by C. E. Edmonson


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Lucas Taylor has lived a long life. Though his body is failing him, his memory is still strong as he recounts his journey through life, love, and loss-and shares the incredible lesson he's learned along the way.

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ISBN-13: 9781593308865
Publisher: Aventine Press
Publication date: 06/18/2015
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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ALWAYS OCTOBER 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Sis More than 1 year ago
From the first page to the very last, I was held captive by “Always October,” a beautifully written story. Edmonson has created a main character, Lucas Taylor, who is utterly believable. Lucas’ journey through life is told with simplicity and grace. I fell in love with Lucas Taylor, felt his joy and sorrow, and admired his commitment to family, community, and country. “Always October” now is one of my most treasured memories--a reminder of people who made tremendous sacrifices and who helped forge the character of this country.
Yvette_M More than 1 year ago
“Always October,” is a beautifully well-written and heartfelt novel. It’s written as if Lucas Taylor is directly engaging the reader. I can tell that the author has a special eye for detail and yet also ensures that the plot is following a rapid and eventful pace. Taylor was an inspiring character. I loved the themes of war and the struggles of returning back to a quite home. I highly recommend this novel to those who love emotional dramas or a great nostalgic story.
Kelly-Knight More than 1 year ago
This book has that old fashion family values feeling to it. I love how the author gives great details on everything, it's as if you are there sitting with my main character as he tells his story. It's was a tear jerker, as there is heart ache in the story but it also shows the love he has for his family as well. It was a great book to curl up with on the couch.
laurensage More than 1 year ago
There was something about the cover and title of this book that intrigued me. Normally I don’t purchase a book without going through the reviews to determine how others enjoyed it, but, there weren’t any so I had no choice but to throw the dice and this one surely came up 7’s. The first thing to note about the read is simply that C. E. Edmonson, has an engaging writing style that wholly draws you into the character building in a way that makes you feel as though you are a part of him, or perhaps is it that he become’s a part of you. Always October, is a sincere and heartfelt look into the life of Lucas Taylor. As the reader I was taken on a gentle, yet thought provoking, ride as Lucus traverses years of memories. His life a wellspring of monumental moments that tug at the heart strings. This was a mind bending experience that left me begging for more. It is a rare glimpse into a character that is rarely expressed in this genre. I was entirely engaged and never took a single break as I was held glued to every word. Edmonson, is a true talent and I will be looking for his next offering right away. I loved the first person narrative perspective and found that it enhanced the experience for me. It was as though the characters thoughts become my thoughts and I have to really consider them in the moment. In addition, it was highly descriptive which really painted a vivid imagery for the reader. I have to give this book and the writer a well deserved 5 stars as I have not enjoyed a read this much in a very long time. I relate so well to the three last sentences in the book. I am not sure if writers read their reviews but just in case…thank you!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite Always October is a Christian historical fiction by C.E. Edmonson. Lucas Taylor, an ailing veteran who mulls over his memorable life living in Bear County, Minnesota, narrates. He recalls how his ancestors came to settle in Minnesota, and why his happy childhood drastically changes at age eight with the outbreak of the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918. It claimed the lives of numerous persons, including his mother and sister, Annie. Lucas assisted his father selling farm machinery, but when WW2 erupted, he enlisted. The horrors of war also changed his outlook on life, while struggling to survive and protect the lives of the men he commanded. After returning home, Lucas experiences other highs and lows of economic and social conditions that war left behind, romance, and more unexpected sorrow that constantly surrounds him. I had difficulty believing Always October was fictional because Lucas Taylor’s nostalgic narration seems too realistic, too personal, to be otherwise. It definitely proves how talented C.E. Edmonson is at storytelling. This remarkable book held me spellbound from the beginning with very interesting main characters. It is a story about the bittersweet life that Lucas Taylor has lived and he narrates as though he has company and is speaking aloud. The author is thorough in his research and his writing is very detailed, so I gained additional knowledge about the war, and the vital roles farmers played despite the setbacks they endured. Always October has sufficient emotional drama to bring tears and I recommend C.E. Edmonson's novel.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Always October by C.E. Edmonson is one of those novels that requires a lot of word space to review, which is why I’m not using my regular review style. Lucas Taylor has lived his life. He may not live long, but he is not giving up. His body is losing the battle, but his mind is just as strong. As his final act of rebellion, he remembers his journey of life and recounts everything that happened. Lucas’ strength was tremendous and very endearing at times. His grief and loss was hard and raked through the storyline. The reader is not immune to Lucas’ despair; you will feel it in your heart and in your soul. He was erratic at times and somewhat obnoxious, but the reader is so much invested in the story that this doesn’t annoy you. Instead, it feels like a part of Lucas. The novel was a little hard to read, not because it was badly written, but because it was so good that it seemed too real at times. The story was true to life and scarily real. It was honest and pure without being cheesy or clichéd. I don’t say this about many novels, but this one is pure gold. I have no words to describe the feelings the book evoked in me. It was tremendous and heart warming as much as it was emotional. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I usually have issues with writers using covers for their books that have no meaning or reference to the story. Edmonson chose well. The cover not only reflects the title, but also the story. Five well-earned stars!
SuperReaderTA More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read - I have a parent who is getting up there in age and I have been spending increasing amounts of time with her. What I have found astounding from the experience are the stories that I am just now hearing of her life from childhood on. What a blessing to be privy to something like this and this is exactly the sort of thing I experienced as I read author C.E. Edmonson's "Always October". The story of Lucas, who is coming to the end of his life and takes the reader on a journey through his memories. A very well-written and heartfelt tale that touched me deeply.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago