Alma is an orphan sent to live with her aunt. The year is 1859, which I absolutely loved. How simple life seemed to be then! There are plenty of lush country scenes in A Still Small Voice. It is a book about horses and home cures, as much as it is a romance.
We grow up with Alma, as she makes friends, meets the Cleveland’s and begins school.
I think my slight issue would be with the intial start to The Civil War, as it is only referred to as a time of change and after Alma is not allowed to see the Cleveland’s again.
The Civil War plays a large part of the book. John Reed details the effects of this on daily life and the evidence of death that blights war.
I also enjoyed the parts of make do and mend, the changes one village goes through over a period of time and that there is very much a bartering system, than money being exchanged for goods.
I do think A Still Small Voice could have gone on. The end feels as if it is only the beginning for a now grown up Alma and her family.
366 pages, A Still Small Voice by John Reed was published by Delacorte Press in 2000. It was his debut novel.