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#The Soldier’s Girl by Sharon Maas–Review-4 stars-#NetGalley

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The Soldier’s Girl is a captivating, historical fiction novel, which takes place during WWII. I found the book to be a little confusing at first, but after a few chapters, the story fell into place. I was wholly engrossed until the very end.  

Sybil missed her life and her childhood friends, in Alsace, France. And, although, Sybil had been living in England for years, she always considered France to be her home. So after becoming a competent nurse, she sought a position in France, nursing soldiers back to health. Sybil was granted her wish to go to France, not as a nurse, however, but as a British Agent, for the French Resistance, in Alsace. She was recruited because of her unique ability to speak flawless, French, Alsatian, and German; and her talent for staying calm under pressure. 

France was under German occupation, except for Alsace. Germany had annexed Alsace instead. The people of Alsace were forced to become German citizens and were given new identities. Everything written in French was destroyed. No one was even allowed to speak the language. As a result, the French Resistance of Alsace was born. Sybil’s job was to supply weapons, organize, and train the members. She was also the one responsible for setting up a wireless connection to England. 

But shortly after parachuting into France, Sybil met Commander Wolfgang Von Haagan. The man who would frighten her, as well as win her heart. If only the Commander had been cruel to Sybil, it wouldn’t have been so difficult to carry out what her duty demanded of her.  

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~

 

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The Orphan of India by Sharon Maas

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The Orphan of India is an amazing, emotional story about an Indian girl, Jyothi, who rose from the slums of Bombay, to become a world famous violinist.

Monika and Jack Kingsley fell in love with Jyothi. They couldn’t wait to bring their new adopted daughter to England. They believed that once Jyothi was home with them, all would be well. But, Jyothi was grieving. She not only lost her beloved mother but also, the only lifestyle, she’d ever known. To shield herself from the confusing new world, Jyothi put up thick internal walls to keep everything and everyone out. With Monika and Jack’s love and encouragement, though, Jyothi was able to bloom. And, although Jyothi grew to love her new parents, her true comfort, was music. When life didn’t make sense for Jyothi, music would soothe her; until, even that, failed her. Jyothi was in love with Dean and the more she tried to force that puzzle piece, into her life, when it didn’t fit, the more broken she became.

This character-driven story moved me. I became deeply engrossed in Jyothi’s life and felt as if I actually knew her. I ached for Jyothi when she was rejected and rejoiced with her when she reached new accomplishments. I found it frustrating, though, when Jyothi would lose hope so easily. But, because of Jyothi’s numerous losses, she was an emotionally fragile woman. And, although she had wonderful mentors and champions around her, some lessons, Jyothi found, she only learned the hard way; with a lot of pain and suffering.

I enjoyed reading Jyothi’s story, and even though I felt the novel could be tightened up, and shortened, I still loved it.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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It’s Moving, Compelling and Engrossing. I loved it!

 

The Orphan of India is an amazing, emotional story about an Indian girl, Jyothi, who rose from the slums of Bombay, to become a world famous violinist.

Monika and Jack Kingsley fell in love with Jyothi. They couldn’t wait to bring their new adopted daughter to England. They believed that once Jyothi was home with them, all would be well. But, Jyothi was grieving. She not only lost her beloved mother but also, the only lifestyle, she’d ever known. To shield herself from the confusing new world, Jyothi put up thick internal walls to keep everything and everyone out. With Monika and Jack’s love and encouragement, though, Jyothi was able to bloom. And, although Jyothi grew to love her new parents, her true comfort, was music. When life didn’t make sense for Jyothi, music would soothe her; until, even that, failed her. Jyothi was in love with Dean and the more she tried to force that puzzle piece, into her life, when it didn’t fit, the more broken she became.

This character-driven story moved me. I became deeply engrossed in Jyothi’s life and felt as if I actually knew her. I ached for Jyothi when she was rejected and rejoiced with her when she reached new accomplishments. I found it frustrating, though, when Jyothi would lose hope so easily. But, because of Jyothi’s numerous losses, she was an emotionally fragile woman. And, although she had wonderful mentors and champions around her, some lessons, Jyothi found, she only learned the hard way; with a lot of pain and suffering.

I enjoyed reading Jyothi’s story, and even though I felt the novel could be tightened up, and shortened, I still loved it.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy!

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

 

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Best Historical Fiction New Releases for Jan Feb March 2017

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https://write-escape.com/2017/02/13/the-lost-daughter-of-india-by-sharon-maas/

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*The Lost Daughter of India* by Sharon Maas

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The author pulled me into the heart of her characters, hijacked my emotions, and captured my attention until the very last page.

The Lost Daughter of India is a poignant story about a twelve-year-old Indian girl who was abducted and sold into prostitution. Although this fictional story takes place in India, it could actually be anywhere in the world. Human trafficking is a horrendous evil that occurs today, even in this modern day twenty-first century.

As a child, Carolyn’s greatest dream was to marry a prince and live in India. Little did she know that her dream would actually come true. She met her Indian prince in Boston, Massachusetts. The two married and moved to India. They thought that their deep love for one another would be enough to overcome any obstacles. But, homesickness led Carolyn back to the United States, leaving her daughter, Asha, behind. It would be, unfortunately, Asha who would pay the ultimate price for Carolyn’s abandonment.

Although the subject matter is disturbing, the story is engrossing and superbly written. The author pulled me into the heart of her characters, hijacked my emotions, and captured my attention until the very last page. I finished the book in one day, simply because I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended.

Thank you Bookoutour publishing, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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*The Sugar Planter’s Daughter*by Sharon Maas*5-Shining Stars

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The Sugar Planter’s Daughter is a powerfully written, emotionally charged, character driven novel, that takes place during the early 1900’s in British Guiana.

Winnie Cox, a Sugar Planter’s Daughter, is a kind-hearted and trusting soul, who willingly gives up her upper-class status to marry George Quint, a black man, from a poor neighborhood.

Winnie’s sister, Johanna, chose to continue her privileged life, by marrying a man whom she could easily manipulate and use, to restore her family’s sugar plantation. Johanna didn’t care about having a loveless marriage. However, after she witnessed the joy and love that her sister, Winnie, shared with her husband, and their sons, she had a change of heart. Jealous of her sister, Johanna set out to steal Winnie’s happiness from her.

This book is not only a story about love and betrayal; it’s about life; in all of its glorious joy, devastating hardships and difficult life lessons; and how it’s even possible to derive happiness from agonizing trials. Forgiveness like grief has many layers, and even though, an act of betrayal has been forgiven, betrayal’s poisonous sting can easily be resurrected.

Sharon Maas is not only an outstanding storyteller but a magnificent writer; she transports her readers into the hearts and minds of her characters. I was moved to tears more than once while reading and experiencing their lives, especially the heart-wrenching struggles of Sophie Cox Quint. Each page comes alive with fully developed characters, realistic dialogue and raw emotion.

I highly recommend reading The Sugar Planter’s Daughter, a beautifully written, moving story that touches the soul.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 shining stars~Review by Peg Glover