So, yesterday was my day for the blog tour of a book I have told you guys about in a guest post, but apparently my post wasn’t published yesterday while I was at the book fair, and I didn’t know about it. So first of all, I want to apologize to the author and Nicole (that organized this blog tour). Second, enjoy this review and go check out the blog.
“Born Under Fire“, written by Rina Z. Neiman, is a Historical novel with a coming of age story, published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
I want to thank Nicole Pyles, that organized the blog tour, and Rina Z. Neiman for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Born Under Fire is a historical novel that tells the story of a girl coming of age and her drive to excel despite the devastating effects of long-term war.
Born in Jerusalem under British rule in 1928, Shula grows up in a world in turmoil as Hitler rises to power and nations enter into war. Amid a landscape of ancient stone ruins next to modern Bauhaus architecture, and desert scrub ending at newly verdant farmlands, Shula grows into her independence as the State of Israel is born.
Based on historical documents and events, Born Under Fire is also about the context surrounding the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the horrors and dangers of growing up in a conflict zone. Shula battles grief and depression due to the shattering events affecting her, her family, and the entire world.
Despite this struggle, her resilient spirit enables her to reach great heights as a concert pianist.
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Rina Z. Neiman is a writer, event producer and public relations professional. Born Under Fire is based on the true story of her mother, Shulamit Dubno Neiman, a Sabra, a musician and one of the first generation of modern-day Israelis. Rina lives in Marin County, California with her husband and son. This is her first novel.
This is the first book I have ever read of Rina Z. Neiman, but I do like to read Historical novels and I was interested to read a book that’s set during WWII, because I haven’t read that many, that been said, I liked it a lot.
As we follow Shula’s life and see all the struggles, how life was back then… It still affects me even though I wasn’t alive back then, and I don’t have any family member that was alive then, but Portugal was under a dictatorship not long ago and my grandparents have told me stories about that time, so it connected in a way.
Also, all the emotions and the connectivity of this book with me as just amazing. I felt like I was listening to my grandparents tell me the story of their lives, with all the ups and downs, with all the things they miss, all the things they regret, all the fears and dreams and definitely all that they have learned and how they have grown as a human being. I saw that in Shula. It was a personal story, that’s why it connected with me, because Shula as the main character gave us, the readers, that opening to the story; it made it possible for us to understand the scenes and the struggles, and the emotions that were connected with actions.
Besides the characters and all the interactions and plot, seeing the society back then and see what all those events and changes lead to, it was quite eye opening. Sometimes we don’t realize that cultures can chance and societies adapt because of the major events that end up molding the world, like a war. And I like that aspect of the book as well.
And everything was well put together because Rina has sew every fiber of this story, from the historical facts to the fictional elements, in an emotional, real and powerful way that made the reading of this books just strong. It was thought provoking, it was true and I honestly mind blown by my own feelings, causing my incapability of making a coherent comment besides “Loved it!”
That bee said, I totally recommend it if you like historical novels that happen during WWII, and if so, get ready for an emotional journey through this tumultuous time in our history. Join a young woman while she fights for her dreams, using all of her strength to keep walking no matter the struggles and adversities in her path. Connect with her and with her courage as she just lives her life.
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