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Book Review: Munich by Robert Harris

Munich
Author:
Robert Harris

Published: September 21, 2017
352 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Guy Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Rikard von Holz is on the staff of the German Foreign Office–and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. The two men were friends at Oxford in the 1920s, but have not been in contact since. Now, when Guy flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Rikard travels on Hitler’s train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a disastrous collision course. And once again, Robert Harris gives us actual events of historical importance–here are Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini, Daladier–at the heart of an electrifying, un-put-downable novel.

Kim’s Review:

I found this randomly in the bargain books at Books-a-Million and it sounded interesting, so I bought it. Strangely enough, I picked it up soon after I bought it. I can’t say everyone is going to like it. It’s a micro history of a 3-day period that ended with PM Chamberlain declaring that he had achieved “peace for our time”. I was worried that it would get tedious with all those little details, but I found myself drawn into those little details and I kept going back to it in my mind, wondering what was going to happen next.

I’ve always been critical of Chamberlain’s appeasement policy with Hitler; however, hindsight is 20/20 and Harris did a great job of breaking down Chamberlain’s reasoning for why he pursued that policy. While I still disagree with him, he has gained a little respect in my mind. Add a little bit of intrigue between Legat and Hartmann and you have a complete, fictional yet still historical look at the 3 days in September 1938. I enjoyed it so much that I bought 4 more of Harris’s books to add to my TBR!

Great book, but I’d really only recommend it to those who have an active interest in micro history.

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Book Review: All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott

All This Time
Authors:
Mikki Daughtry
Rachael Lippincott

Published: September 29, 2020
336 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Kyle and Kimberly have been the perfect couple all through high school, but when Kimberly breaks up with him on the night of their graduation party, Kyle’s entire world upends—literally. Their car crashes and when he awakes, he has a brain injury. Kimberly is dead. And no one in his life could possibly understand.

Until Marley. Marley is suffering from her own loss, a loss she thinks was her fault. And when their paths cross, Kyle sees in her all the unspoken things he’s feeling.

As Kyle and Marley work to heal each other’s wounds, their feelings for each other grow stronger. But Kyle can’t shake the sense that he’s headed for another crashing moment that will blow up his life as soon as he’s started to put it back together.

And he’s right.

Kim’s Review:

Duh, I was gonna read this book! I adored Five Feet Apart so much and Jessica and I were so excited when we saw this book. Yay, Prime Day deals! Of course I got the jacked up copy, but they fixed it so everything is ok now. Ivan also liked All This Time better since I didn’t come asking him medical questions every two seconds. All This Time was more on the fantasy side of things and I liked it! I enjoyed getting to know Kyle and Marley; it was sweet teenage love and I was getting some of the same vibes as I did from Five Feet. I suspected, but I admit that the twist kinda knocked me on my ass. I can’t really talk about my more critical opinions because I don’t want to give anything away. Right at the twisty chapter, my concerns were addressed very clearly so I was happy with the rest of the story. Overall, this is an emotional read with sweet characters and an interesting plot. Anyone who liked Five Feet Apart or Me Before You is gonna like All This Time. Plus a gorgeous cover!!

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Book Review: Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

Watch Over Me
Author: Nina LaCour
Published: September 15, 2020
272 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes to the opportunity: living in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below.

But she hadn’t known about the ghosts.

Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a job and a place to stay at a farm on an isolated part of the Northern California Coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home, a real home. The farm is a refuge, but also haunted by the past traumas its young residents have come to escape. And Mila’s own terrible memories are starting to rise to the surface.

Kim’s Review:

Amazing cover. Totally why I bought it and thankfully it lived up to its gorgeous outside!

I feel bad writing a short review for such a great book, but I think it just needs to be experienced. I believe that everyone will have a different experience while reading it. It’s gonna mean different things to different people and that’s the beauty of it. So I’ll just say that it’s an emotional story, with great characters, and simple plot with engaging metaphors. The best thing to say about Watch Over Me is that you need to read it, then you’ll get it. I really loved it!

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