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When We Were Enemies

Written by: Emily Bleeker
Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan, Eva Kaminsky
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Publisher's Summary

Two women, generations apart, in the spotlight. A powerful novel about family secrets, devastating choices, and hope for the future by the bestselling author of When I’m Gone.

Camera-shy Elise Branson is different from the other women in her maternal line. Her mother is an award-winning actress. Her late grandmother, Vivian Snow, is a beloved Hollywood icon. But when Elise’s upcoming wedding coincides with a documentary being made about Vivian, Elise can’t escape the camera’s gaze. And neither can her grandmother, even in death.

It’s 1943 when Vivian, a small-town Indiana girl, lends her home front support to the war effort. As a translator in the nearby Italian POW camp, she’s invaluable. As a celebrated singer for the USO, she lifts men’s spirits and falls in love with a soldier. But behind this all-American love story is a shocking secret—one that is vital to keep buried if Vivian is to achieve the fame and fortune she covets.

For Elise and Vivian, what’s hidden—and what’s exposed—threatens to unravel their lives. The heart-wrenching choices they must make will change them both forever.

©2023 by Emily Bleeker (P)2023 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

“As a novelist, Emily Bleeker has a genuinely impressive, narrative driven, and distinctive storytelling style that fully engages her readers from first page to last. Her latest novel, When We Were Enemies will have a special appeal to readers with in interest in comparative generational historical fiction at its very best. A memorable read throughout, When We Were Enemies is a highly recommended pick…”—The Historical Fiction Shelf, Midwest Book Review

“An original, fascinating, deftly crafted, and fun read from beginning to end, When We Were Enemies smoothly showcases author Emily Bleeker's undeniably impressive talents and her mastery of narrative driven storytelling.”—The General Fiction Shelf, Midwest Book Review

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Cute story

I didn’t find it very believable but it was kind’ve cute. Good to listen to in the background.

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When we were enemies

Great story and narration. I wholly recommend it. It’s a romantic love story but sooo much more

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Parallels and going against what is expected

Got this title on a daily deal because the synopsis was interesting. I am glad I decided to give it a listen as the story is very enjoyable. The voice actors did a very good job and it was easy to follow. The story line of grandmother as a young girl and the parallel to the granddaughter in present day was a good story line. Definitely worth the listen, very enjoyable.

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