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I had a little bird, And its name was Enza. I opened the window, And in-flu-Enza. They have no idea what's coming... Patriotism is at its peak as the war to end all wars rages an ocean away. The Suffrage Movement gains momentum each day, and women across the the country harbor hope that they might finally win the right to vote. In a small town in Michigan, life is being lived out I had a little bird, And its name was Enza. I opened the window, And in-flu-Enza. They have no idea what's coming... Patriotism is at its peak as the war to end all wars rages an ocean away. The Suffrage Movement gains momentum each day, and women across the the country harbor hope that they might finally win the right to vote. In a small town in Michigan, life is being lived out like the pages of a Mark Twain novel. But an unseen adversary is about to threaten Mankind's very existence... Whispers of the Spanish flu begin to circulate as the sickness spreads around the globe, yet no one thinks it will reach them. And they couldn't be more wrong. No matter what measures they take to protect themselves, it can't be stopped. Not only does the influenza invade their town, it soon becomes evident that it will change their lives forever. The Characters Elliot Owens would do anything, even lay his life on the line to protect his wife and their children. But when the time comes, will the choice be his to make? Daniel Pullman's plans to join the Army are dashed following an injury. Could meeting the love of his life be enough to heal his wounded soul? Colby Thornton, beloved by his congregation, struggles with bitterness toward the wife who doesn't love him at all. The wife he wishes he'd never married. Marcus McClelland, funeral director by trade, avoids close relationships because if he doesn't care about anyone, it won't hurt when he loses them. What happens when he realizes his heart isn't as hard as he thought it was? Jonathon Owens, all of ten years old, desires nothing more than to be a war hero, and he sets out to do that by proving that his German neighbor is a spy.


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I had a little bird, And its name was Enza. I opened the window, And in-flu-Enza. They have no idea what's coming... Patriotism is at its peak as the war to end all wars rages an ocean away. The Suffrage Movement gains momentum each day, and women across the the country harbor hope that they might finally win the right to vote. In a small town in Michigan, life is being lived out I had a little bird, And its name was Enza. I opened the window, And in-flu-Enza. They have no idea what's coming... Patriotism is at its peak as the war to end all wars rages an ocean away. The Suffrage Movement gains momentum each day, and women across the the country harbor hope that they might finally win the right to vote. In a small town in Michigan, life is being lived out like the pages of a Mark Twain novel. But an unseen adversary is about to threaten Mankind's very existence... Whispers of the Spanish flu begin to circulate as the sickness spreads around the globe, yet no one thinks it will reach them. And they couldn't be more wrong. No matter what measures they take to protect themselves, it can't be stopped. Not only does the influenza invade their town, it soon becomes evident that it will change their lives forever. The Characters Elliot Owens would do anything, even lay his life on the line to protect his wife and their children. But when the time comes, will the choice be his to make? Daniel Pullman's plans to join the Army are dashed following an injury. Could meeting the love of his life be enough to heal his wounded soul? Colby Thornton, beloved by his congregation, struggles with bitterness toward the wife who doesn't love him at all. The wife he wishes he'd never married. Marcus McClelland, funeral director by trade, avoids close relationships because if he doesn't care about anyone, it won't hurt when he loses them. What happens when he realizes his heart isn't as hard as he thought it was? Jonathon Owens, all of ten years old, desires nothing more than to be a war hero, and he sets out to do that by proving that his German neighbor is a spy.

