Tag Archive | WWII

#The Lost Family by Jenna Blum–4 stars–#Edelweiss #Harper Collins Pub

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The Lost Family is a bittersweet tale about love, loss, loneliness, and betrayal.

Peter Rashkin couldn’t forgive himself for making the mistake that ended up costing his wife and their three-year-old twin daughters their lives. He didn’t believe the ugly rumors about the Nazi’s, in time. When they started to carry out their atrocities against the Jewish, Peter knew that he should have moved his family sooner. He survived the death camps; his wife and children didn’t. 

Peter Raskin had no interest in getting remarried. But, when June informed him that she was carrying his child, he married her. June felt as if she was constantly competing against the family he lost. Being married to Peter wasn’t easy. He spent long hours at work and was obsessed with his restaurant. June was lonely. She didn’t want to cheat on her husband. It just happened, and once it started, she couldn’t seem to stop herself. She knew that her husband loved her, in his own way, but just not enough to let her fully into his heart. 

This is an emotional and heart-wrenching novel. Peter’s guilt and sadness not only overshadowed everything in his life; it also tore his family apart. The Lost Family is a poignant story well told.

Thank you, HarperCollins Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

JENNA BLUM is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels THOSE WHO SAVE US and THE STORMCHASERS and the novella “The Lucky One” in the postwar collection GRAND CENTRAL. Jenna is also one of Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers. Jenna’s third novel, THE LOST FAMILY, will be published June 5, 2018 by Harper Collins.

Jenna’s debut novel THOSE WHO SAVE US was a New York Times bestseller; a Boston Globe bestseller; the winner of the 2005 Ribalow Prize, adjudged by Elie Wiesel; a BORDERS book club pick, a perennial book club favorite, and the # 1 bestselling novel in Holland. Jenna’s second novel, THE STORMCHASERS, is a Boston Globe bestseller, a Target Emerging Authors pick, and a bestseller in Holland and France. Jenna’s newest work, her novella “The Lucky One,” was published in anthology GRAND CENTRAL, published by Penguin in July 2014. Jenna’s third novel, THE LOST FAMILY, is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2018, and Jenna is currently working on her fourth novel. 

 

The Room On Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel–#Review–5 Shining Stars

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Don’t Miss Kristin Harmel’s Newest Release—The Room on Rue Amelie—Coming 3/27/18. I Absolutely Loved It!

 

The Room on Rue Amelie is an amazing story that takes place during WWII in Paris, France. Ruby, an American woman, was ecstatic when her dream to go to Paris came true. A whirlwind romance with Marcel led to a quick marriage and an apartment in Paris. Although Europe was on the verge of war, Ruby didn’t want to return to America. She had made her new life with her French husband and wanted to stay by his side. Ruby’s blissful honeymoon, however, wouldn’t last long. The man she had loved and thought she knew, changed drastically, seemingly overnight. Instead of being loving and attentive, Marcel became secretive and intense. He was often out late at night and whenever Ruby questioned him as to where he had been or with whom, she was met with an abrupt, harsh attitude and an evasive answer.

While in Paris, Ruby befriended a neighbor, Charlotte, a young Jewish girl, and her parents. They became Ruby’s lifeline especially when she went into labor early, and her husband was nowhere to be found. Ruby became very protective of her Jewish neighbors, and when she saw the Germans coming, Ruby ran to their apartment to warn them.

Charlotte’s life changed forever after her parents were taken by the Germans. Ruby dedicated herself to caring for Charlotte, and to assisting British RAF pilots, to escape German-occupied France. Ruby never thought that she would fall in love again, but after meeting Thomas, a pilot whom she had nursed back to health and then helped to escape, she knew that just wasn’t true.

The Room on Rue Amelie is a superbly written, riveting novel. If you enjoy reading WWII, historical fiction, you’ll love this book. Highly recommended.

Thank you, Gallery Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s Page on Amazon)
Kristin Harmel is an international bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. A former reporter for People magazine, Kristin has also freelanced for many other publications, including American Baby, Men’s Health, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Travel + Leisure, and more.

Her latest novels — The Sweetness of Forgetting, The Life Intended, How to Save a Life (a long novella), and When We Meet Again — are out now from Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

Kristin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications (Go Gators!). She lives in Orlando, Fla., with her husband and son.

 

 

 

*From Sand and Ash*by Amy Harmon-5 stars*

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Don’t Miss Amy Harmon’s Newest Release!

It is Haunting, Heartwarming and Unforgettable.

From Sand and Ash is a beautifully written, poignant historical fiction novel that touches the soul. The story takes place in Italy, during WWII.
Eva Rosselli was the love of Angelo Bianco’s life. He was sent to Italy as a child after his mother died. Although he was a Catholic, he grew up with a Jewish family, the Rosselli’s. He also fell in love with their daughter, Eva.

It sickened him to see the Jewish people humiliated, robbed and murdered by the Nazi’s. Angelo became a priest to save as many Jews as possible, especially the family he grew up with and loved. Eva’s heart broke, though, when he was ordained. And as much as Angelo wanted to stay faithful to his vows, he had a difficult time resisting Eva’s affections. Her kisses soothed him, but at the same time, tortured his soul.

Amy Harmon’s writing is superb. Her story flows effortlessly from one scene to the next. She uses her talent to shine a bright light on the beautiful acts of love done by courageous souls, in the midst of Hitler’s atrocities. This book is haunting, heartwarming, magnificently written and unforgettable.

Amy Hammond is a gem of an author, and I’m so glad that I discovered her. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my advanced review copy of this book. I loved it.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Nightingale*by Kristin Hannah*5-Shining Stars

 

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The Nightingale is a poignant, unforgettable novel, magnificently crafted and impossible to put down. The story takes place during WWII in France.

The story is about two brave sisters and what they had to do in order to survive the horrors in occupied France. Vianne was the rule keeper; the responsible older sister. Isabelle, on the other hand, was the younger sister, the rebel, the one with spirit and passion. Both of the sisters were broken from being abandoned by their parents, but the two of them were forever changed by the atrocities they had encountered during the French resistance, in their home, and in German concentration camps.

While Isabelle lead pilots who were shot down into Spain, Vianne was busy saving Jewish children; one in her billeted home, right under the nose of a German officer.

Every page of this engrossing soul-wrenching novel, pulled me in, until I no longer read the words, but experienced them. This is not only a story about the hardships and suffering of WWII but of the risks that brave men and women took in order to save others. In the end, the only thing that mattered was the love that they held for one another.

I highly recommend this superbly written and remarkable book.

5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover