Thursday, July 28, 2011

Book Review: Voices From the Land by Jan Marquart

is an engaging collection of stories from the pen of Jan Marquart. Proving how much we are all connected, this collection combines the stories of numerous people from a town set in the years after Lincoln freed the slaves.

The reader meets a variety of characters whose stories were told to the author from an intuitive named Sam, who encouraged the author to record them. From the blacksmith's wife to the cattle ranger, from the preacher to the gossip, and from the stagecoach driver to the Indian, their stories blend together to create a town that sees tragedy, loss, love, and forgiveness.

While I enjoyed reading these people's stories, I have to admit that other than the town gossip and the Indian Wind Eagle, they sounded mostly the same to me. Even though I expected the simple manner of speaking, as these were working folks, I couldn't isolate unique voices that made me truly feel I was reading one person's story over another's.

Voices From the Land has a profound message, which is definitely its strength. I encourage you to read the reviews found on Amazon and decide if this book is for you.

Title:  Voices From the Land
Author:  Jan Marquart
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN-10: 1456562908
ISBN-13: 978-1456562908
SRP: $14.95

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation of any kind to provide my review.

BLOGGER's NOTE:  I was supposed to post an interview with Jan today, but our area was hit by severe thunderstorms and we're currently without power. The review was scheduled to run weeks ago, but I don't have access to the interview on my PC. I will post it as soon as I am able.

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