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A Still Small Voice

A Still Small Voice A spellbinding novel of love and war from a young writer of great promise Paul AusterWritten with a storyteller s grace and a poet s touch John Reed s powerful first novel is a true adventure of the

  • Title: A Still Small Voice
  • Author: JohnReed
  • ISBN: 9780385334068
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback/Hardback
  • A spellbinding novel of love and war from a young writer of great promise Paul AusterWritten with a storyteller s grace and a poet s touch, John Reed s powerful first novel is a true adventure of the heart at once a passionate love story and a sweeping historical saga set against a vivid backdrop of the Civil War.The year is 1859 as seven year old Alma Flynt arrA spellbinding novel of love and war from a young writer of great promise Paul AusterWritten with a storyteller s grace and a poet s touch, John Reed s powerful first novel is a true adventure of the heart at once a passionate love story and a sweeping historical saga set against a vivid backdrop of the Civil War.The year is 1859 as seven year old Alma Flynt arrives in the Kentucky town of Cotterpin Creek to begin a new life There, Alma will have as friends, neighbors, and benefactors the magnificent Cleveland family.With their sprawling mansion and gleaming thoroughbred horses, the Clevelands are a wonder But from the beginning, one Cleveland draws all of Alma s attention the youngest son, John Warren.Alma knew they were meant for each other from their first meeting But everything changes as war descends on Cotterpin Creek, taking John Warren to battle and sweeping his family into the chaos.Against this turbulent backdrop, Alma will come of age And when the fighting is over, the story of a brave young man riding off to battle becomes a haunting journey of vengeance and redemption And for Alma, yet another journey begins on the day a tormented young soldier staggers back into her life.

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    1. Dale Harcombe on said:

      I found it hard to know how to react to this story. I loved the simple straight forward voice of Alma and it got me in from the beginning. And I was interested in the story of Alma's relationship as she comes to live with her aunt in Cotterpin Creek. There she meets the Cleveland family and in particular their youngest son John Warren.The two form an immediate and unshakable bond. As they grow up the civil war comes. What will happen to Alma and John Warren?This contains a great deal of history [...]

    2. John on said:

      I learned a huge amount about writing from this book. In terms of the U.S. history—more things than I could discuss. Perhaps one of the stranger things I discovered was the ability to tune into another time: to discuss things with a high level of detail—detail I thought I didn't know until I fact-checked and saw that I had it right.

    3. Mona Randall on said:

      Very good read. First novel for John Reed. I look forward to additional books.

    4. Skate Penny on said:

      I've read this novel years ago and as I was rummaging through my books, I'v found this and opened it to the last page, and suddenly, the memories of this book came flashing back to me. It was a great great poetry novel. Oh how I loved John Reed's narration. It is a simple war love story that we have always read of, but its humour and wordings are natural and homey. I felt like I was being carried through a carriage to somewhere behind the city walls while I was reading this. Really heart-clenchi [...]

    5. Donna on said:

      One of Robin's favorite books. I loved all the small drawings by the author's mom. The perfect compliment to Jane Smiley's book about Bloody Kansas.

    6. Anna Murdock on said:

      The history part was good, but it was really slow, I would skip pages at a time, because it really had nothing to do with the story.

    7. Rachel on said:

      This book was a little slow at times but I really enjoyed it. It's really just the story of a girl growing up during the civil war time- but it has a lot more to it. I thought it was well written.

    8. Holos on said:

      I read The Whole and Snowball's Chance, which were way far out, man. Is this really the same author? Is this a joke?

    9. Katie on said:

      Alma is an orphan sent to live with her aunt. The year is 1859, which I absolutely loved. How simple life seemed to be then! There are plenty of lush country scenes in A Still Small Voice. It is a book about horses and home cures, as much as it is a romance. We grow up with Alma, as she makes friends, meets the Cleveland’s and begins school. I think my slight issue would be with The Civil War, as it is only referred to as a time of change and after Alma is not allowed to see the Cleveland’s [...]