30 review for Enza

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Kristy James’ historical novel, Enza, paints an enthralling picture of small-town America during the First World War. The details are beautifully researched and feed very naturally into the tale. The people are a wonderfully natural mix of wise and foolish, old and young, strong and weak. And the story’s told from multiple points of view, making the Michigan townsfolk seem very real as they plan for the future, struggle with the present and, sometimes, mourn the past. My favorite character by fa Kristy James’ historical novel, Enza, paints an enthralling picture of small-town America during the First World War. The details are beautifully researched and feed very naturally into the tale. The people are a wonderfully natural mix of wise and foolish, old and young, strong and weak. And the story’s told from multiple points of view, making the Michigan townsfolk seem very real as they plan for the future, struggle with the present and, sometimes, mourn the past. My favorite character by far is little Jonathon, a youngster full of wit and verve, so eager to grow up he doesn’t even think it a hardship when he helps with the adults’ tasks. Winter’s ice is harvested for summer’s ice cream. A shy young man answers his mother’s insistent phone call. News from the war is kept away from the children. And all the time, another danger looms. By the page where things start falling apart the reader is so invested in the characters it’s hard to finish the story without tears. Hope can be a fragile thing. Holding onto hope can be hard. And the hopes of pastor and flock, believers and unbelievers, parents and children, all hang by a thread as the world seems to spiral towards its Biblical end. But life and hope do win through and this novel’s a beautiful depiction of real people living real lives in the real world of the recent past. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Every character in this book is as interesting as a character can get. They all had depth and were beautifully described by the author. You will love all but one of them for their innocence and genuineness, and one of them you definitely will not like simply because of the unpleasantness she brings to every instance of meeting her. The book is set in a small town in Michigan during the early 1900's during a time of stay-at-home women, large families, and just plain sweetness. It is a charming, no Every character in this book is as interesting as a character can get. They all had depth and were beautifully described by the author. You will love all but one of them for their innocence and genuineness, and one of them you definitely will not like simply because of the unpleasantness she brings to every instance of meeting her. The book is set in a small town in Michigan during the early 1900's during a time of stay-at-home women, large families, and just plain sweetness. It is a charming, nostalgic trip back to a time when life was much more simple and family oriented....lots of kids in each family, marriage proposals on knees, women expecting their man to be chivalrous, and men being the main bread winner. The book is totally character driven and gives a glimpse into each family or single character's emotions and daily lives. You will feel when they are happy, frightened, or worried. The author did a fantastic job of putting you into the story and into the characters' lives....and you definitely will want to be a character in this heartwarming tale and to be a part of this town. As the pages turn, you will be looking forward to seeing what your favorite or least favorite character is doing next. There is humor as well as friendship and all around genuine concern for the community and each other. But.....will this wonderful life and the population be gone if and when the influenza reaches Charlotte, Michigan, and the rest of the world? Can they escape what is happening around the world with the Spanish flu? It took a few pages to get used to the book's setup since its main focus was on each character and not really a plot, but once you get to know the characters, you will find it quite difficult to leave them as you turn the last pages through your tears. 5/5

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Enza Author: Kristy K. James Pages: 334 Year: 2012 Publisher: CreateSpace Note: I received a copy from the author for this review. Other reviews are located at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... World War 1 began in 1914 and ended in 1919. The United States was only directly involved in the fighting the last two years, beginning in the summer of 1917. There are some who love history whether in a telescopic view or a microscopic view. Some love to watch various programs on TV that share Title: Enza Author: Kristy K. James Pages: 334 Year: 2012 Publisher: CreateSpace Note: I received a copy from the author for this review. Other reviews are located at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... World War 1 began in 1914 and ended in 1919. The United States was only directly involved in the fighting the last two years, beginning in the summer of 1917. There are some who love history whether in a telescopic view or a microscopic view. Some love to watch various programs on TV that share information on various facts of history. There are other shows that give a viewpoint on a particular event of the past. Within my family of four, there are three of us who know ancient history very well along with current events; I am the one who loves to learn about the Civil War in particular. As a family we share what we learn or think about what we have read or heard via TV, radio or speaker. I am constantly amazed at the amount of information my other family members know, but equally surprised to learn new things about the past too. Enza was a novel written by Kristy K. James, who’s a new author to me. The neat thing about books and stories is that they never grow out of style, maybe out of print, but never without an audience. Enza is a touching story about a little town with various types of people who live close to each other physically speaking, yet practically know very little about each other. There is a family who has five children. The father owns a shoe store that his father before him owned. A minister named Colby is married to a woman who wants things not people and is so full of hatred it seems. The postman’s name is Daniel and he meets a lady who becomes someone special to him. There is a funeral director who becomes the father of two girls, twins to be exact, but he isn’t married so where did they come from? During WW1 everyone in the community was learning how to live with various rations, making a living, raising kids and going to church on Sunday. They knew the war was raging, but so few of the men from this town were overseas fighting. Fiction can be fun to read for many reasons. Sometimes stories teach us something we didn’t know and sometimes stories even make us cry. I am not one who likes sad stories because there are enough trials in my life right now that crying seems to be all I do at times. Yet Enza, though hard to read in some places because of the sad events, shows the faith in God woven throughout the pages that brings with it comfort as well as truth. What truth is that? Well, you have to read the story for yourself. Enza isn’t simply about a small town existing during the First World War; it also includes a little known historical fact of something else that happened during the war. Nope, I can’t tell you. I really enjoyed the story. I still am not sure why it is titled like it is, but the novel I just couldn’t stop reading until the end. It receives a 4-star rating from this blogger. You can connect with the author at http://kristykjames.wordpress.com/

