[Ebook] ➧ The Whispers of War ➭ Julia Kelly – Agedanna.info

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 The Whispers of War is a dual timeline story that examines the daily struggles of three friends during WWII The bond of friendship is quite moving each very different woman sacrificing their identities to preserve the ties that bind In a time of war, sides are divided The Aliens Restriction Act is looming in the minds of England s citizens Public opinion is highly in favor of securing her borders Reminiscent of today s illegal citizen issues, I found this portion of a gripping wartime tale very interesting When facing war we normally think of our own country and the rights we have What about those that have come to a country that offers freedom and fair justice Do we discriminate against innocent people who have zero ties to our enemy Do we turn our backs on friends and family because we re suspicious Julia Kelly s characters are fresh, devoted, and the kind of women I d definitely want on my side Well told and fast paced Review copy courtesy of Simon and Schuster NetGalley Thank you 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 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 learn about 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. This was a pretty easy and straight forward read for me I read, Julia Kelly s last novel, The Light Over London and enjoyed it very much This one had a nice and interesting premise but fell a little flat for me.I liked that there were 3 strong women in the story Their friendship was honest and true The story had a dual timeline with past and present In the present Samantha s Grandmother has died and she needs to travel back to England to give back a box to her Grandmother s friend Once she arrives her Grandmother s friend begins to tell the story of their friendship and what happened to them all during WWII in England.I felt that the story lacked some depth The present day story was only 3 chapters at the ending of each of the friend s past story I felt like the ending needed some closure on all the friend s lives.Still a pretty easy book that flowed well from chapter to chapter Just a little bit light for wartime.I d like to thank NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Canada for granting me access to this Advanced Reader Copy.

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