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You know I should just forbid myself from reading historical fiction altogether I am one of those people who looks for and finds so many anachronisms and cultural discrepancies that it affects my experience of the bookPoint number one in this entire story that takes place in the US during the later years of World War II there is not one single reference to coffee sugar or fuel rationing Yet in the novel people drink coffee and lemonade and drive to dances without a second thought Omitting details of these deprivations seems like an egregious oversight in a wartime settingPoint number two why are two German POWs drinking beer and toasting each other by saying Skoal Germans say Prosit Not to mention how is it believable that an Austrian man in the 1920s or 30s names a dog Chowder How would a German speaking person pronounce that word even if they somehow knew of its existence But clearly not every reader ets bogged down in small details like I do So I should put those things aside and talk about the story It s a dual coming of age story a wartime take on Romeo and Juliet with shades of Tennessee Williams thrown in The young women are well written and you would not suspect the author is male until it comes to a scene where a Verdammt verliebt group ofirls covertly watch the barely clad muscular young POWs soaking wet and cavorting in the rain I m afraid the author is stymied by how to describe the particular feelings this situation might awaken in the The Way Between the Worlds (The View from the Mirror, girls so it is instead described in somewhat stodgy prose which will certainly disappoint fans of romanceThis book was slightly too long and itot very draggy towards the end I m Inverloch Volume 4 glad I read it even though some parts were not easy to digest Would I recommend this book to others I m not sure Maybe if you re from northern New England not committed to Hollywood happy endings are rather relaxed in your approach to authenticity and enjoy coming of age stories of star crossed lovers set in the war years If any or all of that appeals to you by all means read this book I won this book but I have would have read it anywaywritten by Joseph Monninger as J P FrancisThis book takes place during WWII at a prisoner camp in NH German soldiers were sent there to cut trees such work for the paper mill The major in charge of the camp has his lovely daughter with him she develops a friendship with one of the German soldiers I loved theentleness of the story even in war time there seemed to be such a calm in NH a The Good and Beautiful God gentle way of life removed from the war that wasoing onParts of it made me very sad Collie s college friend Estelle settled in life instead of following her heart Collie did follow hers but in the end who had sadness hard to sayLovely book 25I d been so excited to read The Major s Daughter based on the cover and the blurb and the idea of forbidden love between a German POW and the daughter of an American Major and all of it happening on American soil However in the end I was disappointed even upset by the way in which the stories wrapped themselves up In many ways there are two separate books within the chapters We not only follow Collie the American irl who falls for August the German POW but also Estelle who is Collie s best friend from college Estelle has her own forbidden love back home in Ohio an Indian man by the name of Mr Kamal who runs a flower shop She is both intellectually and physically attracted to him but this is 1940s Ohio so you can imagine there will be difficulty with that attraction I felt as though Estelle s story ended up being fleshed out than Collie s that her voice was stronger and it appeared to me that the author was much comfortable in writing for her than he was for Collie In fact part of me had wished it was a different story entirely I uite enjoyed it but it felt world s apart from Collie and I ot the sense Collie s story suffered because of the telling of Estelle sI will put the rest of my review in spoiler tagsview spoilerThere is bound to be sadness in a book involving WW2 and forbidden love but must there be so much I ll et right the point August s murder at the end made me angry It felt so Like Snow Falling on Cedars a stirring tale of wartime love April 1944 The uiet rural village of Stark New Hampshire is irrevocably changed by the arrival of 150 German prisoners of war And one family unexpectedly divided must choose between love and.
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Nnecessary as if the author wanted to end the story with a literal bang at the expense of the small happiness the reader could have instead experienced by August and Collie making it to safety and certainly facing obstacles together in the future but living that future outAdd to this the fact that once we find out August is dead we are one or two pages from the end We flash forward to an old Collie in a nursing home We find out she d otten married had some kids and thinks of August but is now forgetting him due to her age which seems best since it was all so sad We add that to Collie s young friend Marie dying at 15 and Estelle marrying a man she will probably never love to avoid the possible ridicule of being with the man she really does love Then there is the overall depression of the war itself the destruction of Germany of August not really knowing if his family is alive or not and the despair as a reader we know his mother will face when her boy never comes home or sends a letter if she herself has survived There is also Henry and Amos the sons of the owner of the paper company that needs the POWs to provide them wood for pulp Henry tells Collie he ll marry her that he s patient but this romance falls flat as well In the end she doesn t love him and he seems okay with that And Amos He was an interesting slightly psychotic character that just disappeared I d have thought he d have something to do with destroying Collie and August but he d just been there for what reason exactly And finally I can t uite The Horse in Celtic Culture get past the fact that August Collie and the other German POW left the camp together without one scrap of food Not one They felt it would raise suspicion to take anything and yet they could have packed something instead of what they had in their bellies Collie had been in town but didn t think to purchase a map of New Hampshire or even tear one out from a book and was there really no compass around the army camp she could have snatched at the last minute Instead these three who are trying to avoid people and suspicion decide to approach an inhabited cabin ask for directions raid food