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REVIEW: The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Sisters Ruth and Millie, a few years apart in age, are at odds with one another through almost 30 years of life. Ruth, the older, is noted as reliable, responsible, plain and boring. Millie is expected to get by with her looks and her friendliness. Oh how Ruth resents Millie. WWII throws the sisters together again as Millie’s husband, Lenny, signs up to serve. Millie joins Ruth at the armory and takes a job. This period of time allows Millie to regain her footing and for Ruth to relax her defenses. Coming together as sisters, without rancor, is not easy for these two. I lay the blame for their differences with their mother who seems to be caused so much with her own actions and many words. 

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.wartime

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REVIEW: Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke

It’s WWII and Claire Stewart, an American, joins the French Resistance through her association with love Armaud. He has arranged for Claire to shepherd five French Jewish children to the port for passage to England. Through a series of circumstances, Claire finds herself at her long-lost aunt’s doorstep in the Lake District of England, begging for refuge.
Aunt Miranda, the housekeeping staff and Claire find themselves full-time caretakers of these children plus some additional German children who are billeted at Miranda’s house. The grown-ups learn about the importance of Jewish tradition to the children and the children bring merriment back to the estate house.
We also encounter David Campbell, another American, who is assigned to England to work at a flying boat company as an engineer in the war effort.
Claire comes to know God through the difficulties of her assignment and eventually finds peace in the place in which God has placed her.

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Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: These Healing Hills by Ann Gabhart

Nurse Francine heads to Kentucky from Cincinnati to join a travelling nurse program in the hills.  She trains to be a nurse midwife and eventually goes out on assignment to one of the hollows and hills of the coverage area.  Paired with another, veteran nurse, Francine comes to enjoy her assignment.  Warned by her coworker and nursing program, though, to be always the nurse and not the friend, Francine is sure how to handle her affection for the people in the community.

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Ben is home to the hills after service in WWII.  He’s at a crossroads in knowing that he might not fit into the hill lifestyle having seen the world.  But, he’s determined to get his widowed mother and rest of the family caught up as he waits to plan his next move.  Perhaps the GI Bill is his ticket to the future.

The book has action and romance, along with insightfulness to the ways of the mountain folks.  Thanks to Revell for providing me with an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson

Daniel Knight is on a quest to find Brigette Berthold whom he last saw when she was 10 and he was 13.  They were separated in a reassignment in England after they fled Germany.  Can you imagine the terror of these two youths as they clung to each other for weeks when their parents willed them to run and hide and escape from the Third Reich.

Daniel promised Brigette that he would return for her.  Moves and circumstances drove them farther apart, making it very complicated to find one another.  Residing on the Pacific coast of America, Daniel was two oceans away from where he left Brigette, and he was in failing health.  Having exhausted a string of investigators, Daniel needs to hire someone with a heart for the project.

Quenby Vaughn, reporter/journalist and Attorney Lucas Hough are Daniel’s choices for the quest.  What will they find?  Can they work together?  What secrets need to be revealed and mended?

This was an amazing story with much depth.  Set in WWII and also modern day, it also compelled the reader to consider modern day refugees and the uncertainly they face.  There’s a challenge to readers at the end of the book to lend a hand and give a heart to someone else’s story.

Thanks to Tyndale Fiction for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson

The story begins with Alice-Ann as a 16-year old and the US just entering WWII.  The town in which the story is set sends a significant number of young men into the service on account of the war.  This has impact on everyone in town.  Alice-Ann takes time to make sure her long-time crush, Mack, knows she’ll be waiting for him.

Good letter correspondents at first, Mack’s letters eventually end and there is news of his demise during a fierce battle.  Alice-Ann, whose crush was known only to a few, must endure this quietly.

A friend’s brother, Carlton, returns early from the war due to an injury.  He and Alice-Ann form a new friendship as young adults as they bond through the war time.

Alice-Ann must reshape her vision of “true love” and decide the best path for her future.

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

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Hannah Sterling has recently lost her mother and she is adrift.  The grief is impacting her work as a school teacher.  She is asked to take a leave of absence and get her mental self back together.  At the appointment with her mother’s attorney, Hannah’s life takes an interesting turn as she is given the chance to get to know her mother’s history.

Every other chapter follows Hannah and then her mother, Lieselotte.  We meet Lieselotte as a teen in WWII Germany.  The daughter of a prominent Nazi-allied family, Lieselotte must face tough decisions as she comes of age in this fabulous story.

This is a great piece of history.  I was engaged in the characters from the beginning and savoured each chapter as I learned more about both women.  I’m reluctant to give too many details, but know it will be time well spent for readers.

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma

Irene and Rand come from opposites sides of the world, at least by the standard of what matters to them.  Irene travels with her aunt through the jungles of the Philippines as missionaries.  Rand manages night clubs and caters to the elite crowd.  Both, however, are imprisoned during WWII when the Japanese take over the Philippines.  For over three years, follow their survival and growth.  When everything is taken away, including loved ones and livelihood, find Irene and Rand brought to the heart of what really matters.  I found the prison camp setting during WWII to be unique.  It was a new point of history for me and I learned several things about this window of time.

Thanks for Thomas Nelson for providing me an advance copy to read and review in my own words.

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