Booklove – In the Shadow of Blackbirds

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Where I go on and on about books I love.


For the longest time I was in a reading slump. Oh, it’s not that there weren’t books to read, but I couldn’t get into any of them. Trust me. It was an awful phase. When I finally pulled out of it, I pulled out of it. The next few books and more were fantastic.

I felt like I had to share.

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A little secret. But this just speaks to the strength of the book. When I saw that In the Shadow of Blackbirds was set in 1918, I almost didn’t pick it up. In fact, I didn’t. It sat there at my library. Then I saw a book blogger state that they really liked it.

So on a whim, I got it out, thinking I’d possibly read a few chapters.

I read the first couple chapters and thought wow. The writing is fantastic. It was the writing at first that pulled me from paragraph to paragraph. It was a joy to read.

Then I was introduced to this fantastic character, Mary Shelley, a girl with whispers of  betrayal in her past that puts her whole family at risk. Her father already was taken away for his views against war. So she’s sent to live with her aunt, who makes her eat onions all the time, wear onions and gauze masks to keep away the influenza epidemic. People were dying left and right. This really put me in that time period.

Yet, this story didn’t feel like historical fiction. It reads like contemporary.

This story also tears at the heart, because Mary has lost so much. Her dad first, and then she learns her longtime friend and love dies at war. Everyone is freaking out, and filled with grief, they turn to séances and photographers who supposedly can capture the spirit of your lost love.

The ending was just perfect.

While loving this story, I also caught a glimpse of the time period, which was absolutely fascinating.  I can’t recommend this book enough.

Read any good books lately? Feel free to share in the comments.


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3 Responses to Booklove – In the Shadow of Blackbirds

  1. Dianne Salerni March 31, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    I loved In the Shadow of Blackbirds! I read the whole thing in one gulp on an airplane ride from Paris to Philadelphia last summer.

    But your first couple sentences made me sad. There are many, many people who won’t pick up a historical because they assume historical = boring. I write historical, and I’ve had several manuscripts that didn’t sell, not because the editors didn’t think they were good, but because the market is so tough on historicals.

    But I guess I shouldn’t talk about genre prejudice. Because I feel the same way about contemporary realistic. Why would I want to read a book that won’t take me away from reality? If I want here and now, I can read

    So, I can’t really throw stones, huh?

  2. Laura March 31, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Sorry I made you sad!!! I haven’t met one person who read that book and didn’t like it. 🙂

  3. becca puglisi April 1, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    I’ve added this one to my list. Love me some historical fiction! Thanks, Laura 🙂

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