What I’m Reading Now–Nineteen Hundred by Susan Koenig

The right love, the wrong time.

I’ve decided with my hectic schedule, the best way to get any reading in for a while is to read short fiction until deadlines ease up a bit and I can spend more time with Kindle in hand.  To that effect, this weekend I picked up Susan Koenig’s short story, Nineteen Hundred.

I love historicals and this one is no exception.  The characters are fresh–Gideon is quite a charmer, a true gentleman with a secret he aches to reveal, but cannot.  Katheryn, though a little meek (as befits her time),  has passion and goodness that catches Gideon’s eye.  They immediately strike up an acquaintance, leaving the reader no doubt they are made for each other.  Ms. Koenig’s characterizations are drawn with only a few strokes, yet they reveal much of her characters’ inner workings. Even the minor characters, such as the boarding-house proprietor Mrs Hodgson, are deftly penned and memorable.

Nineteen Hundred is also well plotted.  As the hero and heroine inch their way toward intimacy, they are constantly beset by problems that stem from Gideon’s secret.  It is heart-wrenching as we pull for their differences to iron themselves out, because in a very few pages we come to care deeply for these two people.

I promise the ending will surprise you, but as Nineteen Hundred is part of a larger work (though it stands alone perfectly well), we will have to wait for the rest of the story to see how it all plays out in the end.

I thoroughly enjoyed this look at life in Nineteen Hundred.  If you’d like to take a look at it too, it can be found at Amazon and Smashwords.

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21 Responses to What I’m Reading Now–Nineteen Hundred by Susan Koenig

  1. Cera duBois says:

    This looks like a great read…Thanks for sharing!!

  2. You know, I read this review earlier through email. I’ve waited all day to get home so I could buy it. All day long the suspense has killed me. I need to know the hero’s profession!

  3. A short story sounds like exactly what I need right now. And this one goes to the top of my list on your recommendation, Jenna. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it and bringing it to my attention.

  4. Cait says:

    Sounds like a fab read. I’m reading Phillipa Gregory at the mo, lover her English historicals too.

  5. Kary Rader says:

    Thanks for sharing Jenna. That cover looks refreshing when I consider Heat Index of 105 in Dallas today!

  6. Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) says:

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks, Jenna!

  7. kristinaknightauthor says:

    thanks for sharing, Jenna, it sounds like a great book. Will check it out.

  8. sue says:

    thanks for your comments all – it’s made my day :D

  9. Lindsay says:

    I loved the book and can’t wait for the other book to come out

  10. Brenda says:

    Jenna, this books sounds great–and you know how much I love twists.

  11. Thanks for sharing Jenna…always good to have a recommendation to help with the next book selection!

  12. D'Ann Lindun says:

    Sounds really good.

  13. Sounds amazing! I’m going to go check it out.

  14. Daryl Devore says:

    sounds like a good beach read – an afternoon sitting around in the 1900′s sounds fun.

  15. Now that sounds like something I’d like to read. Nice review.

  16. sue says:

    and Thank you Jenna – yea :D

  17. sue says:

    Thanks Michelle! we’re so busy writing or reviewing that no time to read. I read a bit before bed and hope to read more at the pool

  18. This looks great! I’ll have to check it out. I love short fiction because I can squeeze in some pleasure reading between my review books. Not that I don’t enjoy them too, but once in a while it’s nice to just read for fun! :)

    Michelle V

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