Today I'm pleased to be part of the Cottonwood Summer '45 blog tour. I'm going to be including my review today and then later on I will include a guest post from the author. So be sure to check back later for that post.
Cottonwood Summer '45
by Gary Slaughter
Received for Review
Release Date: June 1, 2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
When the army builds a German prisoner of war camp on the outskirts of a small Michigan town, citizens are outraged. Adding to the angst, two women assist a pair of POWs to escape -- and are tried for treason. History, fiction, and humor blend into a heart-warming story of life on the 1944 home front.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I honestly did not expect to enjoy this novel as much as I did.
This book was hilarious, informative, entertaining, educational, and masterfully written. Slaughter created a novel that made for an incredible read.
This novel is the fifth one in the series. I have not read the first four, but I didn't feel lost. Like several reviewers have pointed out, this novel does move slowly at times. However, I never felt bored or lost. I for one was always entertained.
The author did choose to include pages of non-fiction facts; however, I found those interesting...and if readers really wanted to they could skip those and still follow and enjoy the story.
The story focuses on eleven year olds Danny and Jase and their adventures on the outskirts of a small Michigan town next to a German POW camp. The novel follows their adventures as they outwit escaped German POWs and help local law enforcement solve crimes. I loved these spunky, quirky characters who always left me amused.
While some might contend that the events in this book might be slightly far-fetched at times, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and personally I didn't mind the possible stretches in the plot. In fact, I rather enjoyed watching Danny and Jase's outwit the "bad guys."
This book was entertaining and informative. It's one that I definitely recommend to fans of historical fiction, especially fans of World War II.
In Summary: An informative and entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The Wrap-up: This book is long and I honestly didn't expect to enjoy it nearly as much as I did. Cottonwood was a delightful read that had me laughing out loud and amused. The characters Jase and Daniel were fun to follow.