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Rebecca Connolly

Autor(a) de A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice

54 Works 479 Membros 44 Reviews 3 Favorited

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Obras de Rebecca Connolly

An Arrangement of Sorts (2015) 22 cópias
The Lady and the Gent (2018) 19 cópias
The Merry Lives of Spinsters (2018) 19 cópias
Under the Cover of Mercy (2023) 18 cópias
Secrets of a Spinster (2016) 15 cópias
Hidden Yellow Stars (2024) 15 cópias
The Spinster and I (2018) 13 cópias
Married to the Marquess (2015) 13 cópias
Spinster and Spice (2019) 11 cópias
The Dangers of Doing Good (2016) 9 cópias
Falling for a Duke (Anthology 3-in-1) (2017) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
A Wager Worth Making (2017) 8 cópias
My Fair Spinster (2019) 8 cópias
What a Spinster Wants (2020) 8 cópias
A Bride Worth Taking (2017) 8 cópias
To Sketch a Sphinx (2020) 7 cópias
Fortune Favors the Sparrow (2021) 7 cópias
Widows of Somerset (2020) — Autor — 7 cópias
God Rest Ye Merry Spinster (2019) 7 cópias
The Burdens of a Bachelor (2017) 7 cópias
A Rogue About Town (2018) 7 cópias
A Season in London (Anthology 3-in-1) (2017) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Spinster Ever After (2020) 6 cópias
Something Old (2021) 4 cópias
Round Up (2021) 4 cópias
Of Mist and Mirrors (2023) 4 cópias
Horses, Hounds, & Happily Ever After (2022) — Autor — 4 cópias
An Agent for Diana (2018) 3 cópias
An Agent for Alexandra (2019) 3 cópias
Love Out of Focus (2022) 2 cópias
Not Quite a Spinster (2023) 2 cópias
Something Borrowed (2023) 2 cópias
The Queen's Ball (Anthology 3-in-1) (2018) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Zářivá noc hvězd a ledu (2023) 1 exemplar(es)
Magic and Miracles — Autor — 1 exemplar(es)

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Despite the number of WWII historical fiction and nonfiction books books I have read, I am still astounded (floored, humbled, disgusted, saddened) at the atrocities and unfairness every time I read a new one.

Perhaps that makes me naive. Perhaps that makes me human. Or perhaps that shows the sheer scope of the Axis powers’ ability to brainwash their followers and treat other humans as animals. Worse than animals. And any book that specifically involves children really hits me hard. It’s rarely new information, but it’s heartbreaking every time.

The women in this story are incredible and I was awed by their sacrifices and the risks they took. Stories of good triumphing over evil exist in multitude because, I believe, most people want to see good win out. And this is a book of real people fighting back against an evil so persistent and dark it threatened everything. And yet they fought. Without thought to their own lives and safety, they helped rescue thousands of young children from the Nazi grip. That is powerful. That is incredible.

I was hooked from the very beginning of this book. I’m a huge fan of Rebecca Connolly’s writing style and the way she wrote this book was excellent. I was fascinated by the choices for the epigraphs. If I hadn’t already been appalled at N*zi propaganda, those quotes clinched it for me. But the Winston Churchill quote for the Afterward is the perfect embodiment of what the women in this book did. “This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never…”

If you want additional perspectives of the horrible accounts of WWII, this book will give it to you. You’ll be inspired by Andrée and Ida, you’ll feel amazed at the resilience of children, you’ll believe in the goodness of people. And you’ll hope for ultimate good to triumph over all evil, because if it can happen in one story, it has to happen again.

This is an incredible book, easily gaining a spot on my top favorites list for the year, and it’s going to stay there. It deserves all the stars. Thank you for your amazing book, Rebecca. It’s beautiful.

