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So it was kinda funny. I often take my review books to work and my co-workers would often raise their eyebrows at me when… I would cry out “NO NO NO!!! That can’t happen!!” Or I would start laughing at something Ginny would say or do. I often received comments that “Annette, you are too invested in that story!” I would just grin and say “A good story gets you invested!” I will heartily recommend The Blackout Book Club to you! Go out… READ IT! Laugh, think, read… and be inspired to read more!
The basic details of The Blackout Book Club
Title: The Blackout Book Club
Author: Amy Lynn Green
Publisher: Bethany House
Genre: historical fiction, Christian historical fiction, WW2 historical fiction,
Intended Audience: Adult, young adult,
Additions: book club questions
Reviewed for: Nuts About Books
Formats available: Kindle, Audio, Hardcover, Softcover
Author: Amy Lynn Green
Amy Lynn Green is the author of several historical fiction novels. I also reviewed her novel The Lines Between Us. She does an excellent job of bringing history to life within the lives of people. She’s worked as a publisher, teaches at writing conferences, and generally just loves to write and read. On her website you can learn the history behind The Blackout Book Club.
About The Blackout Book Club
1942, Avis’s brother heads off to war, she takes up his position as librarian in small-town Maine. How can she help the town and her library? Answer: Start a book club! Complete with minutes, stories, secrets, and more. Discover the battle against U-boats, Wartime solutions, and see history come to life.
You will love the characters in Ms. Green’s latest novel. Ginny made me howl with laughter, Avis tried so hard and became something more. Louise, took her time to grow on my heart, and my heart ached for Martina and her secrets. You’ll meet new characters like Freddy, Patrick, Russell, Gio, Oliver, Rosa and many more. Some you will love and others, well, your thoughts will be less tender toward. 🙂 ALL will broaden your understanding of USA history and WW2.
Each chapter is written by a different main character. Through these chapters we witness different parts of history and catch glimpses into the secrets of each person. Some secrets are hard and are held close, but through friendship…. wow… it’s amazing what good friends help each other do.
Minutes are taken for the Blackout Book Club. Mostly written by Avis, and occasionally by other members. It was rather fun reading the minutes!
Letters to friends are written, hardship and loss experienced, the realities of war lived out. You’ll find the writing clear and inviting to read. Nothing complicated, just a friendly story of people learning and becoming more among the stress of war.
Should you read it?
Oh Please YES!!! Add it to your bookshelves, loan it out to your friends, and enjoy a good read. Don’t expect yourself to fall in love with all the characters with The Blackout Book Club, and there is a chance you won’t love some of the characters I did. But expect to laugh, expect to hold your breathe in anticipation, and expect to learn more of USA history during WW2. It’s a good thing that!
As much as this is called Christian historical fiction I didn’t see faith playing a real role. Did some of the characters possess faith in God? For sure, but you can find that in any book. To me it’s just a well-written story about a small USA town dealing with the effects of WW2.
Have your highschool students read it as they learn more about some of the things the USA did to help in the battle of WW2. More was done then simply sending soldiers off to fight in the war. And seeing history lived out is fantastic. When they are done, they could pick just one aspect and dig into it deeper too! (if that’s what you want from them). Your choice right? 🙂