The Boston Girl

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The Boston Girl” is an amazing story that includes a woman’s role in society in the early twentieth century, immigrant life and their adjustment to American life, child labor, it also mentions many historical events such as WWI, the Great Depression, and the flu epidemic.

Addie Baum was born in Boston in 1900 into a Jewish family. Since the beginning, she was treated as an outcast by her mother, and very early in life, she gave up on the hope to make her parents proud of her achievements and decided to become her own woman. Her love for books has led her to The Saturday Club where she met her lifelong mentors, made friendships that lasted a lifetime, and finally – the way to her independence.

Addie’s life is filled with woman empowerment, determination, heartbreaks, and of course love. It’s a great read, with fast pacing plot, and amazing characters.

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Stay Home

Stay Home by Ava Pierce

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Stay Home – Stay Safe”, is a phrase that applies to Caitlin in many different ways. As a consequence of the broken rule, Caitlin pays an unusual price. Well… technically not Caitlin herself, but her year-long lover. After finding Daniel in a pool of his own blood, Caitlin is drawn even more to the scene of the crime

While in the world’s biggest and longest lockdown, Daniel’s neighbor Ali finds herself in a bit of a pickle herself when she accidentally stumbles into his cold body. Shocked by such a horrifying find, for the first time in months Ali no longer finds comfort on the bottom of a wine bottle. Instead, driven by curiosity, she decides to play a detective and digs a bit farther than needed into Daniels cyber life.

And that’s how Caitlins and Ali’s roads cross. But Caitlin’s nightmare is far from over. Secrets, like skeletons in a closet, start to come to open one by one. She keeps wondering if she would have stayed home on that one fatal day – would she have been safe now?

Such a fun and entertaining read. I absolutely loved the short list of the characters and their involvements in the story. And the storyline itself kept on moving tremendously fast which made me flip the pages of the book with rapid speed. Thank you, NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton publisher for an advanced copy of this wonderful novel.

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Sisters of War

Sisters of War by Lana Kortchik

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Phenomenal read, that shades lite of WWII in the western part of Europe. Sisters Of War illustrates the bonds of family, their sacrifices, resiliency, loyalty, and bravery.

From the very first days of Kyiv occupation by Germans, Natasha and her family, just like the majority of citizens of Kyiv lived in fear. Their men were collected, followed by food, warm clothes, valuables, germans went as far as to occupy not only kyivlyan’s city, but their homes, and their lives.

Natasha’s family lived with the hope that any day the Red Army will come to their rescue. Days went by, weeks, months… Their lives became more and more unbearable. One by one, their friends and family were arrested or simply collected by german officers and send to german prisons, Germany’s factories, and even worse… concentration camps. But no matter how aggressive german behavior became, Natasha’s big heart could not stop doing good, saving lives and giving her last to help people in need. During those first horrendous days, Natasha found herself in arms of danger. But God was looking upon her and sent a goodhearted fellow to save Natasha and her grandmother’s lives. Unfortunately, her hero was her nation’s enemy.

As months have passed, the war has not only destroyed Natasha’s beloved city, it tore her family apart, and broke her loving heart.

I truly enjoyed this story. It is one of the best WWII stories I’ve come across this year, and I just couldn’t put this book down. I adore it and I can’t recommend it enough!

My thanks to HQ Digital Publisher for an advance copy of this book.

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The Girl in the Mirror

The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It has been a while since I sat in bed till 1AM with an addictive mystery that I could not put down. If you like fast-paced and unpredictable mysteries you may enjoy this one too!

Iris gets a perfect opportunity presented by her sister Summer. She is asked to sail a family boat thru the Indian ocean from Thailand to Seychelles. This request couldn’t come at the most perfect time. Just days before, Iris left her cheating husband behind, in preparation for a divorce. However, a last-minute change of plans has caught Iris by a surprise. Instead of spending a few weeks on a boat alone with Summer’s rich and handsome husband, Iris is stuck with her picture-perfect twin sister instead. And so the adventure begins…

During their sailing trip, a tragic accident occurs resulting in Summer’s death. While Iris mourns the death of her twin sister and her unborn child, an idea strikes her head. Upon reaching the destination, Iris assumes the identity of her dead sister. Not only Iris gets to finally have a life she always dreamed of, she is now one step closer to her late father’s hundred-million-dollar inheritance. However, the dream life Iris imagined is not as dreamy and glamorous as she expected, but the inheritance became a light at the end of the tunnel.

The author comes up with an extremely intriguing plot that keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat. This is a very well written and exciting book. Highly recommended!

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The Paris Secret

The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

WWII taught us an unforgettable lesson and divided the world’s timeline into Before and After. Nothing and no one felt the same after 1945… As the cities and countries were being repaired, the horror of the past was left behind, and people began rewriting their lives starting anew.

Nicholas, O’Farrell, Margaux, Skye, Liberty, and Catherine create a special friendship while united in a fight against the world’s greatest Nazi leader. This novel introduces the reader to bravery, resistance, and survival, but also love, friendship, and betrayal.

Pleasantly surprised by the beautiful cottage that Kat’s grandmother Margaux asked her to visit during Kat’s trip to England, she stumbled in on an unexpected discovery – a priceless collection of Dior gowns. Upon her return to Australia, Kat receives a phone call inquiring about Margaux Jourdan’s work in the French Resistance. Surprised once again, Kat questions her grandmother, but her attempts are unsuccessful, as an old woman refuses to revisit her past. With the help of an English writer, Kat digs down into history and discovers the tragic truth about her family…

Natasha Lester’s new novel shades a spotlight on women’s work during WWII. She introduces the very first female pilots in WWII history. I really loved that part of the story and the twist that came at the end. However the novel felt way too long, the middle part was very slow although it did contain interesting and useful facts here and there. Thank you NetGalley and Forever publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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