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Sadie's Wars: An Australian Saga (Currency Girls Book 3) by [Rosemary Noble]

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"Sadie's Wars is a must-read. At times it had me on tenterhooks but I had to keep reading - even though my heart was breaking - desperately willing a good outcome for the protagonist." Ingenue Magazine, issue 23, Winter 18/19. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

From the Author

I loved writing this book. It was the cumulation of eight years of research into my husband's family. The story had been lost or half-remembered with lots of white lies floating and muddying the truth . I have un-picked the strands one by one and built it into an amazing story, one to be proud of. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07FTSJQKH
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 29, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4282 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 311 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Australia to Cleethorpes and back again - with passion.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, powerful and deeply moving novel
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, powerful and deeply moving novel
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2018
I travelled from innocence to experience with Sadie. She had my ear as soon as I walked into this thrilling family saga. This hard-hitting, realistic document of challenging times deals with: propaganda, inequality, domestic violence and loss. Insight into Australia and England placed me in the centre of the historical periods.

Strategic juxtaposition of Sadie’s life during World War One Australia and World War Two Grimsby is brilliant. Noble explores how our experiences make us react in the future thus providing depth to Sadie’s character. Wounded by past troubles, Sadie makes decisions that made me want to sit her down and give her advice. Tempting questions hang artfully in each chapter of this novel. The trajectory of the plot is driven by the intense drama: the action never stops.

I moved from the air raids and community spirit in Grimsby to Sadie’s privileged life in Australia. Neither the ‘uninterrupted sky changing from purple to cobalt’, nor the ‘endless grey skies’ of Grimsby can shelter Sadie from the harsh reality of life. In her innocent years, she is brainwashed by war propaganda then learns about the impact on people as she moves through her life. Sadie is raised to ‘obey your father until you marry then obey your husband.’ Like her contemporaries, the social straightjacket causes Sadie pain. Noble shows the inequalities between men and woman at the turn of the century and contrasts it with changing attitudes in post Second World War Britain. Historical events, attitudes and politics are artfully woven into the narrative fabric of the novel.

Details of a wealthy life in Australia at the turn of last century intrigued me. I lingered on the verandas and looked at the ‘rich grassland and vineyards as far as the eye could see, framed on by majestic mountains.’ I admired Sadie’s wardrobe of beautiful clothes but realised her wealth and over-protection of her father made her more vulnerable. At every turn, I felt empathy for the young Sadie who is isolated by her ignorance. ‘Her marriage seemed like a distant dream and her husband merely an actor in it’, and I wanted to chat with Sadie. Noble explored love so beautifully in the novel. There is an enchanting, exciting love story, as Sadie learns what real love means.

The wiser, experienced Sadie charmed me. I sat with her as she waited to discover if her sons would return safely from the RAF. Noble takes the reader into the heart of air raids in Grimsby. The air raid provides a backdrop to the inner turmoil Sadie suffers, and all these emotions are vividly connected to experiences of the past. Events in post-World War One Australia were shocking. An intelligent, powerful and deeply moving novel from Rosemary Noble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her best yet
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 7, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 12, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars An insightful novel with characters you can't help but care about.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2018
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