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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Review and Giveaway: Tides of Honour by Genevieve Graham

Title: Tides of Honour
Author: Genevieve Graham 
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Publish Date: April 2015
Source: Author




What's the Story?:

For Goodreads.com: "A novel of love, loss, and honour amidst the horrors of war and its aftermath.

It’s 1916, and the last thing Nova Scotian soldier Danny Baker expects to find in war-torn France is the love of his life. Audrey Poulin is alone in the world, and struggling to survive the war in the French countryside. When Audrey and Danny meet and fall in love, it seems like the best version of fate.

But love is only the beginning, as Danny loses a leg in the Battle of the Somme, and returns home to Halifax with Audrey, only to discover that he’s unable to leave the war behind. Danny and Audrey struggle with their new life together, and must face not only their own internal demons, but a catastrophe that will soon rip apart everything they think they know about themselves and each other."


My Two Cents:

"Tides of Honour" is the story of Danny, a soldier from Canada, meets the love of his life in war torn France during WWI. He dreams of spending the rest of his life with Audrey, a beautiful Englishwoman. When he's sent home with injuries, he's hoping to bring Audrey home with him. Little do both of them know that their lives in Halifax will be chaotic and heartwrenching. With great historical detail and a lot of swoonworthy romance, Graham creates a memorable romance that I will be thinking about for a very, very long time!

The romance in the book is fantastic. The author creates two really realistic characters that I rooted for throughout the book. I loved all of the little details in the book. Neither Danny nor Audrey are perfect and it's their imperfections that really endeared me to them. Danny has a lot of trouble reintegrating himself back into society after he comes home. He's injured and all of the planning he did on what he would do when he came home has to change due to his injuries. I really thought the author did a great job of capturing all of Danny's internal turmoil. Audrey is an artist and begins to make a living painting for others. The push and pull between Danny and Audrey as Audrey begins to do more to to support the family was so interesting. You are still pulling for both of them in both cases!

I love historical fiction because it can teach me something new! This book introduced me to a new historical event - there was a huge explosion in Halifax due to two ships crashing into each other - one was loaded with explosives. It decimates much of the city and kills so many people. I had no idea that this had happen. The explosion almost becomes another character in the book with the way that it drives the action in the latter half of the book. This adds a very interesting and often heartwrenching element to the book that had me holding on to my seat.

Overall, this was a great pick. It had so many elements of what I like in a book: great characters, good pacing, romance, action, lots of historical detail.... the list goes on! 
 



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6 comments:

  1. Awesome review. It sounds fantastic. I need to track down a copy!

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  2. This one sounds very interesting. I don't think I'd heard about the Halifax explosion before.

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  3. I have been intrigued about the Halifax explosion ever since I visited there a few years ago. Since then I have been looking for some historical fiction that deals with that fateful day and this book sounds like it fits the bill.

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  4. It sounds like a fantastic read. I would enjoy reading it. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  5. I've not read anything by Genevieve Graham but I certainly will after reading this post. Historical romance is my preferred reading genre and it looks like Ms. Graham's stories would delight me. I like reading about places besides the British Isles so this book about Nova Scotia intrigues me. Thanks so much for this post! jdh2690@gmail.com

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