The Stars in the night

Harry Fletcher is a confident young man, sure that he will marry Nora, no matter what their families say. He will always protect Eddie, the boy his father saved from the gutters of Port Adelaide.
Only the War to End All Wars might get in the way of Harry’s plans…
From the beaches of Semaphore to the shores of Gallipoli, the mud of Flanders to the red dust of inland South Australia, this is a story of love, brotherhood, and resilience.”

Review The Stars in the night by Fany Van Hemelen:
The Stars in the night is a beautiful and poignant war story about love, family and hope!

The story begins in 1970 with the discovering of a treasure from the past by Kate, the granddaughter of Pop. By opening this gift the past is coming to be alive again and then the book jumps back into WWI.

Harry and Eddie, his foster brother, are from the first day they met, two of a kind. Harry will always watch over his dearest brother. Even Nora is a daughter of a rich family and Harry, just is a baker’s son, they know they will eventually get married. One day the war is changing everything. Eddie and Harrie can’t stay aside as true Aussie’s and decides to join the army at war. Peggy, the love of Eddie and Ellen, Harry’s mother, has to cope with the assignment.

At war, they meet brothers, have to be part of horrible actions and by letters they tell about their lives through countries and years at the hell. Later you understand how they survived bad days and how important brotherhood was.

After the war live is filled with mourning and moving on.

What a gripping story of hard days, lost ones and eventually hope. Through the years, I follow the emotional tale of what war can do with people. It will destroy dreams in wartime and the wounds after the inferno will never go away. Even tough people manage to start over and giving sad memories a place in their heart.

The author has a PhD at Australian WWI literature and that’s visible in this novel. She used her research and the journey of her granddad his emigration to create this book.

Even it’s fiction it could be real because it’s written so detailed, with vivid personalities and it transports me to the horror of a battlefield.

Clare Rhoden

Clare Rhoden writes historical fiction, sci-fi and fantasy (check her titles at Odyssey Books Clare lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband Bill, their super-intelligent poodle-cross Aeryn, a huge and charming parliament of visiting magpies, and a very demanding/addictive garden space.
Clare completed her PhD in Australian WWI literature at the University of Melbourne in 2011, and a Masters of Creative Writing in 2008, in which she investigated the history of her grandparents who emigrated for Europe to Port Adelaide in January 1914. The Stars in the Night is the result of her research.

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Titel: The Stars in the night | Auteur: Clare Rhoden | Uitgeverij: Odyssey Books | Categorie: Historische romans | Uitvoering: paperback of E-book | 224 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781925652529 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: januari 2019 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 23-04-2019 | Prijs max.: €16,49 | Bestellen

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