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My Name is Eva

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  11,227 ratings  ·  641 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 rememb
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Karren  Sandercock
Evelyn Taylor-Clarke is in her 90's, she falls at home and while she's recovering she's staying 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 and some othe
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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.
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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 h
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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 i
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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.
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 susp ...more
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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Morgan
Jul 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Eva at the very beginning when we meet her in 2016 in a Care Home. She is in her 90’s perfectly competent but she is pretending to be verging on dementia. I found it amusing although it is not immediately clear why she is doing this.

Then we learn that Eva has promised to avenge her husband’s death after learning that he died because the Colonel leading his mission knowingly put his soldiers in harm’s way. It becomes a story of revenge. It takes years but she keeps her promise and that is
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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.
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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 didn’t.
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
This book wasn't what I expected. I thought this was a Historical Fiction maybe Historical Romance set in WWII. This story was about an ex-spy who was faking dementia in order to avoid answering for actions taken during war times.

I was surprised at how smug she was in her mental remunerations while she put on quite a show for her family as well as everyone at the senior citizen's home. I think her actions were brave in her youth, but her later crime was very calculated and coldblooded. I cannot
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Litzsiereads
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Promises. Revenge. Sacrifice.
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The more I read, the more I understood, the more emotions I felt for Eva. This story was entirely about her and her life told during multiple time lines but not in chronological order. So if you don't like her character or can't connect with it, then this is not for you. This is a hit or miss book. The story starts off slow and since not in order, it may not make sense why it was written like that until the end when everything comes together.
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Overall, the st
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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 r
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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 t ...more
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 a
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Jade  theelderbooks
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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 Ev
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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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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, Boo ...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 dra ...more
Lynelle Clark
An interesting tale of one woman's life during the war and the secrets she kept all those years.
The story began in 2016 and proved to be most unusual. Eva/ Evelyn is a ninety-year-old woman that likes to pull the wool over her cousin's eyes. Though her mind was sharp as the pencils she kept close she made everyone believed that she was, in fact, losing it. Inwardly she had so much fun with all that you could not help but smile at the schemes she pulled.
A story that tells the other side of the
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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 t
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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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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 w ...more
Amy Lakie
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Diane Standish
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to #netgalley and #GrandCentralPublishing for the opportunity to read and review this book by @SuzanneGoldring
Pub date July 14, 2020
This was a very interesting story. It tells Evie's story using flashbacks while she is ending her days in an assisted living facility. She lost her husband in WW2 and when she finds out he was sacrificed, she wants revenge. Eva is a cool character as she interacts with her niece and others. I love her personality and her intrigue. I definitely recommend.
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Diane Standish
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to #netgalley and #GrandCentralPublishing for the opportunity to read and review this book by @SuzanneGoldring Pub date July 14, 2020 This was a very interesting story. It tells Evie's story using flashbacks while she is ending her days in an assisted living facility. She lost her husband in WW2 and when she finds out he was sacrificed, she wants revenge. Eva is a cool character as she interacts with her niece and others. I love her personality and her intrigue. I definitely recommend. ...more
Gayle Tennant
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wanted a different WW11 story and the aftermath and I certainly received it in this book. Eva/Evelyn/Hilda provides a whole new view from an English woman's life during that time period . I have to say she was someone I'd admire but don't know how I'd respond to in person. I felt like I knew her very well by the end of the book. She made me realize how little we know of what goes on in another's minds, most especially someone who's much older. ...more
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Following an eventful career as a public relations consultant, specializing in business and travel, Suzanne Goldring turned to writing the kind of novels she likes to read, about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. She writes in a thatched cottage in Hampshire and a cottage by the sea in North Cornwall.

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