Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Bonneville
ISBN 146211900X (ISBN13:781462119004
About the book:
In 1917, the Great War seems far from Logan, Utah. But soon it will change the lives of suffragette and mechanic Clara, Swiss-German immigrant and LDS convert Trudi, Marine Corps volunteer Reed, and Shoshone seeking U.S. citizenship Joseph. This novel weaves real events with compelling fictional characters into a sweeping tale of war, romance, self-discovery, and sacrifice.
Reed and his buddies had began attending the agricultural college. Reed was fun-loving, Bert was also adventurous but a devoted “farm boy”, Joseph -a little older Native American, and Alonzo a “city boy” against the war raging throughout Europe.
The other students were Clara, Alonzo’s free-spirited, determined, obstinate sister, and her more refined friend and Swiss immigrant, Trudi.
The war had a different impact on the various population in America. Wilson was elected on the prefaces’ that he would keep America out of the war. However, after repeated attacks on innocent cruise lines by “the enemy” Wilson declared war on Germany as well.
Trudi was involved in aiding Europe by humanitarian efforts by knitting slippers, socks, & Neck scarves. Clara was not the least bit domesticated. Since she could not enlist to fight on the front lines, she decided to enlist as a medical aid through the YMCA. Reed, Bet and others went into officer training. Alonzo felt it a bigger need to remain home and run the factory. Besides, Alonzo felt the war was none of the United States business.
Eventually they went their separate ways. Reed was committed to Clara, although she rejected him for a long time, Clara was concerned for Reed but was determined to do more in the war effort. Her new YMCA friends felt she was doing enough. Bert and Reed were able to stay together for awhile. None of them realized how this time of life would affect them for years to come and change their view in life.
Suffrage was at the very beginning of coming to fruition and Clara was a strong advocate. Reed was for it, too..anything to win Clara’s affection. He loved her spunk and spirit. It was at a very unsettled time and it is interesting the paths their individual lives went.
There are parts which are fun, infuriating, heart wrenching, romantic and inspiring, as well.
The many various characters were portrayed so well, each felt real. The scenes were -sometimes painfully – described well. It was easy to imaging being there.
The Book Cover and Title are depicted very well.
^ This book was sent to me as a gift and I am under no obligation to give a positive review. This is my honest review.
This earns a Five Stars rating.
About the authors:
E.B. Wheeler grew up in Georgia and California. She earned her BA in history from BYU and has graduate degrees in British history and landscape architecture from Utah State University. She’s the award-winning author of “The Haunting of Springett Hall,” the historical romance “Born to Treason” and is a member of the League of Utah Writers. She lives in northern Utah with her family.
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Treason-E-B-Wheeler/dp/ 1462118461/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_ 0?_encoding=UTF8&qid= 1461714537&sr=1-1
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Jeff Bateman served in the U.S. Air Force for 32 years, retiring as a Colonel in 2010. He holds a BA and MS in Criminal Justice, an MA in History and an MS in Strategic Studies. Following his military career, Jeff worked as a civilian historian at the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Air Force Flight Test Center. He teaches American Military History and U.S. Institutions at Utah State University and is a member of the League of Utah Writers. He has taught workshops on military writing. Jeff lives on a mini-farm in the mountains of Northern Utah, where horses, gardening, and playing the bass fill every minute he is not writing or teaching.