Among the Branded
What if a 70-year-old letter from World War II changed the course of your life?
While attending Valor of the ’40s, art director Stephanie Britain stumbles upon a flea market selling letters from the war. She buys a handful, hoping they’ll inspire the redesign for a client’s website at her branding and design firm. She’s at first drawn by the lost art of penmanship, but dis...more
More than just the story of a ...more
Among the Branded is a feel good novel with a conscience.
Stephanie is an art director who decides to attend a "Valor of the 40's" event with her youngest son and husband after dropping her oldest son off at college. While there she buys a bundle of old love letters, thinking they'll help inspire her with the design of a new project for a client. One of the letters isn't like the others. It isn't a love letter at all, but a pleading letter fo ...more
The author sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and the feedback I gave her is that a lot of the dialogue seemed stilted, as did the transitions between scenes/times. ...more
When they take their eldest son to college, they ask the younger one where he would like to go, as a special treat for him, and he decides he would like to go to the “Valor of the 40's” a fair which reenacts the feel of WWII, where everyone dressed their part ...more
I rarely read contemporary genre. However, if it’s got history in it, I can be persuaded. I have to admit, the first sentence in the blurb persuaded me. A 70 year old letter from World War II? Yep. Plus, Stephanie, while not a freelance writer, has the kind of career that I have on the side – working for clients whom you may not always agree with and then what do yo ...more
Oh my goodness what a beautiful and heartwarming story. A chaotic and frantic beginning with the hectic lifestyle of this family. It shows how this active and close-knit family go about ...more
This first novel is gripping. Izzy is so real and vibrant an individual, it seems as if we had actually met. Any minor errors are quickly forgiven and forgotten as the reader is enveloped and embraced by the sheer life and realness of this story. Very authentic and worth the trip. Please keep writing!
In Among the Branded, little does Stephanie know that by buying a few old love letters from WWII, her life would change forever. One of the letters contained not a love letter, but a letter from a woman pleading for her life and the lives of her children to be saved from ...more
Original Awesome Indies' Assessment (5 stars):
Among the Branded by Linda Smolkin is a contemporary fiction that reminds us that we might be done with the past, but the past isn’t done with us. The main character, Stephanie, attends a World War II event (Valor of the ’40s) with her family and purchases a bundle of authen ...more
This is a remarkable book.
Stephanie a forty-something advertising executive and mother of two goes to a 1940’s reenactment fair with her son and husband. On a whim she purchases some old love letters from the World War II. Amongst them she finds a letter from a mother pleading for assistance for her family. It was written from a concentration camp in France. She has a young son called Isadore who is just four years old.
She investigates and eventually meets up with Isadore, call ...more
There's nothing particularly wrong with this book. However, it seemed shallow and the characters were 2 dimensional - they did nothing to leap off the page. It read more like a novel geared towards middle schoolers than adults. ...more
The letter in question was penned by a Holocaust victim, Hanna. Stephanie Britain finds it among a collection of love letters at a reeanactment event and is inspired to search for Hanna's young son, Isadore who was only four years old in 1941.
What follows is a touching stor ...more