Monday, March 3, 2014


March, 2014
In like a lion,
Out like a lamb.
It sure seems to be working that way. Sunday we had thunder, lightning, hail, sleet, and snow, all at the same time. In all my years, and they've been quite a few, I've never seen such weather. Think spring, think spring.
Today, I want to share the latest book I've read with you. It's one that I can relate to because of our three year drought, resulting in lake levels dropping and our water usage being limited. The moisture from Sunday will help. It won't fill the lakes, however. The events in this book could one day come true, in my opinion.
by Mindy McGinnis
Synopsis from Good Reads:
Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own
Water is precious. Without water they say a person can live for only 3 to 10 days. Have you ever thought of what you would do if your supply of water suddenly was gone? No? Maybe you ought to, because it could happen.
NOT A DROP TO DRINK, the YA debut novel of Author Mindy McGinnis, deals with protecting the water supply of sixteen-year-old Lynn and her mother, as well as other troubles that confront them. Their situation takes the reader on a dangerous journey with the woman and her daughter as they do whatever is necessary to preserve the pond in their backyard from those who would take it for their own. From the time she was nine years old Lynn has known how to kill to protect not only their water but their home, as well. Their survival depends on it.
The author has given each character in NOT A DROP TO DRINK a distinct personality that makes the reader care for them. Lynn has not grown up like a normal teenager. Her life has been one of survival instead. Death is always nearby, waiting for one mistake, for one unguarded moment. Who can Lynn trust, besides her mother? Stebbs, the old man that lives nearby, is one of my favorite characters. Then there’s little Lucy, five years old, and sixteen-year-old Eli, people trying to make the best with what they have.
NOT A DROP TO DRINK is a story of survival, family, friendship, and love. It’s also a story of hate, greed, murder, and men that strive to achieve their goals no matter the cost. Some scenes are graphic, but necessary. This is not a light read. Ms. McGinnis’ novel will haunt you as you consider the possibility that the events in her book could happen. A must read for not only YA readers, but also for adults.
Happy Reading.


  1. This is a good book. Water rights have always been a huge deal in Texas. I suspect they will become a bigger deal other places, but here they matter so so much. I like this concept.

  2. I've seen other reviews of this book that said it was excellent.