The Child on Platform One (by Gill Thompson) … emotional read

I am a huge fan of WWII historical fiction books. Gill Thompson does an amazing job with this genre. From page one you are drawn into the story and you are invested until you’ve closed the book. The author has obviously done a lot of research and she mentions three true aspects in the author notes. The level of courage demonstrated amidst such horrors and adversity is admirable. I loved the sudden twist three-fourths of the way in the book. One thing that would have helped was to have dates noted on the chapters. I found myself being confused because the time frame would jump ahead several years. While an emotional read, it is worth getting lost in the story of Eva, Pamela, and Hugh.

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

The Girls of Pearl Harbor (by Soraya M. Lane) … interesting WWII historical fiction

I really enjoy reading WWII historical fiction books. The focus of this book was interesting. The story of four nurses pulled me in and had me invested in their lives. These women grew emotionally as they faced tragedy. Their sense of bravery in the face of intense heartache was inspirational. This is definitely a book to put on your to-be-read list.

Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Chasing My Cure ~ A Doctor’s Race to Turn Hope into Action (by David Rajgenbaum) … emotional read

This was an emotional read. It was interesting as you journey with the author as he discovers and deals with this rare disease. The writing style did not appeal to me. But the story itself was what interested me. The effort the author puts into learning more about Castleman’s Disease demonstrates his tenacity and extreme intelligence.

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

The Paris Orphan (by Natasha Lester) … WWII historical fiction with a dual timeline

I am a huge fan of historical fiction books which are set during WWII. While the main character is Jessica May, the book really was based on the true story of Lee Miller, a U.S. photojournalist. It is obvious how much research the author conducted. Even more amazing is how she was able to weave the facts into a pleasant read. Miller was an amazing woman and her efforts to overcome the manner in which women were discriminated against were admirable. The dual timeline was handled well and kept me invested in the story.

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

The Long Flight Home (by Alan Hlad) … amazing story of individuals who are willing to sacrifice everything to bring hope and inspiration alive

I find myself drawn to historical fiction books based on WWII.  This one was a different focus in that it highlighted the use of homing pigeons. I was struck from the very beginning with the knowledge that most of the pigeons would never return. But the individuals who were part of the National Pigeon Service were willing to sacrifice their birds for the efforts to fight again Hitler’s Reign of Terror. The author does a wonderful job of bringing the horrors of war … fear, starvation, and the overwhelming sense of the unknown … and balances it out with courage, hope, and resilience. What an amazing story that reminds the reader that there are individuals who are willing to sacrifice everything to bring hope and inspiration alive.

Thank you to NetGalley and John Scognamiglio Book for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Things I Know (by Amanda Prowse) … heartwrenching read

Amanda Prowse has such a gift with words and I love being entertained by her storytelling. This was an emotional read and I found my heart aching for Thomasina (“Hitch”). She was an amazing young lady and her strength and fortitude were admirable. I fell in love with Grayson and how he had his own quirks. But the developing relationship between he and Thomasina had me cheering them on. The trials they each experience are heartwrenching and I was hoping for a satisfying. The author provides an excellent view into the lives of two individuals who have imperfections, physical and mental disabilities, and allows them to grow and blossom into a perfect relationship.

Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Christmas in Peachtree Bluff ~ Peachtree Bluff #4 (by Kristy Woodson Harvey) … amazing people with deep friendships

This fourth book in the Peachtree Bluff series is full of family dynamics. I enjoyed that each chapter is told from a different female character’s view … from Ansley, the family matriarch; to Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson, the three daughters; to Vivi, the granddaughter. With emotions flying all over the place with each character’s personal drama, you factor in in a hurricane and everything I topsy turvy. I have loved the town and people of Peachtree Bluff since book one. I want to move there and become part of this group of amazing people and develop deep friendships with the people who call it home.

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

Miss Julia Happily Ever After ~ Miss Julia #23 (by Ann B. Ross)

I love getting caught up in the antics of Miss Julia. And this book is full of fun laughable moments. Wedding bells are chiming … or hoping to chime … throughout Abbotsville. Miss Julia gets involved in all of the plans being made and is not happy with some of the unions. How can she keep from meddling when she has everyone’s best interest at heart. Then you factor in a gentleman who has all of the town atwitter with his streaking and exposing himself to all the ladies. The reactions of these gentrified women will have you laughing out loud. Once more Miss Julia entertains us and has you waiting for another grand adventure.

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

Murder at the Christmas Cookie Bake-off ~ Beacon Bakeshop #2 (by Darci Hannah) … lots of twists and turns

Even though I have not read the first book in the series, I enjoyed the second one. I will definitely go back and catch up with Lindsey Bakeswell and the other residents of Beacon Harbor. I liked the setting of a bakery in a lighthouse and the ghost of the former lighthouse keeper. The characters are well developed and I enjoyed getting to know them. There were lots of twists and turns and clues sprinkled throughout. These made for a fun and interesting read. Make sure you aren’t too hungry when you start reading this book or you’ll be digging in the pantry for some cookies!

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corporation for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Hope, Faith, and a Corpse ~ Faith Chapel #1 (by Laura Jensen Walker) … entertaining read

This is a delightful new cozy mystery that grabs your attention from the first page. I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters in Apple Springs. From Hope, the new (and first female) pastor at Faith Chapel Episcopal Church to her sister-in-law, members of Hope’s congregation to a much-despised Stanley King to Bethann, a former lead singer in a 60s girl band, you will be entertained. There are twists and turns as you follow Hope as she struggles to prove her innocence and discover the person who killed Stanley. This is a good start to a new series and I hope I will have an opportunity to go on more adventures with Hope and the delightful people of Apple Springs.

Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.