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My Name is Eva

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You can pay a terrible price for keeping a promise…

Evelyn Taylor-Clarke sits in her chair at Forest Lawns Care Home in the heart of the English countryside, surrounded by residents with minds not as sharp as hers. It would be easy to dismiss Evelyn as a muddled old woman, but her lipstick is applied perfectly, and her buttons done up correctly. Because Evelyn is a woman
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Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published September 11th 2019 by Bookouture (first published September 6th 2019)
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'What I'd like to do this time,' says Inspector Williams on his second visit, is ask you a bit about your time in the forces. I believe you joined up after you lost your husband, when he was killed in action. In 1943, wasn't it?'

'Is that when it was? I can't remember dates. Hugh wasn't at all keen for me to join. He wanted me to wait for him, but I so wanted to do something useful.' She looks across the room at Pat, who is sitting with her arms crossed looking irritated. 'Can you
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Pauline
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Evelyn is an old lady in a nursing home and her niece Pat is clearing out Evelyn's home so that it can be sold. Pat finds a couple of suitcase with World War Two photographs and other memorabilia and when Evelyn sees these her memory takes her back to wartime Germany and a secret that she has kept for many years.
A slow burning story about love and betrayal.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Karren  Sandercock
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Evelyn Taylor-Clarke is in her 90's, she falls at home and breaks her hip.
Mrs T-C is recovering and living at Forest Lawns Care Home.
Her only relative is her niece Pat, she's helping her Aunt by looking after the families crumbling manor house called Kingsley and sorting through generations of the families clutter. I believe she's really helping her Aunt as a way of keeping track of what and how much she will inherit when Evelyn passes away? Pat discovers some old photographs in a biscuit tin,
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Sherri Thacker
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a ARC from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review. My Name is Eva is laugh out loud funny, sad in parts and had me glued to the pages in the beginning but I got lost somewhere a little before the middle. Fast forward to around 50% and wham! It picks up
Speed and i did not see “that” coming. Oh the secrets Evelyn has!!! Overall, i enjoyed this book. Thanks to NetGalley for this book.

☕️Hélène⚜️
This was a different WWII read for me it was a point of view after the was ended with the fall of Germany in the hands of the Allies. The life story of Evelyn “Eva”. The pathway she went through to seek revenge on the death of her husband Hugh at the hands of the Colonel.
She got her revenge finally years after. But, after being violated and becoming pregnant she knew she’d have to leave her child that was painful decision to make.
She never saw her once she left Germany and the child never knew
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Robin Loves Reading
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

She had many names. Evelyn Taylor-Clarke. Mrs. T-C to the caring home staff. Aunt Evelyn to her niece Pat, and Eva during her years of service during World War II. All of these names represent various sides to Evelyn that she manages to hide from many, during various stages of her life.

Presently, her niece Pat is helping her clear her home, as Evelyn is now in her nineties and, after breaking a hip, is unlikely to ever live there again. Pat is continually bringing different
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Bev Walkling
I was drawn to this book initially by the beautiful artwork on the cover which immediately let me know that this was a historical novel with a focus on World War 2. There was also a statement on the cover “You can pay a terrible price for keeping a promise” which had an air of mystery to it that set me to wondering what it would all be about. I have read many books that deal with the history of the times, but this one is quite unique and different from most in how it unfolds. I felt held in ...more
Lady Delacour
Fell in love with Eva.
Laughed with Eva.
Cried with Eva.
Felt with Eva.
4 Heart Happy Stars.
Listened with TTS.
Almost Clean but not.
Mild Foul Language.
Carolyn
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
There seems to be such a slew of WW2 books out there at the moment, and while I think it's so important to keep the memories alive, and ensure we never forget, some of these novels can be quite samey. Not so much this one.


This is an alternate timeline novel, and I am not always appreciative of this tool if it causes confusion for my tiny little brain. However, for me at least, the author has done a wonderful job here, you are never in doubt which era you are dealing with, and quickly come to
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Bethany Swafford
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Evelyn Taylor-Clarke-Mrs. T-C to the staff at Forrest Lawn Care Home-is as clever in her nineties as she was as a young woman. She has a secret, a promise she kept for years. The niece looking after matters for Mrs. T-C has no ideas of the lie her aunt has lived or the game Evelyn is playing.

The premise for this book was interesting: years after World War 2, an elderly lady fakes dementia to keep her secrets safe. Evelyn cleverly convinces those around her that she is losing her mind. The back
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Judy Odom
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Could not put this book down, and heaven help anyone that tried to disturb my reading !!

