Reading ➾ The Whispers of War Author Julia Kelly – Fastfood-pos-2018.info

The Whispers of War Wow I m speechless as to how amazing this book is Upon the death of her grandmother, MarieSamantha is given not only the task of presenting her eulogy but returning a precious keepsake to one of her grandmothers oldest and best friends As with many people who were affected by World War 2, Marie kept much of it from her family She would occasionally tell Samantha to ask her about the war sometime but life always prevented Samantha from doing that, a major regret when it became too late.When Wow I m speechless as to how amazing this book is Upon the death of her grandmother, MarieSamantha is given not only the task of presenting her eulogy but returning a precious keepsake to one of her grandmothers oldest and best friends As with many people who were affected by World War 2, Marie kept much of it from her family She would occasionally tell Samantha to ask her about the war sometime but life always prevented Samantha from doing that, a major regret when it became too late.When Samantha arrives in London to visit Marie s dear friend Nora, a story was recounted that made Samantha question the grandmother she thought she had known so well Marie was of German nationality and when she was a teenager, she was sent to a boarding school in England where she met Nora and the third member of their trio Hazel Together the three would see each other through some very dark times.This is where the historical stuff kicks in and it sure makes for an aspect of suspense in this book When Germany invaded Poland, England gave them a deadline to back out or they would declare war Wellwe all know that war was declared At the time, there were thousands of German and Austrian immigrants living in England, many wanting to start a new life after the devastation of the First World War Regardless of their innocence, these alien residents were required to sit through tribunals and then be classified into one of three groups Marie was forced to sit through her own tribunal, despite having lived in England since she was a child Despite her innocence, her familial ties put her in a very tricky and dangerous and up in the air situation Nora and Hazel vow to keep their friend safe and despite having issues in their own personal lives, the ladies always put each other first Without giving away spoilers because I want you all to pick up this book the minute it hits the shelf, this is an excellent book on the strength and bonds of friendship True friends become family and even during a time of war, family sticks together I was truly saddened to finish this story but it wrapped up so beautifully despite me selfishly wantingA couple of things to keep in mind.it does jump back and forth between Marie, Nora and Hazel as well as briefly jumping into the present with Samantha It flows beautifully so don t let that keep you from reading Alsoit s vital to read the authors notes You ll learnabout the historical aspect of things and I think it s always important to understand where, why and how writers bring their work to life Two thumbs WAY up Reading this novel was both enjoyable and educational The story of three devoted friends in WWII London and their trials and hardships during those turbulent years Marie, Nora and Hazel are faced with the issues of being women during a time when women were considered inferior and incompetent Coupled with this was the extraordinary way in which German aliens were treated during the war I had no idea that England had internment camps, similar to Japanese internment camps here in America The f Reading this novel was both enjoyable and educational The story of three devoted friends in WWII London and their trials and hardships during those turbulent years Marie, Nora and Hazel are faced with the issues of being women during a time when women were considered inferior and incompetent Coupled with this was the extraordinary way in which German aliens were treated during the war I had no idea that England had internment camps, similar to Japanese internment camps here in America The fact that Marie was German drove the plot of the novel The author has stirred together women s issues, wartime politics, friendship and romance to create a very engaging novel I was totally immersed in the story, and I have spent some time researching the concept of internment camps What could betimely today than learning about people locked up for no reason except an accident of birth I think this book will be a perfect read for book groups and seminars in woman s studies, WWII social history and will lead to discussions about the treatment of immigrants and aliens by our government Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read this book and go on an unexpected journey The Start Of World War II Looms Over Three Friends Who Struggle To Remain Loyal As One Of Them Is Threatened With Internment By The British Government, From The Author Of The Sweeping, Stirring Kristin Harmel, Internationally Bestselling Author Of The Room On Rue Am Lie The Light Over London In August Of , As Britain Watches The Headlines In Fear Of Another Devastating War With Germany, Three Childhood Friends Must Choose Between