All the Little Hopes (by Leah Weiss) … a delightful story of two girls growing up in the South

A new historical fiction book that gives a different view of WWII.  I absolutely loved this book.  Lucy Brown and Allie “Bert” Tucker are delightful girls growing up in the early 1940s.  The author provides a wonderful picture of life in a small town in North Carolina.  The characters are well developed and while there are a lot of them, it is not difficult to keep up with them all.  There are so many aspects to this story that will delight the reader.  You have precocious girls who are determined to be the next Nancy Drew.  There are German prisoners in the POW camp in their town who work for the family.  Bad men are missing.  There are crazy people, those with the gift of “sight,” and family and community relationships.  I loved how the chapters were told from the viewpoint of Lucy and Bert.  You are told at the beginning whose view you are reading, so it’s important to check before you start the chapter to save any confusion.

The friendship that develops between the two girls is precious.  And the fact that Lucy’s family takes Bert in and makes her part of the family will bring tears to your eyes.  They are such a wonderful family and the loving and caring nature of the community is touching.  I am so pleased I was given the opportunity to read this book.  I can’t say enough positive things about this story.  I strongly encourage you to put this on your to-be-read list.

Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebook Landmark for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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