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andria

    This book is an extremely well written account of the Spanish Influenza which hit America in the early 1900s. The plot is completely character driven which I loved because these everyday small town people were anything but dull; here you have a cross sectional take on events through the eyes of an eclectic bunch: the devoted Minister (and his anything but devoted wife), the funeral director, the romantic newly courting couple bound together by fate, the owner of the General Store and his son who This book is an extremely well written account of the Spanish Influenza which hit America in the early 1900s. The plot is completely character driven which I loved because these everyday small town people were anything but dull; here you have a cross sectional take on events through the eyes of an eclectic bunch: the devoted Minister (and his anything but devoted wife), the funeral director, the romantic newly courting couple bound together by fate, the owner of the General Store and his son who has a very over active imagination and feels duty bound to inform the President no less, of any untoward acts. I was completely engrossed by their daily lives, preoccupations and quirky activities such as the art of cutting ice holes and the careful monitoring of the neighbourhood spy; I became quite curious as to what would happen next to each of them, even the hideous Minister’s wife who you just love to hate. Then the historic tragedy of the Spanish Influenza is added into the mix and you begin to grasp the concept of the impact this potentially has as it takes grip across America. Before reading this book I really didn’t know just how terrible an event this was; leaving behind such a devastating aftermath of death which probably took towns years to recover from. It was a great period of prosperity with family values, general stores, community spirit and a real unity. The seeds of war had long been sewn across Europe and the women’s Suffrage movement was gaining strength as it fought for the right to vote. Kristy K. James manages to effortlessly place her wonderful characters in the midst of a time which witnessed the worst epidemic in American history and you really empathize and feel for their plight. It provides a very insightful glimpse at a truly colossal event and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Hill

