Blog Tour Book Review: The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata

About The Mermaids of Lake Michigan

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (February 14, 2017)

Elise Faulkner is more at home in the waters of her beloved Lake Michigan than on land where her beauty queen mom is always on her back about her lack of a social life; her sister is dating the boy of her dreams; her favorite penpal–the one who wrote about mermaids in Ghana–has gotten married and ended their correspondence; and no one’s allowed to talk about her glamorous great-grandmother, the deep-sea wreck diver. Elise is biding her time with books until she can flee. But then crazy Chiara Hanover pops into her life, as does Miguel, a mysterious carnival worker whose dark future has been predicted by a gypsy.

 

“A lyrical, compelling coming-of-age story with magical elements.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Elise Faulkner drew me into her head and heart so subtly, yet with such force, that by the end I was cheering her on. Suzanne Kamata has woven an honest, aching coming-of-age story that will speak to women everywhere.” ?Kristin Bair O’Keeffe, author of The Art of Floating and Thirsty

“Suzanne Kamata has written a novel of great charm and depth, with a bit of magical realism laced with humor. Elise, its engaging narrator opens her arms and her heart to life’s complexity, including family secrets and escapades with a magnificent new bestie–the irrepressible Chiara. When an unlikely romance unfolds with a mysterious drifter/musician, Kamata steers us expertly into darker waters. A jewel of a novel, set on the shores of Lake Michigan with Kamata’s signature compassion for all of its characters.” — Margaret Willey, author of Summer of the Silk Moths

“The Mermaids of Lake Michigan is a luminous coming-of-age story about a teen struggling against social norms and her own family legacy to find her way. Elise’s journey is hardly the stuff of fairy tales, as she ends up far from home, and far from the self she meant to be. Raw, real and even a bit magical.” — Kristina Riggle, author of The Life You’ve Imagined and Vivian in Red

“Suzanne Kamata’s new novel, The Mermaids of Lake Michigan, is a beautiful story about a teenage girl who must learn to balance her idealism and belief in mermaids with the harsh realities of growing up and trying to find people to love and trust. A page-turner set in the unstable years of the 1970s, I devoured it in one sitting. It brought back memories of my own adolescence and took me beyond, in that way all good novels do, into the wonderings of circumstance and the choices we would make if faced with hard decisions. Suitable for teens and adults alike, this novel will teach readers to believe in magic even in the face of tragedy.” — Cassie Premo Steele, author of Beautiful Waters

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Hello all! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

The Mermaids of Lake Michigan is a coming of age story about a young girl named Elise. She is an introverted bookworm until she meets Chiara, someone who challenges her to be different and to push her own boundaries. When she sees a handsome stranger at a carnival and runs into him days after, it seems like fate and through her experiences with these two people, her life is never again the same.

The Mermaids of Lake Michigan and how much I liked it, was a surprise for me. It is super short in length and when I held it in my hands I was nervous for it because of the length as some shorter books feel like they should be longer but I really felt like this book and these characters accomplished so much in so short a page length.  

The writing was beautiful and gripped me from the very beginning. There were a few paragraphs and dialogue sentences that I just had to read over and over because of how beautiful they were and how they made me feel about the characters. It definitely has a “coming of age” story feel right off the bat and I really enjoyed that as well as the atmosphere of it being set in the 70s. That was really evident in the narrative and the writing made it just so easy to be transported to that time frame, I could almost see the clothes, hear the music, feel the heartbreak and the friendships.

I literally read this in a day, really enjoyed it and recommend it if you’re looking for a really short read that packs a pretty nice punch of a story. I enjoyed this so much, it was super relatable and evoked feelings from my own childhood/teenage years when you are just finding yourself and who you are going to become. If you like coming of age stories, this may be to your liking! Four stars!

About Suzanne Kamata

Suzanne Kamata was born and raised in Grand Haven, Michigan. She is most recently from Lexington, South Carolina, and now lives in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan with her husband and two children. Her short stories, essays, articles and book reviews have appeared in over 100 publications including Real Simple, Brain, Child, Crab Orchard Review, and The Japan Times. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times, and received a Special Mention in 2006. She is also a two-time winner of the All Nippon Airways/ Wingspan Fiction Contest, winner of the Paris Book Festival Award, and winner of the Half the World Global Literati Award for the novel.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Lift And Separate by Marilyn Simon Rothstein

Lift and SeparateAbout Lift And Separate

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (December 1, 2016)

Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn’t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.

