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The Stars in the Night by Clare Rhoden
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Harry Fletcher and his foster brother Eddie were close. Ever since his dad had rescued him from the gutter as a six-year-old, Harry had been there for him. When Harry enlisted to fight in WWI, Eddie was right there by his side. Harry was sweet on Nora MacTiernan – he’d known her since he was twelve – and Eddie was sweet on Peggy. They lived with Harry’s mum, Irish born Ellen, and their siblings in Semaphore in South Australia. But the war interrupted their peaceful lives…

Once training was done, it was Gallipoli they headed to first. The disaster of Gallipoli was their first introduction to the war. But it was the mud and freezing cold of Flanders that shook them up. The war didn’t want to end – the deaths of friends and fellow soldiers was all around Harry and Eddie. The horrors were real…

Would Harry return home to Nora? Would he be the same man who left?

The Stars in the Night by Aussie author Clare Rhoden tells the story of a shocking war, in part by means of a diary and letters home. Told in two time frames, with a granddaughter going through old letters and the discovery of a notebook after her grandmother dies, in 1970 and 1917 onward in the war years. Heartbreaking, sad and emotional as the war most surely was, the days, months and years after the war were full of hope and happiness, littered with lingering grief and post traumatic stress – though not recognized as such back then. Rhoden has told a well-researched story, of which the idea came from stories of her own grandparents’ emigration from Europe to Port Adelaide in 1914. Highly recommended.

With thanks to Odyssey Books for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

January 29, 2019 – Shelved
January 29, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
January 29, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-release
January 29, 2019 – Shelved as: aussie-authors
January 29, 2019 – Shelved as: arc
January 29, 2019 – Shelved as: sent-by-publisher
January 29, 2019 – Shelved as: reviewing-by-request
January 29, 2019 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
February 23, 2019 – Started Reading
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: war-military
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: 5000-2019
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: own-read
February 23, 2019 – Shelved as: read-on-kindle
February 23, 2019 – Finished Reading

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