The Searchers: Kelly’s Search for Family Spotlight & Excerpt

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Welcome to the circulating blog tour and giveaway for The Searchers series of middle-grade historical fiction by Bertha Schwartz, hosted by JustRead tours!


kelly's search for familyTitle: Kelly’s Search for Family (Searchers #2)
Author: Bertha Schwartz
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Genre: Middle-Grade Historical Fiction

It’s 1880 and Kelly lives alone with her Papa, a lighthouse-keeper in Massachusetts. She longs to know more about her Mama, and Papa has finally promised to tell her the truth on her fourteenth birthday. Before Kelly can learn much though, dangerous men the notorious Blackburn Brothers arrive unannounced and take Papa away. Kelly is left alone and responsible for the lighthouse.

Granny, a former slave and family friend, learns of Kelly’s plight and decides to help find the answers to her questions. Mysterious letters, snow storms, and violence threaten Kelly’s safe haven as new friends help unearth old secrets in Kelly’s lighthouse home. How can she bring her papa back? Who is her true family?

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Kelly woke with a start. The lamp was burning low. She quickly trimmed the wick and added more fuel. When she looked out the windows, she knew it was time to start the fog horn. A heavy snow was blowing.


After starting the fog horn, Kelly felt restless. Granny was sleeping soundly with her arm around the sleeping cat. Kelly paced the circular room. The snow was plastering against the windows. Even the light could not penetrate the darkness. Where is Papa? Kelly wondered. Granny’s reminder to not speculate, but pray, came back to Kelly.


“Sweet Jesus,” Kelly whispered. “Please, bring Papa home. Please keep him safe. Help Homer find him. Help him get away from those bad men. Dear God, I ask this in Your Son Jesus’ Name. Thank you for hearing my prayer. Amen.” Kelly felt herself relax and snuggled under the covers again.



Bertha Schwartz is a Swiss Amish transplant to the beautiful farmland of Nappanee, Indiana. She loves spending time with family and friends, including fifty-two nieces and nephews. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, sewing, and reading. Raised near the lovely Swiss city of Berne, Indiana, Swiss is her mother-language. Languages and different dialects are a special interest of hers.

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(1) winner will receive:

  • a set of all 3 books in The Searchers series (US only)

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