and borrow aun and a boat Really It all seemed like convenient ways to lead to death when there had already been enough sadness in this book to make it realisticOverall uite a depressing and troubling end for me as a reader hide spoiler Pages read 34I won this one from Library Thing I ll basically try anything set in WWII and I thought this premise sounded promising Unfortunately by the third chapter I m bored by the writing and all of the characters I ve read what reviews are available and the main draw seems to be the writing style which I find distancing One of my oals this year is to waste less of my reading time on books that haven t caught my attention one way or another so I m done here By Joseph Monninger writing under J P Francis Publisher Plume release July 29 2014Like Snow Falling on Cedars a stirring tale of wartime love April 1944 The uiet rural village of Stark New Hampshire is irrevocably changed by the arrival of 150 German prisoners of war And one family unexpectedly divided must choose between love and country Camp Stark is under the command of Major John Brennan whose beautiful daughter Collie will serve as translator Educated at Smith and devoted to her widowed father Collie is immediately drawn to Private August Wahrlich a peaceful poet jaded by war As international conflict looms on the home front their passion blinds them to the inevitable dangers ahead Inspired by the little known existence of a real World War II POW camp The Major s Daughter is a fresh take on the timeless theme of forbidden love I love this book so much It s the kind of ood that makes me hesitant to start reading something else right away because I feel like whatever I read next is Every Boys Dream going to be a disappointment in comparison April 1944 Stark New Hampshire German prisoners of war arrive and a young Americanirl is torn between a forbidden love love of country and familyFrancis did a wonderful job with historical references The two young women serving as main characters Coll. Country Camp Stark is under the command of Major John Brennan whose beautiful daughter Collie will serve as translator Educated at Smith and devoted to her widowed father Collie is immediately drawn to Private August Wahrlich a peaceful poet jaded by war.
Ie and Estelle along with the time period and war references were very well done The reader felt the environment of the 1940 s and the upheaval and uncertainty of wartime The feelings of people from both sides were addressed with realism Francis has a lovely writing style slightly poetic definately not overdone especially for a love story Her words paint the emotional difficulty faced by the characters her prose enhanced the reading experience Francis created an interesting narrative of forbidden love The manner in which Collie and August meet and feelings develop was sentimental The premise of the societal and family propriety during this era was heartbreaking Nationalities religion and social status all contributed to forbidden love and many heartbreaks Familial expectations duty obligation reigned in matters of the heart and love The narrative ives a wonderful limpse of the prejudices and boundaries experienced during this time in history I found the novel uite enjoyable I appreciated the emotional and difficulty love during wartime and the 1940 s presented This is a love story without the syrupy tone most romance narratives carry I prefer my romance A Succession of Bad Days genre to be tragic and painful where love and joining together is a painful road Yes I do enjoy a HEA but I prefer painful longing love I know terrible Historical fiction fans will want toive this a read the romance aspect time period and all the characters contribute to its appeal The ending tied the story together in such a complimentary manner Wonderful debut from Francis I received a copy of The Major s Daughter by JP Francis from NetGalley for a honest review When I read the synopsis for this book and saw that it was similar to Summer of my German Soldier I was excited start reading My expectations were high because of my love of Summer of my German Soldier However I was sadly disappointed I found this book depressing and blah It was depressing because I figured either way would end up in heartache for Collie our heroine Unfortunately I was correct in that since but I won t share any details The whole set up seemed a bit unbelievable to a point the daughter of a major falling in love with a German prisoner at a prisoner of war camp in America in the 1940s First off I find it difficult to see how the prisoner and the The Multi-Orgasmic Man girl would end up crossing paths enough times for them even to fall in love Regardless the author did aood job of setting up the meeting and falling in love of August the German soldier and Collie Aside from the unlikely set up the author did a reat job with the historical elements such as the irls Collie and Estelle the time period and information about the war The whole dating process of the The Great Passage girls is just what one thinks of when thinking about the social scene of the 1940s and 1950s Also the author s writing was just amazing JP Francis has excellent command of the English language Some of her sentences were just beautifully written and were a joy to read The ending of the book felt a bit rushed especially since the rest of the book went at a slow pace I wish we the readers wereiven about the Collie s life after she tried to escape with August That would have really rounded out the book other than just The Beast House / After Midnight giving us a shortlimpse into her life after the POW camp Despite enjoying the author s writing I found this book to be blah and unmemorable I would not recommend this book because of it is dull and forgettable 2 out of 5 stars I can t wait to read Joseph Monninger s newest book This will make my 4th one to readWhat a coincidence The book prior to this one was Snow Falling on Cedars that I read That book is 20 years old Crazy sometimes the little synchronicities of life This book really pissed me off Be back to add to review when I m done ranting and ravingOkay backFirst of all why the hell did Joseph Monninger use different name especially female sounding name By the time I was 4th or 5th chapter it dawned on me there is no way it was written by a female I literally had to look his name up only to find out he has another nameSecondly I thought it was supposed to be a story ab. As international conflict looms on the home front their passion blinds them to the inevitable dangers ahead Inspired by the little known existence of a real World War II POW camp The Major’s Daughter is a fresh take on the timeless theme of forbidden lo.