Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Book Review: Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye by Marius Gabriel


Hi all,

I’ve been on a roll, reading all the great books that I didn’t have time for last year. This is one that sat on my Kindle way too long, and I’m so happy I finally got to it. It’s a wonderful story set in the WWII time period about three very different sisters and their journeys throughout the war. Here is more about the book and my review.

 

Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye
Marius Gabriel

 

Book Description:

 
In a period of irreversible change, the Redcliffe sisters face monumental love and loss that will stretch the bounds of sisterhood to their limits…

As the perils of World War II loom ever closer, Chiara is more interested in the joyful whirl of the season than matters of faith or ideology. But even her breezy innocence cannot survive the harsh lessons of heartbreak and war. Meanwhile older sister Isobel is forced to face her misguided Fascist political beliefs in Nazi Germany as the shocking realities of the regime hit home. And then there’s Felicity, the youngest and most introverted of the Redcliffe sisters, who is about to take her vows and enter the convent against her sisters’ wishes. But a chance meeting with an American soldier threatens the very foundations of her decision.

As each sister follows her own path, will their differences force them apart and take them beyond the realms of forgiveness?

Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye is the first book in the Redcliffe Sisters series, but can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.


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My Five Star Review:

I love reading novels set in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, so the cover and description of Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye by Marius Gabriel drew me in. When I first started reading, I felt like I had started in the middle of a story instead of the beginning. The author drops you into the story and you learn the backstory along the way. I loved it. It kept me reading.

The story is filled with an array of interesting characters, all connected, in one way or another, to the RedCliffe sisters, the main characters in the story. We follow each sister as she pursues her own unique path in life before and during WWII. They struggle through hardship, danger, and heartache as the world crumbles all around them. I was so engrossed in the story; I was sad when it ended. I wanted to know more. (And luckily there will be a second book!)

I recommend this novel to anyone who loves a historical fiction novel filled with interesting characters, intrigue, and romance. This book has it all – you won’t be disappointed.

 
(I received an advance copy of this novel from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)

 

About the Author:

 
Marius Gabriel served his author apprenticeship as a student at Newcastle University, where, to finance his postgraduate research, he wrote thirty-three Mills & Boon romances under a pseudonym. His identity as a man had to be kept secret until he turned to longer fiction under his own name. Gabriel is the author of eight sagas and historical novels, including the bestsellers The Mask Of Time, The Original Sin and The Seventh Moon, and was once accused by Cosmopolitan magazine of ‘keeping you reading while your dinner burns’. He very seldom burns his own, however, being an enthusiastic cook, as well as an artist and a musician. Born in South Africa in 1954, he has lived and worked in many countries, and now divides his time between London and Cairo. He has three grown-up children.

 

The good news is there will be a second book in this series coming in July 2016.

 
Coming in July 2016

 

Take Me to Your Heart Again
Marius Gabriel

 

Book Description:

Tensions between three sisters, divided by life and love, are about to spill over into all-out conflict.

It is 1942 and the world is at war. The eldest of the Redcliffe sisters, Isobel, impulsive and ideological, strives to make herself heard in a world distracted by violence. But her ambitious new path is strewn with obstacles, not least a private scandal that threatens to become public. Optimist Chiara has had to grow up fast, to set aside teenage dreams and make way for the unexpected realities of adulthood—but who can she count on for help? Meanwhile Felicity has challenges of a more spiritual nature: will her journey of self-discovery lead her away from the convent she thought was her calling?

Separated by distance and war, Isobel, Chiara and Felicity must learn to confront life’s challenges with passion, strength—and unity. Because family is the tie that binds tightest of all.

This is the second title in the Redcliffe Sisters series and follows on from Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye.


 
 
Cheers,
 
Deanna

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