“The Last Paper Crane" tells the emotional, haunting story of a young man's struggle for survival following the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. I really enjoyed the poignant narrative and feel that I've learned a lot through this eye opening tale - 5 stars!
“The Lost Lights of St Kilda" is a tale of love, hope and culture that I'm sad to say that wasn't really my cup of tea. This is a beautifully written book and I'm sure it is one that will be adored by many, but for me it was a little slow moving and that took away from my overall enjoyment. I'm rating this one 2 stars.
A story of espionage during WW2 sounds like it's going to be a winner, but in reality I found that "Transcription" was a little boring and slow-paced for my liking. I liked the premise, but the story didn't impress - 2 stars.
It feels like time is flying by this year and I can't believe that we're already in April and it's time for another Rare Birds Book Club book!
"The Night Watch" is the third Sarah Waters book I've read. I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous two and didn't feel such strong connections with these characters, but don't let that put you off, Waters is an amazing writer I'd highly recommend.
"Dear Mrs Bird" tells the heartwarming story of plucky heroine, Emmy Lake and her best friend Bunty, two young women living in London in the 1940s. The characters are warm, funny and charming and all help to highlight the incredible impact that war had on people's personal lives, as well as the contributions of hardworking men and women at the time. I really enjoyed this one - 5 stars.
"The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" is a powerful story that needs telling, even if the story of Bruno and his new friend is not realistic. The true events that lie in the plot are terrible and should not be forgotten so books like this are always worth a read. For me the book didn't pack as much emotion as the film, but I feel that if I had read this as a child, it would have spoken to me a lot more than it has now. It's 4 stars from me.
A beautiful story told from an interesting perspective on WWII. You can't help but fall in love with the characters and the story draws you in until its heart-wrenching end. It's 4 stars for "The Book Thief", a story I won't be forgetting any time soon.
A small peek into the family life of Hamish Brown during WW2. It's full of interesting detail which will bring back memories for many people. This isn't really my kind of thing, but there were parts I enjoyed and I'll be passing this book on to those who it would be better suited for - it's 3 stars from me.