I love when new authors find me and think that I will like their books. I am always intrigued because with the internet it’s hard to get a feel for people sometimes so when an author asks me if I would like to review their book or they think it’s something I will like—it always makes me pause.
I can honestly say that I give every single book that comes across my desk for review, my full and complete consideration for this reason. Authors, publishers, friends on social media…..I read all the pitches. Now that doesn’t mean that I review them all, but if it truly is something I’m interested in reading and I have time then I’m usually in.
That’s how I stumbled on to Genevieve Graham. She found me and asked it I would review her book, TIDES OF HONOUR, back in 2015. I was blown away by the subject matter, characters, and the historical period as well as the added Canadian perspective in WWI.
I was thrilled when she asked if I would be interested in reading her latest novel, COME FROM AWAY, and I didn’t even hesitate….absolutely!
In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker’s three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumours swirl about “wolf packs” of German U-Boats lurking in the deep waters along the shores of East Jeddore, a stone’s throw from Grace’s window. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store.
Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamoured by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after a several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be, but someone else entirely—someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand.
Come from Away is a mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War (summary from Goodreads).
This book is a little different than the first book that I read but her, as it’s set during WWII rather than WWI as the first one I read. However, her ability to write confidently in both periods is astonishing. She adds so much historical detail to her books. She captures the little nuances of the period and I think it brings a lot to the story. I said this about TIDES OF HONOUR and I think it still applies in this book….the uniqueness of having the story set in Canada was brilliant. There are so many war time romances set in England or France but not in Canada. I personally would not think Canada for a war romance and frankly I was curious how that would play out in the story but I was impressed and interested in that angle of the story. The same is still true in this book…..Canada isn’t quite to go to setting for war romances but once again she pulls it off.
If you love war time romances then this is the book for you. Not only is the historical detail amazing, but the romance it real, memorable, and sets itself apart. this isn’t Graham’s first rodeo when it comes to romances. She writes the MacDonnells series as well. Now I haven’t read any of the MacDonnell books but judging from the covers (terrible I know) I am going to venture that they are more of the bodice ripper variety. That’s not to discount their quality by any means. On the contrary, when I was reading this book, there was so much sensuality, chemistry, and emotion between Grace and Rudi that I started to wonder if she had more of a romance background. I didn’t know until now that she has written other historical romance novels but I think in this book that ability helped and strengthen the characters romantic plot and made it so much more thrilling.
To me this was more of a war romance/melodrama rather than just another run of the mill ‘historical romance’. It had a lot of layers to the story and the characters were more complex and interesting with a believable romance that will give readers the feels. I was incredibly impressed by this book, my only issue with it was the ending felt a smidge rushed but overall I was completely engrossed in the story and the historical period. I think Graham has really hit on a successful period and location that is all but absent from most bookshelves. I love that she takes her love of Canada and historical war fiction and capitalizes on it.
I will say that I got this book rather late, but I never for a second worried that I might not finish it by my target review date. I was captivated from the first page and couldn’t put it down. I read it in a matter of days and one afternoon I read more than half in one sitting!
I am sad that I didn’t get to read PROMISES TO KEEP yet, lightly different period but still yet another war time romance. I am curious to read this one as well because again, Canadian war romances just aren’t a thing but yet Graham makes them a thing!
Kindle Edition, 352 pagesExpected publication: April 24th 2018 by Simon & Schuster
This book counts toward: NA
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- Books for Challenge Completed: NA
Recommendation: 5 out of 5
Genre: Historical fiction, war romance