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“In the Mood” Review

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Life as been crazy, I’m going back to school to get my master in Intercultural Mediation and Social Intervention, which means I won’t have a lot of time to get reviews done. That is, until I get things back on track. But, one thing is for sure, reading as helped me keeping my sanity.

One of the books I read while getting things ready was the one I’m reviewing right now.

In The Mood“, written by M. W. Arnold, is a Historical Saga, the Fourth Book in Broken Wings series, published on 26th September 2022.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and M. W. Arnold for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Synopsis

During a hectic couple of weeks in February 1944, the girls of the Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club must face devastating personal loss amongst their number. A member of an illegal faction blackmails Betty, whilst a mystery at Mary’s ancestral home threatens to cause more trouble than anyone thought possible. In the midst of what should be the happiest of times, the portents seem to be catching up and little is what it seems to be. Can the girls find the strength to battle forces both internal and external, yet still maintain their dignity and friendship?

Purchase Link: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elizabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. He’s replaced it somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.

He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian Were Cats bent on world domination, is mad on the music of the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and humoring his Manchester United-supporting wife. Finally, and most importantly, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. In the Mood is the fourth novel in his Broken Wings series and he is very proud to be a part of the Vintage Rose Garden at The Wild Rose Press.

Social media links: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


My Review

When I first read a book by M.W. Arnold, I was captivated by the story and the characters he brought to us. This series also gave me the same feeling as that first book.

“In The Mood” is the forth book in the Broken Wings series, so if you haven’t read the previous books, you really should, because we go back to following the ladies at the Air Transport Auxiliary, during WWII.

War is still going, and some mysteries continue as we go through the motions of the drama and romance, and above all, as we continue the friendship with the characters. These women just captured my heart and mind from the first time they were introduced, and I was really invested in this book to see what was going to happen. Ending up in a rollercoaster of events.

There is still a strong connection to the previous elements of the other three books, with the planes and war and personal events, it just keep building up. Lots of battles to fight and a friendship continuing to give them strength and comfort. To give me comfort in a way, to keep going with my day and the busy schedule.

Overall, I was not disappointed and it was yet another solid book by M.W. Arnold that reminded me of why I like his writing and this genre.


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Jess

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“War Clouds Over Blackberry Farm” Review

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Are we ready for a review? Well, I have been reading and review lots of historical novels, and tonight is another one.

War Clouds Over Blackberry Farm“, written by Rosie Clarke, is a Historical fiction, Saga novel, the first book in a new series, published on 4th November 2021, by Boldwood Books.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rosie Clarke for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Cambridgeshire – March 1939

As the clouds of war begin to gather in Europe, the Talbot family of rural Blackberry Farm will be torn apart, just as so many families all over the world will be. Life will never be the same again.

Whilst in London, the Salmons family will feel the pain of parting and loss.

Brought together by war, the two families become intertwined and, as the outlook looks bleak, they must draw on each other’s strength to fight through the hard times.

Lizzie Johnson and Tom were sweethearts until a mistake caused a terrible rift. Lizzie takes herself off to London to heal the pain in a glamorous new job but she still loves Tom. His pride has been hurt – but deep down inside Tom still cares. Can they find happiness before their chance is gone and the whole word is swept into the terrible madness of war?

Purchase Links: Amazon


About the Author

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Rosie Clarke is a #1 bestselling saga writer whose most recent books include The Mulberry Lane series. She has written over 100 novels under different pseudonyms and is a RNA Award winner. She lives in Cambridgeshire. Rosie’s brand new saga series, Welcome to Harpers Emporium began in December 2019.

Social Media Links: Facebook | Twitter


My Review

Rosie Clarke bring us a brand new series, introduced with this book. A book in the WWII era about family, friendship, love and how the times of war affects the community. I love historical novels in that saga subgenre because of how it always have that sense of community and understanding. The characters could be our family members and these could be the stories our grandparents told.

As we get to know the families and the main characters we get to follow in this journey, we are also introduce to the rural ton of Blackberry Farm and also the context of the WWII at that time. I could help myself, I as very curious to know what would happen next. I wanted happiness for the characters and my heart was with them from beginning to end.

Overall, I enjoyed it, and since it was the start of a new series, it made sense that not everything was resolved or even uncovered, and I can’t wait for the next book.


