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28 06, 2015

Review: Be Safe, I Love You by Cara Hoffman

By | June 28th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, War, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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be safe i love you book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Be Safe I Love You explores a tragedy as seen through a female soldier’s eyes. Before Lauren Clay enlisted she was a classically trained singer. By joining the army, Lauren was allowed to support and care for her family. Her choice, however, certainly cost her a lot in other ways.

When Lauren returns home for the holidays after a stint in Iraq, everyone knows that something is wrong. Lauren’s army psychologist keeps on calling as well. When Lauren takes her brother Danny on a trip to visit their mother upstate, she instead detours to the glacial woods of Canada. She has developed a strange obsession with the site of the oil field and as they set up camp in the woods, Lauren believes she is teaching Danny survival skills. She believes these skills will come in

22 05, 2015

Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

By | May 22nd, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, War, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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The Nightingale book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

As the Nazi regime moved across Europe, it claimed territory like a plague of locusts. Vibrant cities and towns became desolate wastelands as the people were stripped of their freedom, their productivity, their communities and often their lives. When this ruinous destruction came upon the country of France, the people were initially paralyzed by shock. But out of the rubble rose a resistance, a group of hidden fighters, willing to sacrifice everything to save the land they loved.

In her novel, The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah tells the story of one family’s fight for freedom in France during World War II. The onset of the story introduces an elderly woman whose health is deteriorating. As she moves into an assisted living and leaves her home behind, she insists that her son bring her old trunk along. Inside

27 03, 2015

Review: The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell

By | March 27th, 2015|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, War|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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empty throne book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Is there a name for a narrator, seemingly reliable to the reader, yet not so predictable to his fellow characters? I have found his name to be Lord Uhtred, a Saxon nobleman, warrior, and a sometime conniver, but a plotter to the common good of Mercia. To say I liked Lord Uhtred, the senior, is an understatement. He is strong, reliable to the reader and those in his personal command, and he exhibits a dry witty dark humor. Such is the lead narrator of Bernard Cornwell’s latest novel in the Saxon Tales series, The Empty Throne.

In 911, King Æthelred of Mercia is declining in health. The king has no heir. A Witan (council) is called amongst the Saxon nobles to meet in Gleawecestre on Saint Cuthbert’s feast day to determine the fate of Mercia. Amongst

22 03, 2015

Review: Quartet for the End of Time by Johanna Skibsrud

By | March 22nd, 2015|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, War|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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quartet for the end of time book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Sutton Kelly is the daughter of a powerful judge. Her story begins during the Bonus Army riots of the 1930s, when she is forced to make a decision that will haunt her and the lives of those around her for years to come. Among those affected are Arthur Sinclair, a World War I veteran who disappears, his son Douglas, and her brother Alden.

Johanna Skibsrud’s Quartet for the End of Time tells the story of these individuals, and those they encounter, from the time leading up to the riots up through the turmoil and change of World War II. Readers will travel with Douglas and his father from Kansas to Washington DC, they’ll go with Sutton as she becomes a journalist and break codes with Alden.

While the subject matter of this book was

6 12, 2014

Review: Motherland by William Nicholson

By | December 6th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, War|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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motherland book coverReviewed by Colleen Turner

Love found during the turmoil of war and the many ways that love is affected by war’s aftermath is a much written about subject and one I very much enjoy. In Motherland we find a love triangle involving two best friends – Ed, a troubled and impulsive Royal Marine commando and his more even-tempered best friend, liaison officer Larry – and Kitty, the woman they both come to love, who is stationed in Sussex working as an army driver when they both meet her in 1942. Following these three through the war and the many years to come after we see how the decisions made during the war will come to affect their lives immensely and how each will find that their life does not turn out as they had thought it would in those heady and

5 12, 2014

Blog Tour: The War Nurse by R.V. Doon

By | December 5th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, War|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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the war nurse book coverPlease join R.V. Doon, author of The War Nurse, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

