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review 2017-07-27 07:53
A Duty to the Dead
A Duty to the Dead - Charles Todd

by Charles Todd

 

This story caught my imagination when I read the sample. A nurse in WWI promises Arthur Graham, a dying patient, to take a cryptic message back to his brother Jonathan in Kent, memorised word for word. Having developed some unprofessional feelings towards Arthur, she hesitates to encroach on his family, but after a dramatic episode that threatens her own life she decides that it must be done as quickly as possible.

 

The small village in Kent, England where the family lives is depicted very well and the characters are all well-defined and realistic for the period. This story easily took me to WWI and the subtle nuances that define that period of English history.

 

It also presented a mystery. Slowly, a situation unfolds that brings questions about what the message was really about and some of the dark secrets hidden by Arthur's family. By the time I got about two thirds through the book, I understood the deeper meaning of the phrase, "The plot thickens." The mystery aspect had become multi-layered and all my guesses about who the killer really was kept changing as new information presented itself. I also got wrapped up in unexpected twists and turns and some tense situations.

 

I did guess who the real culprit was before the end, but I wasn't entirely sure until it was actually revealed. Along the way I was thoroughly caught up and really enjoyed the read. I'm not a big Mysteries fan but I'll probably try something else by this author sometime.

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text 2017-07-23 16:52
Reading progress update: I've read 53%.
A Duty to the Dead - Charles Todd

This is really good! One for both the Mystery readers and the history buffs, WWI. At just past halfway the mystery element is getting really intense.

 

This was one I tried a sample, then bought when it had a price drop. I finally took it off my A-list to read in defiance of my Netgalley backlog. I'm glad I did!

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text 2017-07-12 21:24
Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
A Duty to the Dead - Charles Todd

Tired of martyring myself to my promised reviews, I've started one from my A-list, the books on my Kindle that I really want to read.

 

I'm calling this one Historical Fiction because it's set in WWI, but the story is actually about a nurse who makes a promise to deliver a message to a dying patient's brother. The description promises further intrigue, but I've just read the first chapter so far and have been enjoying the writing very much.

 

I'll finish my other books too, but they've been striking me as a bit meh so I wanted to really enjoy something.

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review 2017-06-24 04:24
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
The Alice Network - Kate Quinn

Best book I have read all year and quite possibly my favorite Quinn novel yet. This book proves Quinn can bring any era to life with characters who you will find yourself crying over when it is all said and done. Seriously, I need to go find a corner to curl up in now. I just don't know what to do with myself now that there is no more. Maybe if I go to bed early enough I will dream of Finn *sigh*

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review 2017-06-06 19:01
High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

As the First World War rages, British Red Cross nurse Eve Marche keeps herself busy at a hospital in Brussels, Belgium during the day while helping out at her aunt and uncle’s café during the evenings, trying to put the heartbreak and guilt of the past behind her. The German occupation has thrust the country into chaos, and Eve helps to fight back by clandestinely serving in the underground resistance effort. The danger increases, however, when a downed British pilot ends up on her ward, toppling what little stability she’s built and forever changing her life.

Kate’s historical fiction never disappoints, and “High as the Heavens” is no exception. Meticulously researched, it plunges readers headfirst into the brutality and heartbreak of WWI while still offering hope and resilience. With an overarching theme of forgiveness, “High as the Heavens” probes the guilt and dilemmas facing German resisters, and the romance is poignant and unique. The characters rise from the pages and entwine themselves into the reader’s heart so that each alliance and each betrayal truly resonates. Prepare for an electrifying ride through this gritty but graceful novel, as the plot never relents but rather pushes ever forward toward a stunning climax.

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