    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-kin 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I don’t mind slow paced, character driven novels but there needs to be some kind of plot and the characters have to be extremely well done. The promised plot is that of a small community hit hard by the 1918 flu pandemic but by half way through, there was still pretty much no plot and no mention of the flu. We are still getting to know the characters who are good, but not great. There are a few anecdotes to keep the reader somewhat interested but for most of the book I felt like I was just waiti I don’t mind slow paced, character driven novels but there needs to be some kind of plot and the characters have to be extremely well done. The promised plot is that of a small community hit hard by the 1918 flu pandemic but by half way through, there was still pretty much no plot and no mention of the flu. We are still getting to know the characters who are good, but not great. There are a few anecdotes to keep the reader somewhat interested but for most of the book I felt like I was just waiting for something to happen. Had this not been so short, I probably wouldn’t have finished it. It just took a little too long to get going, despite not being a lengthy book. Although the last fourth of the book was very emotional so I will grant that it was well written enough to invoke emotion, I would have liked to see more on how the community recovered from their losses (and gains). (view spoiler)[For example, it’s obvious that Marcus wound up blossoming under the sudden responsibility of raising his best friend’s young girls. But I would have liked to see how that happened. (hide spoiler)] In the end, we only get a brief glimpse into how the families we got to know so well have recuperated. So I would have liked to see a little less lead up to the flu pandemic and a little more follow up after it ended. Additionally, I felt the historical setting was not very strongly portrayed. With a few alterations or exceptions, this could have been set in almost any time period.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    A heartbreaking story of a time period I did not know too much about – the time when influenza spread across the globe and killed so many people. Kristy K. James wrote a well-written story about this time period that I got a good feel as to what it was like at that time – the fear of the unknown and the sadness of so many people. The book is narrated by several different characters so you can see each of their viewpoints. I liked most of the characters – I particularly loved Jonathon – the war he A heartbreaking story of a time period I did not know too much about – the time when influenza spread across the globe and killed so many people. Kristy K. James wrote a well-written story about this time period that I got a good feel as to what it was like at that time – the fear of the unknown and the sadness of so many people. The book is narrated by several different characters so you can see each of their viewpoints. I liked most of the characters – I particularly loved Jonathon – the war hero wannabe (that somehow reminded me of Snoopy versus the Red Baron) – and Elliot – a wonderful papa who goes to have tea with his young daughter. One character that I did not like (besides the minister’s wife) was the minister himself. He just grated on me because of how he felt toward his wife though she was really not a likeable character. It just makes me wonder how he ended up with her in the first place – she must have been a really good actress. In all, I thought it was a good read. There were times that the story didn’t grip me (particular in the beginning) and there were also a few errors in the book, but I would recommend it, especially to those interested in learning more about this flu epidemic.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna McBroom-Theriot

    I love reading books depicting life from times long gone and full of colorful characters. Enza was such a book. In the beginning, I was a little lost trying to keep up with the different characters, but once I got in to the swing of the story, it became a natural current between each chapter and each character. Kristy James did an exceptional job of taking the reader back to the early 1900’s and immersing them into the ebb and flow of the everyday lives of Enza’s characters. From the innocence o I love reading books depicting life from times long gone and full of colorful characters. Enza was such a book. In the beginning, I was a little lost trying to keep up with the different characters, but once I got in to the swing of the story, it became a natural current between each chapter and each character. Kristy James did an exceptional job of taking the reader back to the early 1900’s and immersing them into the ebb and flow of the everyday lives of Enza’s characters. From the innocence of a little boy so intent on helping his president capture a German spy to the preacher who cares deeply for his flock, but is married to a heartless woman, the reader is taken on a ride through their lives. You learn to love and you learn to dislike some of the characters, but you keep turning the pages hoping to catch another glimpse into their lives. The book takes the reader back in time to a charming and nostalgic period of history, a time of community when neighbors truly looked out for one another. Enza has humor, camaraderie, community, sweetness, and sadness. It will play with your emotions until the last page and you will love every minute of it. This is a great book and one I am happy to recommend.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    Wow, this book was SO GOOD! It's not the genre that I usually read. I'll admit that when I read the summary, I thought, Hmmmm, this is a smart author to jump out there with this type of book during the Corona Virus pandemic. I was halfway through before it occurred to me to check date of publication. I'll admit that the only reason I did was because the words 'social distancing' are not in this book anywhere, which surprised me. I was ASTOUNDED to discover that it was published eight years ago! Wow, this book was SO GOOD! It's not the genre that I usually read. I'll admit that when I read the summary, I thought, Hmmmm, this is a smart author to jump out there with this type of book during the Corona Virus pandemic. I was halfway through before it occurred to me to check date of publication. I'll admit that the only reason I did was because the words 'social distancing' are not in this book anywhere, which surprised me. I was ASTOUNDED to discover that it was published eight years ago! The author has done her homework and gives a can't-put-down account of a small mid-western town 100 years ago. To have one character reflect how claustrophobic the mandatory masks are --- things that we are all experiencing in the world as we now know it, really struck home for me. To long for a return to normal -- how many of us don't say THAT every day? And the characters, ohhhhhhh the characters! I ugly-cried. More than once. The characters are people that we all know - and there's one that we can all agree to dislike! This is officially one of my favorite books of all time. Yes, it was really that good.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Kelly