I absolutely loved this book !

I laughed, I cried, I cheered , I sympathized all because of Evelyn.

The book takes place between the past and the present, the present being Evelyn is a resident in an assisted living facility. I could so picture the setting and as Evelyn sets out to fool everyone , I thought you go girl !!

The past takes place during World War 2 as Evelyn enlists after the death of her husband.
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Mina Vucicevic
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Before I start, I would like to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for providing me with a free copy of My Name is Eva in exchange for an honest review.

In all honesty, I didn’t like this novel for several reasons. The greatest problem with it is the structure of the story, or more precisely, the lack of it. The story jumps from 2016 to 1940s, then 1980s, 2016 again, 1950s, 1980s again, etc. This made the story less captivating and there was no mystery as to what would happen. Now, I generally don’t
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Jade  - theelderbooks
World War II is an era that fascinates me. This is mostly why I picked up "My name is Eva". It did not feature as much of the war as I thought it would, but I wasn't too disappointed.

We follow Evelyn, who also calls herself Eva or Evie depending on the contexts, whose husband has been killed during the war. We meet her as an old woman in a retirement home, with many secrets threatened to be revealed when her niece digs a little in her property, now empty. Throughout the book, we discover who
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Susan Hampson
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Evelyn Tayor-Clark is well into her nineties, with a mind as sharp as it was 60 years ago but with a body that gets more brittle as every year passes. After a fall at home, Evelyn had broken her hip and had become a permanent resident at Forest Lawns Care Home. Evelyn’s estate has been left in the hands of her niece Pat to sort out but this huge mansion set in its own grounds holds some deadly secrets.
Evelyn has had to lead a double life more than once in the past and now she takes on the role
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J_Mc 251
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Make no mistake; this is a stellar read! From the thoroughly realistic characters (including the mysterious main character and her real jerk of a niece) to the intricate plot, I loved everything about it. I especially liked how Evelyn (Evie/Eva) was a master of manipulation. She was one of the most intriguing characters I have ever “met.” Do yourself a huge favor and pick this one up. For a full review, please visit my blog at Fireflies and Free Kicks Fiction Reviews. Thank you to NetGalley, ...more
Jennifer
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to reading this because the description sounded interesting. Unfortunately, I didn't connect with the story. I blame this on Eva/Evelyn/Evie/Hilda. The woman with a dozen names and a very convoluted history. The book was confusing with all the flashbacks. I usually love flashbacks, but this jumped from the present(2016) to 1980s, 1940s, 1950s and was never in chronological order. Eva's life just didn't seem believable. She had every imaginable thing happen to her. I hated ...more
Lee Husemann
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! This is really different from the usual WWII Historical Fiction books that I love to read. The story starts out with Evelyn Taylor-Clark who is in her 90s and in an assisted living facility being visited by her Power of Attorney niece, Pat. Pat is in the process of disposing Evelyn's possessions and comes across some pictures in a biscuit container that she does not recognize. Evelyn seems to have dementia, or does she??? The book proceeds in a then and now format ...more
Sharon
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can’t pretend you don’t know anything about the guns,’ hisses Pat. ‘I’ve looked all through those cases. They’re full of your stuff. There’s clothes, documents, and passports. You’ve got to tell the police where the guns came from.’ ‘Well, dear, I would if I could remember.’

Evelyn Taylor-Clarke, is a surprising woman. On the surface, she seems like an even-tempered and respectable ninety-something-year-old woman who does crossword puzzles in the Forest Lawns Care Home, but her past holds
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Jean Blankenship
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Name is Eva by Suzan Goldring

Eva, (Evelyn) is in her nineties and has been in the nursing home for some time. She has many secrets. Her niece Pat is trying to settle her estate and clean the house from years of things pilling up. Eva’s husband was killed at a young age. This set off all the events in Eva life. I think this act somehow caused Eva to have a lot of hate and she wanted revenge. Colonial Stephen Robinson consumed her for most of her life with her hate for him. I love following her
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Gloria Arthur
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it

My name is Eva is a historical fiction novel. The story is centered around a woman named Evelyn Taylor-Clarke, who is known as Evie to her loved ones.

Evie has just recently had to move out of her London home at Kingsley Manor and is currently residing at the Forest Lawns Care Home where we learn of her extraordinary past life and work with the ATS, post World War II.

