1. Waiting for the Violins by Justine Saracen
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (March 18, 2014)
Amazon: Waiting for the Violins
The author did an outstanding job on Plot and setting; in contrast there was more telling and not enough showing for the characters and at times it seemed like the dialogue could be a bit wooden. I was on the edge of my seat the whole read - I highly recommend it and hope it wins - it is that good.
This is one of the most exquisite historical novels about WW II, It shows all the nightmares without being nightmarish. Friend and foe are both human. The best is that Justine Saracen honors with the names given those who fought in the front lines, Superbly researched.
Really gripping story; I was totally wrapped up in it and could barely put it down! As for historical accuracy, I'm no historian, but I didn't find any logical fault in the proceedings. The romantic subplot was rather underdeveloped, which seems a given with a story about a British spy and a Resistance fighter in war-riddled Belgium, but what little of that there was I felt quite realistically done and poignant. Very accurate sense of time and place.
It took me a little to get into this story I had to start it a couple of times. Mind you I did enjoy the read by the time I got to the end.
This is an amazing read, I have loved every pages of it and this kind of writing make me think that this setting, the WWII, is where Mrs Justine Saracen give the best of herself. The book is precise but not pedantic; the historical facts are explained/followed in a way that make the reader interested in them; equilibrated in all it's aspects. So I can only say BRAVO!
Justine Saracen has created a spellbinding, page-turning work of exceptional beauty in Waiting for the Violins. The main story revolves around the various and varied cells of Resistance fighters in Belgium during WWII; in parallel fashion, the core of the story reveals two protagonists slowly brought together in a world of suspense and suspicion, fear and courage, pride and passion and a iron-willed determination to survive a world gone mad.
Another winner from Justine Saracen. Her historical pieces continue to amaze me with her spot on depictions, and storytelling!
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