January 24, 2020
Lovely War: by Julie Berry
Genre/Categories: YA Historical Fiction, WW1, Romance/Love Story, Mythology
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Is love more powerful than war?
During the years of WW1, Hazel, a shy and talented pianist meets James, a handsome soldier, at a dance. He’s shipping out to the front in a week. Is this enough time to fall in love? Two more characters round out the cast: Colette, a gifted singer from Belgium, and Aubrey, a member of the all African-American regiment and a gifted musician. The Greek gods narrate this story of love, music, and war.
Writing: Lovely War is beautifully written, well researched, and flows easily. The narrative is page-turning and engaging. The author writes characters who are each interesting, well-drawn, complicated, and likable. The format is creative in that it contains a story within a story and Greek gods narrate the story. If you are a teen or young adult and have recently studied the Greek gods, this might be especially interesting for you. I enjoyed the narration by the gods but I found the story within a story a bit distracting (it’s not my favorite literary device to begin with) and started skimming some of that part. Please don’t take this as criticism (because it is creative) but simply as personal preference.
Title: Does the title grab your attention? This is a curious title because there’s nothing lovely about a war! In fact, the author’s descriptions of war are rather graphic. What’s lovely is the love story and the thought that love is more powerful than war. Love can heal and restore and provide hope. In the story, there’s also a reference to a WW1 song called, “Oh! It’s a Lovely War.”
Themes: Thoughtful themes include the role of fate, a war romance, racism in the army, prejudice, music, healing, reconciliation, hope, determination, survival, and friendship.
Recommended: Heartfelt, heartbreaking, and charming, this is a creative combination of historical fiction, romance, war, music, and mythology. Even though the romance develops quickly (hello YA), I highly recommend Lovely War for fans of romantic historical fiction (WW1), for readers who appreciate lovely writing and engaging story telling, and for book clubs. Listen to the audio for the charming British accent, the pronunciation of French words, and the music transitions!
This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info
Content Warning: WW1 atrocities
My Rating: 4 Stars
Meet the Author, Julie Berry
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Thanks for putting this on my radar, Carol! I love that it’s a WWI story and it’s a great mix of genres and topics!
It’s a lovely read Jennifer! I think you’d like it!
Lovely review Carol!
Thanks Nicki! 🙌😍
Sounds like a good possibility Carol– always trust your 4 & 5 start reviews!! I just finished The War That Saved My Life– thanks to you. And will look for the follow up book! Gave it to my grand-girl Charlotte to read (she’s 12) and she read it straight through one day when she was here.
So fun to share books with your granddaughter!!! I love a great MG read!
Wonderful review Carol. I like that it has various themes. I am always looking for WWI stories as that is an event that is not written about as often as WWII. I had not heard of this one before, so thanks for introducing it to me. You seem to be doing that with a lot of books lately. 😀
Happy to introduce you! It’s a unique read! 😍👍
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This one was one of my favourite books of 2021, and all time to be honest!
It’s so well written! I can totally see why it’s on your favs list!
I’m a big fan of Julie Berry, but I still haven’t read this book somehow. I even have it somewhere on my shelves. I definitely need to make it a priority in 2022. Thanks for the reminder!
You’re welcome! It’s an interesting story!
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