The Canary Reviews

What people are saying about THE CANARY

The Canary was outstanding. I love this story. Myra is a true survivor. C.B. and Jack prove that color has nothing on friendship and calling someone that isn't blood family.  Mickey  Wallace

Myra Galloway is young and widowed with five young children to support. She sells homemade sweets on the streets and docks of Galveston as a means to feed her family. Julia Jameson is a church going woman who discovers on her wedding night that her husband is not the man she thought he was. But is Julia really the person she appears to be? Sure Foot and Black Jack are two young boys who end up as shipmates on the Sallie Lou, an unlikely pairing but they become fast friends.
Jacqueline T. Moore's historical novel, The Canary, is set in 1890's Galveston where the summers are hot and people have secrets in their past. The characters are very believable as their lives come together and a hurricane is brewing. As a bonus recipes for the sweets are in the back of the book. This is the first of a triology and I eagerly look forward to reading more about these characters. (name withheld)

Hard to Put Down
I'm not sure how to describe this book. I thought at first of a tapestry, with the threads of many people's lives woven together to make a rich, detailed picture. Moore is indeed an accomplished taleweaver, populating her book with many interesting “real” characters. But then, maybe it's more like a “jumble,” one of the tasty cookies baked and sold by feisty young Myra to support her five children after she's widowed at nineteen. Any way you look at it, it's an enjoyable experience. (And the cookie recipes are included as a bonus.) ​Name Withheld

 The Canary Sings 
Good read. Twists and turns and the ending is certainly a shocker. Enjoy! Name Withheld


Cutting "The Canary" bookmarksThe Canary, by Jacqueline T. Moore, was mesmerizing from the first word. Ms. Moore’s ability to develop the characters drew me into the plot and caused me to sympathize with each character's personal “plight.” Her outstanding job with dialects and colloquialism was absolutely charming. In particular, Jack's “slave talk” was particularly convincing. The Hebrew was also on the mark. I thoroughly enjoyed the interweaving of the characters and their personal stories. This book wasn’t simply a story of a widow with 5 children, but the story of a community. The “indomitable human spirit” is present throughout every detail of the plot from Myra's striving during her husband's illness and supporting her children after his death, to Flossie and C.B.'s abusive treatment, to the recovery in the aftermath of the hurricane. Also, the time period is as I would have imagined it would be. Ms. Moore’s excellent historical research on the time period and the hurricane is apparent in this writing. Go back in time with Ms. Moore, and feel the difficulties as well as joys of life in the late 1800's.
This book is a purchase that you will not regret. I am eagerly awaiting more works by Jacqueline Moore.
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We met in the Dayton airport
You may not remember me but we met in the Dayton airport where you came to my rescue pointing out the Family Restroom when I was in desperate need faire pis pis. Thank you again.

Curiosity got the best of me and I just had to see what you were selling at that table in front of the bookstore. I bought your book, “The Canary” and I want to tell you that it was a most enjoyable read. My plane to New York was delayed for more than two hours so I was glad I had the the book. I began to dig into it right away and finished it shortly afterwards, You came to my rescue twice in the same day. Oh, and that sweet you gave me with the book was yummy.

Good luck with all those other stories I am sure you have in your head and maybe already on paper.
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I really liked the story and plot

I really liked Jacqueline's story and plot. I also enjoyed the history involved. The characters were fun. Good job. Looking forward to The Checkerboard. Name Withheld


Looking forward to the sequel
I will be looking forward to the sequel “Checkerboard” and maybe the next time I am back in Dayton you might be selling copies right there in front of the airport bookshop. Will “Checkerboard” come with sweets as well? Name Withheld

Good luck with your writing. God bless.
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So excited
I'm so excited for you and I can't wait to read your book. The best of luck in all your endeavors.
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The Canary is so easy to get in to and get involved immediately.
The character development is amazing and the way she entertwines the characters and events is so exciting. I would recommend this for anyone who loves to become part of a story. Now I am waiting for her next book.
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Four Stars
Storyline kept me entertained from beginning to end.
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Real Page Turner
I am positively blasting through The Canary!! I love it! It's a real page turner and very satisfying. “Somebody” needed killin', and good people made sure it happened. I am astonished at how much time I've made to read this week!
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l would recommend this and certainly hope there are more coming soon.
What an enjoyable book..the women are so different and so believable. .would recommend this and certainly hope there are more coming soon.was a joy to read.
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Great book. The characters are believable and are developed …
Wow! that is all I have to say! Great book. The characters are believable and are developed well. Hope there will be a follow up book.
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Couldn't Put It Down!
I just spent the most enjoyable day reading “The Canary” by Jacqueline Turner Moore. I literally could not put the e-book down! Set in Galveston in the late 1800s, the book features colorful characters, an intriguing plot line and a well-researched portrayal of life in those days. This is her first book, and I can't wait for the next! The author also has a website that has some delightful short stories.
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Jacqueline T. Moore is a storyteller …
who can really write. Her novel The Canary reminds me of a one of those knotty plant tubers. The central tuber—how widow Myra is able to survive with her five young children in 1890’s Galveston—is thick and strong and also knobby with side tales about sea roustabouts, boys raising chickens, racial and religious prejudice, even old-time toilet training. Appealing characters, humor, and historical detail, not to mention jolts of cheerful heartlessness, make this novel an exuberant read.
Martha Moody, author of Best Friends


You may not remember me …
and I will never forget you. I purchased The Canary when coming thru the Dayton Airport. I have a signed copy and a picture with you. We are from Chugiak Alaska and were on our way home. I started reading The Canary as soon as I got on the plane and hardly remember my flight. Your book pulled me in and took me back in history. I loved it and want you to hurry with the checkerboard. Thank you and my book will move to Fremont Wa above Seattle to my daughter.
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Ms Moore,
You sing a whale of a tale, Missy, and I really enjoyed it.  I was glad to see the humor of boys and men hasn't changed much in the last century.  There were numerous laugh-at-loud scenes.  My wife was wondering what was funny, but be of the female type, couldn't see the humor from a boy's viewpoint.  Also, you constructed one of the best villains ever - with a belt no less. The story flowed very well, from one POV to the next.  Pecker-neck chickens?  Who would of thought?

I would like to say you style reminded me of my own - or at least what I think my style is.  Like your story, mine are historical fiction with the emphasis on fiction and I enjoy someone doing it successfully.

I choose to buy your book because of your presentation.  I have attended many author fairs and usually buy a book from someone who lives and loves their story. You did and I wasn't disappointed.
Steve Pribish