Thursday, June 11, 2009

More Reviews!!!

We have another review today, and this one comes from Kellie McCollum. Thanks, Kellie!

All Other Nights by Dara Horn
At first glance, All Other Nights by Dara Horn is a romance set during the Civil War. You could read this novel because you want a romantic story. You might also be looking for an imaginative story of the Jewish community’s struggles in this formative time of America’s history. You could read it purely as a Civil War buff or as a lover of early American politics. I believe any of these desires would be satisfied.

However, as you seep down through its pages and become immersed in its characters and the history of the time, you will discover that it is much more than that. I believe what you will find is a story deeply involved in its characters, their lives and lies; a story intertwined in subterfuge and politics set against the backdrop of the Civil War. Before long you will begin to wonder if any of the characters are telling the truth. Each is enthralled by his own struggle, both internal and external, and it is these struggles that point to the underlying theme of motivation for devotion and, through devotion,
glory. The questions it seems to ask are: Can you obtain glory through devotion? Is glory a sin as pride is a sin, or does devotion to a cause cleanse the sin of self glorification once the goal of the devotion is attained?

All Other Nights is thought provoking and beautiful. It will hold your attention through to the very end of the novel and keep you asking questions and thinking about it for a long time to come.
--Kellie McCollum
Decatur, GA

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