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The Whispers of War The Start Of World War II Looms Over Three Friends Who Struggle To Remain Loyal As One Of Them Is Threatened With Internment By The British Government, From The Author Of The Sweeping, Stirring Kristin Harmel, Internationally Bestselling Author Of The Room On Rue Am Lie The Light Over London In August Of , As Britain Watches The Headlines In Fear Of Another Devastating War With Germany, Three Childhood Friends Must Choose Between Friendship Or Country Erstwhile Socialite Nora Is Determined To Find Her Place In The Home Office S Air Raid Precautions Department, Matchmaker Hazel Tries To Mask Two Closely Guarded Secrets With Irrepressible Optimism, And German Expat Marie Worries That She And Her Family Might Face Imprisonment In An Internment Camp If War Is Declared When Germany Invades Poland And Tensions On The Home Front Rise, Marie Is Labeled An Enemy Alien, And The Three Friends Find Themselves Fighting Together To Keep Her Free At Any Cost Featuring Julia Kelly S Signature Intricate, Tender, And Convincing Publishers Weekly Prose, The Whispers Of War Is A Moving And Unforgettable Tale Of The Power Of Friendship And Womanhood In The Midst Of Conflict Wow I m speechless as to how amazing this book is Upon the death of her grandmother, MarieSamantha is given not only the task of presenting her eulogy but returning a precious keepsake to one of her grandmothers oldest and best friends As with many people who were affected by World War 2, Marie kept much of it from her family She would occasionally tell Samantha to ask her about the war sometime but life always prevented Samantha from doing that, a major regret when it became too late.When Wow I m speechless as to how amazing this book is Upon the death of her grandmother, MarieSamantha is given not only the task of presenting her eulogy but returning a precious keepsake to one of her grandmothers oldest and best friends As with many people who were affected by World War 2, Marie kept much of it from her family She would occasionally tell Samantha to ask her about the war sometime but life always prevented Samantha from doing that, a major regret when it became too late.When Samantha arrives in London to visit Marie s dear friend Nora, a story was recounted that made Samantha question the grandmother she thought she had known so well Marie was of German nationality and when she was a teenager, she was sent to a boarding school in England where she met Nora and the third member of their trio Hazel Together the three would see each other through some very dark times.This is where the historical stuff kicks in and it sure makes for an aspect of suspense in this book When Germany invaded Poland, England gave them a deadline to back out or they would declare war Wellwe all know that war was declared At the time, there were thousands of German and Austrian immigrants living in England, many wanting to start a new life after the devastation of the First World War Regardless of their innocence, these alien residents were required to sit through tribunals and then be classified into one of three groups Marie was forced to sit through her own tribunal, despite having lived in England since she was a child Despite her innocence, her familial ties put her in a very tricky and dangerous and up in the air situation Nora and Hazel vow to keep their friend safe and despite having issues in their own personal lives, the ladies always put each other first Without giving away spoilers because I want you all to pick up this book the minute it hits the shelf, this is an excellent book on the strength and bonds of friendship True friends become family and even during a time of war, family sticks together I was truly saddened to finish this story but it wrapped up so beautifully despite me selfishly wantingA couple of things to keep in mind.it does jump back and forth between Marie, Nora and Hazel as well as briefly jumping into the present with Samantha It flows beautifully so don t let that keep you from reading Alsoit s vital to read the authors notes You ll learnabout the historical aspect of things and I think it s always important to understand where, why and how writers bring their work to life Two thumbs WAY up NOW AVAILABLE Historical fiction is my favorite genre so when I saw that this book discussed internment camps in England during WWII I was very interested I have read extensively about internment camps in the United States but didn t know that they existed in England.The story takes place in the present and past In the present we meet Samantha who has come to England from Chicago to meet her grandmother s great friend Nora In her grandmother s will she specifically asked that Samantha d NOW AVAILABLE Historical fiction is my favorite genre so when I saw that this book discussed internment camps in England during WWII I was very interested I have read extensively about internment camps in the United States but didn t know that they existed in England.The story takes place in the present and past In the present we meet Samantha who has come to England from Chicago to meet her grandmother s great friend Nora In her grandmother s will she specifically asked that Samantha deliver the eulogy and that she hand deliver a package to Nora.We begin to learn the main story as it is told to Samantha.As described in the blurb the story revolves around three very close friends in England before and during the beginning of WWII Nora is a socialite who prefers working than attending debutante balls and socials, she works in the Ministry of Home Security in the Home Office She has her own home through funds left to her by her father who passed away.Marie is German born but has been in England since she was 12, first at boarding school and then living with her aunt and uncle whom she loves deeply They gave her the home and love that Marie so needed as her own parents were quite cold towards her She rarely visited them in Germany being told often to just stay in England for the holidays, etc She works in the German department of the University, secretary to Herr Gunter the department chair This is the perfect fit for her being fluent in German.Hazel works for a matchmaking service founded by Lady Moreton