Angel Makers by Jessica Gregson - 340 pages
When the men of a remote Hungarian village go off to war in 1916, the women left behind realize their lives are much better without them. Suddenly, they are not being beaten; they have time for friendships; they even find romance with the injured Italian soldiers staying just outside of town.
For Sari, an intelligent girl who's always been an outcast (her fellow villagers suspect her of being a witch because of her medical knowledge), it's the first time in her life she's had friends. When the men return at war's end, the freedom Sari and the others have enjoyed is suddenly snatched from them, and they realize they need to do whatever it takes to hold onto it. Sari puts her medical knowledge to use to off her husband. Then she helps one of her friends. And another. When the word spreads, she realizes her problems are only beginning. This creeping and hugely readable first novel is based on a true story.
My Review: 3 stars
An unforgettable book that borders on frightening as it's underlying plot. I found the story idea interesting and wish the author gave more details in her author's notes, acknowledgments or preface about the "true" circumstances on which this book is based. The main character has a unique coming of age during the early 1900's while her betrothed is at war. Friendship, secrets, magic and old wife's tales abound throughout this book.Tags: Historical Fiction, 2012, Coming Of Age, Witches
Labels: 2012, Coming Of Age, Historical Fiction, Witches