Monday, December 9, 2019

Ann Howard Creel

Ann Howard Creel writes historical novels about strong female characters facing seemingly impossible obstacles and having to make life-changing decisions. In her novel The River Widow, a former tarot-card reader turned widow and stepmother must escape the clutches of an evil family while also facing the crime she herself has committed. In The Whiskey Sea, a fierce young woman becomes one of the only female rumrunners on the Atlantic Coast during Prohibition. And in While You Were Mine, a New York City nurse must give up the child she has raised as her own during World War II.

Creel's new novel is Mercy Road.

Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
I’m a voracious reader of historical fiction, and there’s no shortage of books in that genre that I could recommend. One that I just finished, Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey, is a stand-out. Great openings always impress me, and this novel starts in a strong way that asks more questions than answers them. The author goes on to use parts of the same scene at the opening of each chapter. That device and the rest of the book illuminate the work of the WASPs—female pilots—during World War II, who completed many missions, but primarily moved airplanes all over the US, thus freeing the male pilots to fly overseas. (Yes, female pilots were not allowed to fly in war zones during World War II.) These interesting characters drew me in immediately, and the story was not predictable. The author surprised me several times. In addition to a great story, the research behind it is evident through details that are thorough but not overbearing. I can highly recommend this wonderful World-War-II-era novel.
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My Book, The Movie: Mercy Road.

The Page 69 Test: Mercy Road.

--Marshal Zeringue