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April Smith
Yes, I'm the same April Smith who writes the FBI Ana Grey Mystery/Thrillers, but now I've taken a new direction -- a foray into historical fiction with my latest novel, A STAR FOR MRS. BLAKE. I've wanted to tell the story of the 1930s Gold Star Mothers pilgrimages to Europe for twenty-five years,... show more

Yes, I'm the same April Smith who writes the FBI Ana Grey Mystery/Thrillers, but now I've taken a new direction -- a foray into historical fiction with my latest novel, A STAR FOR MRS. BLAKE. I've wanted to tell the story of the 1930s Gold Star Mothers pilgrimages to Europe for twenty-five years, but nobody was interested, so I wrote it on spec. They say to follow your heart, right? I wrote NORTH OF MONTANA, the first Ana Grey novel, on spec, too. I grew up in the Bronx, where the Kingsbridge Road Branch public library above a dry cleaners was the center of my universe -- which many years later became Los Angeles and writing for television, garnering three Emmy award nominations and two from the Writer's Guild. Now I'm happy to be back home: still in Los Angles, still writing scripts, but firmly and forever in the world of books.
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Marjorie's World of Books
Marjorie's World of Books rated it 6 years ago
This book is loosely based on a real-life family who was victimized by the fear and hatred created during the McCarthy era. Cal Kuseck and his wife Betsy move their two children, Jo and Lance, to a cattle farm in South Dakota. The book chronicles their struggle to adapt to their new life. Cal be...
Redhead Reading
Redhead Reading rated it 8 years ago
I read this book in 2 days, so it's obviously compelling, but I felt like there were too many characters. I would have liked it if it just focused on the 5 women and not given the backstory to all the other people with them. I also thought it would have been more interesting if the first Mrs. Russel...
Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart rated it 8 years ago
An unlikely group of five women, all from different backgrounds, find themselves becoming friends in difficult circumstances. All of them are WWI Gold Star Mothers, taking advantage of the US Government's offer of a trip to France to see their sons' final resting place. At the center of the group ...
Memories From Books on Booklikes
Memories From Books on Booklikes rated it 9 years ago
A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith is a book about the gold star mothers - mothers who have lost a child in the service of their country. The book is about one group's pilgrimage to visit the grave sites of their children in Europe. Some of the writing was emotional and moving but the book had a n...
Barbara's Booky Blog
Barbara's Booky Blog rated it 10 years ago
I had a lot of trouble with this book. The main character, veteran FBI agent, Ana Grey acts very un-FBI-like - shooting her boyfriend, hiding evidence, lying. It just threw off my whole perception of law enforcement. I also couldn't figure the relationship between FBI Ana and California detective ...
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