Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Book Review: Copper Fire, by Suzanne Woods Fisher

First of all, something you should know about the author and her work: Suzanne Woods Fisher's bestselling debut novel, Copper Star, was the recipient of three literary awards by Reader Views. Not bad for a debut novel!

I wasn't sure I'd be able to jump right into Copper Fire, a sequel to the award-winning Copper Star. But I was wrong.

Copper Fire has an engaging opening: I’ll never forget that summer night. Our last vestige of normalcy. One evening we sat down to dinner, and by the time we finished, our lives would never be the same.

I happen to love the 1940's, so I was excited to read Fisher's take on post-war lives. The protagonist, Louisa Gordon, fled Nazi Germany and began a new life in Arizona, but her past is nipping at her heels as closely as the family dog, "Dog."

Louisa must deal with the troubled young cousin whom she reclaimed from a concentration camp, a 7 year-old deaf stepson, a husband wounded by a traitorous first wife, a former love who betrayed her, a cantankerous live-in aunt, intolerant townspeople and a big, ever-present dog who is in actuality a character in his own right in the story.

As I read Copper Fire, I secretly looked forward to stealing away some time each evening to allow myself to become absorbed in the plot. You know it's a good read when after you finish the book, you close it, re-open and skim through it, re-read reviews and determine to read the author's other works, which I definitely will.

Copper Fire is an engaging novel which I recommend. You can pick up Copper Fire through Amazon.


Krista said...

I love historical fiction and that sounds like a really good book. Thanks for the recommendation! I'll order it this week! Have a blessed summer, Krista

Mocha with Linda said...

Sounds great, and she's a sweetheart. I've enjoyed her blog.

Susan said...

My book pile gets bigger by the day. I ran into a $5 sale yesterday and bought several books to add...argh! This one sounds good too.

:-) Susan

Suzanne said...

Hi Linda!

Love your "take" on my stories!

Wow...you should be writing back-cover copy.

Thank you si very much! ~Suzanne

Susanne said...

Hey you're reading lots of fiction lately! This one sounds wonderful. I'll have to look for it.