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Karen Schwind is the former editor of and writer for The Conspirator, a literary magazine that first published authors Julie L. Cannon and Augusta Trobaugh, among others. Ms. Schwind has written essays for GA public radio and taught English at the University of Georgia and Truett-McConnell College. She presented sections of Her Life as She Knew It at the Southern Women’s Literary Conference and has a story in Christmas Stories in Georgia, published by the University of Mississippi Press.
on April 23, 2011 :
For those of you who appreciate good historical fiction, this novel is a must read. It's rare to find a novel that's both engaging and wholesome while being accurate historically. Good read for old and young alike. I would also recommend this novel to teachers for their students' summer reading list. It's worth buying to find out what happens in the end, and I'd buy a sequel if Schwind decides to write one.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 23, 2011 :
Karen Schwind does such an excellent job on this novel that she leaves you wanting more. The plot line is so well thought out that I found myself enjoyably lost in a time and place I would not normally have sought as the author introduced me to the nuances of this era, the social values and mores ever at play. In no time, I began to feel as if I had been born and raised in 1919 North Carolina. The characters are so meticulously developed and multi-dimensional, that I was never bored or able to anticipate what would happen next. I read the whole thing on one day off. I look forward to her next book and hope it's a sequel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)