Friendship Or Country Erstwhile Socialite Nora Is Determined To Find Her Place In The Home Office S Air Raid Precautions Department, Matchmaker Hazel Tries To Mask Two Closely Guarded Secrets With Irrepressible Optimism, And German Expat Marie Worries That She And Her Family Might Face Imprisonment In An Internment Camp If War Is Declared When Germany Invades Poland And Tensions On The Home Front Rise, Marie Is Labeled An Enemy Alien, And The Three Friends Find Themselves Fighting Together To Keep Her Free At Any Cost Featuring Julia Kelly S Signature Intricate, Tender, And Convincing Publishers Weekly Prose, The Whispers Of War Is A Moving And Unforgettable Tale Of The Power Of Friendship And Womanhood In The Midst Of Conflict This was a pretty easy and straight forward read for me I read, Julia Kelly s last novel, The Light Over London and enjoyed it very much This one had a nice and interesting premise but fell a little flat for me.I liked that there were 3 strong women in the story Their friendship was honest and true The story had a dual timeline with past and present In the present Samantha s Grandmother has died and she needs to travel back to England to give back a box to her Grandmother s friend Once s This was a pretty easy and straight forward read for me I read, Julia Kelly s last novel, The Light Over London and enjoyed it very much This one had a nice and interesting premise but fell a little flat for me.I liked that there were 3 strong women in the story Their friendship was honest and true The story had a dual timeline with past and present In the present Samantha s Grandmother has died and she needs to travel back to England to give back a box to her Grandmother s friend Once she arrives her Grandmother s friend begins to tell the story of their friendship and what happened to them all during WWII in England.I felt that the story lacked some depth The present day story was only 3 chapters at the ending of each of the friend s past story I felt like the ending needed someclosure on all the friend s lives.Still a pretty easy book that flowed well from chapter to chapter Just a little bit light for wartime.I d like to thank NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for granting me access to this Advanced Reader Copy The Whispers of War is a breath of fresh air into the WWII historical fiction genre The story doesn t focus so much on the actual war but rather on a friendship between three very different women Julia Kelly had me hooked from page one It ll never cease amaze me how many unique, important and touching stories there are to tell in history Particularly those stories of women in WWII strike me hardest Their bravery, determination, and pride were second to none as most volunteered to help in any way possible before conscription happened in Britain The Whispers of War surprised me as it s not as sad as most WWII stories are Julia Kelly brings us a touching, moving and brilliant story of the bonds of friendship and love Female It ll never cease amaze me how many unique, important and touching stories there are to tell in history Particularly those stories of women in WWII strike me hardest Their bravery, determination, and pride were second to none as most volunteered to help in any way possible before conscription happened in Britain The Whispers of War surprised me as it s not as sad as most WWII stories are Julia Kelly brings us a touching, moving and brilliant story of the bonds of friendship and love Female FriendshipIt s so nice to read a book where the women aren t always competing, at each others throats, or out to get each other I know that it s rare in real life to find the kind of friendship Kelly describes between her three main characters in The Whispers of War but it does exist It s so heartwarming to be reminded that people usually intend to be good sometimes they fall the wayside and don t even realize it I love how the tensions of the friendship ebb and flow throughout the story Past to PresentAs with the majority of historical figure these days, this book does flip between the WWII timeline and present day However unlike many other books set like this the present story isn t near as relevant, and not the bulk of the novel Kelly has done a good job of keeping us in the past with the occasional snippet to the future so that we can stay in the story but also understand some of the repercussions of choices our characters made 60 years before present day It felt understood throughout the book that the reader really only cares about the past and so keeping the focus there worked really nicely for me Internment Camps and RefugeI will confess I am very proud to read this as a Canadian To know that we offered even one person refuge from the Nazi s is really powerful to me Canada however is not a country without many transgressions, including our own internment camps during WWII primarily against the Japanese and so if you approach the end of this book and think my country is so great, rah, rah while I want to be proud of that I would caution you that the events in Britain and elsewhere in Europe of internment and prejudice absolutely did and do still happen in Canada sadly No country has a clean slate there are always skeletons