy man and a glutton, his only concern was to stuff himself with food and to get rid of the remaining children in the orphanage. There must be other people like him in reality and I’m sure there are wealthy people who open orphanages just to promote a good image for themselves in society. I know that not all people are like that but I believe that there are just a few, maybe less, maybe more. Who knows?
The live of Ms. Finn is also just as sad, when her father treated her with contempt just because she wasn’t born a boy. He even blamed her for the death of her brother when it had been a very unfortunate accident. The only consolation she had was from the ghost of her brother, Claude, who remained by her side through all those years. But she grew up a hardened woman and she detested children. I feel that inside, she was searching for someone to save her, someone whom she knows will protect her no matter what. I think that she found her knight in shining armour in Mr. Itling. The attraction has been obvious from the start.
Although Timothy found himself on the island alone, I’m glad that he found two really good friends, no matter if one was a four-foot mouse and the other was a caterpillar turned human? He found his past and he succeeded in filling the empty space in his heart which was intended for family. I think that part was really touching and emotional. I’m really happy that Leopold didn’t die from the fall, although I would very much love to know how he managed to survive.
There were quite a few words which were missing in the e-book version I read, but it was readable, with only the minor words missing. Nevertheless, I look forward for Timothy Other’s next adventure to find his father, search for Borgerov’s relatives and to obtain more magical berries.
I would like to thank the author, Lawrence Sydney Abel, for a copy of Timothy Other: The Boy Who Climbed Marzipan Mountain which was given to me for review.