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Alice's Notions Paperback – April 15, 2017
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About the Author
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest. Tamera is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She has curriculum published and is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
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The plot is what kept me turning the pages. Loved the "whodunit" aspect. Alice’s Notions reminded me of the World War II movies of yesteryear. If you love reading about or watching movies of that era, you will enjoy reading Alice’s Notions.
As the back cover says, things aren’t always what they seem. A broody landlord and a neighbor’s happy-go-lucky nephew both want to date her, but it’s obvious there are schemes afoot…Alice just doesn’t know how seriously to play the game, or what’s at stake. In doing a good deed by sponsoring a war refugee, a German woman who needs a fresh start, Alice gets a lesson in compassion and humility, and the truth about one’s enemies. When a community celebration including a barn quilt tour begins to skew off track, Alice needs help to learn why. Best friend? Brother? Broody landlord with a mysterious life? Happy-go-lucky security guard?
Alice Brighton came home again to learn more about what she was capable of becoming than all her years away in the big city, working in a factory and waiting for her husband to return. Life, faith, dreams, and love, not to mention playing a role in a little case of national security, are too good to let pass.
The story of an era in small-town USA post WWII and on the cusp of the Cold War was an enjoyable project. I researched and helped with part of the story, and Tamera used her home-grown family setting as well as the pop culture references which add layers of lovely texture to the story.
The one thing Alice understands is that she isn't going to be bullied by him and has vowed to stand her ground. She even takes in a war refugee to aid in running her shop, she just never expected Greta Engell to be a German migrant. She doesn't believe she can deal with having someone of the same country that took the life of her husband working under her, and would have sent her packing if she didn't sprain her ankle trying to set things up. Now she has no choice but to deal with Greta's help for now if she wants to open her store on time. In order to begin to bring some new businesses back to Burning Bush, her women's committee suggests a barn quilt tour. However not all the town's residents are so open to having strangers tour their small town. They are fine with them staying in the confines of town just not the outlying barns that are in the hollers.
While Rick Morrison vanishes on 'business trips' without any explanation where he is headed and when he will return, Alice learns that he served with Joe and has Joe to thank for saving his life. Now he believes it is his personally responsibility to care for Alice. While she won't give up the idea of opening her notions store, she is mildly curious about her growing attraction to him and why he seems to have all this money even though he lives in such a small town like Burning Bush. Can Alice trust those that she knows the most, or are there spies living where she least expects it? Time will tell if she can survive long enough to know the truth.
I received Alice's Notions by Tamera Lynn Kraft compliments of Desert Breeze Publishing. This is such a wonderful story not only about the effects of war on those left behind, but how they moved on in spite of the odds against them. Enemies spies were prevalent in small towns based on their close proximity to government buildings or industrial plants. People living in small towns didn't realize that some of these people turned out to be friends or even family living under the same roof that they did and this novel plays on those historical facts very well. Makes you second guess just how well you know the people around you. I give this novel a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to many more novels from Tamera Lynn Kraft in the near future!