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My Name is Eva

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  7,596 ratings  ·  401 reviews
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.

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☕️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 shed have to leave her child that was painful decision to make.
She never saw her once she left Germany and the child never knew her.
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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.
Sandra McKenna
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read.

This multi timeline focuses on the life of Evelyn, her time in Europe post World War II, present day and in between.
A cleverly constructed story of enduring love and hatred for an old foe.
This book is so well written; I have shed a few tears as well had a few laughs at Evelyn's cunning plot.
A book I would highly recommend.
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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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 didnt 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 dont
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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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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
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
Maggie
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book. Such an interesting story and so cleverly written.
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
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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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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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. Evas 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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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
Anita
Oct 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
I usually give 2 stars if I finish a book. This book was a disaster. Unlikable main character, poor writing, jumping between 4 different times in no order whatsoever. I kept reading because I thought I would certainly get better. It didnt. ...more
Amy Lakie
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Rosemary A.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unforgettable. A book that will stay with you long after you finish it.
Sarah Messenger
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion this is a brilliant written book. This is a story written about the side of the war one doesnt think of in what happened after the war to all the people who lost their homes and land. Clever written with the letters Eva wrote to her husband after he was dead. Her way of dealing. The book went back and forth in time but was very easy to follow. I loved Eva at 90 having to pretend she lost her marbles while she was sharp as a tack. Fantastic story! ...more
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. Evelyns 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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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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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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Sharon
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
You cant pretend you dont know anything about the guns, hisses Pat. Ive looked all through those cases. Theyre full of your stuff. Theres clothes, documents, and passports. Youve 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 unsettling
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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 Eves younger years in the 40s 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 peoples 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 ink ...more
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