I enjoy a book that grips me from the beginning. Tamera Kraft’s Alice’s Notions does that. Alice’s Notions is a Christian historical fiction novel that has a Post-World War II time-frame.
Alice is a young lady who has recently become a widow after the death of her husband Joe in the Battle of the Bulge. Returning to her roots in West Virginia, Alice rents a shop and apartment and begins her own sewing shop. What she doesn’t realize is that she’s going to quickly have to let go of her fear and hatred of the Germans, as an immigrant she requested to help tend her shop just happens to be German.
The town of Burning Bush, West Virginia, has a little mystery after Alice’s return from New York City where she and Joe had lived while they were married. Some seemed resentful of her big city time and didn’t want to welcome her back to the community. That began a spiral of strange situations, mysterious attitudes, and questions in Alice’s mind.
The characters and the situations they found themselves in were carefully constructed and made reading enjoyable. I felt that the characters were well-fleshed, and the action was intriguing and kept me on my toes. If you like a “who-dun-it” type of novel with a clean storyline, I suggest you give Alice’s Notions your time.
What I would have liked to have seen at the beginning was a slower introduction to the characters. For the first several chapters, I kept forgetting who was whom. There were several major secondary players, and it felt just a little too much for a while.
Tamera Kraft is an author I want to read more often!
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About the Book
Book: Alice’s Notions
Author: Tamera Lynn Kraft
Genre: Christian historical romance
Release Date: April 1, 2017
In this quaint mountain town, things aren’t always what they seem.World War 2 widow Alice Brighton returns to the safety of her hometown to open a fabric shop. She decides to start a barn quilt tour to bring business to the shop and the town, but what she doesn’t know is sinister forces are using the tour for their own nefarious reasons. Between her mysterious landlord, her German immigrant employee, her neighbors who are acting strange, and a dreamboat security expert who is trying to romance her, Alice doesn’t know who she can trust.
About the Author
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novellas in print. She’s been married for 38 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren. Tamera has two novellas in print.
She’s been married for 38 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and two grandchildren. Tamera has two novellas in print: A Christmas Promise and Resurrection of Hope. Her first full-length novel, Alice’s Notions released in April through Desert Breeze.
You can contact Tamera on her website at http://tameralynnkraft.net
Guest Post from Tamera Lynn Kraft
How Classic Movies from the 1940s Made Their Way in My Latest Novel
By Tamera Lynn Kraft
One thing I loved about writing my post-World War Two novel was my main character’s passion for movies. Alice Brighton and her late husband loved to go to movies on Friday nights. Now, even after the war made her a widow, Alice still loves movies and compares everyone she meets to a movie character.
Of course for Alice, all these wonderful classic movies and movie stars and a part of her culture, but for me, it was so much fun because I love classic movies. In the novel, Alice compares her landlord to Cary Grant. Cary Grant is one of my favorites. After starring in movies like Suspicion, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Notorious, Grant was one of the biggest stars around in 1946 when Alice’s Notions takes place. My favorite Cary Grant movie wouldn’t be made until a few years later. An Affair to Remember, released 1957, with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr is one of my all-time favorites.
At one point in the novel, Alice thinks back to when her late husband always said she reminded him of Judy Garland. Garland would have been twenty-four at the time, just a bit younger than Alice, but she became a big star in her teens. She began acting at two years old when she debuted as Baby Francis and sang Jingle Bells. After playing in various roles including a few movies with Mickey Rooney, Garland had her big break in The Wizard of Oz.
She went on to star in a ton of movies and had a thriving singing career until she committed suicide in the 1960s. One of my favorite Judy Garland movies released in 1945 during the war was The Clock. The Clock was about a woman who met and fell in love with a GI on leave. Their romance was intensified because they only had the weekend before he was shipped out again for the remainder of the war. This movie must have been in Alice’s mind since she had lost her husband shortly after the movie came out.
During Alice’s Notions, Alice goes on a date to see the movie, The Postman Always Rings Twice, starring Lana Turner and John Garfield. It was released in 1946 and was considered scandalous at the time because the two main characters have an affair and murder her husband. The main theme of the movie is you can’t get away with your sin. The truth will be revealed. In Alice’s Notions, the truth being revealed is also a main theme.
So you may be wondering what classic movie Alice’s Notions reminds me of. Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn was released in 1963. In that movie, Hepburn is being pursued and doesn’t know who she can trust. The movie has light-hearted intrigue, suspense, and romance just like Alice’s Notions. Alice, also, doesn’t know who she can trust.
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