Some writers make you laugh, some make you cry, some make you want to strangle a character in frustration. Sometimes though, if you're lucky, you find a writer gifted with words that can make you do all of the above and more.
Flight of the Earls starts in a field as fog rolls over the potato crops carrying a smell that hovers in the air and niggles in the back of your mind. You know, even though you can't smell it, that it's bad news. When the farmer finally revealed the black rotting potato root under the dirt, the smell literally jumped out of the book and smacked me in the face. Anyone who's ever smelled a rotten potato knows how distinct and horrible the smell is. The author managed to draw that out as a matter of suspense.
That's just an example of the kind of descriptive writing that fills the pages, the emotions run strong and it's hard not to be caught up in the moment as the small community participates in the "American Wake", mourning those they send off to America knowing they may never see them again. The world then was do different and yet it's not hard to find ways to connect with the characters.
Flight of the Earls isn't a light hearted read, but one worth experiencing.
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