Today I have the absolute pleasure to be bringing you another book review.
Moving between Australia during WWI and England in WWII Sadie’s Wars written by Rosemary Noble follows Sadie and her family as they battle wars at home and away.
“An astonishing tale, spanning continents, where truth is stranger than fiction. This historical saga of an extraordinary Australian pioneer family continues into a new generation.
Sadie is brought-up amongst the vineyards of the Yarra Valley while her work-obsessed father reaps riches from the boom years before the Great War.
With post-war depression looming, Sadie’s only option is to flee from her disastrous marriage, seeking refuge in Cleethorpes, a small seaside town in northern England.
Years later, when her sons are in RAF Bomber Command, she receives a letter from her long-lost brother which forces her to confront the past and her part in her family’s downfall.
Can old wounds be healed?
Will she find new love?
Will this second war destroy everyone she saved?”
Drawing on her own family history, Noble expertly moves you between the periods remaining engaged with the characters throughout. I found Sadie to be especially relatable. Whether it is because, like me, she is a mother of three boys, or whether it is just because of the sense of her desperation and hardship you find yourself rooting for her. I was moved so many times by her character which Noble notes is “mostly fictional” but feels so courageous and realistic. The struggles she faced as an individual, a daughter, granddaughter, sister, wife and later mother are beautifully written. You feel how she is torn by the social restrictions of both eras, her sense of familial duty and her desire to fight for herself and her own wishes. The success of her family followed by the demise of her father’s fortune sweeps you up, leaving you feeling for them all. The author’s notes at the end of the book further highlight the long-lasting impact that the family’s troubles had on them in real life.
Sadie’s Wars is the third in a series but stands very well on its own. Having read it I am intrigued to read more from this author, especially the other books in this series.
I worked as a librarian, mostly with young people, so books have been my life, ever since I first stepped into a library and found a magical treasure trove. My other love is social history. Retirement gave me the opportunity to travel to Australia where I discovered stories that deserved to be written. I found a new career as an author which gives me immense pleasure. I write for myself but am delighted that others enjoy my books.
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A huge thank you to Rosemary Noble for supplying me with a copy of Sadie’s Wars for review purposes, and to Rachel’s Random Resources for organising the tour. All thoughts are my own, please see my disclosure page for more information.
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