It’s that time of the year! The leaves are changing colors. Everything is pumpkin flavored. And, there are new books to snuggle up with next to the fireplace. It’s time for the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge! Continuing with the university theme, we are in our junior year and will be covering a variety of topics. Make yourself a Pumpkin Spice Latté Milkshake, and let’s get started!
Book: An Address in Amsterdam by Mary Dingee Fillmore
Course Title: Jewish Studies
Department: Historical Fiction
Description: Rachel Klein hopes she can ignore the Nazis when they roll into Amsterdam in May 1940. After working secretly for the Underground, she too is forced into hiding where she meets a man. An Address in Amsterdam shows that, even in the most hopeless situation, an ordinary young woman can make the choice to act with courage―and even love.
My thoughts on An Address in Amsterdam…
An Address in Amsterdam is a coming of age story about young love, family, and dangerous political times. Rachel Klein is a Jewish teenager just learning about love when the Nazis invade the Netherlands. While her parents fight about the Nazis’ intentions and whether or not they should flee, Rachel juggles love and friendship. As it becomes clear that Jews in the Netherlands are not safe, Rachel longs to make a difference and becomes a secret courier for the underground.
Mary Dingee Fillmore’s World War II novel felt well researched, but the story did not sweep me off my feet. I found the writing clunky and the romance, which leaned more toward New Adult, awkward and somewhat random. However, I am a sucker for a historical novel that lists its resources, so the last few pages were a delight. Not only does Fillmore list her sources and a timeline, but she, also, discusses how she came to write her book. I think this could have been a fascinating non-fiction book, but as a novel, it didn’t do anything for me.
You can find out more about Mary Dingee Fillmore by visiting her website.
Other books from the October Course Catalog…
Book: London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton
Course Title: Theatre Writing 101
Department: British Literature
Description: Broken from an unexpected betrayal, Alex Sinclair couldn’t jump on a plane to London fast enough. But when a wealthy rival fueled by ambition and jealousy threatens her career and a fledgling romance, Alex once again questions her self-worth and is left wondering if London is where she truly belongs.
Book: The Witch House of Persimmon Point by Suzanne Palmieri
Course Title: Southern Witchcraft 401
Department: Gothic Literature
Description: When Byrd Whalen returns to her family’s ancestral home to uncover secrets threatening to destroy a legacy she holds dear, the dark haunted histories of the Amore women reveal themselves, leading Byrd to question everything she’s ever believed about herself in Palmieri’s fourth novel.
Book: The Next by Stephanie Gangi
Course Title: Ghost Stories 101
Department: Paranormal Studies
Description: Is there a right way to die? If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong. As she travels beyond memory, beyond desire, she is transformed into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after.
These books were sent to me for review and are part of BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge.
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