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Blue Valley (A World War 2 Fantasy)

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At the outset of World War 2, Will Leary is sent to California to investigate an agricultural anomaly; the soil is turning blue.

The War Department suspects Japanese sabotage, but Will discovers the unwitting culprit is Sarah, the town "witch" who has the uncanny ability to read the Earth's needs.

As the destruction spreads, and the food supply is threatened, it's not long
Published March 6th 2011 by Lolo Productions
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I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this and I loved it. It is an unique blend of historical fiction, romance, magical realism, and eco-fiction. It makes you think, the period and setting are fascinating, and it's simply a really great yarn.

The style is easy to read and engaging; the characters are accessible and endearing; and you feel that the story is in the capable hands of a writer who is thoughtful and in control. I found myself thinking about it long after I put it down.
A flash back to WW2 and our hate for the Japanese, so many things go wrong and it must be their fault. The elements of the planet are out of balance, and the Earth tries to take back one of it's creations.

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So it's been a few days (*cough* a week *cough*) since I finished reading Christine Rice's Blue Valley, but there's a lot going on in the story, and I found it was one of those that you need a few days out of to get your head around.

Blue Valley weaves two beautifully crafted stories together to create a slightly unevenly balanced historical fantasy fiction piece. These two stories duck in and out and race one another, paralleling the lives of an individual and a community in late-World War II (W
I read more history than anything else, and I was intrigued by Blue Valley's story of fantasy-style, supernatural elements (pun intended, I could not help myself) set against the backdrop of WWII, post-Pearl Harbor paranoia and the internment of US citizens of Japanese descent. While the interments are not the focus of the book, they are a part of the texture and mood to the California valley in which most of the novel takes place, heightening the reactions of the people living in the agricultur ...more
Mandy White
I didn't really know what to expect when I started this book but I was pleasantly surprised. This unique and magical fantasy is set during World War 2. It is a tale of supernatural forces and elemental spirits responsible for keeping the earth alive...but it is much more than that. If you aren't sure if this story is for you, I urge you to read the prologue - that's what hooked me! Blue Valley is a splendidly written first volume of what promises to be an enchanting series that steps outside the ...more
This was a really slow book for me, I kept waiting for something to happen, and when it did, I was not impressed with how it happened. I'm also not sure why the second world war was important, other than for being able to put Japanese in concentration camps. Historical inaccuracies could have been avoided by having the book time independent (Jets and jet lag in the US in 1942?).

One scene that killed the book totally for me was a pre-1942 truck/pick-up, with at least two blown-out tyres, racing w
A thoroughly enjoyable work of historical fiction mixed with fabulism and what I'm thinking is a relatively new genre, "Eco-Fiction" -- while never preachy, Blue Valley manages to convey just how powerful and simultaneously fragile our Earth is and our role in effecting Earth's success or failure to sustain life. Set against the backdrop of World War II and the never changing fear American people maintain toward anything "other", Blue Valley has contemporary resonance that is hard to miss.
This has been sitting on my ereader for a while, so there may be a more up-to-date edition around now. I enjoyed the story and found the WW2 setting believable and authentic. There were quite a few editing issues with the book, which might by now have been corrected, but they didn't detract too much from an engaging and intriguing tale.
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