Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Spies, Wars, Winners and Losers, It's All So Intriguing To Me!

Reading is a wonderful Summer pastime, one that will take you to places that you've only dreamed of and so much more.




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There are so many titles available,  but sometimes you just need someone to point out a book or two that you know will  be enjoyed from the moment they open that first page.  This is a Book Review of The Huntress, by Kate Quinn, published Feb. 2019.

My preferences lie with books that will keep me turning pages until the darkness of night and sometimes even till the morning light seems to be upon me.  I have been known to read until my eyes are literally streaming with tears to keep them lubricated enough to continue turning pages..

Recently, I got caught up with some spy thrillers, and historical novels about World War II and all the turmoil after the war was over.  Lives that had been shattered, families that lost loved ones and the most intriguing to me, the ones who just disappeared!

I have read all of these books and each one held me and my imagination from the opening pages to the very end.  I found myself even going back into the books to re-read chapters that had really captivated my yearnings to know more about this time in history.

Now I must remind you that these are all novels, but you know from in depth investigations after the war, that some of these scenarios are quite possible and not just figments of an authors musings.


The Huntress had me hanging by my fingernails, wanting to know what was going to happen next.  The cast of characters is so believable that I'm sure they could be neighbors of mine.

 From a group of young Russian women pilots (known by the Nazis as the Night Witches), to Nazi wives and/or lovers, to a couple of guys who are determined to bring down a high ranking German "killer".  This story has you spellbound within the first two pages.   


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I should have known that I would be totally engrossed with The Huntress, because I have read Kate Quinn's, "The Alice Network", with just the same amount of interest.  She just writes so well that you are taken right into the heart of the story before you have finished the first chapter. You just need to know what is going to happen next.

The other book that I really enjoyed from this same time frame in history is Pam Jenoff's The Lost Girls of Paris.  What could possibly be in a suitcase left on a train stations platform?

If you want to enjoy a trio of books that will make your summer reading enjoyable, I would highly recommend that you start with any one of these three books.  Each one is amazing in it's own right.  I'm sure you will spend some quality time at the beach, pool, or just sitting in the yard enjoying both the good weather and a great book too. 

The best part of all this reading material is that there are options for you if you want to read them for free.  Life doesn't get any better than that.  You will have to check out these options for yourself !  

Happy Summer and Happy Reading!





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11 comments:

  1. I do love a book that will keep my spellbound! These sound like excellent books Olivia. Thank you for the recommendation.

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    1. You are most welcome. I love page turners and all three of these are just that. Once you pick them up, you will get lost in another world.

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  2. World War II stories have always captivated me and my hubby (his favorite era). I know I would enjoy any of these novels this summer.

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    1. These three books are among my favorites and they really are so interesting that you get caught up in a whole different life. One that is hard to imagine as having happened in reality.

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  3. You had me at Russian female pilots. I love spy thrillers. Now I need to know what is in that suitcase on the train station platform! Thanks for the recommendations. Always appreciated.

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    1. Believe me when I say that you will lose yourself in these pages. They are excellent reading at any time of year, but I particularly like them in the summer when the evenings are long and lazy. It's a great way to get lost in a whole different world than what we are used to.

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  4. Thanks for introducing me to an author I was not familiar with - love a page turner!

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  5. Wow, you are a committed reader! My mom is too and this book would up her alley - thanks for the review, I may order this one for her

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  6. Sounds like a great read, Olivia. I love to read anything to do with WWII or history. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  7. I enjoyed the Huntress, too and will add the Paris Girls to my reading list. Thanks for the recommendations.

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  8. I don’t do well with thrillers, but I’m going to suggest this novel to my husband. Sounds like a really well written story he’d enjoy!

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