    Enza tells the tale of a small town in Michigan in 1918, war is still going on but the war seems far away in this idyllic little haven. Life is simpler then, lots of family values and close knit families and friends. A wonderful story that gives us a glimpse in to life in a bygone era. What we have only read about. But things can change in a minute and that is what happens when the Spanish Influenza hits. It leaves a devastating wave of death in it's path, killing over 600,000 and it does not di Enza tells the tale of a small town in Michigan in 1918, war is still going on but the war seems far away in this idyllic little haven. Life is simpler then, lots of family values and close knit families and friends. A wonderful story that gives us a glimpse in to life in a bygone era. What we have only read about. But things can change in a minute and that is what happens when the Spanish Influenza hits. It leaves a devastating wave of death in it's path, killing over 600,000 and it does not discriminate on age but seems to be more severe with the young people. The worst epidemic in American history The author does a remarkable job with this novel of real events in such a way that I found myself having a hard time reading the pages through my tears. It was as if I was there right along with the survivors of this terrible illness. A very emotional read for sure and one that should be read by anyone interested in historical fiction. I give it 5 stars...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen Toz

    Kristy K James' novel Enza follows the lives of several different people and their families during WWI and the little known (at least to me) flu epidemic that hits the US during this time. I was instantly drawn in to each character's life and loved how the author told the story form several different points of view. While I sometimes find this style of writing to be confusing, I found it to be done quite effectively in this novel. There are so many great characters in this book, from 10-year-old Kristy K James' novel Enza follows the lives of several different people and their families during WWI and the little known (at least to me) flu epidemic that hits the US during this time. I was instantly drawn in to each character's life and loved how the author told the story form several different points of view. While I sometimes find this style of writing to be confusing, I found it to be done quite effectively in this novel. There are so many great characters in this book, from 10-year-old, Jonathan, who is convinced his neighbor is a German spy, to the shy nurse Nina, who finally learns what it feels like to be a part of a family. Every character is so different and so interesting. The range of emotions written had me giggling, cheering, and crying. I personally love historical fiction, and found Enza to be an honest depiction of an important, yet sad, period of time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kyjuliano

    Let me start off by saying I generally don't like historical novels, but when I really like an author I tend to read everything they write, so I did. It was a little slow going at first for me because of the time frame but by the last third of the book I was biting my nails and bawling my eyes out. Generally I read romance or suspense but every once in a while I really enjoy reading something thats based in reality, that touches your heart and doesn't always have to have a happy ending because l Let me start off by saying I generally don't like historical novels, but when I really like an author I tend to read everything they write, so I did. It was a little slow going at first for me because of the time frame but by the last third of the book I was biting my nails and bawling my eyes out. Generally I read romance or suspense but every once in a while I really enjoy reading something thats based in reality, that touches your heart and doesn't always have to have a happy ending because lets face it, life's like that. This book meets all that criteria and more. So if you're not afraid to laugh and cry and even be a little bit sad cause you lost someone you really liked and wanted to spend more time with. Read this book

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    I loved this community of Charlotte, Michigan. They were endearing and you wanted to cheer for them. I especially loved the Owens family, the minister Colby, and Daniel. All is going along well with a few bumps in the road as life does until the Spanish Influenza hits and begins to move it's way across the country. My heart broke as the families of this community lost different members of their family to this disease. We think nothing of the FLU now. We may or may not get the vaccine, but back i I loved this community of Charlotte, Michigan. They were endearing and you wanted to cheer for them. I especially loved the Owens family, the minister Colby, and Daniel. All is going along well with a few bumps in the road as life does until the Spanish Influenza hits and begins to move it's way across the country. My heart broke as the families of this community lost different members of their family to this disease. We think nothing of the FLU now. We may or may not get the vaccine, but back in 1918 it was deadly. I highly recommend this book! It was not only a great read but educational!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Literary Chanteuse

