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For fans of historical novels by Kristin Harmel and Martha Hall Kelly comes a “gripping tale by a writer at the top of her game” (Fiona Davis, author of The Chelsea Girls) following three friends who struggle to remain loyal as one of them is threatened with internment by the British government at the start of World War II.

In August of 1939, as Britain watches the headlines in fear of another devastating war with Germany, three childhood companions must choose between friendship and country. Erstwhile, socialite Nora is determined to find her place in the Home Office’s Air Raid Precautions Department, matchmaker Hazel tries to mask two closely guarded secrets with irrepressible optimism, and German expat Marie worries that she and her family might face imprisonment in an internment camp if war is declared. When Germany invades Poland and tensions on the home front rise, Marie is labeled an enemy alien, and the three friends find themselves fighting together to keep her free at any cost. 

Featuring Julia Kelly’s signature “intricate, tender, and convincing” (Publishers Weekly) prose, The Whispers of War is a moving and unforgettable tale of the power of friendship and womanhood in the midst of conflict. 

©2020 Julia Kelly (P)2020 Simon & Schuster

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Whispers of War takes on the heady subject of enemy aliens at a time of war which is what brought me to buying the book. I thought it would be a deep emotion, heavy meaning, literary delivery on the subject wrapped around a colourful tale. I was wrong. Whispers is bereft of any depth, any tension, any lasting affect. It is an uber-light tale likely made for a woman's book group possessing minimal plot - all cotton candy, no steak, no lasting nutrients, no deep attachment at all. Editors harp on about hook and inciting incident and tension all of which the reader will find lacking here. A true S & S publishing mystery here. The characters are well developed but often the dialogue is too protracted, action scenes in either words or deeds, non-existent. And scene descriptions are sorely lacking, so the reader finds herself falling through black holes in their imagination. If you're looking for a superficial read, I guess, but don't expect more.

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  • 2021-01-03

Another look at WWII

There are just so many fiction stories using WWII as a backdrop, that it’s becoming a bit boring. This story manages to find a different way to use the war as a setting for its narrative. Three female friends from a British boarding school are faced with challenges, disappointments, and (of course) romance. The bond between these characters really informs the story. One of the three women, Marie, is German by birth, and it is her plight as the British government turns against German nationals living in England as fear and distrust of Germany becomes prevalent. The narrator was good, except when she attempted an American accent😔