Reviewed by Marisa Deshaies

A historical saga set amongst the Philippines and the United States, R.V. Doon’s The War Nurse brings to light the horrors and difficulties of living as part of America’s Greatest Generation. Chronicling the journey of the Stahl family, Doon’s central characters face hatred for their German roots and heritage. As daughter Katarina Stahl nurses the wounded soldiers and Filipinos amongst Bataan and Corregidor, she finds that morals sometimes must be comprised in order to protect loved ones. Bombings, illness, starvation, and brutality threaten to destroy Katarina’s will to live. Her love for her POW husband and unborn child, however, bring her to depths previously unfelt when her enemy

22 10, 2014

Review: Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putnam & Sarah Sundin

By | October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Religious & Inspirational, Romance, War|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

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where treetops glisten book coverReviewed by Marisa Deshaies

Adding another stellar book to an already impressive collection of stories, prolific and award-winning authors Tricia Goyer, Cara Putnam, and Sarah Sundin have written a compilation of World War II inspirational romances sure to please their fans and add new readers to their bases. Where Treetops Glisten is a novella of Christmas stories based upon the lyrics of three Christmas songs originating during World War II. Symbolism from the songs supports each author’s individual story, and the authors use their chosen songs as elements for their characters to utilize within the given plot. I enjoyed this creative twist to the creation of the novella because the authors—already renowned for their World War II knowledge—found a new way to connect historical fact with fiction.

Centered around a family of a mother and father, grandmother, and three young-adult children,

10 10, 2014

Review: The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff

By | October 10th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Romance, War|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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18168527Reviewed by Colleen Turner

The Winter Guest begins with an elderly Helena Nowak in a New York senior living center, going through a day like any other when the past she has ardently kept hidden from the outside world comes knocking on her door with the appearance of a police officer and a female rabbi questioning her about the remains of a body found near the village in Poland where she grew up.  With this shocking discovery the reader is thrown back in time to Poland in 1940 and meets a young Helena as she and her siblings are struggling to survive amidst the uncertainty and danger of a country with war threatening to cross its border.

Helena and her twin sister, Ruth, are endeavoring to raise their siblings and keep them safe during Nazi occupation now that their father is dead and

24 02, 2014

Review: The Cartographer of No Man’s Land by P.S. Duffy

By | February 24th, 2014|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, War, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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17605530Reviewed by Nina Longfield

Angus MacGrath is a capable sailor with a passion for painting thrown headlong into the trenches of the First World War. The Nova Scotia shipping industry is changing. Angus and his pacifist farther, Duncan, are at odds over the changes. Angus’ wife, Hettie, is remote and has disappeared inside herself with her brother Ebbin’s disappearance in Europe. Ebbin is the man who goes where the whim and wind take him, enlisting in the Canadian forces to enthusiastic cheers from his patriotic father. While Angus’ father is appalled. When Ebbin’s letters cease to reach them from the Western Front in 1916, Angus is torn between staying home and trying to console his remote wife or traipsing off to Europe in search of his missing brother-in-law. Entering the war also means that Angus will be leaving his teenage son, Simon

6 02, 2014

Review: Drone Enigma by Ron McManus

By | February 6th, 2014|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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Final-CoverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Books that are touted as military thrillers, like The Drone Enigma, are often laden with too many technical terms, government speak and cold, surface characters. None of these characteristics apply to this novel. Ron McManus presents a lively story of secrets and intrigue, murder, mystery, politics and adventure. Ex Navy SEAL member Jake Palmer is called to join an investigation by his old SEAL team member and friend, Wade Jansen. Jansen works as a top defense contractor and needs Palmer to dig into the death of an employee working on a top secret project. What Palmer gets himself into and what he uncovers along the way is far from expected or safe.

Palmer is no nonsense, intelligent and skilled which allows him to quickly gather information and back stories on everyone connected with a top secret government project