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Of Windmills and War comment (0)

August 29, 2013

By Martine Bates Sharp


Diane Moody. OBT Books, 2012. 596 pp. (Kindle Edition).

My first introduction to Diane Moody was “Confessions of a Prayer Slacker.” I loved it and read two or three more of her books soon after. Loved them, too. “Of Windmills and War,” however, is a completely different story.

I mean, a different KIND of story. While her other books have been light and breezy, this one tells a substantial story of a young man and a long, ugly war. The story, loosely based on experiences the author’s father had during WWII, is gripping and exceedingly well told. The plot is a little predictable but still contains enough surprises to keep the reader engaged from the first page to the last. 

I was so captivated by the book that I read it in one day, but don’t try that at home. Leave it to the professionals; it’s 596 pages long.

This is Moody’s first attempt at historical fiction. The level of detail and the depth of her research make me hope it’s not the last.

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