Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Live for Me by Colin Falconer



The Back Cover:

It should have been boy meets girl. But this is Nazi Germany in 1933, and things like love don’t count for much any more.

Netanel Rosenberg never expected Marie Helder to stand by him. He told her not to, it was too dangerous. She should forget about him.Even when he is the last Jew left in the town, hiding away in secret, still she will not abandon him. Her last words to him, when he is finally discovered: “Whatever happens, don’t give up – live for me.”Through the nightmare of the holocaust, Netanel clings to the promise he made her. But neither he or Marie can imagine what fate has in store for each of them – and what they will have to do to keep their promise to each other.“Once you read Colin Falconer, you’ll want to read everything he has ever written ...” – Crystal Book Reviews: "I’ve never read Colin Falconer before so I had no idea what to expect! Wow!" - Booknerd: Colin Falconer is the author of other thirty crime thrillers and works of historical fiction. His work has been translated into 23 languages around the world.

Review:

For more than a decade, I have been a great fan of Colin Falconer and have read nearly all his books. Of all his books, this one stands out the most. It is perhaps his greatest work. He has penned an indepth, historically accurate, heart wrenching tale of World War II and the holocaust. Much of the story takes place in a concentration camp where his story and descriptions made me experience the terror, hunger, and desperation. Of all novels about this time period I've read, his book was the most engrossing and vividly described in great detail. And of course, there are wonderful characters and a fascinating love story woven within the tale.  

It is one thing to know the facts about the Holocaust, but when I read this novel, Colin Falconer's skill as a writer took me right into the horrors and let me experience, through my emotions, the pain and fear of the Jewish people and all they suffered. I cannot say enough about this novel. Please read it. It will stand in honor of all who lost their lives so that humanity will never forget what happened. Highly recommended!

Beyond the Fall by Diane Scott Lewis



Back Cover Blurb:

Tamara Ledbetter, dumped by her arrogant husband, travels to Cornwall, England, to research her ancestors. A trip first planned with her soon-to-be ex. While in a neglected cemetery, she scrapes two fallen headstones together to read what's beneath, faints, and awakes in 1789. Certain she's caught in a reenactment, she fast discovers she's in the year of the French Revolution, grain riots in England, miners out of work, and she's mistrusted by the young farmer, Colum Polwhele, who's come to her aid.


Can a sassy San Francisco gal survive in this primitive time where women have few rights? Could she fall for Colum, a man active in underhanded dealings that involve stolen grain, or will she struggle to return to her own time before danger stalks them both?

Review:


Before their planned vacation to Cornwall England to research her ancestors, Tamara Ledbetter’s husband suddenly reveals he is in love with another woman. Her world is tossed into upheaval. She decides to take the trip on her own. There, in an ancient cemetery, she examines an old headstone and shifts it to see another hidden behind it. Thus she is transported into the year 1789. After being rejected by her ancestor and evicted from his estate, a handsome young man named Colum Polwhele comes to her rescue and gives her temporary refuge. But Colum is not all he seems. He is involved in some dangerous undertakings. As Tamara becomes embroiled in the turmoil, the bond between her and Colum grows.

Time travel novels are always great fun and this one is no exception. The author has an easy-to-read style and the story unfolds at a quick pace. This story drew me in from the beginning. A dash of mystery, a dash of humor, and a dash of romance and the result is a charming romantic story that engrossed me and made me forget the world around me. Nicely drawn characters and accurate historical details make this a great little read. Diane Scott Lewis is one of my favourite historical romance authors and I follow all her releases. This is a great little novel well told. Very highly recommended!