A Whisper Of Smoke by Angela Hoke, CreateSpace Publishing, 2013
This is absolutely one of the best books I’ve ever read, which is why I’ve chosen it to be my first book review.
This coming of age story takes place in 1960s Kentucky, where young Susannah is learning how to balance the burdens of her unconventional family, school, puberty, and her newly recognized feelings for Calvin, the boy next door.
While the story does have some humorous moments, it is a deeply moving story of friendship, love, and loss of innocence. It is the story of two families intertwined and two young people experiencing the unforgettable exhilaration of first love. Their little corner of the world seems untouched by events taking place around them, until Calvin is sent of to fight in the Vietnam war.
Loyalties are questioned, love is tested, and familial bonds are stretched to the limits. This emotional and heart-stirring novel reminds us of the complexities that come with any relationship, whether it involves family, friendship, or romantic love. There is always a price to pay.
Angela is a wonderful writer who paints vivid word pictures in every scene. Her characters are wonderfully poetic portraits with many layers. A Whisper of Smoke is her first published novel. I, for one, look forward to more from her.
The Kindle copy of A Whisper of Smoke is on sale now at Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/A-Whisper-Smoke-Angela-Hoke/dp/149210969X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1391732559&sr=8-1anghokaut-20
Also available in print form. You can get a signed copy and find out more information on the author’s web page here: http://www.angelahokeauthor.com/about-a-whisper-of-smoke.html