Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Come from Away” as Want to Read:
Come from Away
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Come from Away

by
3.88  ·  Rating details ·  520 ratings  ·  111 reviews
In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker’s three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumours swirl ...more
Audible Audio
Published March 5th 2019 (first published April 24th 2018)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Come from Away, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Come from Away

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.88  · 
Rating details
 ·  520 ratings  ·  111 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
Norma * Traveling Sister
I have never read a Genevieve Graham book before and when I was given the opportunity to read this one I was absolutely thrilled! I have always been quite partial to reading books with themes surrounding our Canadian history and with the setting and the different perspective of World War II that was written here was quite the welcome and refreshing read for me. I suspected that I was in for a treat while reading Come From Away and I most definitely was!

COME FROM AWAY by GENEVIEVE GRAHAM was an
...more
Brenda - Traveling Sister
Come From Away is connected to Tides of Honor but can be read as a standalone. It was my first book by Genevieve Graham and I look forward to reading more. In Come From Away the lives of The Baker children are the focus here and we meet our main character Grace Baker.
Come From Away is an interesting and engaging story of love and war seen from a different angle with some Canadian history here. The angle and setting were very refreshing and I really enjoyed seeing a different perspective to WWII
...more
Erin
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. As well, thanks to the author for keeping crazed readers(like me) satisfied by her attention and respect to Canadian history.

Alrighty, this book will not be published until April 24th, but when I get my hands on a Genevieve Graham book, NOTHING is going to stop me from jumping right in, including all of the other ARCs I have to read that are being published before this one. Yesterday, I had the perfect opportunity-I wa
...more
Rebecca McNutt
*Not to be confused with the Gander-set musical play of the same name.*

Come from Away was nice to see - I always like books being published that are set here in this beautiful province I call home. I ended up buying it about a month ago but it took awhile to actually start reading it. It's a deep and engaging WWII era story reminiscent of films such as the 1980's The Bay Boy, and the Canadian culture really gives it its own atmosphere. Best of all are the characters, who are trying to cope in un
...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Come From Away is a poignant beautifully written story about a couple that meet under the worst of circumstances and because of it, their lives and those they know and love, will never be the same again.

Set in Canada during WWII, this story doesn't hold anything back about not only what families went through with their loved ones off at war but what those brave and strong men went through as well, from both sides of the line.

Set in a time when prejudices ran rampant, this story not only takes o
...more
Sophia
In 1939, Grace Baker waves three brothers off to war from the Baker home in East Jeddore, Nova Scotia. She is the one left behind to keep the home fires burning with her parents while working her little fishing village's store. Then she meets a mysterious stranger who sparks her interest only... he's the enemy right?

This was a powerful follow up standalone story to Tides of Honour, the story of Grace's parents. It is Canadian Historical Wartime Romance told by a Canadian author.

Can a woman lear
...more
Sophia
Falling for the enemy is the haunting theme of this WWII Era Canadian Historical Romance. I've relished the way the author captures historical times and events while eliciting deeply emotional responses from me with each new book.

Come From Away is a standalone story, but it is closely-connected to Tides of Honour that tells the story of the previous generation of Bakers. I was ecstatic to see what came of Danny, Audrey, their three orphan boys and new baby. Grace was that baby and now it is her
...more
The Lit Bitch
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love when new authors find me and think that I will like their books. I am always intrigued because with the internet it’s hard to get a feel for people sometimes so when an author asks me if I would like to review their book or they think it’s something I will like—it always makes me pause.

I can honestly say that I give every single book that comes across my desk for review, my full and complete consideration for this reason. Authors, publishers, friends on social media…..I read all the pitch
...more
Amy Bruno
Loved my first Genevieve Graham book! Full review pending.
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
This is my first book by this author and I have now purchased Tides of Honour. This book can be read as a stand-alone too. I really enjoyed being able to read about a Canadian story that takes place during WWll. I became a lot more informed about the war and the effect it had on Canadian residents at home. I also became more aware just how much activity there was close to the Canadian east coast. This story is about a family where the three sons have gone to fight the war and the hardships they ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genevieve Graham's latest novel, Come From Away, takes us back to the small fishing outport of East Jeddore, Nova Scotia - also the setting for her previous book, Tides of Honour.

Tides of Honour was a historical piece set in WW1 featuring Danny and Audrey. I was thrilled to see that Come From Away continues the story of the Baker family with the next generation. It is now 1942 and war is yet again raging. The three Baker sons have headed off to fight, leaving sister Grace at home to help her pa
...more
Debbie
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I reviewed the print edition for RT Magazine and was excited to be able to review the audio edition too.
The audio edition of Come From Away is a delight because of the flawless emotion filled performance by Michelle Ferguson. It’s perfectly articulated, she’s got the male and female voices down pat and her German accent while reciting Rudy’s role is amazing. Having read and reviewed the print copy I love both but I have to admit that listening to it gave it just a little bit more.
Nicole Laverdure
A 6 stars plus for me! Fascinating! Captivating!

‘Come from Away’ is a must read book! Genevieve Graham knew how to capture the daily atmosphere for that period of time and tell us about the reality of the days during the WWII (Second World War). This author is really a talented storyteller and a very descriptive author. Her historic research was well documented and the story told at a smooth pace, which pleased me very much. I soon became captivated from the start until the very end. Her charac
...more
Bev Walkling
I received a free advance e-copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The very first thing I did after finishing this book was go online and order another book by this author. It was that good! I was initially drawn to the book by its cover and title as well as the fact that it was set in the time of WW2, an era that I am fascinated with.

I think that the title Come From Away first captured my attention because of the wonderful Broadway Musical "Come From Away" which is s
...more
Maggie BB
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
I received an eARC of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I went into this book with high expectations - a historical fiction set in Canada during war time? That is basically one of my most favourite set ups. Come From Away did not disappoint.