**many thanks to the publisher, @shadowmountainpub, and book tour coordinator, @austenprose, for the copy. All thoughts are my own.
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LovelyBookishDelight | outras 5 resenhas | Apr 6, 2024 |
We all know of the fateful journey of the Titanic, and how many lives were lost.
This is actually a story of survival, the author has us embark on the ship that is full of opulence and splendor. We meet some of the passengers, mostly those in third class, and put faces and names on them.
Sadly, we become informed of the ships that were in the area, and could have come to the rescue, but we are with the one that did the Carpathia. Will we ever know why those other ships never helped?
We meet Arthur Rostron, a real hero, he was the Captain of the rescue ship, we see through the eyes of the author, his compassion, and how he strategizes even the docking of his ship in NY to try and comfort and protect the passengers from the Titanic.
I loved the Afterword, and the Author's notes, she even included actual pictures of the Captain and Kate Connolly.
I received this book through the Publisher Shadow Mountain, and was not required to give a positive review.
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alekee | outras 8 resenhas | Apr 4, 2024 |
Despite the number of WWII historical fiction and nonfiction books books I have read, I am still astounded (floored, humbled, disgusted, saddened) at the atrocities and unfairness every time I read a new one.
Perhaps that makes me naive. Perhaps that makes me human. Or perhaps that shows the sheer scope of the Axis powers’ ability to brainwash their followers and treat other humans as animals. Worse than animals. And any book that specifically involves children really hits me hard. It’s rarely new information, but it’s heartbreaking every time.
The women in this story are incredible and I was awed by their sacrifices and the risks they took. Stories of good triumphing over evil exist in multitude because, I believe, most people want to see good win out. And this is a book of real people fighting back against an evil so persistent and dark it threatened everything. And yet they fought. Without thought to their own lives and safety, they helped rescue thousands of young children from the Nazi grip. That is powerful. That is incredible.
I was hooked from the very beginning of this book. I’m a huge fan of Rebecca Connolly’s writing style and the way she wrote this book was excellent. I was fascinated by the choices for the epigraphs. If I hadn’t already been appalled at Nazi propaganda, those quotes clinched it for me. But the Winston Churchill quote for the Afterward is the perfect embodiment of what the women in this book did. “This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never…”
If you want additional perspectives of the horrible accounts of WWII, this book will give it to you. You’ll be inspired by Andrée and Ida, you’ll feel amazed at the resilience of children, you’ll believe in the goodness of people. And you’ll hope for ultimate good to triumph over all evil, because if it can happen in one story, it has to happen again.

This is an incredible book, easily gaining a spot on my top favorites list for the year, and it’s going to stay there. It deserves all the stars. Thank you for your amazing book, Rebecca. It’s beautiful.

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Narrated by Caroline Hewett—I felt that this narration was very tastefully done. I appreciated the different voices and the emotion clear in the narrator’s voice for the various scenes found throughout. The accents and ability to say the names correctly was also a bonus. Highly recommend as an audiobook.

**many thanks to the publisher, @shadowmountainpub, and book tour coordinator, @austenprose, for the copy. All thoughts are my own.
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LovelyBookishDelight | outras 5 resenhas | Mar 17, 2024 |
Heart wrenching, chilling, triumphant! Hidden Yellow Stars is based on the courageous true stories of two young woman willing to defy the Nazis to save Jewish children in Belgium during WWII. In my humble opinion, it’s one of Rebecca Connolly’s best, most awe inspiring works to date and a must read for historical fiction fans.

Belgium 1942

Andree Geulen’s a young school teacher who helps her Jewish students hide their yellow stars when she sees the hurt, cruelty, & disruption the stars cause in her classroom. She wants to make a difference & help these children she feels so protective of, but how?

Ida Sterno is a Jewish social worker helping the Committee for the Defense of Jews. She recruits Andree not only because of her passionate defense of her students, but because she’s the blonde haired, blue-eyed epitome of an Aryan woman whom the Germans won’t suspect. Both risk their lives as they & others work to smuggle Jewish children & babies to safety.

I was so incredibly touched & inspired by this story. Both women were so admirable. They each struggle with faith and making sense of the senseless. I appreciated their struggles and the profound impact the children had on them. I was also amazed at the complex, ingenious system they devised for keeping track of each child to not only protect their identity but help locate their loved ones when the war was over. I found myself on pins and needles so many times when Andree is with children and questioned by the Nazis. I was also angered by the mistreatment of the children by some of the convent & orphanage workers who agreed to take them in.

Each chapter begins with real Nazi propaganda and it was disturbing to see how they dehumanized the Jews especially to children. I was inspired by those who were willing to disregard the propaganda and risk everything to take in the children and love them. One particularly touching moment for me occurred when a young Jewish boy is accused by his foster family of stealing. He finally admits to Andree that he didn’t steal, but hid the nativity figures of Mary & Baby Jesus because he heard they were Jewish too.

Read with a box of Kleenex handy! This story truly inspired me and will definitely stay with me for a long time. Highly recommend this beautiful, compelling tribute to two brave, amazing women who deserve all the accolades & admiration. I received an advanced complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own and voluntarily provided.
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Melissas-Bookshelf | outras 5 resenhas | Mar 9, 2024 |

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Membros
479
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