Two sisters who have not spoken in over a year, are giving the chance of an opportunity. The two are to travel together by boat, train and air while delivering letters to three people from their grandmother’s past. Violet is dying, and this her last wish. Sending the two granddaughters across the ocean to places that hold history of her and their family. To say a final goodbye to those she never forgot and never stopped loving, while to bring the sisters back together like her and her sister once were.
Maddie and Clara are two very different people, and neither is thrilled about this adventure their grandmother has set up. But neither could deny Violet this dying wish. Off they go, first by boat then by train, then eventually by a zeppelin. Full circle, this is similar to a trip Violet and her sister once took, decades ago and now the girls get to live through their grandmothers memories, while making their own.
The two learn about each other, themselves and their family along the way. This little journey become and adventure of an adventure of sorts and you just are never sure what the sisters will encounter next, or what history they will uncover with each place and letter they deliver. But in the background of all this, war is brewing and the Nazi party is growing stronger and more known. This story takes place on the brink of WWII just starting.
Thank you to the authors, and William Morrow for the free book. I really enjoyed this storyline, it was a historical with WWII looming in the background but that was not the focus. It was a nice read about the cities before booms rained down on them, and how history often does repeat itself and often there is a lesson to be learned.
~ Goodreads ~ About the Authors ~
Hazel Gaynor is an award-winning, New York Times, USA Today, Globe and Mail, Irish Times and national bestselling author. Her debut novel, The Girl Who Came Home, won the 2015 Romantic Novelists’ Association Historical Novel of the Year award, The Girl from The Savoy was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year, and The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter was shortlisted for the 2019 Historical Writers’ Association Gold Crown Award.
Hazel’s most recent novel, When We Were Young & Brave/The Bird in the Bamboo Cage was a national bestseller in the USA, and an Irish Times bestseller, and was shortlisted for the 2020 Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Novel of the Year.
Hazel’s co-written novels with Heather Webb have all been published to critical acclaim. Last Christmas in Paris won the 2018 Women’s Fiction Writers Association Star Award, and Meet Me in Monaco was shortlisted for the 2020 Romantic Novelists’ Association Historical Novel award. Their latest novel, Three Words for Goodbye, will be published in July 2021.
Hazel was selected as a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick and by Library Journal as one of Ten Big Breakout Authors for 2015. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages and is published in twenty-three countries to date. Originally from Yorkshire, England, she now lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.
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Heather Webb is the USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of historical fiction. In 2017, LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS won the Women’s Fiction Writers Association award, and in 2019, MEET ME IN MONACO was shortlisted for both the RNA award in the UK and also the Digital Book World Fiction prize.
Up and coming, Heather’s new solo novel called THE NEXT SHIP HOME: A NOVEL OF ELLIS ISLAND is about unlikely friends that confront a corrupt system altering their fates and the lives of the immigrants who come after them, and it releases in Feb 2022. Also, look for her third collaboration with her beloved writing partner, Hazel Gaynor, THREE WORDS FOR GOODBYE, releasing this July! (2021)
When not writing, Heather flexes her foodie skills, geeks out on pop culture and history, or looks for excuses to head to the other side of the world.
***Heather’s review policy on Goodreads is to only rate books that she enjoys. She believes there’s enough negativity in the world and would rather share the positive with her reader friends. The negative she lets swirl down the drain of her bathtub.