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Jess

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“Wild Blue Yonder” Review

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Weekends have been beach days for me, that’s why I’m posting later in the night. The good thing about beach days is that I can read without any worries. And this book was one of those that I read during my relaxing days at the beach.

Wild Blue Yonder, written by M W Arnold, is a Historical novel, in the saga subgenre, the Second Book in The Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club series, published on 26th July 2021.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and M W Arnold for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Doris Winter is accused of stealing a valuable item from a famous Hollywood movie star, now a captain in the US Army Air Corps, after a dance at the air base in England where he’s stationed. Gathering her close friends together, she’s determined to clear her name.

Ruth’s POW son suffers a life-changing injury just as her own cottage takes damage in an air raid and Penny’s estranged little sister unexpectedly turns up, having run away from school. Together with the ongoing thefts of items of clothing and surprise personal revelations, these all threaten to hamper their investigation.

In spite of the worsening war situation, they must band together to rise above their troubles and prove love and friendship is worth fighting for.

Purchase Links – Amazon


About the Author

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Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elizabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. He’s replaced it somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.

He’s the proud keeper of two cats bent on world domination, is mad on the music of the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and humoring his Manchester United-supporting wife. Finally, and most importantly, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. Wild Blue Yonder is the second novel in his Broken Wings series and he is very proud to be a part of the Vintage Rose Garden at The Wild Rose Press.

Social Media Links – Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


My Review

I had the chance of reading the previous book last year, so I was very excited to continue the journey with these characters in this fascinating setting. First of all, I suggest you read book one to get a fuller experience of this series and to understand better the characters’ life.

Yes, we still are following the lovely ladies of the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary). We learn how their lives are at the moment and what adventures and obstacles will appear in their path.

I won’t give any spoilers, but I can say that there is drama and mystery, and a Hollywood connection. And of course we still have the friendship and the WWII setting that gives an atmosphere of going back in time.

Overall, it was a fantastic sequel and I’m still fascinated with the entire ATA element of the story. Plus, I loved going back to this story and feeling as if I was checking up on my old time friends.


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“The Secrets of Latimer House” Review

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I have been away this past weekend, since I was at the book fair in Lisbon, but now I’m back home and I bring you a review of a book I read this month.

The Secrets of Latimer House“, written by Jules Wake, is a WW2 historical fiction novel, published on 30th August 2021 by One More Chapter.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Jules Wake and One More Chapter for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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In the war against Hitler every secret counts…

Society heiress Evelyn Brooke-Edwards is a skilled interrogator – her beauty making her a non-threat in the eyes of the prisoners.

Farm girl Betty Connors may not be able to type as she claimed, but her crack analytical skills soon find her unearthing covert connections.

German ex-pat Judith Stern never expected to find herself listening in to German POW’s whispered conversations, but the Nazis took her father from her so she will do whatever it takes to help the Allies end this war.

Billeted together in the attic of Latimer House – a place where secrets abound – Evelyn, Betty and Judith soon form a bond of friendship that carries them through the war. Because nothing is stronger than women united.

Tucked away in the Buckinghamshire countryside, Latimer House, a grand country estate, stands proudly – a witness to some of greatest secrets of WW2.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

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Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury and not so luxury brands. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to hone her creative writing skills.

She writes best-selling warm-hearted romantic contemporary fiction for One More Chapter as Jules Wake and was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year 2020 with The Spark.

Under her pen name Julie Caplin, she also writes the warm and witty Romantic Escapes series. 

Between them, the two Js have written eighteen novels, The Secret of Latimer House being the latest.

Social Media Links: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


My Review

There is something quite powerful about WWII stories. We all have heard survivors’ stories, we have seen historical fiction novels about the horrors that happened during that time, we have read the nonfiction stories and we may have wondered what we could have done with we had been there.

This is a fiction story, it focus on the secrets, on the uncovering the information that could help during the war. It’s about three women doing their role in a secret group, helping the Allies. It’s about them forming a friendship, it’s about their strength and about their lives.

We follow Evelyn Brooke-Edwards, a society heiress, Betty Connors, a farm girl, and Judith Stern, a German ex-pat. This may be a fictional story set in our world and our story, but that meant nothing. The characters were brilliant and I felt connected to them. I felt as if I was part of their lives. Each one of them was amazing, and unique. They had their past, their goals, their fears and their roles.