    A very emotional and moving story about a close knit community that is hit hard by the Spanish influenza. It also touches on some other historic happenings such as WWI and the Women's Suffrage movement and how these events would have affected many people. The characters that have a lot of depth that really are the heart of the story. There is a strong sense of family values and along with some tragic moments you are embraced with love, hope and bits of humor. A very emotional and moving story about a close knit community that is hit hard by the Spanish influenza. It also touches on some other historic happenings such as WWI and the Women's Suffrage movement and how these events would have affected many people. The characters that have a lot of depth that really are the heart of the story. There is a strong sense of family values and along with some tragic moments you are embraced with love, hope and bits of humor.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vanda Bromwich

    Life in small town America during the First World War and the Spanish flu epidemic. The author has tried to cover all levels of society - 10 year old Jonathon who is convinced his elderly German neighbour is a spy, the vicar trapped in a loveless marriage, the undertaker paralysed by shyness and a young couple who meet and marry. We follow their stories through the book,written in a very entertaining manner.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Until just over halfway through, I only would've given this book 1 or 2 stars. I even almost stopped reading because nothing was happening. However, by the end I realized the author had probably done this intentionally to get you really invested into the characters. I ended the book in tears - won't say why so I don't spoil it. I would've given this 4 stars easily if the first half was more engaging. Until just over halfway through, I only would've given this book 1 or 2 stars. I even almost stopped reading because nothing was happening. However, by the end I realized the author had probably done this intentionally to get you really invested into the characters. I ended the book in tears - won't say why so I don't spoil it. I would've given this 4 stars easily if the first half was more engaging.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Caraway

    Heartwarming and Informative Must Read The book begins by sharing the personalities of the lovable characters. It is so pertinent in light of our present Pandemic. It helps shine light on the beauty of love and commitment and how to survive even the harshest circumstances we may ever experience. It should be required reading for all of us experiencing the present dilemma of the world we live in today! It left me with a warm glowing feeling and hope for the present!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Weaver

    I have never had a book effect me the way that this one did. I spent a lot of tears and emotions reading this story. It was as if I was there in the story. I really did not know much about the Spanish influenza of 1918 so reading about these people and what they went through tore at my heart. It's really a good thing when a story is so well written it brings the reader to tears. Highly recommend this book. I have never had a book effect me the way that this one did. I spent a lot of tears and emotions reading this story. It was as if I was there in the story. I really did not know much about the Spanish influenza of 1918 so reading about these people and what they went through tore at my heart. It's really a good thing when a story is so well written it brings the reader to tears. Highly recommend this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    I liked "Enza" by Kristy James. The characters were realistic. The plot was very slow moving at first, but once the story finally picked up it got very interesting. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in historical fiction. I liked "Enza" by Kristy James. The characters were realistic. The plot was very slow moving at first, but once the story finally picked up it got very interesting. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in historical fiction.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Louise Behiel

    Very emotional read. Not a romance but well worth reading. informative, emotional and evocative. I couldn't put it down. Very emotional read. Not a romance but well worth reading. informative, emotional and evocative. I couldn't put it down.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen B

    Nicely written, wonderful characters, sad.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jill Miclean

