ANNELIES is about Anne Frank and describes what the author thinks she would have been like had she lived.
Mr. Gillham did an outstanding job of researching as well as using a creative method of portraying Anne Frank's life as it may have been even though she did not survive the Holocaust.
Through Mr. Gillham’s marvelous writing style we are transported back in time as we experience what Anne experienced during her captivity and as she tries to re-enter her previous life that is always filled with the presence and reminders of her captors and how she had to comply.
ANNELIES is a beautiful, heartfelt book you will want to absorb with attention to every detail.
Anne seems as though she was and would have been a feisty young lady that the world has missed and could have learned from. 5/5
This book was given to me as an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.
All information in this post is courtesy of Rachel Kennedy of Penguin Random House UK/Arrow Publishing.
Celebrating The Debut Of:
CHRISTMAS AT LIBERTY'S THE LIBERTY GIRLS BOOK 1
Penguin.co.uk November 15, 2018
The first book in the Liberty Girls series is a beautiful Christmas read –
Christmas at Liberty’s(15th November) which introduces us to Mary as she
arrives in London during the Blitz after being dishonorably discharged
from the army.
Rejected by her family and harboring a painful secret,
Mary finds a job at the iconic London department
store Liberty. Finding a sense of belonging and friendship she has
never known before, Mary finds the strength to heal her wounds and
navigate the uncertain times of London during the Blitz with a group of
wonderful new friends, The Liberty Girls.
seasonal story is great for anyone looking for a new saga series and
characters to fall in love with.
Praise for CHRISTMAS AT LIBERTY'S:
A compelling first novel by Fiona Ford, which I promise you won't be able to put down’ -
Daisy Styles, bestselling author of THE BOMB GIRLS
‘Fiona transports you straight back in time to WWII and the attention to detail is fantastic.*****’
‘A fabulous debut from an immensely talented author’
- Annie Groves, author of HETTIE OF HOPE STREET
‘Made you feel a
part of the main character's life, involved in her problems, sadness and
happiness. Not often do books make me shed a tear, but
this one did. *****’
‘We have another bright star in Sagaland! *****’
‘Lovely storyline and very easy to read. Couldn't put it down once I'd started. *****’
About The Book:
in the compelling new Liberty Girls series, sure to be loved by fans of Elaine Everest, Nancy Revell, Donna Douglas and
Set around the iconic Carnaby Street department
store at the height of the Blitz in London, this heart-warming story of
friendship and courage at Christmas is the perfect holiday
London, September 1941.
Mary arrives in
war-torn London nursing a broken heart and a painful secret after being dishonorably discharged from the Army. When she is offered
her dream post as an assistant in the fabric department at Liberty
store, she knows this is the fresh start she needs. Amid the store’s
vibrant prints and sumptuous interiors, Mary finds a new family who help
her to heal and put the ghosts of the past to rest.
But not everyone
will give Mary such a warm welcome, and the trauma of her past will soon
catch up with her. As Mary and the Liberty Girls endure
the heartache, uncertainty and danger of war, it will take a steady
heart and unwavering courage to keep the magic of Christmas alive.
About the Author:
many years as a journalist writing for women’s weekly and monthly
magazines before becoming a full time author, and uses her journalistic
experience researching her books.
Fiona tirelessly combed
the Westminster Archives and Liberty records for details about what
life was really like working in London and Liberty’s during WWII,
lending a true sense of authenticity to her writing.
Fiona is also the
author of the
A Pug Like Percy books under the pseudonym, Fiona Harrison, as well as two sagas in her own name in the
Spark Girls series.
Fiona lives in Berkshire with her partner.
Find out more about Fiona at
Fiona is available for interview and written pieces.
What else could be happening behind the scenes at The Octavian except piano playing and entertaining of every sort?
Nell played there to earn money for tuition to the Royal Academy even though her policeman brother didn’t know about it and wouldn’t approve. Too many shady characters in that building and not safe to be walking back alone at night.
Nell was definitely getting herself into something dangerous, and she didn’t know it. Nell heard so many different stories about what each person was like and what was going on that it was difficult to know who was telling the truth.
One thing that did happen was that one of the actresses was badly beaten and her partner was no where to be found. Other incidents occurred too to make Nell and her brother wonder what was going on.
With the beating of the actress, the missing actor, and the death of a policeman, Nell’s brother had his doubts about one of his fellow policemen. He believes there is a snitch at Scotland Yard.
Meanwhile, Nell is learning things aren’t as “clean” as they appear at The Octavian. Was she getting herself into danger she didn’t know about? Nell was taking chances being dressed as a man in a place that wasn’t as safe as she thought.
A DANGEROUS DUET was part learning about the lifestyle of folks in the Victorian era as well as learning that people actually haven’t changed behaviors that much over the years.
Living in the Victorian era actually wasn't safe in many respects, and the lack of today's conveniences such as cars and sanitation makes you happy you live today.
The suspense was enough to keep you guessing and doing some detective work of your own. Nell’s involvement was not the best decision on her part. She was dealing with a dangerous group of thieves.
I enjoyed the characters, and Ms. Odden’s writing style was detailed and interesting.
If you enjoy mystery, secrets, and the Victorian era, A DANGEROUS DUET will be an appealing read. 4/5
This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
All information in this post is courtesy of Hannah Robertson of JKS Communications.
Celebrating The Release Of
ONCE A MIDWIFE
On Sale November 6, 2018
Praise for ONCE A MIDWIFE:
“Midwives are warriors in this beautifully sweeping tale.” – Kirkus Reviews
Harman...brings to life the impact of the First and Second World Wars
upon the people of early 20th century rural America...True love, family,
friendships, politics, history, nature, culture and babies. What more
could a reader possibly want?” (Alicia Bay Laurel, New York Timesbestselling authorLiving on the Earth)
“If you could live inside a Norman Rockwell painting,Once a Midwifewould
be the place. Rockwell’s themes--a nation under threat in wartime, the
struggle for racial equality, and the consolation of family—they’re all
right here.” (Jodi Daynard, Bestselling Author ofThe Midwife’s Revolt)
About The Book:
a time of turmoil, Patience Hester, a skilled and trusted midwife,
along with her friend and midwife partner, Bitsy, is in many ways the
only stability for the women of Hope River Valley, West Virginia.
the Great Depression behind them, Patience and her veterinarian husband
Daniel watch the progression of the war in Europe with trepidation.
Following the bombing at Pearl Harbor, a wave of patriotism floods
America, including Hope Valley.
While a patriot, Daniel Hester is also a
secret pacifist. And his refusal to join the draft results in his
imprisonment, leaving Patience to care for and support their four
children while fighting for Daniel’s release amid the judgment from the
Through Patience, we understand the anxieties and
struggles on the American home front ahead of World War II.
Patience, Harman pushes readers to consider the different manifestations
of patriotism, loyalty, unity, discrimination, cowardice, bravery and
About the Author:
*Photo Courtesy of Patricia Harman
PATRICIA HARMAN has spent over 30 years caring for women as a midwife, first as a lay-midwife, delivering babies in cabins and on communal farms in West Virginia, and later as a nurse-midwife on the faculty of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and West Virginia University.
She lives near Morgantown, West Virginia, has three sons, and is the author of two acclaimed memoirs.
Her first novel, “The Midwife of Hope River,” was successful around the world.
“Once a Midwife” is the fourth book in the Hope River Series. For more information, please visit www.patriciaharman.com