From start to finish I was mind blown. It was the kind of book I enjoy. It was powerful, it had a sense of community and friendship, it had secrets and the connection to the real History. It has inspiring and it made me want to go learn more about this particular side of the WWII history.


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“Emma’s Tapestry” Review

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Am I having fun family time? Yes. Am I still reading? Yes, mostly at night before bed. Am I recommending Historical novels to my family? Of course! And I will be talking to them about this one.

Emma’s Tapestry“, written by Isobel Blackthorn, is a historical novel, published April 2021

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Isobel Blackthorn, for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

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At the dawn of World War Two, German-born nurse Emma Taylor sits by the bedside of a Jewish heiress in London as she reminisces over her dear friend, Oscar Wilde.

As the story of Wilde unravels, so does Emma’s past. What really happened to her husband?

She’s taken back to her days in Singapore on the eve of World War One. To her disappointing marriage to a British export agent, her struggle to fit into colonial life and the need to hide her true identity.

Emma is caught up in history, the highs, the lows, the adventures. A deadly mutiny, terrifying rice riots and a confrontation with the Ku Klux Klan bring home, for all migrants, the fragility of belonging.

Purchase Link: Amazon


Author’s Bio

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Isobel Blackthorn was born in Farnborough, Kent, England, and has spent much of her life in Australia. Isobel holds a PhD in Social Ecology from the University of Western Sydney for her ground-breaking study of the texts of theosophist Alice A. Bailey. She is the author of The Unlikely Occultist: A biograph‐ ical novel of Alice A. Bailey and numerous fictional works including the popular Canary Islands Mysteries series. A prolific and award-winning novelist, she is currently working on a trilogy of esoteric thrillers.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


My Review

Historical novels and those set during WWI and WWII have this particular tone of me. It’s not a very far away historical moment in our world, and yet it appears far enough to have this transporting feel to the fictional stories many brilliant come up with. This book is one of those.

Following Emma Taylor, a nurse with a curious life and past. From the very beginning, knowing the open window and questions the synopsis provocated, I was intrigued. I love stories that get the reader join the character has the past is remembered of revealed. It always reminds me of my grandparents telling us grandkids about their lives and all the struggles and adventures they had.

An emotional and amazing story, filled with thought provoking themes and set in various places that allowed the reader to wonder more, and yet, already have an understanding of what Emma went through, as well as what she saw.

Through Emma’s voice, and thanks to the author’s lovely storytelling, we connect with the journey and with Emma herself. From the fears, present and past, to the traveling experiences… We go on a adventure that can taught us a lot, not just about the main character, but also about the society back them. Which allows us to get a glipse to a recent past in our history.

Overall, I loved it. It was another book to my collection of historical fiction novels that got me emotional and ready to research – about certain topics and about my own family history. If you like novels set during WWI and WWII, this book may be a good option for you.


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“The Secret Notebook” Review

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Second review of the day? Yes, it is. And you may recognize the book, since I have posted the cover reveal.

The Secret Notebook“, written by Julia Wild, is a War time and Contemporary Romance, a book with a Dual Timeline, published on July 8th 2021 by One More Chapter.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Julia Wild and One More Chapter, via NetGalley, for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Synopsis

When Izzie Dean’s beloved nan, Molly Blackshaw, passes away, Izzie returns to the Blackpool bungalow where she grew up, to say goodbye once and for all. When Izzie’s homecoming reunites her with her first love, Justin Swift, every emotion that Izzie has repressed since the day he broke her heart comes rushing to the surface. But then an unexpected discovery changes everything.

Between the pages of the battered secret diary Molly kept during WWII, Izzie discovers a story of love, heartbreak, and the incomparable hardship of life in a world at war. Reading her grandmother’s words soon puts her own story into perspective, and suddenly Izzie realises that the only thing holding her back from happiness, might be herself. Now she just has to convince Justin that they deserve a second chance at forever…

Pre-order Link: Amazon UK | Amazon US


About the Author

Julia Wild

Lancashire born, I moved to Bedfordshire in the late seventies, married and started a family. I’m a past Hon Sec of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, have been a member since 1993 when I joined their New Writers’ Scheme as a probationer. That came about after winning a week’s historical writing course on the strength of the first chapter of my third Poldark-era romance. The tutor on the last day loved the story and handed me details of the Romantic Novelists’ Association – she said I absolutely must join as they would be able to help me towards publication.