Striking out on her own is difficult at first, but Marcy manages to find traces of humor in her heartbreak. Even while devastated by Harvey’s departure, she still has her indomitable spirit and her self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own and she discovers a secret about her new, once-in-a-lifetime friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy just may be able to handle them all.

Lift And Separate is a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming story that begs to be a blockbuster starring Nicholson and Keaton and shares the vulnerability, wisdom, and brilliance of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn.” —Jennifer Belle, bestselling author of High Maintenance

Lift And Separate takes us on a funny but moving journey through heartbreak, hilarity, betrayal, and healing. Marcy Hammer is a hammer indeed! Rooting for her all the way, one is exhilarated by the journey Marilyn Simon Rothstein gives her without ever burning a single bra! Hip-hip hurrah!” —Lanie Robertson, writer of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, the Tony Award–winning play 

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Hello fellow readers! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lift And Separate by Marilyn Simon Rothstein. Thank you to TLC Book Tours, Lake Union Publishing and the author for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

I really liked this book. I ended up reading it in just a day due to length and my general interest in the story and the characters.

Lift And Separate is the story of Marcy Hammer, who discovers that her husband of over thirty years has had an affair. It’s very much a story of her coping with this, as well as other losses she faces throughout the story. It’s about her finding herself and finding a way to live for herself after having lived for everyone else in the past – for her husband and her kids. It really is essentially the story of her coming into her own and discovering what she wants out of life rather than making sure everyone else around her is taken care of.

I love stories like this. While our main character definitely goes through some hardship, she comes out on the other side changed for the better I think. She’s confident and independent. I love that. I felt for her immediately and easily became invested in her character development. I love characters that are real…that make mistakes, have insecurities and have real world reactions. I felt like this about the characters in this book, which I really appreciated. I did find this book to be a bit humorous at times. There were characters that I definitely loved and that made me laugh every now and then like Marcy’s best friend Dana and at times, Marcy herself. Her mother was also a riot.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I am giving it a four star review. I recommend it for anyone who likes to read women’s fiction or is just looking for a good read about overcoming hardships like separation and loss.

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For more than twenty-five years, Marilyn Simon Rothstein owned an advertising agency in Connecticut. She grew up in New York City, earned a degree in journalism from New York University, began her writing career at Seventeen magazine, and married a man she met in an elevator.

Lift And Separate is her debut novel.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Yesternight by Cat Winters

yesternight-coverAbout Yesternight

� Paperback: 400 pages
� Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 4, 2016)

From the author of The Uninvited comes a haunting historical novel with a compelling mystery at its core.� A young child psychologist steps off a train, her destination a foggy seaside town. There, she begins a journey causing her to question everything she believes about life, death, memories, and reincarnation.

In 1925, Alice Lind steps off a train in the rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon. There, she expects to do nothing more difficult than administer IQ tests to a group of rural schoolchildren. A trained psychologist, Alice believes mysteries of the mind can be unlocked scientifically, but now her views are about to be challenged by one curious child.

Seven-year-old Janie O�Daire is a mathematical genius, which is surprising. But what is disturbing are the stories she tells: that her name was once Violet, she grew up in Kansas decades earlier, and she drowned at age nineteen. Alice delves into these stories, at first believing they�re no more than the product of the girl�s vast imagination.� But, slowly, Alice comes to the realization that Janie might indeed be telling a strange truth.

Alice knows the investigation may endanger her already shaky professional reputation, and as a woman in a field dominated by men she has no room for mistakes. But she is unprepared for the ways it will illuminate terrifying mysteries within her own past, and in the process, irrevocably change her life.

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I am happy to bring you my review of Yesternight by Cat Winters. I received this book from the publisher Harper Collins through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it.

Yesternight is a historical fiction story about a young trained psychologist, Alice Lind, who travels the country testing children’s educational aptitude for the department of education. On her current assignment she meets an extraordinary young girl who seems to have the knowledge and memory of someone twice her age, quite literally claiming to have lived another life. Meeting her sends Alice on a hunt for answers, not only for the child and her family, but also for herself.

