Tuesday, April 24, 2018

[Timeless Tour] Review: COME FROM AWAY by Genevieve Graham


For my Timeless Tour post today I'm sharing my review for Genevieve Graham's COME FROM AWAY!

Scroll on down to read about COME FROM AWAY and Genevieve Graham, after that you'll find my review. ;)




 Source: Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada
to participate in the Timeless Tour and give an honest review.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Number of Pages: 256 (Paperback)

DESCRIPTION

From the bestselling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep comes a poignant novel about a young couple caught on opposite sides of the Second World War.

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.
About Genevieve Graham

Genevieve Graham is the bestselling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep. She is passionate about breathing life back into Canadian history through tales of love and adventure. She lives near Halifax, Nova Scotia. Visit her at GenevieveGraham.com or on Twitter @GenGrahamAuthor.

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REVIEW

I've been a fan of Genevieve Graham's for a while now, and ever since she began bringing Canadian history into historical fiction, I've loved her even more! I've eagerly awaited each of her books set around important events in Canadian history since the first one, TIDES OF HONOUR, which revolved around the Halifax Explosion. As soon as I heard about COME FROM AWAY and learned that it would be a follow-up to TIDES OF HONOUR, I was ecstatic! I couldn't wait to see what had happened to the Bakers and I was thoroughly excited to see where there were at...and let me tell you, COME FROM AWAY didn't disappoint! In fact, I'd actually say that COME FROM AWAY is my favourite out of all of Genevieve's books so far!

If you're a fan of TIDES OF HONOUR, or Genevieve's last book, PROMISES TO KEEP, then I think you'll love COME FROM AWAY, too! It still contains all of the wonderful aspects of her previous books that you surely love and as per her previous two books, she's pulled in interesting tidbits surrounding Canada's history, this time centred around World War II. I've loved her previous books, but COME FROM AWAY just pulled on my heartstrings sooooo much! I couldn't help loving it! To start with, I really loved how she developed both Grace and Rudi's characters! And I love, love, loved how their relationship developed! It had me sighing, swooning, and just grinning like crazy! :D

Along with the fabulous Grace and Rudi, I loved all of the other characters, too, especially Grace's family! It was so neat to see them all so many years after TIDES OF HONOUR, and I love how their lives were all intertwined! It made me feel as if I was part of the family, too. I also loved getting to see a completely different side of life during World War II through Grace and her family. I've always considered myself extremely fortunate to not know what it's like to experience war like so many of our ancestors have, so it was a very humbling experience to put myself in Grace's shoes. I love that Genevieve showed what life could have been like back home in Canada while the soldiers were fighting on (mostly) distant shores. It put so many things into perspective, and I really loved that COME FROM AWAY pushed me to think more critically while also making me swoon!

Overall, I thought that COME FROM AWAY was absolutely wonderful! Genevieve Graham has delivered a story that will leave you breathless. One that will make you think, and reconsider preconceived notions that you've had in the past, and one that will have make you—above all else—feel! COME FROM AWAY pulled me in from the very first page, and once I met Grace and Rudi, there was no turning back! I highly recommend COME FROM AWAY! It's perfect for readers who already love historical fiction, but it would also be a fantastic choice for anyone who wants to delve into the genre because it's approachable, compelling, and extremely well crafted!



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What do you think?
Have you read any of Genevieve Graham's historical fiction books that are centred around Canadian history?
Does Come From Away sound like something you'd like to read?

2 comments:

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    1. You're very welcome, Genevieve! Thank you for sharing Rudi and Grace's story! :D

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