Some four years later my first published book, Dark Canvas, won the RNA’s New Writer’s Award in 1997, the sixth, Illusions, won the RNA’s Romance Prize in 2003.

After working in the local library service for 18 years, during library cut-backs I took the leap to become self-employed as a writer and worked on releasing my backlist as eBooks for Kindle.

Most recently, I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing Charlotte Ledger when she pulled me from the writing wilderness and have now signed a three-book deal with One More Chapter.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


My Review

Ever since I found the subgenre of dual timelines, I have been in love. And this book had that.

As we follow Izzie’s journey after her nan Molly passed away. Not only do we follow Izzie’s life, we also follow Molly’s thanks to a secret diary that nan kept during WWII. That dual timeline had the perfect balance.

To those that know me, you guys know that have a soft spot for historical related stories, even when it’s a dual timeline, and when it comes to WWI and WWII it’s quite a special part of the world’s history that I like reading about. When I was in school it wasn’t my favorite subject, but the novels that talk about the people instead of just the political and war elements, made me interested.

In this case, the book give us Molly’s story during WWII and I get to connect with her. The hardships, the interactions, love and family relationships during that time period, the life the people dealing with those circumstance had. It was all so powerful and emotional.

I have always been very close to my grandmothers, and after losing my grandma Stela I realized I didn’t know a lot about her still. So I kind of connected with Izzie in that way. In the revelations we end up getting about our loved ones, even after they had passed away.

Overall, it was an emotional journey, but also one that made me thankful to have taken with the characters. It almost made me want to start writing my grandma Julia’s story right now, so that I don’t loose the chance.


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Love,

Jess

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“The Railway Girls in Love” Review

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I had a big day today and I has only able to post this review right now. I do hope you are curious about this book

The Railway Girls in Love, written by Maisie Thomas, is a Historical Fiction and  Women’s fiction novel, the third book in The Railway Girls Series, published on April 15th 2021 by Arrow.

I want to thank Maisie Thomas and Penguin Random House UK – Arrow for the Copy 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.


Synopsis

Love is in the air, and together the railway girls can overcome even the hardest of times.

Mabel has finally put the past behind her, and her relationship with the dashing Harry is stronger than ever. That is, until an old flame shows up, leaving Mabel questioning her future.

Meanwhile Joan has made amends with Bob – if only she could do the same with Gran. And there’s still that family mystery she wants answer to, isn’t there?

As a mother and grandmother, Dot Green has always put her family first. Her job as a parcels porter has brought new purpose to her life, so is it finally time to start following her heart . . .

Life as a railway girl is busy but as war rages on and air raids disrupt daily life, the women realise they need each other more than ever, especially when there might be wedding bells on the horizon.

Purchase Link: Amazon | Penguin UK


About the Author

Maisie Thomas was born and brought up in Manchester, which provides the location for her Railway Girls novels. She loves writing stories with strong female characters, set in times when women needed determination and vision to make their mark. The Railway Girls series is inspired by her great aunt Jessie, who worked as a railway clerk during the First World War. Maisie now lives on the beautiful North Wales coast with her railway enthusiast husband, Kevin, and their two rescue cats. They often enjoy holidays chugging up and down the UK’s heritage steam railways.

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My Review

This book is part of a series, and although I usually like to read series in order, I don’t mind jumping books when it’s historical novels. And this one just made me excited about the previous books, plus I was able to understand what was happening in the story, it just made me curious to learn about the past.

The Railway Girls in Love… What amazing title! Very captivation. A book set in Manchester, during WWII, and following three amazing women – Mabel, Joan and Dot.

Now, I have read books set during the World War II, and it’s always something that touches my heart. Although Portugal was not really in the war, and although there is a lot of things about that time period that I don’t know, I love historical novels that open my eyes and get me going.

This book truly made me curious about the entire railway element. And I’m always intrigued to see the women’s role during these time periods. I do believe that not only is it thought provoking about the society and the war, but it also allows me to have some points that I want to research when I don’t know something.

