Stories affect the reader in so many ways. What lies between the pages will determined the outcome of our thoughts, emotions and our sense of connection to the characters and their lives. We can learn much from these stories and experience human conditions that we might not otherwise experience for ourselves.
Today I am sharing two books that are available on NetGalley and I will be keeping my eye on how these books influence readers. Both titles and covers are dramatic and stunning.
Both books focus is World War II and present people’s lives surrounding the war and the tribulations they face. There are many layers to these stories and one can tell profound imagery of horrors of the war. -Stephanie
The Blameless Dead
by Gary Haynes
Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 18 Mar 2019
In the dying days of World War Two, Pavel Romasko and his Red Army colleagues pick their way through the detritus of a dying Berlin. Stumbling upon the smoking remains of a Nazi bunker, they find something inside that eclipses the horror of even the worst excesses in the city above them.
As the war ends, retribution begins. But some revenge cannot be taken at once. Some revenge takes years.
Which is how, seventy years later, FBI agent Carla Romero and New York lawyer Gabriel Hall are enlisted to investigate a series of blood-chilling crimes that seem to have their roots in the distant past — even though the suffering they cause is all too present. And for one of them, the disappearance of young women is a particularly personal matter.
The Blameless Dead is an epic edge-of-the-seat drama that sweeps across centuries and continents, taking in some of the most important events of modern history and exposing them in honest and unflinching terms.
It Happened in Tuscany
by Gail Mencini
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members’ Titles
Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Pub Date 18 Feb 2020
If you could only choose one, which would it be — honor or duty?
On February 18, 1945, Will Mills and his fellow soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division scaled Italy’s treacherous mountains at night to break through the nearly impenetrable German line. Severely wounded, Will was rescued by Italian partisans, and one, a beautiful girl, tended his injuries until he could rejoin the U.S. troops. Will’s wartime decisions and actions have haunted him for seventy-five years and molded him into a bitter, angry man. Will finagles his thirty-two-year-old neighbor, Sophie Sparke, into traveling with him to find the partisan who saved his life and to confront the demons that torment him. Their quest through Tuscan hill towns exposes their darkest secrets and alters the course of their lives.
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