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Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye

(The Redcliffe Sisters #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,895 ratings  ·  76 reviews
As the devastating years of the Second World War march ever closer, the beautiful Redcliffe sisters must face their own struggles and navigate the perils of growing up—and growing apart.

Eldest sister Isobel—passionate, domineering, misguided—is infatuated with Fascism. But can she continue to justify her dangerous political beliefs when faced with the shocking realities of
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Lake Union Publishing
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Angela M
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it

The author does a good job of portraying the events and background of pre - WWII Europe and these are brought to life in this story of three British sisters, each with their strengths and flaws but it's mainly their mistakes that come to the surface .

It's difficult to like Isobel at first because of her beliefs - she's s fascist who is sympathetic to Hitler and she's volatile, outspoken, and manipulative at times and rubbing elbows with Nazis . That is until she sees Jewish storefronts smashed ,
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for far too long. I took it away to Corfu with me and was absolutely entranced by the story of the three Redcliffe sisters. This is wonderfully written, with expertly imagined characters, set against the horrors of both the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War.

Beginning in Spain as the fighting gets fiercer, Isabel and Felicity find themselves holed up in a cottage. These two sisters are as different as chalk and cheese, with
Rebecca McPhedran
I liked the idea of this book, especially the time and place. But the follow through didn't impress me. There are three sisters. Isabel is domineering and brash, Chiara is the sweet loveable sister who always believes in the good in people. Felicity is the sister who is trying to find herself, and she looks in a lot of wrong places.
This is the story of how their lives intertwine during the early days of World War II. I felt like it did some historical justice, with all of the information about
Joy H.
Added June 10, 2018. (Published August 4th 2015 by Lake Union Publishing)
I bought this Kindle edition from Amazon for $4.49 on June 10, 2018.
I had read good reviews about this series (The Redcliffe Sisters). This is #1 of the series.

JUNE 2018 - I am currently reading #2 of the series, Take Me to Your Heart Again. The beginning sounded more interesting than the #1 of the series, which I will read eventually. BTW, the title of the book is a line from the song "La Vie En Rose". I found this out by
Bonnye Reed
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: keepers
XXX I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway on August 13 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Marius Gabriel. Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye is a book I wanted to read as soon as I saw it. Thank you for allowing me to read your work!

This novel was a very interesting read. The background - Spain, Germany and England before and during the Second World War, was intricately woven, and the troop movements and timing of battles both in the Spanish Revolution and WWII were spot on. My only
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received in an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I couldn't get into it - a very promising storyline but all three girls were so unlikable, especially Isobel. I read the whole book and the ending redeemed the book a bit for me, and the strength that Chiara found, though.
Debbie Trammell
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good book

Loved the sister, all so different in a challenging time in their lives. Looking forward to book 2. Will recommend this series.
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This novel is a gripping tale of three British sisters, all very different and the way that their lives diverge as a result of war.

The novel starts off set in 1930s Spain which is racked by Civil War. Beautiful Isobel, the oldest is headstrong and devil-may-care, however beneath her seeming conceit, lies pain and disappointment. With her is her sister, Felicity, demure, meek and mild, she is devoutly religious and is set to enter a Convent as a noviciate nun, that is until she meets a dashing
Jean Kolinofsky
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The story plows the lives of the three Redcliffe sisters from the Spanish Civil War through the. Early 1940s. Chair a is a London socialite who falls in love with an older man. Isobel has been abandoned in Spain by her husband and must travel to safety in Valencia with her sister Felicity and an American soldier. Felicity is determined to enter. A convent despite the objections of her sisters. As war rages around ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I won this book from Goodreads. This is a book about the three British Radcliffe sisters and takes place at the start of WW11. Isobel is leaning towards Fascism, Chiara is more interested in faith, and Felicity has her own path. They are very different in nature but WW11 shakes them and their beliefs up. They struggle with staying together in one piece. I do not know how the book ends because there is not an ending. Maybe a second book is coming out. It is a good book but I wish the author would ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing coming of age story narrated by 3 sisters living in Europe during WWII. Each sister is a strong character and not like her sisters. Each woman must try to make her way in a war-torn world, adapting from a comfortable life of leisure to one of rations and brutality.

I really enjoyed that each sister narrated parts of the book so you got to see the other sisters through her perspective. I also love the viewpoint of young women in London during the war.

Great book!! Very glad I
Karen S Belinne
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compelling profile of 3women

The story is set in Europe and England during the first part of WWII. It is the profile of 3 women who happen to be sisters. You get a real feeling for the war without drowning in it and the women's lives are fully and colorfully portrayed.
I want to read more from this author.
Micki Levin
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a first read from Goodreads. It is an excellent fast read with well developed characters..The main characters are three very different sisters who have grown up as orphans. The time of the work extends from the Spanish Civil War until the entry of America inti WWII.
Kimberly Kline
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this. Suspenseful, great characters. Finished in 2 days because I had to see what would happen next. Can't wait for book 2!
Samyuktha Ell
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book. If I can lay my hands on Book 2, I surely will.
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this author and have read many of his books, all very good. This one, Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye was no different, it was fantastic. It was the first in a two book series and I barely got this one closed when I finished it before I had the next one opened and ready to start reading. It was that good!!! It had historical details of the Spanish Civil War, which I didn't know that much about and enjoyed learning something about, and WWII, it had romance, mild sex, mystery, intrigue, ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-to-read
I purchased this book on impulse years ago, got it on my Kindle and ignored it for a while.