Evie cleverly puts on an award winning performance of losing her memory and hides how sharp and exceptional her mind really is
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Nancy
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The subject matter had me at hello, but for me, it just wasn't riveting. The back and forth from past to present seemed a little disjointed. I think at one point the story was not linear and it was confusing. I also failed to really understand why the "old" Eva (a very smart, sharp old woman) would have no other choice but to put on a very involved, extended act trying to show that she is mentally incompetent. Those parts were not amusing for me and were just cringe worthy. I don't like to give ...more
Emma Crowley
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A seemingly unremarkable old woman named Evelyn Taylor Clarke has now reached the stage in life where she needs to live in a care home. She doesn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary having spent most of her life living at the family home - Kingsley Manor in Surrey. But scratch beneath the surface and Evelyn/ Evie or Eva, as she is called depending on the circumstances you are reading about, has an awful lot to hide. She has kept so many secrets for years and now she knows her time is ...more
Pamela Rae Stewart
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! Great Story!

I really enjoyed this book. I was anxious to finish and have to say that I did struggle a few times to have the patience to read parts that were lengthy in details. I did scan through many parts. It is beautifully written and must have been tedious. At least it would have been for me. Miss Evelyn, Eva, Evie has many voices throughout her life. The prim and proper English, especially of the elderly Evelyn, wise and confident and the youthful happy voice of the newly married and
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Shirley Miller
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good and entertaining read. The story goes back and forth between Eve’s younger years in the 40’s and present day as a 91 y/o lady in a nursing home. She is telling her story. The problem is, no one can tell what is true or not true. Eva likes to play games with people’s minds, pretending to have dementia when actually she is extremely sharp and never forgets anything. When she quickly does the daily crossword puzzle with her sharpest pencils, before anyone can see, she uses an ...more
Rachel Roetman
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Name is Eva is, for me, a new approach to this period of history both in style and timing. I found the constant breaks in the storyline to read the letters to Hugh a little tiresome but, overall, I found the book very informative and descriptive. In my naïveté, I had imagined the Allies to have been more humane, even if coldly punishing, but not brutal physically in their treatment of prisoners - which of course reduces them to the level of the Nazis! On the other hand, having grown up in the ...more
Karen
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
First, I love the cover of My Name is Eva which gives you the feeling of the story. Evelyn (Eva) is telling her story through flashbacks to WWII and her role during the war and after the war. I read a lot of WWII fiction historical fiction, and I find that each book fulfills information about this time period. One interesting section that personally affected me was about her efforts in helping Polish prisoners enter back into life either by obtaining visas to the U.S., finding relatives, or ...more
Tama Fortner
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amidst the heartache and devastation of World War II, Evelyn Taylor-Clarke makes a promise to her husband and to herself. Decades later, she keeps it.
By all appearances, Evelyn is just another nonagenarian, slowly fading into the shadows of dementia. No one knows or even suspects that her mind is as sharp as the pencils she keeps ever by her side . . . pencils she was trained to use for much more than crossword puzzles. When her niece uncovers a passport in another name, mysterious photographs,
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Diane Secchiaroli
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Evelyn/Eva

I love historical novels and this one did have information about organizations for women during WW2 in England that I was not familiar with. The novel jumps from the war era to present day and back again with the use of letters to Evelyn’s dead husband. I liked the format but thought matters were sometimes repeated too often. I also found some parts unbelievable (girls dressed in costumes at the train center dancing-these we’re referees who couldn’t possibly have costumes readily
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Trick Wiley
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it




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My Name is Eva

bySuzanne Goldring

Pub Date:11 Sep 2019

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Last updated on 18 Aug 2019

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What a way to start out this dark historic fiction book! Took me a few to figure out what's going on,didn't know if I would finish the book,but I did and enjoyed it! It was different about her life turning the war! Received from Net Gallery. Will look for more books from this author. Loved the cover of the book! You must read tho find out how it ends!! You will
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Linda Joyce
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Very difficult to relate to the main character Evelyn. She seems like a psychologically ill person who did not care too much about others outside of her long dead husband and only child. However I did finish reading the book and it did hold some surprises. on

I would not recommend this book. There is nothing uplifting about the story that makes me want to pass it along


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“Peter’s mother continued to complain to her patient blond son as they ate, but Peter kept reassuring her that all would be well in good time. Eva felt at ease in their simple but welcoming home and her sympathy for the ordinary German people, who had been forced into a system and a war they had not wanted, began to grow.” 0 likes
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