in the closet That said it must also be acknowledged that the persecution that much of The Whispers of War focuses on in Britain is sad, frustrating and all too true You might come away being disgusted by some of the actions of Europeans and their governments I caution you to remember that these were extraordinary times and people were merely trying to keep folks safe The same way that today we are engaged in extraordinary times with the covid pandemic and we can only hope that humanity of the future understands that we didn t have all the information and were just reacting as best we could most of the time OverallNot unlike The Paris SeamstressThe Paris Seamstress this is a good mostly positive WWII book It has less death, rape, torture, etc than books like The Tattooist of AuschwitzTattooist of Auschwitz and it focuseson the girls relationships and thoughts which is easier to relate to This is a historical fiction novel that I would definitely recommend to someone like my Mom She likes historical novels but struggles sometimes with really gruesome events or descriptions That s not to say that we ignore any of those awful things that certainly did happen but a variety of novels that differ in pacing and descriptive content is always smart as it allows these stories to be accessible topeople Otherwise some people wouldn t ever read a war time book because they can t handle the content For me, in the end, The Whispers of War is a must add to my growing WWII physical book collection As always this is the highest praise I can give a bookPlease note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an honest and unbiased review. This novel takes place beginning in 1939, right before England and Germany were at war Marie, a young woman, had been sent by her parents many years previous to England from Germany to get an education Her best friends, Nora and Hazel, were her roommates and, after school, her best friends living in London In 1939, all German immigrants were assigned a threat assessment letter Marie, of course, was included The bulk of the story begins there.I had a little trouble in the first few chapters This novel takes place beginning in 1939, right before England and Germany were at war Marie, a young woman, had been sent by her parents many years previous to England from Germany to get an education Her best friends, Nora and Hazel, were her roommates and, after school, her best friends living in London In 1939, all German immigrants were assigned a threat assessment letter Marie, of course, was included The bulk of the story begins there.I had a little trouble in the first few chapters getting into the book For what reason I really don t know But, as I recognized the difference in the girls and got a better understanding of the plot, all that disappeared and I fell under it s spell.Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery, Pocket Books for the opportunity to read and review this book This historical novel set during World War II in London is my second book of 2020, and all I can say is Wow Luckily I started reading this on the weekend, and I finished it in two days This is the type of book which called to me when life interrupted my reading time, and I couldn t wait to return to London, 1940, and the challenges faced by Hazel, Nora, Marie, and Samantha Now I am suffering from a book hangovertrying to decide which book is next on the agenda.But back to the novel The ma This historical novel set during World War II in London is my second book of 2020, and all I can say is Wow Luckily I started reading this on the weekend, and I finished it in two days This is the type of book which called to me when life interrupted my reading time, and I couldn t wait to return to London, 1940, and the challenges faced by Hazel, Nora, Marie, and Samantha Now I am suffering from a book hangovertrying to decide which book is next on the agenda.But back to the novel The main characters are three women who meet in boarding school when they are 12 and 13 years old Thrown together in a dorm room, they have completely different backgrounds Nora is the child of high society and wealth, an atmosphere in which she is a complete misfit Hazel comes from a dalliance between a woman of questionable background and an unknown father, and Marie has been exiled to England from Germany by parents house interest in their daughter was negligible The three girls form an extremely close friendship, a friendship which would survive through adolescence and adulthood, and emerge triumphant despite the challenges of failed relationships, family crises, and war and separation We ll always bejust us three These simple words would prove to be the ties that bound these women together, as Hazel, a professional matchmaker, and Nora, a secretary office manager in the country s Home Office Air Raid Precautions Department, will stop at nothing to help Marie avoid internment as England launches a policy of classifying and interning expatriates from Germany, Austria, and Italy The novel focuses on the early days of the war between England and Germany, as the officials and the public begin to panic, fearing the possibility of invasion by the enemy, and viewing with suspicion people from Germany