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Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse * Review by Lindsay * #BookReview #BookBloggers

Girl in the Blue Coat

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

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This powerful novel caught my eye when I took my son to a preschool library class – it was calling to me from the library display shelf.   I began reading it while my son was playing in the group and even though I am drowning in ARC’s that need to be read and reviewed, I couldn’t leave the library without this book in my hands.  I was engrossed in this unforgettable tale from start to finish!

This captivating story revolves around Hanneke, a teenage Dutch girl who, in 1943, spends her days on ‘secret’ missions helping neighbours and friends buy food and other sought after items otherwise not accessible during the Nazi occupation.   Hanneke keeps her missions hidden from her unsuspecting parents and feels pride in doing what she can to help her neighbours in need.  One day, one of her ‘customers’ requests that Hanneke find something most unexpected – a young Jewish girl that she had been hiding in her house who disappeared without a trace.

The author, Monica Hesse, does an outstanding job creating such real and deeply affecting characters.  I adored each and every one of the main characters who were involved in Hanneke’s story.   The intensity of the tension throughout this book had my heart racing in the hopes of how things would work out.  The atmosphere was gripping, vivid and mesmerizing.  I felt deeply immersed within the turmoil and chaos of wartime madness.   I will be thinking of this book for a long time.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys WWII historical fiction.  A remarkable story with unforgettable characters!

Thank you to my amazing local library for making this available to me!

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The Secrets We Keep by Kate Hewitt: Review by Lindsay @katehewitt1 @bookouture

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The Secrets We Keep by Kate Hewitt

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This was a highly intriguing character-driven story about family, love, loss and the intensity of female friendship.

I was immediately drawn into this compelling tale.   I loved the characters from page one and felt highly intrigued to find out where the novel would take me.    We meet Tessa and Rebecca, two mothers from opposite ends of society who end up as summer neighbours in cottage country.   They develop an instant friendship which grows into a deep dependency on each other. I truly enjoyed the journey of watching their friendship grow.

There is a lot that happens over the course of one summer.  Some situations involving their children, husbands, parents and each other.   I was fully invested in their lives and rooting for them to overcome their personal struggles and challenges.   My one critique is that the story felt a bit too dramatic near the end. I still really enjoyed the novel and felt satisfied upon finishing, however, I would have preferred a little less happening at the end.

I thoroughly enjoyed Kate Hewitt’s writing.  It flowed beautifully, was perfectly paced and the characters truly came to life for me.  I look forward to reading more from Kate Hewitt!

A big thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Kate Hewitt for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Date of Publication:  September 6, 2018.
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The Unforgotten by Laura Powell: Review by Lindsay

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Lindsay’s review

Mysterious, dark and haunting stars!

This story revolves around fifteen-year-old Betty Broadhurst. It is 1956 and she and her highly unstable mother manage Hotel Eden which is filled with reporters who have traveled to the small seaside Cornish town to investigate a recent string of murders. Most days Betty handles the hotel responsibilities to cover for her erratic and undependable mother, all the while coddling and excusing her mothers’ lack of responsibility. Betty’s love and adoration of her mother are palpable – her unrelenting forgiveness and care for her mother is heart-wrenching. John Gallagher is one of the reporters staying at the hotel. He takes an interest in young Betty as she is able to provide him insight into the locals. They develop a relationship that neither of them understands or can explain.

The characters are hauntingly real. The author, Laura Powell, does a fantastic job creating unforgettable and deeply affecting characters. I’m amazed that this is a debut novel – I was completely drawn into these characters lives.

This book was very different than what I had expected – it had a very chilling tone and was deeply disturbing at times. Regardless, I found myself glued to the pages especially in the second half, hanging on every word. The pace flowed perfectly, seamlessly shifting from each timeline, the pieces of the puzzle fitting together along the way leaving me in shock and surprise. The mystery was highly intriguing and solving it unfolded in a flawless manner.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Laura Powell for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

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