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Signal Moon: A Short Story Kindle Edition
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye comes a riveting short story about an impossible connection across two centuries that could make the difference between peace or war.
Yorkshire, 1943. Lily Baines, a bright young debutante increasingly ground down by an endless war, has traded in her white gloves for a set of headphones. It’s her job to intercept enemy naval communications and send them to Bletchley Park for decryption.
One night, she picks up a transmission that isn’t code at all—it’s a cry for help.
An American ship is taking heavy fire in the North Atlantic—but no one else has reported an attack, and the information relayed by the young US officer, Matt Jackson, seems all wrong. The contact that Lily has made on the other end of the radio channel says it’s…2023.
Across an eighty-year gap, Lily and Matt must find a way to help each other: Matt to convince her that the war she’s fighting can still be won, and Lily to help him stave off the war to come. As their connection grows stronger, they both know there’s no telling when time will run out on their inexplicable link.
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When Lily Baines, a viscount’s daughter working for British naval intelligence in 1943, intercepts Matt’s SOS at sea—from 2023—she has every reason to dismiss his transmission as a hoax. But that spark that drove her to volunteer for the war effort won’t let her turn her back on a fellow naval officer.
I love speculative stories, and this short read set off a thousand what-ifs in my mind. But Kate’s writing packs in so much more. Matt and Lily’s bravery and ingenuity had me breathless as a race against time unfolded in two different centuries. Settle in—you’ll be swept away in no time at all.
—Kjersti Egerdahl, Editor
About the Author
Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many historical novels, including The Diamond Eye, The Rose Code, The Alice Network, and The Huntress. A native of Southern California, she received her bachelor’s and master’s in classical voice from Boston University before turning her focus to writing fiction. Her books have been translated into multiple languages, and The Alice Network was featured as a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. Quinn lives in San Diego with her husband and three adorable rescue dogs. You can follow her newsletter, blog, and social media at www.katequinnauthor.com.
- ASIN : B09YRT2KGW
- Publisher : Amazon Original Stories (August 1, 2022)
- Publication date : August 1, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 8004 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,064 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2022
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As is typical, 4 of the books fall into the mystery, psychological thriller, true crime, and suspense categories. (not my first choice) They are joined by 1 memoir, 1 book club fiction offering, 1 women's fiction choice, and 1 literary fiction option (which I personally gravitate towards because these tend to be the best books). This month there is a short story, which is highly unusual. And then of course there's the obligatory historical fiction offering; no First Reads month would be complete without a WWII novel. (I'm totally over these.)
Let's look at each in turn.
The Last Lie Told by Debra Webb (mystery) 5 stars
Debra Webb is an experienced author with a list of writing credits as long as your arm. Her books tend to be rated very highly and her reviews look to number in the hundreds of thousands. It is always a treat to find a First Reads book by an established writer. If mystery is your genre, you can not go wrong with this book.
A Feather on the Water by Lindsay Jayne Ashford (historical fiction) 4 stars
This author also has a few books under her belt. They have generally been well received. While you can not “look inside” this book, if you click on the author's name, you can navigate to her author page and look inside others of her books. Her writing is quite good although her style is a bit breathless. This WWII offering is a bit different since it does not focus on a typical WWII romance while battling or fleeing Nazis, but it does focus on three women, definitely a plus. If you like historical fiction and can stomach reading one more book from this era, this is not a bad choice.
Kismet by Amina Akhtar (psychological thriller) 4 stars
This is the author's second book. This is an unusual book. By turns humorous and serious, the author's style is what I would call “beach read”. Light. Fluffy. Easy to read.
She's Up to No Good by Sara Goodman Confino (women's fiction) 4 stars
This is the author's second book. Her style is light and casual. There will be no vocabulary in this book to challenge you.
Signal Moon: A Short Story by Kate Quinn (short story) 5 stars
Kate Quinn is a New York Times bestselling author. I selected this short story. It is very much worth your time. If there were a genre for people connecting over the radio from different time periods, this book would be in it. I don't want to give anything away, but this story is absolutely excellent. Well written. Brilliantly executed. Just wonderful.
