When I began reading this book, I honestly did not know what to expect. I am sure I read a brief summary of it, but I could not remember anything about it. It was historical fiction, and that was the most important thing.
I enjoyed this book from the onset. I knew relatively little about this time period in American history. The characters were simple and enchanting. I was expecting a sweet, little story, and for the first half of the book, that is what I got.
With alacrity, the story changed-kind of like real life if you think about it. All of a sudden the title made sense-Enza, short for influenza. I had never heard of this influenza epidemic that killed so many, so I stopped and looked it up. The author had done her homework! Twenty to forty million were killed in the U.S. alone!
The thing I appreciate the most is the author’s use of realism. I get tired of sappy historical fiction where everyone lives happily ever after. Not so. The author is not afraid to let bad things happen to her characters (even when you don’t want it to happen!
In addition to this admirable writing trait, I was also pleased to find the gospel message interwoven so expertly into the story. I had no idea that this book would be so Christian. And there was no profanity and no sex! Yes!
This is one of the finest historical fiction books I have ever read. That is saying a lot. It would definitely make my short list. I can uncategorically give it my highest recommendation.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100% mine.
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