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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...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published January 26th 2012 by Kristy K. James
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Kristy James’ historical novel, Enza, paints an enthralling picture of small-town America during the First World War. The details are beautifully researched and feed very naturally into the tale. The people are a wonderfully natural mix of wise and foolish, old and young, strong and weak. And the story’s told from multiple points of view, making the Michigan townsfolk seem very real as they plan for the future, struggle with the present and, sometimes, mourn the past. My favorite character by fa...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Every character in this book is as interesting as a character can get. They all had depth and were beautifully described by the author. You will love all but one of them for their innocence and genuineness, and one of them you definitely will not like simply because of the unpleasantness she brings to every instance of meeting her.

The book is set in a small town in Michigan during the early 1900's during a time of stay-at-home women, large families, and just plain sweetness. It is a charming, no...more
I don’t mind slow paced, character driven novels but there needs to be some kind of plot and the characters have to be extremely well done. The promised plot is that of a small community hit hard by the 1918 flu pandemic but by half way through, there was still pretty much no plot and no mention of the flu. We are still getting to know the characters who are good, but not great. There are a few anecdotes to keep the reader somewhat interested but for most of the book I felt like I was just waiti...more
Ruth Hill
When I began reading this book, I honestly did not know what to expect. I am sure I read a brief summary of it, but I could not remember anything about it. It was historical fiction, and that was the most important thing.

I enjoyed this book from the onset. I knew relatively little about this time period in American history. The characters were simple and enchanting. I was expecting a sweet, little story, and for the first half of the book, that is what I got.

With alacrity, the story changed-kin...more
Donna McBroom-Theriot
I love reading books depicting life from times long gone and full of colorful characters. Enza was such a book. In the beginning, I was a little lost trying to keep up with the different characters, but once I got in to the swing of the story, it became a natural current between each chapter and each character.

Kristy James did an exceptional job of taking the reader back to the early 1900’s and immersing them into the ebb and flow of the everyday lives of Enza’s characters. From the innocence o...more
This book is an extremely well written account of the Spanish Influenza which hit America in the early 1900s. The plot is completely character driven which I loved because these everyday small town people were anything but dull; here you have a cross sectional take on events through the eyes of an eclectic bunch: the devoted Minister (and his anything but devoted wife), the funeral director, the romantic newly courting couple bound together by fate, the owner of the General Store and his son who...more
A heartbreaking story of a time period I did not know too much about – the time when influenza spread across the globe and killed so many people. Kristy K. James wrote a well-written story about this time period that I got a good feel as to what it was like at that time – the fear of the unknown and the sadness of so many people.

The book is narrated by several different characters so you can see each of their viewpoints. I liked most of the characters – I particularly loved Jonathon – the war he...more
Kathleen Kelly
Enza tells the tale of a small town in Michigan in 1918, war is still going on but the war seems far away in this idyllic little haven. Life is simpler then, lots of family values and close knit families and friends. A wonderful story that gives us a glimpse in to life in a bygone era. What we have only read about. But things can change in a minute and that is what happens when the Spanish Influenza hits. It leaves a devastating wave of death in it's path, killing over 600,000 and it does not di...more
Karen Pokras Toz
Kristy K James' novel Enza follows the lives of several different people and their families during WWI and the little known (at least to me) flu epidemic that hits the US during this time. I was instantly drawn in to each character's life and loved how the author told the story form several different points of view. While I sometimes find this style of writing to be confusing, I found it to be done quite effectively in this novel. There are so many great characters in this book, from 10-year-old...more
Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
I loved this community of Charlotte, Michigan. They were endearing and you wanted to cheer for them. I especially loved the Owens family, the minister Colby, and Daniel. All is going along well with a few bumps in the road as life does until the Spanish Influenza hits and begins to move it's way across the country. My heart broke as the families of this community lost different members of their family to this disease. We think nothing of the FLU now. We may or may not get the vaccine, but back i...more
Literary  Chanteuse
A very emotional and moving story about a close knit community that is hit hard by the Spanish influenza. It also touches on some other historic happenings such as WWI and the Women's Suffrage movement and how these events would have affected many people. The characters that have a lot of depth that really are the heart of the story. There is a strong sense of family values and along with some tragic moments you are embraced with love, hope and bits of humor.
Vanda Bromwich
Life in small town America during the First World War and the Spanish flu epidemic. The author has tried to cover all levels of society - 10 year old Jonathon who is convinced his elderly German neighbour is a spy, the vicar trapped in a loveless marriage, the undertaker paralysed by shyness and a young couple who meet and marry. We follow their stories through the book,written in a very entertaining manner.
I liked "Enza" by Kristy James. The characters were realistic. The plot was very slow moving at first, but once the story finally picked up it got very interesting. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in historical fiction.
Louise Behiel
Very emotional read. Not a romance but well worth reading. informative, emotional and evocative. I couldn't put it down.
Karen B
Nicely written, wonderful characters, sad.
This is a hopelessly bad book. No real explanations of the Spanish Influenza, no real plot or character development, except one man's hated wife dies (yawn). Prose is so simplistic and stiff and predictable I think it's not even appropriate for YA's. I can't even give this to my 14 year old grand daughter. I don't throw away many books but this one I'll at least donate somewhere else. I like historic fiction and really any writing but Lord....let it at least be decently written.This pandemic in...more
Let me start off by saying I generally don't like historical novels, but when I really like an author I tend to read everything they write, so I did. It was a little slow going at first for me because of the time frame but by the last third of the book I was biting my nails and bawling my eyes out. Generally I read romance or suspense but every once in a while I really enjoy reading something thats based in reality, that touches your heart and doesn't always have to have a happy ending because l...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: Enza
Author: Kristy K. James
Pages: 334
Year: 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace
Note: I received a copy from the author for this review. Other reviews are located at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo...

World War 1 began in 1914 and ended in 1919. The United States was only directly involved in the fighting the last two years, beginning in the summer of 1917. There are some who love history whether in a telescopic view or a microscopic view. Some love to watch various programs on TV that share i...more
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All it took was the encouragement of a student teacher in a ninth grade writing class and Kristy K. James was off and running. She has been writing for more years than she’ll ever admit to, and loves every aspect of it. From creating characters who are so real that they sometimes take over the writing when they don’t like where she’s taking a story, to adding as many twists and mysteries to her pl...more
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