Nanny Needed

Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story has everything needed for a perfect plot: poor, drowning in debt young girl desperate for an extra income. Rich family with a dirty little secret.

From the beginning of the book, I was very confused why the family has hired some random girl with no experience to care for neither a child nor an unstable adult. This fact bothered me so much throughout the book. I was hoping an author will have a good explanation at the end of the book… and she did. Everything made sense as the end. And even more… Just when I almost gave up on the story and thought – here we go, yet another sappy unrealistic happy ending. And BAM, Georgine Cross surprised me again. I literally applauded at the end of the last chapter. Way to go! In my reading experience – it’s hard to come across a good, strong, not-so-happy but satisfying closure at the end of the novel.

I read a lot of books, and ofter find myself reading similar plots written by different authors. It was very refreshing to find a book with a different type of ending. This is my first book by Georgina Cross, and I am impressed by her style of writing. I am considering reading her previous novels as well. This was a super-fast, intriguing, and thrilling read. Thank you NetGalley and Bantam Publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.

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All The Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All The Lights We Cannot See is not a war love story. This is a story of a war between good and bad, entitlement, abomination, and obedience.

Blindness caught a young girl at a very young age. At the beginning of the great war, Marie-Laure and her father leave their beloved Paris behind in hopes to escape the brutality of the war and spend time in the scenic Saint-Malo, the hometown of her father. However, history repeats itself, and the war separates young Marie-Laure and her father. But her sight condition and her great uncle’s fear of the outside world do not stop the duo from joining the resistance.

The love of the radio and any form of wireless equipment has lands a young orphan boy in the Hitler youth program, and eventually into tracing, locating, and destroying the resistance. Although the lessons of racism that young boys were taught in the program didn’t change Werner’s human nature. In a mist of war, it helps him see the difference between the human race and the true enemy.

A Nazi party official Reinhold von Rumpel finds himself at the end of his life sentence. An illness, that cant be cured. But as a gemologist, he learns of the gemstone, located at the Museum of Natural History in Paris that can not only cure his illness but give him a chance to live forever. A myth or a fact? The only way to find out is to locate the gemstone.

The three characters meet at the highest point of the highest house in a beautiful yet half-ruined Saint-Malo.

I’ve waited for a long time to read this novel. Unfortunately, it didn’t stand up to the hype. Great story that shed light on so many characters that lived thru the horrific times, their resistance against bigotry, and their stand for human rights.

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