Alice’s Notions by Tamera Lynn Kraft is a historical thriller which I loved. Cleverly constructed, small town America merges with the world of espionage and interspersed with references to actors, actresses and films of the time, all of which captures and holds the reader’s attention.
Set against the backdrop of World War II, America in 1946 is still in a state of high alert. Fear is a driving force – fear of Nazi sympathisers, fear of anyone German, fear of Communists. Fear motivates others to be both suspicious and prejudiced. “Prejudices from the war run deep.”
Linked to the theme of fear is that of trust. Who does one trust? Who can one trust? Are friends and neighbours all they appear to be? What about strangers? Immerse yourself in Alice’s Notions to reveal the answers.
The novel is a snapshot of small town America with a sense of community and loyalty throughout. The planned barn quilt tour warms the reader’s heart. Talk of food and family further enhances the community feel.
Life continues even in the light of sadness as members recover from the losses of World War II. There are no victors in war, only losers – as loved ones perish, scars remain. Some scars are visible, others are hidden as hearts are broken and walls erected to protect.
I really enjoyed Alice’s Notions with its clever mix of both charming small town life and spies, espionage and double agents… begging the question, who did I trust? All was revealed in good time.
A cracking novel that had me hooked and guessing.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.