My Life Untold. S.S. Gee Buro.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
Sometimes I like a dip into history. This particular book reads like an autobiography, as its told from the viewpoint of Magda, as a narrative to her descendent Winifred. Its a beautifully written story, easy to read and not bogged down in weighty, dull descriptions but has scenes that are vivid, and made me feel as if I was there. It starts with Magda as a young child, goes on to the familys journey to a new start on Stone Farm and her childhood time there. They have a farmhand Lars who is only a few years older than Magda and they fall in love. The Civil war intervenes though, and Lars is taken prisoner. We read about Magda’s life back at the farm at this time, how the village coped, what life was really like then on a day to day basis.
When her parents have died and she finds out Lars is a prisoner, she determines she’ll travel the 800 miles to where he is, dressed as a soldier for some safety, and try to buy him free. She undertakes a perilous journey, and its fascinating to read about it and feel as though we’re there with her. Its full of minutiae that makes it come alive. Magda learns a lot about herself on this journey, and she and Lars come through the war whole but not unscathed. Though still deeply in love, they’re not the same people they started. Life shapes us all and they were certainly well tried.
I loved this story as something with historical accuracy, and yet penned for the reader of fiction who wants small details of daily life, and not weighty explanations of battle tactics 🙂 I felt for Magda – she faced so much for love of Lars, and they both grew up suddenly faced with the atrocities of war. Life wasn’t easy anyway for people like them at that time, but throw in a war and they were really tested, and yet in the way of the best true love stories they came though shining. Its a beautiful, heartfelt tale and the addition of the linking up Magda and Lars to the current family was a great way to finish. Fabulous escape into history.
Stars: five, great read.
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Elect. Rachel Van Dyken
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
I love fiction, and of course the clue is in the name, the reader needs to suspend reality sometimes to enjoy a novel at its best. This series is like that – if you can’t get past late teens/early twenties being in seats of power you won’t like it. ( strange how I had problems with another of Rachel’s book where characters in late 20’s were acting very very juvenile and yet I can accept the role reversal in this one? Curious, but then taste in many things is always subjective) If you can though this book, and the previous one Elite: 1 (Eagel Elite) ,make for a fun and entertaining read. I enjoyed part one very much, but found this one a little “Mafia fight” heavy, and some of the lines a bit corny… and not so much invested with the characters themselves as the people they portray – i.e. Nixon as head of the Abandonato rather than Nixon Trace’s boyfriend. That brought it down a bit for me 😦 it’s the people more than the plot that matters for me mostly, but it still was a fun read. There’s lots of fighting,shootings, stabbings, killing, double dealing and blackmail and at times I was a bit lost as to who was on who’s side…but it all came together neatly. For all the shootings and stabbing and murders you’d think Authority other than Mafia would get involved, but it seems a word in the right ear and all is hidden in the flick of a hand. The pain threshold of Nixon and Co is very strong too – they take being beaten and shot in their stride and carry on just wiping off the blood along the way 🙂 I’m sure given tweezers, needle and thread they’d remove the bullet from their flesh, stitch it up and still not be more than five minutes late for class!
So, a decent finish from book one, all the lose ends tied up and a fun read. Would I read it again? Probably not, but it was something very different and made a change from the norm. I guess if I were new adult age group I’d probably re read and it would be a five star but for me as an older person its a one off.
I haven’t got pricing info, or length but assume its similar to book one, seems similar length anyway.
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