Yesternight wasn’t quite what I was expected it to be, which turned out to be a wonderfully good thing. I definitely wasn’t expecting to react to it the way I did. When I finally read this book, it had been months since I had last read the synopsis so I went into my read of it with fresh eyes and no clue as to what to expect, other than the front cover as a clue. I was way off judging from the cover. I expected a women’s historical fiction book. While I definitely got that in this book, it was actually so much more than that. It was unexpectedly creepy, which was awesome for an October read! I don’t know if this book was meant to be chilling and suspenseful but I read this book between the hours of 12 and 4 in the morning with the rest of the house asleep and all the lights off (except my handy dandy book light) and it was definitely a bit creepy! Aside from that, this was a wonderful read. It definitely dealt in the realm of women’s fiction as our main character, Alice, is  working in a predominantly male profession and is struggling with the preferential treatment of men in her field and in academia. She is very much an independent, modern woman in command of her own sexuality which I loved to see in this book.

I just really loved that this story was so layered. We have that women’s fiction layer but deeper than that there is this mystery/thriller beneath the surface that I did not expect but was fascinated by. This was a thrilling, entertaining story that I would highly recommend to historical fiction or mystery fans alike. Loved this book, I could not put it down! A five star read!

Photo by Tara Kelly

Photo by Tara Kelly

About Cat Winters

Cat Winters’s debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was released to widespread critical acclaim. The novel has been named a finalist for the 2014 Morris Award, a�School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, and a Booklist 2013 Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth. Winters lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.

Find out more about Cat at her website, and follow her on tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram,�Facebook, and Twitter.

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Book Review: The Devil’s Picture Book by Arabella Seymour

the_devil_s_picturebook__cover-188x300Title: The Devil’s Picture Book by Arabella Seymour
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Peach Publishing
Page count: 308 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: January 12, 2016
Rating – 4/5!!

Four women, friends from their school days, have grown apart with distance and time, until one of them puts in motion an ambitious plan for a reunion – at a country house health spa which – unknown to any of them – has a history of murder, intrigue and bad luck all it’s own.

There is Rhiannon, determined to find out who her real parents were; Alexa, desperate for time to herself away from her controlling husband; Alice, whose husband treats her with contempt; and tragic Sunny, whose promising new life has suddenly come crashing down in ruins when she discovers she has a terminal illness.

Across their path comes Andrea, the unhappy and neglected wife of ex SAS officer Roddy DeVille, tipped for New Year Honours glory, desperate to regain her fading beauty and his love along with it.

The women meet without realising that this reunion will change each of their lives in ways none of them could possibly have imagined.

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

The Devil’s Picture Book was an interesting book with a super ambitious plot. It is about a group of women, most of whom have known each other since they were young girls, reuniting after twenty years apart. For all of them, this comes at a really critical time in their lives when they really need to reconnect with themselves and other women.

I enjoyed quite a bit about this book. I loved that the story is delivered through multiple perspectives. I am definitely a fan of stories that have multiple perspectives and a lot of different characters and this is a book that has a lot of characters that we encounter and get the story from. If you’re not used to books like this, it may get a bit confusing but I find most often that I really enjoy when a story unfolds this way. Even though I thought this book was entertaining, I also felt like it had me thinking about a few serious things like marriage, individuality and friendships.

It had been awhile since I had read the description and I am glad because I got to go into this book rather blindly and ended up really enjoying it. It did take me a little bit to get into it but once I did, I became engrossed, especially when the girls get together I feel like everything up til then is alot of “story building” leading up to the reunion and all that happens there and comes out of it. I really enjoyed piecing together all the story lines from all the different characters, one I particularly enjoyed was Rhiannon but in general I found the look at the different women’s lives and relationships fascinating. Friendship reunions and family reunions are always fun especially when coupled with a mystery and suspense story line!

I appreciated the blending of the women’s fiction genre with that of mystery/suspense and even a bit of thriller. I am giving this book a four star review!

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Arabella Seymour was born and educated in London, England.  She had her first novel published in her teens and later worked in London libraries before moving to Canterbury, Kent and turning to writing full time.

After having three novels published, Arabella went to work in Glenarm Castle in Northern Ireland and followed this by joining a housekeeping agency that took her to many fascinating assignments all over the country.

She later returned to Canterbury where, between 2008 and 2012, she was a member of a local re-enactment society.  Arabella has a particular passion for family history and has contributed a short biography of her great-grandfather, Liberal Politian John Henry Bethell, to a local history project.

