Faces and Snippets of It Took a War

It Took a War is written from multiple points of view. I could be in the minds of Joe and Lucas on the battle field and camp, but also back home with Joe's sisters and mother. If I got stuck on one character, there was always another mind to pry into. That being said, let me introduce you to Joe's family. (If you have no idea who Joe is, read THIS post.) I tossed in some snippets to jazz this post up. =)

Coralie is thirteen years old and is quite put out when her brother marches off the war. Joe and Coralie are very close and she feels like she's being torn apart from her best friend. She and Joe have a strong dislike for their cousin, Lucas, and she isn't afraid to tell him so.

 
While mama left the room to find Isabelle, silence wrapped around the kitchen, making every small noise that one usually doesn't hear sound like thunder. The floorboards creaked and the wind whistled through the window causing the curtains to softly dance. The fire snapped and crackled as a pot boiled over it and the faint sound of Isabelle’s footsteps upstairs could be heard. Joe shifted in his seat. Coralie looked up, caught him staring at her and swiftly peered down at her book again.
“Stop that, Coralie.”
She calmly lifted her eyes and shut the book. The fragrance of old paper drifted around her face as she did so. “Stop what?” 
“Glaring at me."
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Lucas is a crook, a fighter and an all around rogue. He absolutely despises living with his aunt and cousins. No one likes him. He is haunted by his past, and just can't seem to get on the right path.

Lucas couldn't quite believe that he got a letter. He sat behind his tent the next day, his shoulders and back aching as he flipped the white envelope over in his hands. It was certainly addressed to him and in the corner was his cousin, Coralie’s name. Why on earth is she writing to me? He was almost scared to open it for this was so unlike Coralie to make any kind of reference of him being alive.

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Genevieve Roberts is Joe, Coralie and Isabelle's mother. There are only a handful of parts in the story that are told from her POV. She's the only one who has sympathy for Lucas in the Roberts family. 


Genevieve looked down at the shirts on her lap and felt her heart tighten. “I wonder why Lucas hasn't written,” she said aloud. Coralie didn’t look up. She continued to read as she gripped the edges of her book. “You did send the letter I gave you, didn’t you Coralie?”

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And here's Joe's littlest sister, Isabelle. She's only four and doesn't have a POV in the book. She's a ray of sunshine in the dark, war torn world. Here's a snippet that she's in:


She settled herself in the corner and, to Joe’s chagrin, started singing loudly as she spun around with her doll, “All around the cobbler's house, the monkey chased the people. And after them in double haste, Pop! goes the weasel!”
Joe buried his head in his arms and moaned. If all afternoon was going to be this dull, he wasn’t sure he could survive. 
“Joe, listen to this rhyme!” Isabelle ran over to him. Her face was aglow with excitement as she recited, “Hickory, dickory, dock, the mouse ran up the clock; the clock struck one, the mouse ran down; hickory, dickory, dock!” She stared at him with wide eyes, waiting to be praised for such an astonishing performance.
Joe patted her head, “You’re a very clever little girl, Izzy.”
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What writing projects are you working on right now? I'd love to hear about them!

-Emily

9 comments

  1. Gee, you just keep getting better and better at writing, Em. Your characters seem to come to life, and they're such earthy, soulful people. (Did that make a lick of sense?) What I mean is that they're human. I like that.

    I want to read this book. ^.^

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    1. Em, thank you so much! Your words are such an encouragement! =)

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  2. I love novels that center around a family. Very excited to hear more abt your WIP, Emily!

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    1. Thank you, Meghan! I'm excited to hear more about your books! I'm currently reading God's Will and I'm enjoying it very much!! =)

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    2. <3 I'm so glad you're enjoying God's Will! I'd love to read your thoughts/review on it when you're finished!

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  3. Hello! I am so excited that I found your blog. I would love to learn more about the book you are writing; it sounds intriguing. I am currently attempting my first novel, a juvenile historical fiction about a girl surviving the black plague in England circa 1348. It is so lovely to meet another history lover and writer. Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thank you so much for following along! Oh, I like the sound of your book!! I agree, it's always nice to meet other writers and history lovers. =)

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