I'm really excited for what I have up for next week and was hoping I'd be able to do it this week, but with the DC trip and family visiting when I got back, I wasn't able to finish reading it--something to look forward to. Here's a book I read a few weeks ago.
Up for this week: WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED by Judy Blundell
Why I bought it? This was one that I put on my Christmas list. I found it on a list of good books to read, and the synopsis sounded interesting.
Synopsis: It is set 2 years after World War II. Evie is 15. Her stepfather is back from the war and life is resuming. When he unexpectedly takes Evie and her mom on a trip to Palm Beach, FL, and they meet up with a handsome young man who served with her stepdad in Austria after the war, a complicated web of secrets and lies starts to surface. Evie falls in love with the young man and hopes for a future with him. An unexpected death throws her life upside down and Evie has to sort through her priorities about where her loyalties lie.
What I thought? It was an unexpected story with interesting twists. The ambiance does bring with it the feel of the 1940s. It is well researched. It is definitely worth reading. I enjoyed it pretty well, but I'm not really interested in reading it again. It is a National Book Award Winner, so you know it has some literary merit. Blundell does a great job making the story very vivid.
My Rating: ****
Cleanness Score: 5, It has some language, but the score is mostly for sexual situations--nothing really bad or anything mostly just innuendo and making out. It'd be a PG-13 kind of rating.
You may have gotten a little short shifted on this book. I'm too excited about the next one to work up much enthusiasm for this one. It is good though, if the premise strikes you.