Arabella still lives in Canterbury, whose cathedral saw the marriage of her Huguenot ancestors during the reign of Charles II.

Blog Tour Book Review: America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

America's First Daughter coverAbout America’s First Daughter

• Paperback: 624 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 1, 2016)

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.

It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father’s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William’s wife and still be a devoted daughter.

Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father’s reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

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Happy Wednesday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie. I’d like to send a big thank you to the authors, TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

America’s First Daughter is a work of historical fiction based on the letters of Thomas Jefferson and is about his daughter. It is also told from her perspective and tells of the story of her family and the sacrifices they made for our country.

I loved this book. Going into this book I didn’t know much about Thomas Jefferson and his family other than the basic information that stayed with me over the years since my last US History course in college. I feel like I don’t read as many books based during this time period as I would like, so I think this was a really good start for me. I am also always intrigued to read about the women behind the men of history whether it’s nonfiction or historical fiction but I especially love historical fiction. This story gripped me from start to finish. It was sweeping and compelling and even though I read it in a day I felt like I savored it, it was definitely a great read.

I loved reading about Patsy and experiencing this piece of history through her eyes. I enjoyed catching a glimpse of Thomas Jefferson through the eyes of his daughter and catching a glimpse of places like Paris during this time. My heart also broke for her at certain points in the story and I also swooned a few times. Definitely gripping!

This book is over 500 pages so before I started it, I was pretty intimidated as the majority of books I tend to read are about at about the 280-389 pages range but I do love to read larger books as well and this one actually felt like less because I couldn’t put it down. For me it had the right balance between the entertainment factor and the historical factor and I am giving it a five star review.

While I know that this book is fiction and is based on real people and events but may not be entirely accurate, I do usually find that in historical fiction books there are still things for me to learn or review and I did find this to be the case in this book as well. It is very evident that the authors researched people and events in order to write this and that extra touch just adds another layer to the book that is fascinating. If, like me, the lives of the women of history interest you or you are looking for a really great historical fiction/women’s fiction read, check this book out!

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Stephanie Dray photo credit Kate Furek

Photo by Kate Furek

About Stephanie Dray

Stephanie Dray is a bestselling and award-nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her work has been translated into six different languages, was nominated for RWA’s RITA Award, and won NJRW’s Golden Leaf. She is a frequent panelist and presenter at national writing conventions and lives near the nation’s capital.

Find out more about Stephanie at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Photo by Renee Hollingshead

About Laura Kamoie

Laura Kamoie has published two nonfiction books on early America and most recently held the position of Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy before transitioning to a full-time career writing genre fiction under the name Laura Kaye, the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books.

Find out more about Laura at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Fiercombe Manor by Kate Riordan

Fiercombe ManorAbout Fiercombe Manor

– Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Harper (February 17, 2015)
– Rating: 4 stars

A house as old as Fiercombe Manor holds many secrets within its walls. But which dark chapter of its history is haunting Alice, a young woman staying there during the course of a fateful summer?

In 1933, naive twenty-two-year-old Alice is pregnant, unmarried, and disgraced. She can no longer share her parents’ London home, so her desperate mother concocts a cover story and begs her old friend, Mrs. Jelphs, for help. The housekeeper at rural Fiercombe Manor, Mrs. Jelphs is moved by Alice’s “plight” as a new widow and agrees to watch over her in the secluded English countryside until the baby is born and given up for adoption. Because the manor house’s owners, Lord and Lady Stanton, no longer live there, Alice’s only company will be Mrs. Jelphs and her skeleton staff.

Thirty years before Alice’s arrival, Lady Elizabeth Stanton awaits the birth of her second child, fervently hoping he will be the boy her husband desires. But as her time nears, she is increasingly tormented by memories of what happened with her first baby and terrified that history will repeat itself . . . with devastating consequences.

At first, Fiercombe Manor offers Alice a welcome relief from her mother’s disapproving gaze. But she begins to sense that all is not well in the picturesque Gloucestershire valley. After a chance encounter with Tom, the young scion of the Stanton family, Alice discovers that Fiercombe’s beauty is haunted by the clan’s tragic past. She is determined to exorcise the ghosts of the idyllic, isolated house.

Nothing can prepare Alice for what she uncovers. Can she escape the tragic fate of the other women who have lived in the Fiercombe valley?

