About the Book:
Cottonwood Summer ’45, the latest novel in the Cottonwood series, continues the tradition of delivering an entertaining, richly-detailed reminiscence of home-front America during the summer of 1945, as well as details of the closing events of World War II. The last days of the war have a profound effect on America, as witnessed by the citizens of Riverton, Michigan, and Nashville, Tennessee, the settings of this fast-paced story in which Jase and his best friend Danny, the heroes of the Cottonwood novels, are plagued by yet another passel of bad guys.
When the story opens, Danny has disappeared, along with a desperate German POW bent on making his way back to the Fatherland. With Danny as his hostage, he too falls victim to the wit and valor of the villain-vanquishing team from Riverton, Michigan.
On their train trip to Nashville, Tennessee, our heroes are robbed but quickly identify the crook. Next, by capturing a nasty Nazi POW, they are awarded the Key to the City by Nashville’s mayor. This action opens the doors to the exciting sights and sounds of Nashville in 1945.
You’ll weep as Danny causes the accidental death of a dear friend. And you’ll marvel at how the duo deals with their first experience with racial segregation. And you’ll laugh aloud at the antics of Danny as his clairvoyance and intelligence bewilder pompous politicians and unfortunate criminals alike.
Gary Slaughter’s previous novels — Cottonwood Spring, Cottonwood Winter: A Christmas Story, Cottonwood Fall, and Cottonwood Summer — were named finalist in six prestigious book awards for fiction writing in the categories of adult fiction and young-adult fiction. Based on early reviews, Cottonwood Summer ’45 is his best work ever. Readers are sure to experience a special treat!
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About the Author:
Cottonwood Summer is part of a series of books that are a throwback to a simpler time. They take place in small town Michigan - Riverton to be exact - where it's 1945 and a POW camp is the focus of the town. Fear of the prisoners and Germans in general pervades the denizens of the town especially after various evils have befallen them due to their presence. But thanks to the intrepid heroes - Danny and Jase - a couple of pre-teen sleuths, all works out well in the end.
In this installment though, Danny has been kidnapped! Jase knows he must save his friend and sets out to do just that! What follows is a somewhat improbable tale of hunt and chase as the kidnapper is followed to Nashville (a delightful description of the WWII city is included) and beyond. These boys solve their problems while learning about the inequities of life in the pre-civil rights South.
The book is written in a simple easy to read fashion and the boys make enjoyable heroes. Some suspension of belief is necessary to enjoy the tale but that is not necessarily a bad thing in a book. The descriptions of "back in the olden days" small town life are well written and full of heartfelt nostalgia for a time long gone by.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of Cottonwood Summer '45 gratis from JKS Communications. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for this post.