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Will's War

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
From bestselling author Janice Woods Windle comes another compelling historical novel, this time based on the life of Windle's own grandfather. The protagonist is Will Bergfeld, a brash young man of German descent who is accused of treason and stands trial for his life in 1917, in the midst of the anti-German sentiment that ran rampant in small-town Texas during World War ...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published March 15th 2002 by Longstreet Press
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Apr 28, 2012 AlixJamie rated it really liked it
Plot: This is a book about a trial, and I'm not really into law and courts and juries and all that let's-get-together-and-talk-for-days-and-months-about-opposing-sides-of-this-issue stuff. Not every writer can take that plot - especially in dealing with real people (Will Bergfeld is Janice Woods Windle's grandfather) - and turn it into a book that's not only interesting, but has chapter endings that make you almost unable to put it down. I always make the mistake of getting into a book a few hou ...more
Sep 23, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: texas
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Tomorrow night, we'll be discussing this book as part of the museum's book club and I think it will be a great discussion. Years ago, we read one of Windle's other novels, Hill Country, but these two books are so different. In a way, Will's War is much tighter and has a kind of force to it that her other novels don't.
Like her other novels, she dives into family history to tell the sory of her grandfather, accused of treason during WWI. But is that accusation really just becaus
Dec 28, 2014 Art rated it liked it
Too much court dialogue.
Jun 25, 2012 Edna rated it really liked it
The period before WWI is very interesting as there are parallels to today. This book brings the capitalists (JD Rockefeller), labor and farmers in the context of the German communities in Texas around Sequin. I rated it more for Texans who are interested in our state history. The book was not available on the Kindle so I purchased a used copy and am happy to share it with my book friends.
Mar 27, 2007 Beth rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers who are familiar with Texas, partifularly the Seguin area
I read this book because it is based on a true story and mostly set in and around where I live and work - the story itself and the writing style weren't overly remarkable to me, but it was very interesting to get a glimpse of how the community I live in looked close to a century ago.
Jan 18, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
I enjoy this author. Her first novel was fantastic.
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Sep 21, 2012 Denise Cumbus rated it liked it
Interesting texas history during WWI
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