All the Lies They Did Not Tell by Pablo Trincia (true crime) 5 stars
This is the first English book by investigative journalist Pablo Trincia. It tells the deeply disturbing story of Satanic rituals in 1990s Italy.
No Ordinary Thursday by Anoop Judge (book club fiction) 4 stars
This is the author's third book. Her previous two books have favorable reviews but apparently reached a very limited audience. Her writing style reads like she constantly used a thesaurus. It's good but feels really forced.
War and Me: A Memoir by Faleeha Hassan (memoir) 5 stars
This memoir is the author's only book. It is extremely well written in flawless English. It tells the tale of the author's life in Iraq during an endless war that followed her to life in the United States. I selected this book. It is very much worth your time to hear this woman's voice telling of her experiences.
Embers on the Wind: A Novel by Lisa Williamson Rosenberg (literary fiction) 2 stars
This is the author's debut novel. It's just dreadful. I accessed this book through the Family Share feature. I wanted to like it. The description about this house on the Underground Railroad intrigued me. But the writing is just terrible. Swear words (although that is not what put me off).
Mother of all Secrets by Kethleen M. Willett (suspense) 5 stars
This is the author's debut novel. It's quite well written. I accessed this book through the Family Share feature. It's an easy enjoyable read, a real pageturner. An excellent debut.
TV show, or movie is not my style but I'm making an exception. Back in 1985 I saw the movie "Back to the Future." I had a feeling (that I don't get very often) that it was something special, and it was. I had the same exact feeling about Quinn's story. I wish this story was available in hardback so I could ask her to autograph it. Keep stories like this coming, Kate!
If you have a couple hours read this worthy little tale.
I ordered both the Audible audiobook and the Kindle book and listened to the audiobook at the same time as I read the story. Listening to the dramatic reader is a nice way to read this book and I recommend it. The audiobook was also expertly narrated; the readers had nice voices and I liked their interpretations of the characters.
I’m sufficiently impressed overall with this short story by Kate Wuinn, that I will be looking up other works by this same author. Top marks for both the Kindle book and the Audible audiobook.
Short stories are so tricky, and its so challenging to create characters the reader connects to immediately. Kate Quinn threw me headfirst into this story in the best way. I'm looking forward to devouring more of her work!
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I was invested in the characters and loved them both.
It was an innovative story and it really tugged at my heartstrings.
I highly recommend it.
It’s a short story, it took me about an hour and a half to read it. It’s an unusual time shift story as the two characters exchange messages between 1943 and 2023 and has a fairly satisfying if predictable ending. It’s an engaging and entertaining story and isn’t too badly written. Although there is one flaw in it, in one scene in 2023 Matt Jackson is ‘fishing around for pound notes to pay for his dinner’. Pound notes were withdrawn from circulation in 1988 in the UK.
Lily Baines was such a fantastic and lively character. She's a young woman who constantly lives on the edge, fearful of hearing about more deaths in an already seemingly endless war and ultimately, of losing against the Germans. You can feel her fear but you can also see the passion she has for her job as a Wren and the pride she has in her country and home in Yorkshire. She has a natural curiosity that does get her into trouble but it also propels her into taking giant leaps into the unknown when she stumbles upon a transmission from the future. I loved the way she dove in head first and took the chance she did to connect with Jackson! Matt Jackson is a fellow petty officer in the US Navy who's waiting for deployment from Yorkshire in 2023. He's quiet and was as equally enthusiastic and in love with his job as Lily was. They develop a strong and fast bond as they try to work out how they're possibly speaking to each other and as they race against time to figure out how he can avoid the terrifying fate that's awaiting him. There was one reveal at the end that was surprisingly delightful and made me happy.
Overall, I really enjoyed this short story and now that I know how enjoyable and readable Quinn's writing is, I'm even more excited to pick one of her chunky novels soon!