Saturday, November 16, 2019

Beginning ~ twice

Part One: GILLIAN ~ November 2011
"I should have seen it coming — felt the tremors before the big quake."
Part Two: VIVIAN ~ May 1939
"In the hours before Theodore Gibbons met the great love of his life, he was riding by train in a first-class carriage, on his way back to London while contemplating how best to propose to quite another woman altogether."

A Fire Sparkling ~ by Julianne MacLean, 2019, fiction
After a crushing betrayal by the man she loves, Gillian Gibbons flees to her family home for a much-needed escape, but when she finds an old photograph of her grandmother in the arms of a Nazi officer, Gillian’s life gets even more complicated.  Rattled by the discovery, Gillian attempts to unravel the truth behind the photos, setting her off on an epic journey through the past.

In 1939, England is on the brink of war as Vivian Hughes falls in love with a handsome British official, but when bombs begin to fall and Vivian’s happy life is destroyed in the blitz, she will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves.

As Gillian learns more about her grandmother’s past, the old photo begins to make more sense.  But for every question answered, a new one takes its place.  Faced with a truth that is not at all what she expected, Gillian attempts to shine a light not only on the mysteries of her family’s past, but also on her own future.
My thoughts:  I'm kind of tired of novels that jump back and forth from the past to the present, but I bought this for my Kindle anyway.  Why?  Because it looks interesting to me.

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1 comment:

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Now that I've finished the book, I realize there's a THIRD beginning — for April. I rate the book 8 of 10.