23 April 2012

'Enza' by Kristy K.James, Book Review And Giveaway


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 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 hero…by proving that his German neighbor is a spy. 

When all is said and done, will any of them survive?

My thoughts:

A good book will draw you in, hold your attention throughout and is hard to put down! Using a basic review system measuring plot, characterization, and overall quality allows any reader to give his/her opinion based on a star scale system. But for a handful of professionals (with actual qualifications), most bloggers uses this system to share their opinion with readers.

Mine is as follows: 

1- Dislike this book intensely
2- Did not like it
3- Liked it
4- Liked it a lot
5- Absolutely loved it!

Enza..rates easily 5 stars! And yes, it is not usual to rate a book at the beginning of a review but in this instance I felt it a must! From page 1 this newly published novel will captivate your attention and like me, you will have a hard time to put it down!

'I had a little bird
Its name was Enza
I opened the Widow
and in-flew-Enza.

Kristy K. James has written a beautiful novel about a peaceful little town in the Midwest, complete with white picket fences, shady porches to seek refuge under when the sun is hot, sun dried laundry hanging on the line and canned goods stored in the pantry. 
You feel drawn to her descriptive of a safe neighbourhood, kindly neighbours and friendly merchants. Enza's characters will pull at your heart strings as you cheer or boo some of them!

The 'War that should have ended all wars' is still being fought in the far fields of Flanders but the doughboys are doing their part despite the horrors of modern warfare.
It is also a time of wondrous changes for women who seek an opportunity to have their voices heard, a time of great progress...Families are still a unity, pleasures are simple and the future looks bright.

But when faced with a deadly intruder, one that will threaten their beliefs, shatter their hopes and destroy the very core of entire families you will find yourself praying with all your might with them.

Written with care and a great depth of empathy, Enza is the sort of story which will captivate your imagination and lead you on a journey of discovery as you turned each page! You will find yourself bonding with each character and experience their joys and despairs. 

As the plot unveils, you might think this is a very ordinary story about ordinary people yet it soon becomes apparent it is also an amazing story of human endurance in the face of adversity and ultimately of continuance. 

It is a story to experience with all your heart!  In the end, we are reminded God is always near...Never fear!

Note: This book is being released today 23 April 2012!

About the author:

Let me recommend readers to visit Kristy K.James' website and allow her to introduce herself and her (many) books (new ones to appear shortly on the market!) including her blog (here).

YES, you must enter to win! Here is your chance to win a copy of ENZA
Thanks to Kristy K. James and Lightning Book Promotions FOUR (4) readers will have the opportunity to win a copy of this book. 

Just place a comment on this post by Midnight on the 28th of April 2012 and let me know if you wish a print or ebook version of this novel! 

Random.org will chose the 4 winners - Winners will be announced on the 29th of April on this blog and contacted by email for confirmation! (be sure to leave a valid email for contact - No worries, it will not be published)

This contest is open to ALL!!

I received this ARC courtesy of the author and LIGHTNING BOOK PROMOTIONS as part of their blogger review program for this blog tour.

I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.


  1. Thank you so much for the very lovely review, Noelle. I have been looking forward to the start of the blog tour for Enza for weeks, and could hardly wait to see what you thought of it. All I can say it was worth the wait. :)

  2. Wonderful review! Glad to see others are enjoying this beautiful story! :)

    1. Hi, Breeana. Not sure how I missed your post, but thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. What a lovely review! Thanks for posting.

  4. Sounds like a great book
    My choice is print

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

    1. Hi, Susan. I hope you win a paperback copy...and that you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  5. wonderful review. can't wait to read this book. and since i bought it earlier, please don't put my name in the draw.

    1. Hi, Louise...nice to see you here! Hope you enjoy Enza. :)

  6. Very exciting! Can't wait to see all the lives touched by this story.

    1. Hi, Kiki! Nice to see you here, too! I can't wait to see that, too. :)

  7. I would love a print copy of this book. This is the kind of book I know I can get lost in. Thank you so much for the review and the opportunity to win.

    LuckyTJG at cs dot com

    1. Hi, Lucky...
      Thanks for stopping by Live and Dream a Little Dream. I hope you win the print copy...and that you enjoy Enza!

  8. Loved the book...NICE REVIEW.

    I am Elizabeth from Silver's Reviews. My review was posted on April 28...stop by if you like.

    I am a NEW follower TO YOUR BLOG.

    Enter me in the Amazon giveaway please.


    1. Hi, Elizabeth...
      Glad to see you here, too. Thanks again for the wonderful review of Enza! :)


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