Beverly Fisher has done a masterful job of capturing very real results of the aftermath of war, including personal pain and devastation to both indivi Beverly Fisher has done a masterful job of capturing very real results of the aftermath of war, including personal pain and devastation to both individuals and families; the underlying lack of reason giving rise to difficult, unanswerable questions; the growing and evolving destructiveness continuing in lives changed unalterably in war's wake. Spoken through the youthful voice of Grace, a girl growing up in rural Tennessee during and after the Civil War, Fisher tells her narrative in simple yet profoundly perceptive language. The story compels and inspires, with Grace's beautiful spirit and insight carrying the reader into a space and time rarely so well realized on paper. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Civil War, but also to those interested in the effects of any war on human spirit in any place or period of time. Perhaps the most poignant line of the entire book for me was when Grace recognizes that "the end result of it was that Daddy was not the man he was meant to be." We are all left with the recognition of how very many persons in our world today ARE so irrevocably changed to something other than the beautiful destiny intended....more
Rosemary Zibart has written a story bound to appeal to younger readers' yearning for adventure and new experiences. Told from the viewpoint of main chRosemary Zibart has written a story bound to appeal to younger readers' yearning for adventure and new experiences. Told from the viewpoint of main character Beatrice, the tale is based on factual events connected with the Nazi invasion of Europe and siege on London during the beginning months of World War II. Beatrice is a twelve-year-old English girl sent, as many children were during that period, to the United States for safety during the terrifying days of the German blitz. Her story is interesting and informative, both of her life in London before the departure and then later adapting to a very different kind of life in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The comparison of cultural differences is exciting to Beatrice and will be through her eyes to other youngsters reading about her experiences, some difficult for her but also many very rewarding.
This book is the first in a Far and Away series which will continue to follow the adventures of children during World War II. I'm looking forward to the next one about a young boy in New York City, a tale described to me as gripping by the author's husband....more