I enjoy historical fiction because I enjoy learning about the past AND a good story. The was definitely some history here I had never been aware of before, which is always fun. It felt very well researched, and the spirit of the Cana
...more
Ginger Pollard
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a wonderful book! This is my first book by Genevieve Graham, but it won't be my last! This is a beautiful love story between a young Canadian girl and an ex-Nazi. The characters are very well developed in the young girl's family. This book is refreshing because it's different than the typical WWII books I've read lately (there's a lot of them). I never for a moment got bored nor off track with this book. It's really a great read and I highly recommend it!
I received an ARC of this book
...more
Kate
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just loved this book! It was an easy and lighthearted read, yet the author still did a great job of capturing the characters’ emotions and struggles.

Just a note - it is NOT the same story as Come From Away, the popular musical.
Joanna Weatherbie-Clements
This novel's serious WW ll content was wrapped up in a beautiful love story. An easy, clean read.
It would be the perfect companion on a beach vacation.
☕️Kimberly
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
RTC
Damaris Tonner
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian, net-galley
Genevieve Graham has been promoted to one of my new favourite authors through her brilliant WW2 novel Come From Away and her passion for breathing life back into Canadian history through historical fiction!
I was pleased to discover Genevieve's previous book, Promises to Keep on the shelf of my local used bookstore. I had seen it advertised and it had been on my to-read shelf for a while, so I bought it and read it within a few days! It makes my heart very happy to see decent Canadian historical
...more
Penny (Literary Hoarders)
3.5 stars This Graham book had more sappy melodrama that sometimes repeated itself and was more than appeared in the first book of hers I read, Tides of Honour. However, I really do like her writing style and the characters she creates.

This is the last book of the 4 I'm reading for Simon & Schuster Canada's Timeless Tour.
Emmy
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii, canada
**2.5**

I've got 4 minutes left on my audiobook, but I'm going to call this.

There were parts I liked. And parts I didn't. Overall though, the book felt...juvenile? Like this was an early effort by someone hoping to be become an author. They just need a little more practice. It dealt with some heavy themes, but there was no subtlety in the messages being conveyed. It was shoved in your face each time and over-explained. A German soldier losing faith in the German cause in WWII and trying to star
...more
Bets
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this!! What a surprise when the beloved characters from Tides of Honor appeared in the first chapter!! Ms Graham gets better with each novel and the research and character development in this were spectacular!

Looking forward to her next work

Note: You do Not have to read Tides of Honor before this book but I believe it did help understand some plot nuances
Kathryn
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Earlier in the year I enjoyed the audiobook Tides of Honour - a story about Danny and Audrey and WW1. When I started listening to this book Come From Away, I was delighted to find out that this one picks up the lives of their children and especially that of their daughter Grace. It's a complete stand alone, however, seeing how life has moved on pleased this reader!

Grace works in a local store in Nova Scotia, while her three brothers are away at war - world war 2. Her parents Danny and Audrey are
...more
Donna
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars only due to the ending feeling a bit rushed but rounded up because of the incredible story.

Historical Fiction … some history and some fiction. What fascinates me the most is how an author can use an actual historical event and create a story that is completely fascinating and makes me fully believe that this is what actually happened.

In ‘Come from Away’, Ms. Graham takes events that happened in Nova Scotia during WWII and uses them as the backdrop for a story by simply asking “What if?
...more
Francis M.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet read.... I love the Baker family!!!
Let’s sum it up!! Pretty much Canada is at war like the rest of the world fighting the Nazis.
There is a sub that’s near Canada, and there some of the men came out for a huge dance, just to past the time.
There one of the men meet a woman named Grace, he dances with her, she’s intrigued, they go their separate ways, and that’s it. Or so we think.
Grace has 3 brothers and they are all soldiers fighting. One died and 2 are still fighting.
And then a mi
...more
Sarah Z
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received and ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of the prequel of this book, Tides of Honour, which I really enjoyed so I was thrilled when I received an ARC of this. I really loved the Audrey and Danny in the first book and it was nice to see what happened in their lives since the explosion in Halifax. This book isn't about them though, it's about their family, mainly focusing on their daughter Grace and a German named Ru
...more
Carolyn
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not to be confused with the Broadway with a similar title. This story is set in the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia during WW11. It focuses on a village family with three sons who are away engaged in war. Thoughts of them and worry is always on the minds of those at home. Their daughter Grace works as the village shopkeeper. There is a charming love story between Grace and a man who comes from away. Their romance is beset by obstacles. It is a story about family ties, love, trust and forgiveness an ...more
Jenea Whittington
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a young woman’s chance encounter that set a series of events in motion that neither Grace Baker of Rudi Weiss was ever expecting.

The setting takes us to a small town on the coast of Nova Scotia, and Graham describes it so beautifully for being during a ragin war going one. It was was be transported here, and found myself enthralled learning of this era of time, the town and the townspeople as well. Prejudices play a large role during this time, as we see those prejudices through both Gra
...more
Naomi
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Last Innocent Hour
  • His Watchful Eye
  • Barbara's War
  • Fleischerhaus
  • The Rules in Rome
  • Love Thine Enemy
  • News of Our Loved Ones
  • Escape in Time: Miri's Riveting Tale of Her Family's Survival During World War II
  • The Murderer's Maid: A Lizzie Borden Novel
  • A Woman of War
  • In the Arms of the Enemy
  • A Parachute in the Lime Tree
  • Daughters of Eden
  • The Major's Daughter
  • Spitfire Girl
  • My Dearest Enemy
  • Anna's Bear: 5 Days of Moral Conflict And Pursuit, Nazi Germany, 1939
  • Helga: Growing Up in Hitler's Germany
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »