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A couple of brief reviews May 22, 2009

Posted by Galaxy in Book Reviews.
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Written by Stella

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and
Annie Borrows has been one of the best books that I have read in a long
time. Mostly humorous, but at times poignant, the story is set in post WW II
London, where a young writer, Juliet Ashton, is trying to find an
interesting subject for her next book. She unexpectedly finds it when a pig
farmer from the Guernsey Islands writes to her with an unusual request.

Written in a letter format, the book draws you into the story of each of the
appealing characters. Anyone interested in historical fiction will find this
a captivating read.

This book is now available in paperback!

Written by Sandy

All Other Nights, by Dara Horn

All Other Nights is the story of Jacob Rappaport, a young Jewish solder who is forced to decide whether to betray his country or betray his family when he is ordered to murder his uncle, who is suspected of plotting to assassinate President Lincoln. Telling himself that it is the right thing to do for his country, Jacob follows orders, fully expecting some reward or recognition for his dedication. Instead, upon returning to his regiment, he is sent on another undercover  mission, this time to infiltrate a family of female spies by winning the confidence and love of their supposed ringleader, Eugenia. Despite himself, Jacob learns to care deeply for Eugenia, and is once again trapped between his country and the people he loves. Whatever his choice, he may never be able to redeem himself to the ones he betrays.

I also enjoyed Dara Horn’s previous book, The World to Come, but it was a tougher book to recommend because of its tendency toward magical realism. All Other Nights is, I believe, a much more accessible book, and should win Horn many new fans. Her writing is engaging and thoughtful, her characters intriguing and relatable. Whether you’re looking for history, suspense, or romance, this is a book that will satisfy from the first page to the last.

Visit the author’s website.

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