Now, the characters… Mabel, Joan and Dot were amazing, I loved them so much and I want to read the other two books so I can see how their lives got to the place that I met them in. They felt familiar and inspiring in a way. I could connect to them and I could understand them as well as getting exciting for each moment and goal accomplished.

Overall, I loved the story and I need to read the previous books so I understand the entire journey, just based on this novel I’m sold on the series.


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Jess

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“A Wing and a Prayer” Review

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday! Let’s get a review going, shall we?

A Wing and a Prayer“, written by M.W. Arnold, is a Historical saga novel, the first book in The Air Transport Auxiliary Mystery Club Series, publish on November 9th 2020 by The Wild Rose Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and M.W. Arnold 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.

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Synopsis

When Betty Palmer’s sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why.
Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts them.

Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle’s complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty’s sister.

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AUS | Nook | iBooks


About the Author

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Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.

He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian cats, is mad on the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and loving his Manchester-United-supporting wife.

Finally, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. A Wing and a Prayer will be his second published novel, and he is very proud to be welcomed into The Rose Garden.

Social media links: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


My Review

When I read the synopsis I was fascinated. It’s always exciting when a book lends me to research more about certain thing. In this case the Air Transport Auxiliary, that I didn’t really knew about.

I loved every element of the book. From the historical aspect, to the mystery, and even the amazing group of characters. It felt quite an unique story that made me want to turn the next page and keep reading. I was very curious to not only learn what had happen, the truth, but also what the characters were going to do next.

The characters were so special and they felt real, like I could read about them in the history books. They weren’t perfect and they had their issues and goals, and that’s really what made me connect with them. They were strong female characters. Getting to know them was such join and I truly felt as if they could be my ancestors.

Overall, it was a great start of a series. A page turner and quite an intriguing book about strong characters in a context that always brings emotional moments.


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

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Promo Post: “Blue Skies Over Berlin”

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well. I have been busy doing some arts and crafts this morning. I’m painting some door signs as a gift for two kids, my mom’s friend’s children, since their birthday is coming up.

But I had to come her and tell you guys about a book. So get ready…

Blue Skies Over Berlin“, written by John Steinberg, is a Mystery Historical novel.

Blue Skies Over Berlin


Synopsis

Blue Skies Over Berlin CoverA young German woman, thinking she can escape her memories of wartime Berlin, moves to London in 1954 under her new name of Charlotte Brown. The offer of a prestigious job at the National Gallery leads her to believe that she can establish a new life in a city itself emerging from the ruins of war.

With her new identity, Charlotte hopes she has left Eva Schlessinger far behind . . . but when her job brings her into contact with a ruthless set of art dealers with dubious wartime connections, she fears they can see behind her facade. Priceless masterpieces start appearing at auction, stolen from murdered Jewish families by the Nazis, and she herself is implicated. At this point, Charlotte makes a solemn promise – one that will take her a lifetime to fulfil.

Blue Skies Over Berlin is a novel about secrets and guilt in an uncertain time, balanced by friendship and enduring love – and ultimately the need to make amends for just standing by.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

johnsteinberg_bwBorn and raised in North London in 1952, John still lives in the city with his wife and three children. Privately educated, John left school after ‘A’ levels and completed a business diploma in what is now the University of Westminster, before entering banking.

He started training as an accountant but did not complete the course, choosing a position in his family’s furniture manufacturing business instead. John started his own mergers and acquisitions business in 1987, which he ran for almost 20 years before quitting to become a full time writer in 2007.

John has co-written and produced comedies for the stage and has created a series of books for children. “Previously, I had only been interested in comedy and finally started to write down the things I said or thought of. That led me to co-write and produce a play, In the Balance, and then W for Banker – which appeared at the New End Theatre, Hampstead. It was then I decided to quit the world of business in favour of writing full-time, and move toward more serious subjects. My first novel has taken two years to write and is the first in a series of books I am calling the ‘Steinberg Stories’.”

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Blog Tour · Reviews

“Born Under Fire” Review

Hello Friends!

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.


Synopsis

BornUnderFire_Cover.jpgBorn 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.

Purchase Link – Amazon


About Author

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.

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My Review

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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