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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
Comfrey, Wyoming: Marcela's Army by Daphne Birkmyer tells the story of a small town and its people and how things can connect them. The story begins with a fire in a house, which kills several people. A fireman rescues a young girl called Vera, who escaped the fire and climbed a tree outside, which unfortunately gave her a view of the people inside. Traumatized by the event, Vera refuses to talk. She is taken in by a woman called Betty Ann, who takes her to a psychiatrist to help her with the trauma. The story follows various people and the impact that these tragic events have had on them.
Daphne Birkmyer has created an interesting and charming book with Comfrey, Wyoming: Marcela's Army. She uses descriptive passages well and I could really picture the story in my head. Each character comes across as well-developed and the story flows well. The author has a good way with words and it kept me reading. I think the author could go far with her books as she is a solid writer who really gets into the heads of her characters, so much so that they practically leap off the page. I haven't read the other book in this series, but based on this one, I would give it a read. I think this would appeal to readers who love fiction that involves small towns and real people. The storylines do tug on the heartstrings and you want things to work out for the characters. I would recommend it.