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With Each New Dawn Paperback – February 24, 2017
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Gail Kittleson taught college expository writing and English as a Second Language. Now she writes memoir and women's fiction, and facilitates writing workshops and women's retreats. She makes her home in northern Iowa, where she and her husband enjoy their grandchildren and gardening. In winter, the Arizona mountains provide new novel fodder. To learn more about Gail's books, please visit her website at gailkittleson.com.
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(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 3.2 -- Plot is engaging. Has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits and/or a slight lack of focus. The story is incomplete (a walk off a cliff ending). Setting is fairly clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. This is one of those frustrating books where I got about 90% through and suddenly realized that there didn't seem to be enough of the book left to actually contain the conclusion. So I read the last 10% slightly distracted by the impending end, and then there it was. No more pages, and an unfinished story. Argh. A few things very vaguely wrap up, but it is NOT complete. An extra shame since I was enjoying the way it portrayed WWII from several different angles. I liked the way historical events were worked in, even if it was a bit heavy-handed at times.
Characters: 4 -- Main characters are relatable, realistic, interesting, and dynamic. Some minor characters have depth, while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. Definite strong points in the relationships between characters. Some good emotional depth and personal growth for some of the main characters, maybe especially Addie. Domingo and Kate deal with grief and danger, while Addie sorts through her complicated emotions regarding her difficult marriage. Minor characters come and go; those that show up more often are developed more than those who have small parts. It sort of felt like we were expected to know who some people were (Berthea, Jane, Simon, etc) before their relationships to Addie were actually mentioned. Was there a book before this one, as well as after? It's unclear.
Mechanics and Writing: 4.3 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors. (<8/100 pgs) None of the errors seriously hinder understanding. Good use of POV. Generally skillful writing. Errors include: mild typos, mild punctuation or formatting issues, some awkward or confusing phrases, and minor inconsistencies. POV alternates between Kate, Domingo, and later adds in Addie (to represent the British side of things when Kate heads to France). The shifts between POVs also involve shifts between locations and times, which was on occasion confusing.
Redeeming Value: 4 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, though there is some shaky ground. No explicit sex scenes. Implied moral guidelines for behavior. Wartime, and especially the Holocaust, makes for a dark backdrop, and the darkness seeps through more than once, as people kill and are killed, see things they wish they could unsee, do things they're not sure they should have done. This book does a good job of implying the horrors, but going vague instead of focusing on the gruesome details, which I appreciated. I liked the repeated mention of Christian people, churches, and leaders rising up to take action to protect the helpless as much as possible.
Personal Enjoyment: 3 -- I liked it. It was enjoyable and entertaining. I wouldn’t mind re-reading it someday, but it’s not a priority. Certainly not without the rest of the story.
Kathryn “Kate” Isaacs (Charles secretary) was trying to tell Monsieur le Blanc she was not Marguerite Dumont (French, Bell Telephone Hello Girl, operative) daughter.
Mrs. Tenney was not buying his story either.
Charles Tenney (son, lawyer, government official) was called to see if he could make head/tails of this story.
Monsieur le Blanc had a black leather attaché case with a yellowed envelope inside.
There were several pictures.
1943, France, Department of Lot. Marguerite (La Résistance) & Jean-Luc Edorta were discussing Général Petain.
The La Résistance had destroyed 300 tons of Michelin tires in Clermont-Ferrand.
1 day when Kate awoke it was in a hospital room.
Survivors of the war had found shelter at the Cévenol School in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon.
Kate had later joined the Secret Operations Executive (SOE).
La Corneille (Crow, double agent) had been spotted on the train.
Phillipe & Domingo (Basque mountain guide, saboteur) followed close behind.
Sancha (Domingo's lover) had been killed.
Kate parachutes into Southern France to aid the Resistance.
Monsieur le Blanc launches the Secret Operations Executive (SOE).
Waffen SS Gabirel (Ander/Domingo's younger brother) is missing.
What decision did Kate make about her future?
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written WWII historical fiction book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great WWII movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’s; Heritage Beacon Fiction; Amazon Digital Services LLC; book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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