who had moved to England in order to escape difficulties and challenges Just as they had done during the First World War, the policy makers again instituted classification and internment of these people Similar to the internment of the Japanese in the United States, most of these expatriates were innocent victims and loyal to their adopted countries.The novel is divided into sections, each section focuses on one of the three main characters There are also segments which take place in the present day as Marie s granddaughter meets Nora and tries to piece together elements of the grandmother she did not know well All of these elements are woven seamlessly into a riveting, absorbing and emotional story of the triumph of the human spirit, loyalty, and courage, as well as the strength and perseverance of strong women This was a fantastic way to begin my reading life of 2020 Highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction The title explains the book it is quite literally chatter about the war There is a lot of dialogue and conversation among the three friends about war coming There is nothing militaristic except a few mentions of a blackout, and the details of the Jews suffering is negated The synopsis mentions internment camps But again the internment camps is only chatter among the friends and it never goes beyond their conversation The plot itself transpires around the social transformations during 1939 The title explains the book it is quite literally chatter about the war There is a lot of dialogue and conversation among the three friends about war coming There is nothing militaristic except a few mentions of a blackout, and the details of the Jews suffering is negated The synopsis mentions internment camps But again the internment camps is only chatter among the friends and it never goes beyond their conversation The plot itself transpires around the social transformations during 1939 and 1940 for the three friends Marie, Nora, and Hazel With various backgrounds, the main drama ensues around Marie who is of German descent living in Britain Marie is painted as the victim of anti German sentiments during the onset of WWII The friends circle around Marie to provide support while politics begin to intrude the homes of Britain and divide families.I found the dual timeline unnecessary Samantha now present is to deliver her grandmother s eulogy, so she travels from America to Britain to visit with her grandmother s friend, Nora, in order to learnabout her grandmother Marie so that she can write a proper eulogy There isn t any puzzle piecing involved with the dual timeline Overall, this was an okay read and is 2.5 stars for me It was a lot of talking and not a lot of happening There was also plenty of romance, which I don t mind, but I didn t find it very pertinent to the storyline.I received an advanced copy from the publisher via NetGalley Opinions are my own Thanks to Netgalley and Simon Shuster Canada for an egalley in exchange for an honest review After enjoying The Light Over London in 2019, I knew that I couldn t wait to get my hands on Julia Kelly s latest In this dual historical timeline, Samantha journeys from Chicago to England to visit Nora, an old friend of her recently deceased grandmother, Marie With a memorial in the making, Samantha wants to learn about grandmother Marie s life during WWII Nora, with the assistance of her grandsThanks to Netgalley and SimonShuster Canada for an egalley in exchange for an honest review After enjoying The Light Over London in 2019, I knew that I couldn t wait to get my hands on Julia Kelly s latest In this dual historical timeline, Samantha journeys from Chicago to England to visit Nora, an old friend of her recently deceased grandmother, Marie With a memorial in the making, Samantha wants to learn about grandmother Marie s life during WWII Nora, with the assistance of her grandson, Daniel, unfolds the tale of Marie, Nora, and their best friend, Hazel Marie, German born and having lived with her Uncle, Aunt, and cousin for many years soon finds her very life threatened Hazel, a successful matchmaker fears her marriage is falling apart, and Nora enjoys her life as an independent woman with a house and a job in the Home Office There are surprising twists and turns regarding what these three women endure during wartime was fascinating and I read this story in one sitting The friendship between the three women is certainly the central point of the narrative and is infused with intrigue, romance, and specific concentration on how Germans or people of German origin living in Britain were now seen as foreign aliens and were placed in internment camps Although the author doesn t take us to an internment camp, the conversations of the characters capture the fear associated with Marie being sent there I knew a little about this history as there actually was an internment camp near the town of Minto, NB Canada for German and Austrians most of them Jewish refugees who were suspected of being spies Hopefully, this book will serve as a diving board for readers to lookinto this forgotten piece of WWII history.Goodreads review published 22 01 20Publication Date 14 01 20

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