    I started off liking this book but after it took until chapter 11 and 60% read on my Kindle for the author to even mention the word influenza, I wondered when I was ever going to get to the part about the Spanish Flu. The beginning 3/4 is all about the characters daily lives and at first it was interesting but once it started to meander into just a "day in the life" type story, I started to lose interest and started skimming 1/2 way through trying to get to when people started to get sick. Just I started off liking this book but after it took until chapter 11 and 60% read on my Kindle for the author to even mention the word influenza, I wondered when I was ever going to get to the part about the Spanish Flu. The beginning 3/4 is all about the characters daily lives and at first it was interesting but once it started to meander into just a "day in the life" type story, I started to lose interest and started skimming 1/2 way through trying to get to when people started to get sick. Just too much unnecessary information about their lives for a book called Enza. Then, it finally got to the flu but became disappointing when the story sped up and flew through their sicknesses and deaths so quick you had no time to absorb what was happening to them. The epilogue was very unsatisfactory as it barely gave each surviving character a short paragraph updating the reader how they were faring after a few weeks. After spending a huge portion of the book getting to know these characters, their stories weren't done justice.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    This is an interesting book to read while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the Spanish Flu outbreak was far worse in many ways, the book makes you feel what it was like for small-town folks who were so impacted with fear, death, and grief--while WWI was occurring. The characters are life-like, unique, and interesting. However, I was getting very eager to read about the flu, which doesn't arrive until past 60% of the book. Surely makes us realize that we are blessed to live in a di This is an interesting book to read while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the Spanish Flu outbreak was far worse in many ways, the book makes you feel what it was like for small-town folks who were so impacted with fear, death, and grief--while WWI was occurring. The characters are life-like, unique, and interesting. However, I was getting very eager to read about the flu, which doesn't arrive until past 60% of the book. Surely makes us realize that we are blessed to live in a different era when a pandemic hits. At least we have electronic communications and lots of ways to entertain ourselves. This book will definitely prevent any pity-parties over COVID-19, although I realize many have suffered in various ways, and this book makes you feel what it's like to lose loved ones.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Denise Wiersgalla Biggs

    I enjoyed this book. I’m always interested in historical fiction but I picked this one up because of current events. I cried through the inevitable deaths (I always do) but it kind of paralleled what’s happening in today’s world; with the exception of the information that we have learned about viruses and what they do and how they are transferred. And also how washing your hands can help immensely to prevent the spread of viruses. I would love to see a sequel to this book that shows where these I enjoyed this book. I’m always interested in historical fiction but I picked this one up because of current events. I cried through the inevitable deaths (I always do) but it kind of paralleled what’s happening in today’s world; with the exception of the information that we have learned about viruses and what they do and how they are transferred. And also how washing your hands can help immensely to prevent the spread of viruses. I would love to see a sequel to this book that shows where these people are in 5 years.

  25. 5 out of 5

    MARY TURNER

    I bought this book about 7 years ago, and just decided to read. It caught me off guard because of what we are going through right now with covid 19. I wished I had read this book in 2013, I believed it would have prepared me with what w As happening right now. Thank you for this book, and all the research you put into it. I will be checking on for the documentaries you mentioned.

  26. 4 out of 5

    cindy rittinger

    Two-dimensional characters. Very weak story line. I was hoping for a novel of the 1918 pandemic with embedded historical information and compelling characters. Instead, it was a weak story line with sob-story type characters. There are sad moments, but, the players seemed to have come from a religious soap opera.

  27. 5 out of 5

    john appleby

    Personal I enjoyed this book very much. It gave me a more personal view of the townspeople. A little sad and brought tears to my eyes. The authors brilliant background of these people enabled me to feel close to them. Their struggle is so spot on to what many people are experiencing today.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela Tenerelli

    Intriguing I was drawn in by the name of this book because my daughters name is Enza. I almost regret reading it because I cried at the telling of the lives lost. Now was not a good time to find this book. It tells the tale of a town and their dealings with the influenza virus of 1918. The book was well written. Just bad timing on my part.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Great book Grest book,, very sad story about the 1918 pandemic. I loved the different story lines of all of the different characters in the book. Each individual was unique. I am glad that I read this during the current pandemic as I can relate to how scared the characters were in this story. I really enjoyed this book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susie Seeber

    How ironic We are in the midst of corona and social distancing. The results of the flu pandemic at the end of WWI is astonishing. The story here is well written and is both but wrenching and filled with hope

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