​​"A satisfying and unexpectedly soulful pioneer tale." - Kirkus Reviews

Nanette L. Avery

​​​​“Nanette L. Avery pays impressive tribute to the Southern Gothic in

A Curious Host…” Foreword-Clarion Reviews

No Shelf Required --​Book of the Week

​​"Avery paints an impressive picture of the natural world with atmospheric descriptions… A macabre collection of short stories that meanders into sci-fi territory…"-Kirkus Reviews

"... I would highly recommend this book to be included in your resource selection. It has been an informative, helpful, and eye-opening experience to improve reading skills in various formats." 
-Product review by Leah Rumsey, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

 “… the best read-aloud stories are those where the child can supply the pictures through imagination. This little collection of stories is perfect for that…”

Literature for Kids

"A Curious Host is a moody mystery worth a read on a rainy day.”  


​“One of those all-too-rare novels that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf …”  - Midwest Book Review 


“Highly recommended not just for fans of historical novels, but also for any reader who enjoys a skillfully executed tale…” - BlueInk starred review 2017

​​​​“… Mrs. Avery vividly describes places and events; I can almost see and feel the sights in the story…” Richard Griffin, Library Director of Washington County Library System, Dec. 2016

A "2015 Reviewers' Choice" selection by Foreword Reviews

​"A major literary effort, Orphan in America is a deftly constructed novel of impressive complexity.." Midwest Book Review, Nov. 2015

"... an immersive read... well recommended."  Historical Novel Society

IndieReader -Top-Rated Review 
" Orphan in America succeeds because of its realistic setting and winning characters."

​Listed in "The Best Indie Books of 2014" for Kirkus Reviews

A Kirkus Indie Book of the Month: December 2014

Featured in the December 2014 Books of the Month by The Association of Independent 


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