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Official Review: In the Fullness of Time

Please use this forum to discuss historical fiction books. Common definitions define historical fiction as novels written at least 25-50 years after the book's setting.

Official Review: In the Fullness of Time

Post Number:#1 by bookowlie
» 09 Feb 2017, 13:19

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "In the Fullness of Time" by Katherine P. Stillerman.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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In the Fullness of Time by Katherine P. Stillerman is a historical novel that takes place in South Carolina in the early 1900’s. It is the sequel to Hattie’s Place and picks up seven years after the first book left off. Once she married Charles Barton, Hattie left her teaching job to raise his four boys and fulfill the duties of a prominent lawyer’s wife. Inspired by a Women’s Suffrage protest in Washington D.C., she becomes active in the fight for women’s voting rights.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author seamlessly weaves real-life historical events through a fictional plot full of relatable characters. Although I was fortunate to have read the first book, this current installment can easily be read as a standalone. The characters from the first book are introduced early on, complete with vivid backstories.

All of the ingredients are mixed well into an absorbing storyline - the routines of Southern small-town life, the reappearance of an old flame, a mystery side plot, and the grass-roots activism of the Suffrage movement. It's an interesting peek at an important period in history, along with a heartfelt story of love, friendship, and the power of uniting for a common cause.

There is a realistic theme about the main character having to reconcile the “two Hatties” – the independent, career gal she was before marriage and the person she is now, a married woman who gave up her teaching job to assume the expected responsibilities of being a lawyer’s wife and full-time stepmother to four boys. Hattie’s close friendship with her assertive sister-in-law Alice is one of the highlights of the book, as the older woman mentors and inspires her in so many ways.

The writing has an easy, natural flow, but there are abrupt time jumps that are a bit jarring. In the middle of a chapter, I would be taken by surprise that a few years had already passed. Here’s an example – “Pauline was so taken by him when she went with you and Earline to First Baptist in Greenville. She hasn’t stopped talking about him since, even though it’s been almost two years."

The PDF file I received appears to be a final draft, with notes and corrections in red in the text and right-hand column; there was also a dated label of “final draft” when I downloaded it. Hopefully, the published book is in final form and doesn’t contain these notations. I also noticed several errors scattered throughout the story.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is a prime example of the phrase “getting lost in a good book.” I can easily recommend it to fans of historical fiction and anyone who just wants to curl up and read an engrossing story.

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Re: Official Review: In the Fullness of Time

Post Number:#2 by gali
» 10 Feb 2017, 00:11

Sound like a fun read. I am glad you enjoyed it that much. I also like when all of the ingredients are mixed well into an storyline. Thank you on the great review!
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Re: Official Review: In the Fullness of Time

Post Number:#3 by bookowlie
» 10 Feb 2017, 00:40

Thanks Gali! I actually liked this book even more than the first book. It was a happy surprise since sequels are sometimes not that good.
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Re: Official Review: In the Fullness of Time

Post Number:#4 by Wasif Ahmed
» 11 Feb 2017, 06:14

Another great and well written review.😊 This doesn't seem like my kind-of read though.
Congratulations to the author on getting such a great review.
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Re: Official Review: In the Fullness of Time

Post Number:#5 by hsimone
» 11 Feb 2017, 09:32

Thank you, bookowlie, for another great review! I've been meaning to read Hattie's Place for a while now, so this is a nice reminder. :) I love when you can get lost in a book; it shows real talent from the author. Too bad about the errors, but I'm glad that you were able to enjoy the read!
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Re: Official Review: In the Fullness of Time

Post Number:#6 by bookowlie
» 11 Feb 2017, 09:46

Thanks Wasif Ahmed and Hsimone! Hsimone - although the first book is very good, the sequel (this book) can definitely be read as a standalone.
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Post Number:#7 by hsimone
» 11 Feb 2017, 10:50

bookowlie wrote:Thanks Wasif Ahmed and Hsimone! Hsimone - although the first book is very good, the sequel (this book) can definitely be read as a standalone.


That's good to know! Out of curiosity, I went to look at it on Amazon and it doesn't seem to be there. I wonder if it's not officially published at this time?
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Re: Official Review: In the Fullness of Time

Post Number:#8 by Wasif Ahmed
» 12 Feb 2017, 05:09

bookowlie wrote:Thanks Wasif Ahmed and Hsimone! Hsimone - although the first book is very good, the sequel (this book) can definitely be read as a standalone.

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Post Number:#9 by bookowlie
» 12 Feb 2017, 08:37

hsimone wrote:
bookowlie wrote:Thanks Wasif Ahmed and Hsimone! Hsimone - although the first book is very good, the sequel (this book) can definitely be read as a standalone.


That's good to know! Out of curiosity, I went to look at it on Amazon and it doesn't seem to be there. I wonder if it's not officially published at this time?


I also didn't find it on Amazon when I tried to read the sample before selecting a book. I am assuming it hasn't been published yet.
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Post Number:#10 by greenstripedgiraffe
» 14 Feb 2017, 21:59

This sounds like a good read. I don't know much about the suffrage movement in history. Guess I usually take it for granted that females can vote 😆
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Post Number:#11 by kimmyschemy06
» 15 Feb 2017, 02:27

Sounds like a great book with endearing character. As a self-declared feminist, I think I can easily relate to Hattie :) . Moreover, I love books in a series that can be read as standalone. Too bad, though, about the errors. Great job on the review.
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Re: Official Review: In the Fullness of Time

Post Number:#12 by bookowlie
» 15 Feb 2017, 09:24

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greenstripedgiraffe wrote:This sounds like a good read. I don't know much about the suffrage movement in history. Guess I usually take it for granted that females can vote 😆


I also didn't know too much about this period in history. That's what I like about historical fiction You can be entertained with a good story and learn something at the same time.

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kimmyschemy06 wrote:Sounds like a great book with endearing character. As a self-declared feminist, I think I can easily relate to Hattie :) . Moreover, I love books in a series that can be read as standalone. Too bad, though, about the errors. Great job on the review.



Thanks Kimmyschemy! Hattie is certainly a memorable character.
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Post Number:#13 by greenstripedgiraffe
» 15 Feb 2017, 09:29

bookowlie wrote:


I also didn't know too much about this period in history. That's what I like about historical fiction You can be entertained with a good story and learn something at the same time.[/quote]

Yes, exactly!!! :techie-reference:
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Re: Official Review: In the Fullness of Time

Post Number:#14 by bookowlie
» 13 Mar 2017, 17:18

greenstripedgiraffe wrote:
bookowlie wrote:


I also didn't know too much about this period in history. That's what I like about historical fiction You can be entertained with a good story and learn something at the same time.


Yes, exactly!!! :techie-reference:[/quote]

In this case, I didn't know too much about the Women's Suffrage movement so the background info was a nice bonus. I felt like I was right there with the protest signs!
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Re: Official Review: In the Fullness of Time

Post Number:#15 by jamesabr
» 18 Mar 2017, 13:50

Despite the supposed jarring moments, this book sounds like I wouldn't be able to put it down. Thanks for the review.
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