    10. Karen Klink on said:

      Well written, but this is an excellent example of an author whose story became bogged down by too much detail and too much research. For example, nearly an entire chapter was devoted to the main character's garden—an excellent treatise on how plants were grown organically in the mid-19th century—a rather long diversion from the plot. The author often wandered from the story this way, and I found myself wandering from it as well, skimming several paragraphs and sometimes pages, in order to ge [...]

    11. Christine Matha on said:

      I really had high expectationsI loved the time period of the Civil War and the setting. Alma was a sweet likeable character from the very beginning. Highly descriptive and attention to small historical details, it started out very charming. Midway it became very slow and there was little to look forward to with what seemed this "puppy love" relationship Alma finds herself in. I would have loved more about the Cleveland estate or perhaps it jumping forward a bit faster to a more mature Alma and h [...]

    12. Lucy Meeker on said:

      I never received my copy of this book that I won in a giveaway back in Dec 2016. I've tried contacting the author on numerous occasions and he will not contact me back so I am left with no choice but to give the book a 1 star rating. It is sad because I was really looking forward to reading this book. If the author decides to finally give me my copy than I will definitely read and review the book again.

    13. Tena on said:

      I never received my copy that I won in a giveaway back on December 07, 2016. I've reached out with no response. Sadly, I need to clear my reading queue & shall assign a 1 star rating. I was excited to have won and looked forward to reading. If I ever receive it, I'll read & post corrected review.

    14. Lia on said:

      I gave this book 40 pages of chances, but I couldn't put myself through this torture anymore. The plot itself isn't the issue, it was the style of writing, plus a lack of proof reading and editing. First off, the chapters I read were supposed to be from the viewpoint of a pre-pubescent child, or an adult looking back on her youngest years. Too bad the child was a genius who was burdened with the ability to reason everything out like a damn logic professor. And because this is weighing heavily on [...]

    15. Christine Matha on said:

      I really had high expectationsI loved the time period and the setting. Alma was a sweet likeable character from the very beginning. Highly descriptive and attention to small historical details, it started out very charming. Midway it became very slow and there was little to look forward to with what seemed this "puppy love" relationship Alma finds herself in. I would have loved more about the Cleveland estate or perhaps it jumping forward a bit faster for a more mature Alma and her relationships [...]

    16. Anajoy-rusticgirl on said:

      Takes Place: 1858-1873 KentuckyReading Level: AdultContent Level: AdultViolence: Soldiers raid and loot homes and shoot people (they don't die). Some characters die in war or natural causes.Swearing: BarelySexual Content: kissing between Alma and John WarrenAlma Flynt, an orphan, arrives in the Bluegrass only a year before the Civil war erupts. There she meets John Warren Cleveland. They are bonded instantly. This is their love story from childhood to 1873 when they finally meet again after the [...]

    17. Tamie on said:

      I was disappointed in this book in that it was classified as a historical romance and there was not any romance in it except puppy love/friendship of the characters when they were children. The author spent way too much time detailing stuff that was really not that important. I skiped over some of the details of things and did not miss it. Historically it was good to read about how people lived. I always like to learn that stuff.

    18. Anne on said:

      A Still Small Voice was a long. slow. read. This is a journal of the life of a young woman who grew up during the Civil War, orphaned in early life and raised by her widowed aunt in Cotterpin Creek, Kentucky. The story is beautifully told, but progresses very slowly because of the minute, often excruciating details. I could have done without reading about every detail of the horse fence, for example. Still, I soldiered on through. All in all, a well- researched first novel by the author.

    19. Brittany on said:

      This was a wonderful historical fiction novel. I was able to finish this in about 3 days. I loved the writing style of John Reed. He really makes you feel like you can see the story unfolding. I highly recommend this book.

    20. Amanda on said:

      Kept me interested in the beginning but the more I read the more I realized that the romance would not emerge and then I just got bored altogether. 1.5 stars for good effort but in the end, I merely scanned through the rest of the book.

    21. ~mad on said:

      This was a beautifully written book about the Civil War era and the years after.A slow read but worth the time and effort.

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