BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge: An Address in Amsterdam

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!

Join me for the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge! My pick for October is An Address in Amsterdam, a new historical novel by Mary Dingee Fillmore.

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.

Join me for the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge! My pick for October is An Address in Amsterdam, a new historical novel by Mary Dingee Fillmore.

Other books from the October Course Catalog…

Join me for the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge! From historical fiction to action packed thrillers, this university themed reading challenge is not to be missed.

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.

Join me for the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge! From historical fiction to action packed thrillers, this university themed reading challenge is not to be missed.

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.

Join me for the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge! From historical fiction to action packed thrillers, this university themed reading challenge is not to be missed.

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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4 comments

  1. I love books like this, An Address in Amsterdam, and that also mix the plot with romance and needing courage to do the right thing. I like book reviews, cause I love reading, too! Hope you have a very nice week!
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