#BookReview: Jonathan’s Locket by Lorraine Carey #ASMSG

Orphaned Jonathan Palmer is a fifteen year old stowaway aboard the doomed ship The Convert which was part of the fleet that crashed into the reef on Grand Cayman in 1794. This famous shipwreck was known as the Wreck of the Ten Sails. Jonathan was not lucky enough to survive the wreck along with eight other seamen. Problem was, no one ever knew he was even on board.

Two centuries later strange sightings have been reported of ghost ships, screams and eerie lights off the east end of Grand Cayman. Brandon Wallace, a troubled teen seems to acquire a strange affliction and begins to have bizarre encounters from the sea where he befriends a mystical sea turtle who holds the secrets to the mysterious sightings as he plunges into the world of the paranormal . Here he is compelled to embark on a dangerous journey, risking his life to uncover the dark secret of Jonathan’s death. This task proves to be even more dangerous when one of Brandon’s closest friends has other plans for him. Jonathan’s Locket won a Silver Award from Reader’s Favorite for Young Adult Mystery and is a finalist for the Wind Dancer Film Contest.

Author’s Bio:

Lorraine Carey  Lorraine Carey is a veteran children’s reading specialist, teacher and an International Award-Winning Author. She has taught in many states in the US and currently is providing reading services for students at a private school on Grand Cayman, where she lives with her husband. Five years ago she was a city gal, living in Orange County, California, where life was very different from the one she lives in now. Trading in her fashionable heels for flip-flops was quite a change, but led to a lifestyle that allowed for a writing career to begin.

Her love for paranormal stories and urban legends began at a young age, when staying up all night to watch spooky movies or reading a scary book started a lifelong passion.

Published novels include: Losing Ground, a short memoir, followed by Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn, Out of the Ashes, Jonathan’s Locket and The Last Vestal Virgin. All of these novels are paranormal with a mix of historical fiction, woven with urban legends. Her most recent novel, Beloved Sacrifice, is a Supernatural Thriller for Young Adults to Adults.

As a bonus, Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn and Jonathan’s Locket have free downloadable comprehension worksheets on her website for educators, or parents.

Her latest novel, A Rock Star Reader by Kindergarten, is an educational guide for parents of young children to help their child achieve many of the pre-reading concepts necessary to be a successful reader by the time they reach kindergarten.

When not writing you can find Lorraine reading, beach- hopping, snorkeling, or boating around the island with her husband on their boat, the Angelica.

Editorial Reviews


Reviewed By Katelyn Hensel for Readers’ Favorite

The sense of adventure is as strong as the salty sea air in Johnathan’s Locket by Lorraine Carey. Orphan Jonathan Palmer has waited 15 years for this day. Today, he will sneak out of the Anglican school for boys that has been his home for as long as he can remember, steal away in the night and set off to find his British mother and the truth about his past. All he has left of his mother is a locket that he has been told was hers, containing a single lock of blonde hair. He stows away on one of Britain’s Flagships with the help of his friend Peter, hoping to get passage to England so that he might begin his search. The journey is soon plagued by bad omens, including black cats and the old sailor saying of “Red Sky in the Morning, Sailors Take Warning.”

Lorraine Carey does a wonderful job of showing you what’s happening, rather than just telling. You actually see the blazing sunrise and feel the cool drops of water rising from the sea. The cover was bold, beautiful, and eye-catching. The cover art is a huge deciding factor in many books from children to middle grade to Young Adult range, and this cover is an excellent choice. It’s alluring in just the right way and I’m sure kids will want to know more. While the story was short and sweet, it sure didn’t lack in the entertainment factor. Nothing quite beats the action and adventure of a dangerous sea voyage and the mysterious quest of a wayward orphan. A wonderful book that I’m sure the younger young adults will eat right up!

From the Author

This book comes with FREE LESSON PLANS for educators downloadable on my website.

FREE SKYE sessions are available.
This story is full of history, Caribbean Culture, mystery, and action.
It is a good, clean Christian Read for all!
This book review is from: Jonathon’s Locket 
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious, Delightful Dramatic Tension: Amazing Story
By Thomas Baker (Santiago, Chile)
Author Lorraine Carey has written a haunting tale coming out of the Caribbean. Set in the beautiful island of Grand Cayman, a dark secret is hiding. This is a fantasy story built around a real historical event, “The Wreck of Ten Sails”, where amazingly ten (10) ships crashed in 1794. The plot is therefore highly plausible, based in reality. It reminds me of the many Spanish ships, loaded with South American gold and silver, that were sunk or lost during the colonial period under Spain.

Our protagonist is someone you can not help but care about. Orphan Jonathan Palmer is a fifteen year old stowaway aboard the doomed ship, “The Convert”. No one knows he is on board, and of course, there is no record of his fate. Since that time, he has been trapped, for over 200 years. The Locket holds the secret to his death, and to his ultimate fate. (Please have a handkerchief ready to dry your eyes) Will anyone be able to help Jonathan in time? Delicious, delightful and dramatic tension drives me on to read more…Flash forward… People have been reporting strange lights and screaming coming from the east end of Grand Cayman. What’s going on?

Master Story Teller Lorraine Carey expertly narrates an exquisite tale of a world full of magic and fantasy. A local teen and an ancient sea turtle must go on a journey to the depths of the ocean, in a desperate race against time…

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read it in one sitting, turning page after page, unable to put it down until I was finished reading. It is a wonderful story that the entire family can enjoy, especially teens and young adults.

Reviewed by Thomas Jerome Baker
Author of Story Tellers: In Pursuit of Happiness



About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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2 Responses to #BookReview: Jonathan’s Locket by Lorraine Carey #ASMSG

  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful review. I am most proud of this book coming in the finals for a Film Contest. I hope families will enjoy this clean read and get a taste of the flavor of the island.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. debsnovels says:

    Very exciting read!! Highly recommend for teens on up!

    Liked by 1 person

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