The Blitz next door by Cathy Forde

Hi everyone, I hope this month has brought you a new wave of appreciation for this new world around us. It sure did for me as I got to see the seasons change in a lovely part of Auckland I hadn’t lived in before. This next time-slip book is an interesting title that takes you to Scotland and… well, I won’t say anymore because that would spoil it for you!! Have a read and find out for yourself!!

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The Matilda Saga by Jackie French

Welcome everyone to this last week of November!! This post features, as promised, a whole saga of stories. Jackie French is hands down one of my favourite authors to date. I discovered her books by chance a few years ago and fell in love with her writing, especially the historical fiction novels she has created. So if you enjoy generational stories featuring formidable matriarchs, feisty young heroes and strong characters, then settle down into a comfy seat and get stuck in to this post!

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Secrets of the Manor series by Adele Whitby

Hello everyone, this week I’ve chosen a selection of titles that feature a family through a few generations. We start from the mid-1800’s and end up somewhere not far from the Second World War. The most fascinating feature about this is… awaiting for you at the end of my review!

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A faraway island series by Annika Thor

Hello all, this week my review is about a group of stories featuring a pair of sisters from Austria who find safety in the wild coast of Sweden during the Second World War. I hadn’t realised that the child evacuation program they had in those years had extended to different countries until I read this book. Stories of siblings along based on historical events always tug at my heartstrings so I hope you enjoy my review below!

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The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly B. Bradley

Hi everyone, this first week’s post is about two stories that focus on children who were evacuated into the countryside during those first few years of World War Two in England. The small family unit they create and the story that followed was very poignant and heartfelt. If you like me have an affinity towards these type of stories then these stories are meant for you!

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Family History for this November

Hi everyone, welcome to the month of November!! This month I plan on featuring historical stories about families. I know, I’ve already done historical stories last November, but this selection of stories have an extra element to it. They all feature a group of young girls and the legacies they create for the generations to come. 

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A collection of war stories

Hi and welcome to the last week of April!! On the 25th of April, New Zealand and Australia celebrated ANZAC day. Although ANZAC day marks the landing at Gallipoli during the Great War, this last post I will be featuring stories from the Second World War. The selection of titles in this post will take you to countries around the world and show you the lives of young people from both sides of the battle. Continue reading “A collection of war stories”

The Carmody Casebooks by Ian Beck

Hi everyone, this week I’m writing to you about an intriguing set of books. Yes, the title in question has more than one story to it, and boy are they worth reading!! If you enjoy historical reads with a pinch of mystery and a dash of the paranormal variety of fiction, then this title is for you!! Continue reading “The Carmody Casebooks by Ian Beck”

Shadows on the sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow

Hello there, this second week of April I will be featuring a story of courage during the Second World War years. This story unfolds across the Atlantic from where the main battles were fought, in a small coastal town in Maine. Read on to learn of an American historical mystery… Continue reading “Shadows on the sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow”