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- Publication Date : January 21, 2020
- File Size : 5785 KB
- Publisher : Swoon Reads (January 21, 2020)
- ASIN : B07TQGQ24D
- Print Length : 304 pages
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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As the Russian Revolution unfolds, Charlotte realizes that her dreams of staying in Petrograd to pursue a medical degree are in jeopardy. "Gone by Nightfall" 's driving force is its compelling plot, which focuses primarily on how Charlotte and her family get caught up in the revolution unfolding around them.
There were so many elements of "Gone by Nightfall" that were right up my alley: an attractive tutor with lots of secrets, a historical setting (and even better - an early 20th-century one), a fast-paced plot, and lots of endearing family antics. It took me a little bit to get invested in the story but I quickly found "Gone by Nightfall" challenging to put down. With the external tension from the revolution and the sexual tension between Charlotte and the new family tutor, Dmitri, there was so much that kept me saying "one more chapter" far later at night than I should've.
While I really liked a lot of things about "Gone by Nightfall," it is one of those books where you only notice the elements that were a little off until after the feels have worn off. The writing was a little choppy and I would've loved a more robust interior life for Charlotte. The relationship with Dmitri probably falls into the category of insta-love but the dramatic setting made me willing to let that go. I have a lot of unanswered questions about numerous threads in the story though I got the sense that this is a stand-alone. However, none of these things kept me from enjoying this book while I was reading it.
It's really exciting to see more YA historical fiction - particularly books not set during WWII - as this is a genre I really like that seems to get neglected. Garretson's 2019 release "All is Fair" has been sitting on my TBR for a while and I now will be moving it up toward the top of the list.
The characters were amazing and made the story. Charlotte was so relatable, someone I could truly sympathize with. Dmitri was a unique love interest. He found himself in such a conundrum and his struggles were quite fascinating. I loved their romance.
The story was filled with seriously page-turning tension. I appreciated all of the historical detailing that Ms. Garretson did. It is always what primarily appeals to me as a reader and I read a lot of Historical Fiction. It's an easy way to learn history and this is a truly epic tale, perfect for middle school readers and up.
I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Charlotte Mason is a young girl living in Russia in 1916. Since her mother passed away, it's her dream to continue the dream of helping others, and she's determined to go to medical school. But with the world around her revolting, chaos is found around every corner. She's told to leave and return to her relatives in America, but with her siblings, her mother's hospital and a man, who isn't what he seems, she's determined to do what she thinks is right.
This one surprised me. While many young adult historical novels tend to feel a bit 'light', this one dives in with a very rich and vivid world. Charlotte does have a lot to learn and makes usual mistakes for girls that age. It's easy to connect with her and makes her believable, but never is the atmosphere of the time frame scratched. The tension and the danger growing coming from the world falling apart around her hits from the very first page and holds through the entire read. And while a few handful of moments, especially in the romance end, weren't as smooth as they might have been, these didn't hurt the story by any means.
It's an exciting read which not only historical fiction fans are sure to enjoy. I received a complimentary copy and found the tale very engaging. So, I'm leaving my honest thoughts.
I couldn't get past the slow pacing of this to really enjoy and finish the novel. I was looking forward to more action and suspense as this does take place during the Russian Revolution but at 22% there still was none and this was a huge disappointment. I couldn't keep my interest without that.