Email from Mary S. Eaton to daughter Cathy Eaton on

publication of The Curse of the Pirate’s Treasure


Subj:  A Treasure, for real!

Date:  06/23/2002

Cathy dear,

    Well of course, my favorite character is Rusty, so much like you. Loyal, hard driving, adventurous, high-spirited, generous, thoughtful and never yielding. Also, problem solving-not a "mean bone in her body."

Curse of the Pirate's Treasure by Cathy Eaton is a lovely, worthwhile read-to say nothing of-a gripping story. I hated taking my nap; I was so eager to continue the tale. The suspense got stronger and stronger as the story went on: early the light-hearted Snipe Hunt (which would have been even more suspenseful had I not known about snipe hunts) progressed to more and more exciting moments. It was hard to believe that Matthew was involved in the havoc wrought by the robbers. Still, he was really hurting inside and surely under the influence of those two bad guys. I was holding on to my chair when Rusty fell into the well and filled with admiration for Nick's brave efforts to save her. (Nick is so lovable.) I never dreamt that the intruders on the island were the rescue people.

     The characters were realistically drawn; lots of show not tells.  I fell in love with Alex, who reminded me of Cecil-good with his hands and thoughtful as in bringing wood to help out Sheila. There's a possibility, he may end up with Sheila (after the published story ends), and that Rusty's father may be unable to reform. Dad said Rusty's father was an exact replica of Tom Day in the way he chatted with everyone. The peaceful influence of the Sea Witch must be similar to the feeling yoga gives a person. Rusty's swims in the cold water reminded me of some of the reasons you love Nova Scotia. You caught the feeling of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia we-especially you-knew: the clear air, invigorating water, evergreen trees; the neighborly attitude of the people: pies, cookies, cakes, the fishing scenes-did they ever bring back memories of my wonderful vacations at Deep Cove.

     And Cathy, the end of the book couldn't have been more satisfying. I couldn't believe Sheila and Rusty would end up going off to NYC and staying there, but it seemed inevitable. There are many thoughts and situations and suggestions in the last chapters especially that are not only philosophical, but are so refreshing. I like the point of using the money for people to gain ways to help themselves, (the making and selling of quilts reminded me of Aunt Cynthia), the idea of Rusty and Sheila standing up for themselves, not rushing into doing something that did not feel right to them. I think Rusty's father really had to earn their trust. I plan to re-read the first and last few chapters to set in my mind the deep thoughts you had about the main point of the book. It all held together so well. Finally, you did a simply stellar job, Cathy. Dad and I are really proud of you and excited that you accomplished such a feat.

Much love, Mom

And an important PS. This afternoon, Dad found his 1929 diary written at Deep Cove. In it is a hand drawn map of Oak Island and description of a treasure hunt he and a friend of his had at the time. He was mighty excited to find the treasure of the diary.