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“In Farleigh Field” by Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen is one of my favorite authors.  She wrote the Royal Spyness Myusteries, the Constable Evans Mysteries, and the Molly Murphy Mysteries.  I have read most of these and you will fine reviews on my blog.

I have just read “In Farleigh Field”, which takes place in England during the Blitz.  At one of the fields on Lord and Lady Westerham’s estate, a man dressed as a soldier is found dead.  Apparently the man parachuted into the field, but the chute failed to open, plunging him to his death.  Although the man is dressed like a soldier from the same unit that is occupying part of the Westerham mansion, Farleigh, something is not quite right.

Ben, Jeremy, and Pamela have been friends since childhood.  Pamela is one of the daughters of the Westerhams and Jeremy is the son of another lord of the realm who lives nearby.  Ben Creswell is the son of the local vicar and definitely not in the same social set as his friends.  Pamela and Ben works for MI5 and Pamela is a code-breaker at Bletchley Park.  Neither one knows that the other is involved in the war effort.  Jeremy has been shot down over Germany and is languishing in a prison camp.

This book, even though fiction, gave me a thrill a minute.  The clandestine investigation kept promising and delivering.  The possibilities of betrayal by one of Britain’s own was extremely interesting, especially since I had heard of some British who supported Hitler’s regime and were prepared for Britain to surrender.  I love the way Ms. Bowen incorporates historical fact in her novels.  I’m sure much research goes into each and every word she writes.  Although I have read many of her books, this one, “In Farleigh Field” is my favorite to date.  I sincerely hope that she is working on another novel in this same vein.  I will be looking for it.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you are interested in stories about World War II.  I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com and was asked to do an honest review.

“Where Treetops Glisten” by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putnam and Sarah Sundin

Tricia Goyer, Cara Putnam and Sarah Sundin have joined three of their short novels into one lovely book, “Where Treetops Glisten”.  The stories are set in Lafayette, Indiana in the 1940’s, my favorite time period.

Louise Turner lives with her son and his wife.  Her husband Henry fought in the Spanish-American War.  Her son Robert fought in the Great War.  And now her grandchildren are being drawn into the drama that is the Second World War.  This book is about the Turner grandchildren and their work and love during the war.

Sarah Sundin writes about Pete, a pilot who has flown many missions and is being assigned stateside, but will also ferry planes to Europe.  He has been a bully and a miscreant during his growing-up years.  Grace was the sister of his friend and also the one he picked on the most.  Can these two ever forget their childhoods and come together as one?

Cara Putnam’s story is about Abigail, Pete’s sister who has lost her high-school sweetheart at Pearl Harbor.  Can she find love and happiness with someone else?  Can she find a course in her life that will satisfy her?

Tricia Goyer tells the story of Meredith Turner, a nurse, who is stationed in the Netherlands during the Battle of the Bulge.  She is working in a field hospital caring for the wounded Americans and sometimes a German.  She has been badly hurt by a young man whom she loved and hoped to marry.  He was of German descent and at the beginning of the war returned to his homeland she presumed to help the Nazi cause.  Was her David a spy?  Did he use her to try to get information from her contacts in the service?

Miracles can occur as you will see if you read about this wonderful Indiana family as they do the best they can to live fulfilled lives during a trying time.  I loved this book.  I am familiar with Lafayette, Indiana, and just reading about the different stores and areas was interesting.  I found this book comforting and well worth my time.

“Lizzie’s War” by Rosie Clarke

I was lucky enough to be chosen to review “Lizzie’s War” by Rosie Clarke.  I love her series, The Workshop Girls.  This book is the second in the series.  Although Ms. Clarke brings you up to date and the novel can stand alone, I am glad that I read the first book in the series before I did this one.  This story develops the lives of Lizzie Larch and Beth, her best friend as they continue to struggle with all the hardships and disappointments that life can offer, especially during wartime.  I was so interested in the characters that Ms. Clarke created and their involvement with each other and the plot that I could not put the book down.  I eagerly await the next in the series.

I received a free Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley.com in return for my honest review.

“Like a River From Its Course” by Kelli Stuart

I will not soon forget reading “Like a River From Its Course” by Kelli Stuart.  This novel is based on years of research and interviews with many survivors of World War II in the Ukraine.  We always hear of Poland, France, and other countries which endured many deaths and hardships during the Nazi occupation, but not much about the Ukranian people.  Perhaps it is because there were also deaths and hardships wrought by the Bolsheviks in that region and the take-over by the Red Army was part of it.

