Stand Out Reads of 2021 #Books #Reading #TuesdayBookBlog

This year wasn’t a particularly good one, not the books themselves but my reading. The year started off horribly, losing my lovely Finn. Then it was the advent of the dreaded virus, coupled with moving house. The motivation to read came and went and I haven’t read nearly as many books as usual.  And Flynn came into our lives and my time wasn’t my own! 

The following are snippets from the books that stood out for me this year. If you’d like to read the full review please click on the title.

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Tears of Amber by Sofía Segovia, translated by @SimonBruni @msofiasegovia #HistoricalFiction based on fact #NetGalley

55983905._SY475_Author: Sofía Segovia, translation by Simon Bruni

Published: May 2021 by Amazon Crossing

Genre: Historical Fiction based on fact, WWII, Book Review

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With war looming dangerously close, Ilse’s school days soon turn to lessons of survival. In the harshness of winter, her family must join the largest exodus in human history to survive. 

Not far away, trying and failing to flee from a vengeful army, Arno and his mother hide in the ruins of a Königsberg mansion, hoping that once the war ends they can reunite their dispersed family.

Tears of Amber follows two Prussian families, the Hahlbrocks and the Schippers, leading up to and during the Second World War, mainly from the perspectives of Ilse Hahlbrock and Arno Schipper. Ilse and Arno are small children at the beginning of the story, with no idea of what was to come as war looms ever closer. We learn of their everyday lives, the changes, decent into poverty and conflicting feelings that begin to occur with the rise of the German army and the Nazis.

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