They work carefully and discreetly matching women with men with similar interests, etc All initial connections are made through the agency.The three friends have been stayed close since boarding school and meet every week for Friday night dinners.When the first rumors or war begin, people remember and talk about the fact that Germans and others were sent to internment camps during WWI as a precaution against any spies or anti British movements When Hitler s armies begin to move towards France the British government requires all Germans living in Britain to come before a tribunal and then they are classified as to their threat to the government.I don t want to give away any of the plot but there are some interesting twists that are surprising and require Nora and Hazel to fight for Marie s freedom This author has a way of telling rather than showing what is happening There is talk about the internment camps but there is no description of the condition of these camps and what it was like to live in them No one living in one is ever discussed in any detail We never got to that point in the story I found this disappointing as I didn t really learn anything about the camps except what I read in the author s notes, which were informative.There is a romance that takes place in the present time between Samantha and Nora s grandson which seemed contrived and not very believable In the past there is a budding romance between Marie and Richard, a widow whom Hazel had matched to Marie Everything just turns out too neat, tidy and happy for me to feel it could be real I might be a little too cynical but things don t usually turn out so perfectly in the real world.I think this is a good story which I would classify as a story of friendship,romance and what family means to different people, with a historical background It was easy to read and the past and present flowed well together.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.The novel is set to publish in January 2020 The title explains the book it is quite literally chatter about the war There is a lot of dialogue and conversation among the three friends about war coming There is nothing militaristic except a few mentions of a blackout, and the details of the Jews suffering is negated The synopsis mentions internment camps But again the internment camps is only chatter among the friends and it never goes beyond their conversation The plot itself transpires around the social transformations during 1939 The title explains the book it is quite literally chatter about the war There is a lot of dialogue and conversation among the three friends about war coming There is nothing militaristic except a few mentions of a blackout, and the details of the Jews suffering is negated The synopsis mentions internment camps But again the internment camps is only chatter among the friends and it never goes beyond their conversation The plot itself transpires around the social transformations during 1939 and 1940 for the three friends Marie, Nora, and Hazel With various backgrounds, the main drama ensues around Marie who is of German descent living in Britain Marie is painted as the victim of anti German sentiments during the onset of WWII The friends circle around Marie to provide support while politics begin to intrude the homes of Britain and divide families.I found the dual timeline unnecessary Samantha now present is to deliver her grandmother s eulogy, so she travels from America to Britain to visit with her grandmother s friend, Nora, in order to learnabout her grandmother Marie so that she can write a proper eulogy There isn t any puzzle piecing involved with the dual timeline Overall, this was an okay read and is 2.5 stars for me It was a lot of talking and not a lot of happening There was also plenty of romance, which I don t mind, but I didn t find it very pertinent to the storyline.I received an advanced copy from the publisher via NetGalley Opinions are my own Thanks to Netgalley and Simon Shuster Canada for an egalley in exchange for an honest review After enjoying The Light Over London in 2019, I knew that I couldn t wait to get my hands on Julia Kelly s latest In this dual historical timeline, Samantha journeys from Chicago to England to visit Nora, an old friend of her recently deceased grandmother, Marie With a memorial in the making, Samantha wants to learn about grandmother Marie s life during WWII Nora, with the assistance of her grandsThanks to Netgalley and SimonShuster Canada for an egalley in exchange for an honest review After enjoying The Light Over London in 2019, I knew that I couldn t wait to get my hands on Julia Kelly s latest In this dual historical timeline, Samantha journeys from Chicago to England to visit Nora, an old friend of her recently deceased grandmother, Marie With a memorial in the making, Samantha wants to learn about grandmother Marie s life during WWII Nora, with the assistance of her grandson, Daniel, unfolds the tale of Marie, Nora, and their best friend, Hazel Marie, German born and having lived with her Uncle, Aunt, and cousin for many years soon finds her very life threatened Hazel, a successful matchmaker fears her marriage is falling apart, and Nora enjoys her life as an independent woman with a house and a job in the Home Office There are surprising twists and turns regarding what these three women endure during wartime was fascinating and I read this story in one sitting The friendship between the three women is certainly the central point of the narrative and is infused with intrigue, romance, and specific concentration on how Germans or people of German origin living in Britain were now seen as foreign aliens and were placed in internment camps Although the author doesn t take us to an internment camp, the conversations of the characters capture the fear associated with Marie being sent there I knew a little about this history as there actually was an internment camp near the town of Minto, NB Canada for German and Austrians most of them Jewish refugees who were suspected of being spies Hopefully, this book will serve as a diving board for readers to lookinto this forgotten piece of WWII history.Goodreads review published 22 01 20Publication Date 14 01 20

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