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It is a time of innocence and prosperity. The Women's Suffrage Movement gains more attention with each passing day. All across the country housewives and young ladies harbor hope that they might finally win the right to vote. Patriotism is at its peak as the war to end all wars rages an ocean away. On the homefront, in a small town in Michigan, life is being lived out likeIt is a time of innocence and prosperity. The Women's Suffrage Movement gains more attention with each passing day. All across the country housewives and young ladies harbor hope that they might finally win the right to vote. Patriotism is at its peak as the war to end all wars rages an ocean away. On the homefront, in a small town in Michigan, life is being lived out like the pages of a Mark Twain novel. Until an unseen enemy, deadlier than any human adversary, threatens Mankind's very existence. Elliot Owens - The only thing in the world that matters to Elliot is his wife and their five children, and he will do everything in his power to protect them. Daniel Pullman - When his plans to join the Army are dashed following an injury, meeting the love of his life makes the disappointment easier to bear. Colby Thornton - A devoted minister whose congregation loves him nearly as much as he loves them, Colby struggles with bitterness toward the wife who doesn't love him at all. Marcus McClelland - One of the local funeral directors, Marcus lives his life avoiding close relationships because if he doesn't care about anyone, it won't hurt when he loses them. Jonathon Owens - At ten years old all Jonathon dreams of is to be a war proving that his German neighbor is a spy. When all is said and done, will any of them survive?...

Title : Enza
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ISBN : 9781470189648
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Number of Pages : 334 Pages
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Enza Reviews

  • Sheila
    2019-02-19 03:36

    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.

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    2019-02-22 10:20

    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

  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-03-04 03:23

    Title: EnzaAuthor: Kristy K. JamesPages: 334Year: 2012Publisher: CreateSpaceNote: 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

  • Andria
    2019-02-23 06:27

    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.

  • Ruth Hill
    2019-02-27 05:17

    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.

  • Robin
    2019-02-28 03:27

    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.

  • Heather
    2019-02-27 09:35

    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.

  • Donna McBroom-Theriot
    2019-03-11 11:34

    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.

  • Kathleen Kelly
    2019-03-09 07:35

    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 historyThe 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...

  • Karen Toz
    2019-03-04 09:11

    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.

  • Andi
    2019-02-25 11:24

    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!

  • LiteraryChanteuse
    2019-03-03 03:09

    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.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-18 05:20

    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.

  • Vanda Bromwich
    2019-02-27 08:12

    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.

  • Faye
    2019-02-25 04:14

    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.

  • Louise Behiel
    2019-03-12 05:12

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

  • Karen B
    2019-02-21 05:13

    Nicely written, wonderful characters, sad.

  • Dra
    2019-03-18 09:16

    Me ha costado un poco terminarlo y no sólo porque está en inglés. Estoy interesada en la epidemia de gripe española y era el tema principal de la novela. Por eso no la dejé. Realmente si no supiera que iba a venir la epidemia habría dejado el libro antes de la mitad, porque la historia no tiene en sus primeros dos tercios otro hilo argumental más que la vida cotidiana en una pequeña ciudad de USA en 1918. Vamos leyendo pequeños fragmentos de la vida de esta gente que al principio están bien, pero a mitad de libro te preguntas, aquí no pasa nada? Aunque sabes que va a pasar y por eso sigues. Lo que consigue la autora con esto es que les tomes cierto cariño a los personajes. Y entonces, ya en la última parte (no sé si último tercio o cuarto del libro) patapam! Empieza a cargarse gente (la epidemia y la autora), y entnces sí, te hace llorar de verdad. Y luego todo termina muy rápido, que, aunque un epílogo intenta resumir las cosas, se habría agradecido saber un poco más de cómo intentan todas esas pobres personas sobrevivir a tamaño drama. Entonces el libro sería mejor, en mi opinión. Interesante para quien quiera saber algo más sobre esta epidemia en forma de novela histórica.

  • MaryJane Rings
    2019-02-27 07:32

    This is one of the best books I have read regarding the events of the pandemic flu epidemic of 1918. Although the book seems to start out a little slowly, it becomes a lot more interesting after the first accounts of the flu epidemic on the East coast of the US start showing up in the papers. No one expected this influenza to travel to the midwest. History books state the events but don't tell of the physical and emotional hardship on the persons who became victims or the families who cared for them and lost them in such large numbers. This is a story of the human toll on families, neighbors and friends. What to do when the amount of funeral caskets run out and there are too many victims for proper burial. What happens to the children when their parents are gone? The author addresses these issues and many more as she follows several families through the trials and sadness of the flu epidemic and its results on their lives.

  • Michael Craig
    2019-02-20 08:28

    I really enjoyed tHis book. I knew in advance that it was a story about different characters who were living before, during and after the Spanish influenza epidemic. I wondered if it was my type of book but after a short time, I knew that I was going to like it. The characters/ families were introduced early in the story and were cleverly crafted and developed by Kirsty James. I soon found myself absorbed in each of their lives and liked how their lives were intertwined . I did know a little about the Spanish Flue pandemic and that many millions lost their lives towards the end of The Great War. What I did not appreciate was that there was so much suffering and fear with the loss of loved ones and how it must have scarred the lives of the survivors for years to come. I felt the author caught the atmosphere of the time well and felt I was living through the story. I have no hesitation in recommending this book and giving it a 5 star rating.

  • Kyjuliano
    2019-03-08 08:34

    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

  • cameron
    2019-03-22 05:06

    This is a hopelessly bad book. No real explanations of the Spanish Influenza, no real plot or character development, except one man's hated wife dies (yawn). Prose is so simplistic and stiff and predictable I think it's not even appropriate for YA's. I can't even give this to my 14 year old grand daughter. I don't throw away many books but this one I'll at least donate somewhere else. I like historic fiction and really any writing but Lord....let it at least be decently written.This pandemic in a917 was not only hugely important human interest story on it's own but also critical to the end of the War.

  • Jeff
    2019-02-20 05:06

    Painful, genuine, sad, EXCELLENTIt's hard to imagine those four words fitting together, but read Enza and you will clearly understand. This book is a "feel good, feel bad, have faith in humanity" book that will make you believe the author is a historian, psychologist, counselor, and minister wrapped into one. Highly recommend for those interested in history and humanity alike. This book will make you cry, laugh, feel anger, and relief. An excellent work.

  • Jackie
    2019-03-04 08:31

    This rather short novel shines because of the author's ability to build exceptional character depth. From the beginning we are introduced to several lives and journey with all thru joy and sorrow. I enjoyed the everyday events of these people that takes place in 1918. This being my first read on the 1918 In flu enza, I feel the author provided a very good synopsis into both the facts and personnal loss.

  • Shelley Chastagner
    2019-03-07 04:29

    Deep and thoughtful. This book will stay with you long after you've finished with it. The people of this little town feel very real. The story is told from multiple people as the story unfolds. The good and the bad. The innocent and evil. All are affected by the horrors that couldn't be stopped. We are shown the realities of the world during a very dark time. Highly recommended!All read

  • lc
    2019-03-12 07:30

    EnzaEnza followed imaginary inhabitants of a small Michigan community during World War I and The Spanish Flu epidemic. The tale was well written, historically based and purely developed for that time period.

  • Alison
    2019-03-01 10:13

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