Even though reading some of the stories was hard to take, knowing that these stories were true was horrifying.  I am always shocked when hearing or reading about man’s inhumanity to man and sickened when reading about these atrocities.  The portrayal of Babi Yar, the “killing ditch” where thousands of lives were lost was truly disturbing.  I cannot fathom how young men could be as callous and faithless as to systematically murder innocent men, women and children.  There was no compassion at all…and this because a madman declared himself the Fuhrer.

I wonder what we would do under such circumstances today.  Of course, we Americans have not seen such on our soil, but it does continue to happen in other countries, Syria, African countries, Iraq, Iran and others.  We have yet to openly confront this repeat of history.  What can we do?  This novel has caused me to think more in depth about what is going on in the world today and what we can do to stop the atrocities from continuing.  The innocents should not have to endure this.  I would highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in stories of WW II.

I received a print copy of this book from LitFusePublicity.com in return for my honest review.

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Travel back in time in Kelli Stuart’s new novel, Like a River from Its Course, as the city of Kiev is bombed in Hitler’s blitzkrieg across the Soviet Union. This sweeping historical saga takes the reader on a captivating journey into the little-known history of Ukraine’s tragedies through the eyes of four compelling characters who experience the same story from different perspectives. Based on true stories gathered from fifteen years of research and interviews with Ukrainian World War II survivors, Like a River From Its Course is a story of love, war, heartache, forgiveness, and redemption.

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“The Memory of Us” by Camille Di Maio

“The Memory of Us” by Camille Di Maio is the story of a girl from a family in post-war Britain beginning in 1937.  The young socialite, Julianne Wescott, decided to apply to nursing school to try to make a difference and also to irritate her parents who expected her to be a socialite wife.  She meets an Irish lad and falls hard for him.  There is a slight problem however as he is studying to be a priest in the Catholic faith.  She is an Anglican, but not a church goer.  This is the story of their life together and apart.  Of course, the entrance of Great Britain in the war and the subsequent bombing of England by the Nazis created tragedies from which not all will survive.  I was moved by the depth of love and devotion I felt from the main characters of this novel.  I was also very interested in the lives of those, who before the war, tried to maintain life as they wanted it to be.  I was saddened by the turn of events that brought changes in their lives, but heartened as they began again.

Ms. Di Maio writes in a plain, compelling way to bring the reader into the story.  This is her debut novel and I will be looking for other works by her in the future.

I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.

“Secrets of Flight” by Maggie Leffler

“Secrets of Flight” by Maggie Leffler was a surprise novel for me.  I wasn’t enamored of the book at the beginning, but as I read further I found that I was drawn in to the story of Mary Browning.  Knowing that at her age anything could happen and compelled to tell her story, she hires a young writer to write her biography.  The secrets and actions of her past show how society’s prejudices can change a person’s outlook on their heritage and cause chaos in their life.  Mary is not who she seems.  Secrets abound and the results of those secrets are sad.  But Mary has some surprises coming yet and you will want to read until the very end to find the forgiveness and happiness that Mary finds.

I received a print copy of this book from Night Owl Reviews.com in return for my honest review.

“Where Treasure Hides” by Johnnie Alexander

I loved “Where Treasure Hides”,  a debut novel by Johnnie Alexander, so much that towards the end of the book, I tried to read more slowly to prolong the experience.

This novel begins in the days before England declares war on Germany and before Hitler invades The Netherlands.  Alison Schuyler meets Ian Devlin by chance at Waterloo Station as he is trying to help one of the Jewish refugee children.  They continue their acquaintance even though each is headed in a different direction.  Alison goes back to Rotterdam to help her grandfather hide art treasures before the Nazis arrive and Ian ends up retreating from France at Dunkirk.  I hesitate to reveal more of this story because I don’t want to spoil the reading experience for anyone else.

I have a few favorite authors who write about history in a way that is interesting and riveting and Ms. Alexander is now one of them.  I could not find real documentation for certain events, but I’m sure they very possibly could have happened during this turbulent time.  This novel had so much appeal mainly because the storyline continually provided a tense drama that kept me reading well into the night.  It was also well written and the characters brought the story to life for me.

I received a print copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in return for my honest review.