In the process of trying to find a book to read, I landed on this one - I didn't have a burning desire to read it, more the burning desire to knock more off of my "haven't read yet" list.

It took me a while to get into the book - I don't know a lot about the Spanish Civil War. Most of the information I have about that period of time revolves around the rise of Nazi Germany. But once I got out of that
Loved this book. Strong characters and a sisterly approach to family drama. It takes place in Spain during the civil war in 1936. Two sisters are trapped in a cottage when an American soldier steals vegetables from their garden. The older sister, Isabelle, is fierce and insists that the soldier bring the food back but his friend has already taken it to the castle they are living in. turns out the castle belongs to Isabelle’s husband. William Willoughby, the American soldier, takes pity on the ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first thing I did when I finished this book was go to Amazon and order the next one in this 2 book series.
A story of 3 sisters, about 19 years and up, starting in the late 1930s. Their love/hate relationships with each other are so realistic; especially with a war brewing. With soldiers going through their Spanish countryside, stealing from gardens when food is being rationed and very little is to be found, this story starts out big and keeps the reader mesmerized throughout the entire book.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the concept of following 3 very different sisters through the start of WW II. The author does a great job creating a picture of London before and during the air raids.

However, I felt the book lacked a resolution to the story. It feels as though the final chapter was lost in the printer and so it just ended when it did. I started off the story annoyed by Isobel, then she won me over after she witnessed the devastation of the Nazis and has a complete change of purpose, but then
Cindy Woods
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I passed on this book so many times, and finally I got it and find it to be incredibly good.

The story of three sisters during the WWII era in Europe is so well written. The author is very good at describing their adult sibling relationships. Having had two sisters myself I can feel these characters emotional rivalries, fears, love and hate.

The plot goes into the independent lives of each woman and the characters are well developed I we the war years. Having very different political and
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
WAY better than I expected. Not that I had any expectations, particularly, because I wasn't familiar with the author at all, but from what little I knew ahead of time I expected a sort of Squishy Period Piece About the Power of Family and Love. And hoo boy. The characters are excellently complicated, flawed in ways that are relatable but steer shy of cliche, and it's fascinating to watch them figure themselves out and grow even if you hate the direction in which that growth occurs. I haven't ...more
Jackie Torcicollo
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because I totally enjoyed The ocean liner. I guess the book left me wanting more because there is another book. I do not mind book series, as long as they can be read as individual books that standalone.

I do enjoy Gabriel’s writing and descriptions and character descriptions. I feel as though I know the characters after reading his books. I will get the second book in the series and let you know what I thought of the complete set.
And Mr. Gabriel does it again.

I started with The Designer when I was introduced to this author and that definitely left me wanting more. At first, I wasn't sure how Wish Me Luck was going to play out, but the story of three sisters, so different in personality and perspective, living through and surviving World War II in their own way, impacted me hard. Gabriel left me heartbroken by the end. I personally cant wait to read the second book.
Jennefer Wilson
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The first few chapters didn't have me that engaged. It took me a little time to get interested in the characters. Though I feel parts of this book and events were shallowly developed, it did grab me and keep me wanting to read it to the end to see what each sister's outcome would be. Could have been written better and brought more depth and greater detail in the sister's lives.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Historical fiction that make this a wonderful read. The author writes in a way that makes it hard to put the book down. I could do without the intimate sections and would prefer to leave the details to the imagination. They are easy to skip through and continue reading.
Jayne Quince
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book about the three Redcliffe sisters .

Parallels here with the Mitford sisters. An interesting story starting during the Spanish Civil War. Three sisters and their complex relationships set with the backdrop of WW2. Love and betrayal.....spies.....fascists and disillusionment.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters and am looking forward to the second book....
Kelsi H
Sep 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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Gabriel’s novel follows the three Redcliffe sisters in the years leading up to World War II. Beginning during the Spanish Civil War, two of the sisters are trapped in rural Spain, while one remains in England. Isobel is the oldest, separated from her wealthy Spanish husband after the death of their child. Her youngest sister Felicity is only nineteen, and she has recently decided to join a convent back in England as a nun. When
Sherry Bledsoe
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love historical fiction and I love the stories from the WWII era. Characters well fleshed out and I liked them (more so than others though). This is book 1 in a 2 series book. I enjoyed this book enough to read book 2!
Louise Pass
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evocative period piece

The author successfully brings the sense of the times to this story, and his understanding of the complex and sometimes troubling relationship of siblings runs thru the story adding depth.
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Marius Gabriel is an international thriller and mystery writer.

Under the pseudonym Madeleine Ker, he wrote over 30 romance novels in the 1980s.

As Marius Gabriel he has written several mystery best-sellers, some of them historical novels.

He has three grown-up children and currently lives in Cairo and London. He is 59.

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“He turned to Isobel. ‘How about you, Frau Hitler?” 2 likes
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