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Fiercombe Manor! Thank you to Kate Riordan and TLC Book Tours for giving me the chance to read and review this book!

Fiercombe Manor is a work of historical fiction that is told through the dual narratives of Elizabeth and Alice. These two women live in completely different time periods but their stories connect across time. The bulk of the story takes place on Fiercombe Manor and it’s surrounding area.

In general I tend to love stories that are told through multiple perspectives and it was a really great way to connect the stories of both of these women. I loved seeing the differences in their lives and in their feelings and I was always especially interested in Alice’s feelings about Elizabeth throughout the book.

The thing that really interested me while reading this book though was the manor and the property around it itself. I found the descriptons of the manor to be irresistible. It felt so real to me as I was reading it, I could definitely picture walking down it’s hallways and hearing the creaks of it’s old floorboards and doors. What a wonderful setting for this story!

This story was a bit slow to develop but it did keep me interested in it as part of the beauty of historical fiction novels is the amount of detail given to the geography and the historical elements in the stories. It was definitely well written and descriptive with a light yet somber feel. It really did have a historical feel to it. It was also creepy in the perfect places. This book was interesting as it can be classified under a few genres that I love: women’s fiction, mystery, supernatural and overall, historical fiction. I do think that historical fiction fans will enjoy reading this book as I very much enjoyed it. I was glued to it’s pages from start to finish and felt very much transported to a different time.

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Kate RiordanAbout Kate Riordan

Kate Riordan is a British writer and journalist who worked for the Guardian and Time Out London. She is also the author of Birdcage Walk and is already at work on her third novel. Born in London, she now lives in the Gloucestershire countryside.

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Blog Tour Book Review: After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson

After the War is OverTitle: After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson
Genre: Historical Fiction – Womens Fiction
Publisher: William Marrow, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers
Page count: 351
Format: Paperback
Rating – 5/5!

The internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France returns with her sweeping second novel—a tale of class, love, and freedom—in which a young woman must fnd her place in a world forever changed

After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to dedicate her life to helping others. Moving to busy Liverpool, she throws herself into her work with those most in need, only tearing herself away for the lively dinners she enjoys with the women at her boardinghouse.

Just as Charlotte begins to settle into her new circumstances, two messages arrive that will change her life. One is from a radical young newspaper editor who offers her a chance to speak out for those who cannot. The other pulls her back to her past, and to a man she has tried, and failed, to forget.

Edward Neville-Ashford, her former employer and the brother of Charlotte’s dearest friend, is now the new Earl of Cumberland—and a shadow of the man he once was. Yet under his battle wounds and haunted eyes Charlotte sees glimpses of the charming boy who long ago claimed her foolish heart. She wants to help him, but dare she risk her future for a man who can never be hers?

As Britain seethes with unrest and postwar euphoria fattens into bitter disappointment, Charlotte must confront long-held insecurities to fnd her true voice . . . and the courage to decide if the life she has created is the one she truly wants.

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for After the War is Over. I want to take a moment and thank TLC Book Tours and the author Jennifer Robson for giving me the opportunity to read and review this magnificent book.

After the War is Over is a historical fiction title about a woman, Charlotte, and her life after the First World War.

There were a lot of things I loved about this book. I loved the authors writing style. It was delicate and lavish in detail, it was easy to picture the world in which Charlotte lives and easy to connect with her feelings. I loved her as a character as well, she is one of those female characters that you want to be when you grow up…strong, opinionated, sensitive, and she knows what she wants and gets it. I loved her!

I absolutely loved this book, I thought it was wonderful. It reminded me of a Jane Austen novel with a dash of The English Patient. It was a beautiful story. I loved how it was mostly about Charlotte – her life and accomplishments, as well as the movements to advance women’s rights. But it was also about love, friendship and love overcoming obstacles but it was so beautifully and subtly written into the narrative in a way that made it seem more real…more believable.

I give this book a full five out of five star rating. It was brilliant and moving. I definitely recommend reading this book especially for historical fiction and women’s fiction fans!

You can find After the War is Over on Goodreads, and it is available for purchase at Amazon, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble.

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Jennifer RobsonAbout the Author

Jennifer Robson first learned about the Great War from her father, acclaimed historian Stuart Robson, and later served as an official guide at the Canadian National War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France. A former copy editor, she holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from the University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children.

You can find her on  Facebook, her website and on Twitter

 

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