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Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
Lucky Us

janmah51, May 15, 2014

The story is set in 1939-1949 and travels from Hollywood to Long Island. Eva is 12 when she is left on her father's porch. She discovers she has a half sister, Iris. They become close and Eva follows Iris to Hollywood to pursue Iris' dreams of becoming a film star. There are scandals and they leave Hollywood and Iris' dreams to head to a new life in New York.
This is a story of family and what does and does not make a family. There are a lot of characters. You will enjoy meeting them all. This was an easy and enjoyable read. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves great characters and a good story.
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Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story by Trudi Kanter
Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story

janmah51, April 24, 2014

Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler by Trudi Kanter
Trudi Miller in 1938 was a beautiful, chic and charismatic hat designer in Vienna. While traveling abroad for fashion shows and materials, friends warn her about the coming war and encourage her to not return to Vienna. She will not abandon her parents nor the love of her life, Walter. Trudi uses her smarts and connections to escape with both the parents and Walter to London.
The book was first published in London in 1984 and res-discovered by a British editor in 2011.
A very good story, sometimes you forget it is a true story and not a novel. It shows how it what could happen to well known, well off people in Europe just because they were Jewish.
I enjoyed this book, and loved Trudi's spunk and determination to survive and even thrive in war torn Europe.
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The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka
The Sun and Other Stars

janmah51, March 10, 2014

Twenty-two year old Etto lives in the small resort seaside town of San Benedetto in Italy. The story takes place a year agter he loses both his twin brother and his mother. his father is the local butcher. His father is obsessed with soccer, as was his brother. Etto often retreats to the hills above the town to "talk" t his brother.
Yuri Fil is a soccer star who is retreating as well, only from international scandal. He winds up in San Benedetto with his sister, the lovely Zhuki. They strike up a friendship with Etto. Etto is now swept into their circle of sport and celebrity. This is a lovely tale of family, friends and the healing effect of sports. Soccer becomes the glue that holds a town and it's people together.
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The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

janmah51, December 6, 2013

Sookie and Earle Poole have married off their last daughter and look forward to relaxing and maybe travelling. Her mother, Lenore Simmons Krackenberry is the one fly in the ointment. Sookie is taking care of her mothers business and her life is changed when she opens a letter sent to her mother from the Texas Board of Health. She finds out she is not the person she thought she was.
The book alternates between present day Alabama to the years just before and during WWII in Minnesota and Texas.
This was a fun book. Great story and wonderful women characters. Some interesting twists and turns as well, I really enjoyed it. It has a lot of great information on the WASP women who flew planes while the male pilots were overseas.
This would be a great book to give to all the women and girls in your life. It is uplifting and wonderful.
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Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle
Queen's Gambit

janmah51, October 24, 2013

At age 31, Katherine Parr finds herself twice a widow. She returns to court and falls in love with Thomas Seymour. But when she catches the eye of the king, Henry sends Seymour away.
Henry is old and ailing but must has Katherine as his queen. She will be his sixth and last queen.
This book has all the intrigue, passion and betrayal you'd expect. It is well written and vividly describes the time and the pomplex people and the ways of the royal court.
I love all things Tudor. The TV shows, movies and books. I was excited to get this book and to read it. I knew little of Katherine Parr so this was a new turn on a well loved story. I enjoyed it.
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