Always October

Christian - Historical Fiction
322 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2015
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Always October by C.E. Edmonson is one of those novels that requires a lot of word space to review, which is why I’m not using my regular review style. Lucas Taylor has lived his life. He may not live long, but he is not giving up. His body is losing the battle, but his mind is just as strong. As his final act of rebellion, he remembers his journey of life and recounts everything that happened. Lucas’ strength was tremendous and very endearing at times. His grief and loss was hard and raked through the storyline. The reader is not immune to Lucas’ despair; you will feel it in your heart and in your soul. He was erratic at times and somewhat obnoxious, but the reader is so much invested in the story that this doesn’t annoy you. Instead, it feels like a part of Lucas.

The novel was a little hard to read, not because it was badly written, but because it was so good that it seemed too real at times. The story was true to life and scarily real. It was honest and pure without being cheesy or clichéd. I don’t say this about many novels, but this one is pure gold. I have no words to describe the feelings the book evoked in me. It was tremendous and heart warming as much as it was emotional. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I usually have issues with writers using covers for their books that have no meaning or reference to the story. Edmonson chose well. The cover not only reflects the title, but also the story. Five well-earned stars!

Michelle Stanley

Always October is a Christian historical fiction by C.E. Edmonson. Lucas Taylor, an ailing veteran who mulls over his memorable life living in Bear County, Minnesota, narrates. He recalls how his ancestors came to settle in Minnesota, and why his happy childhood drastically changes at age eight with the outbreak of the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918. It claimed the lives of numerous persons, including his mother and sister, Annie. Lucas assisted his father selling farm machinery, but when WW2 erupted, he enlisted. The horrors of war also changed his outlook on life, while struggling to survive and protect the lives of the men he commanded. After returning home, Lucas experiences other highs and lows of economic and social conditions that war left behind, romance, and more unexpected sorrow that constantly surrounds him.

I had difficulty believing Always October was fictional because Lucas Taylor’s nostalgic narration seems too realistic, too personal, to be otherwise. It definitely proves how talented C.E. Edmonson is at storytelling. This remarkable book held me spellbound from the beginning with very interesting main characters. It is a story about the bittersweet life that Lucas Taylor has lived and he narrates as though he has company and is speaking aloud. The author is thorough in his research and his writing is very detailed, so I gained additional knowledge about the war, and the vital roles farmers played despite the setbacks they endured. Always October has sufficient emotional drama to bring tears and I recommend C.E. Edmonson's novel.