Connie Willis’ — Blackout and All Clear *****

Connie Willis’ — Blackout and All Clear *****

Blackout is about a number of characters who travel back in time to view different events during World War II, but after they arrive, there’s a mess up in the time travel lab, and they find themselves unable to return to their future.

This is a fast pace, fascinating insight into the lives of regular people during the war. While Blackout abruptly ends, All Clear continues with the telling of this exciting adventure. I think the publishers found this story too long for one book and made it into two, much to my annoyance when I reached the end of Blackout and discovered the words, to be continued. Continue reading “Connie Willis’ — Blackout and All Clear *****”

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Heretaunga Pat Baker’s — Behind the tattooed face *****

Heretaunga Pat Baker’s — Behind the tattooed face *****

This is a daunting tale of Maori settlers along New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty in the late 1700s. As the population expands, the need for more resources and the tribe’s ability to fight against neighbouring tribes is paramount. Continue reading “Heretaunga Pat Baker’s — Behind the tattooed face *****”

Janice P. Nimura’s — Daughters of the Samurai *****

Janice P. Nimura’s — Daughters of the Samurai *****

Five Japanese girls were sent by their government to the U.S.A. in 1871 to learn Western ways. While they were raised traditionally at home, they grew up as typical schoolgirls in their new country. Three of the girls: Sutematsu, Shige and Ume; returned after ten years to try to change women’s education in Japan. Continue reading “Janice P. Nimura’s — Daughters of the Samurai *****”

Hannah Kent’s — The Good People *****

Hannah Kent’s — The Good People *****

In an Irish village in the 1800s, Nora loses her daughter, then her husband before she hires Mary to help take care of her grandson. Because her grandson neither speaks nor walks at age four, she pleads with the priest for help, but he turns his back on her. The women of the village blame the boy for their troubles, so Nora seeks help from Nance who has the “knowledge.” Continue reading “Hannah Kent’s — The Good People *****”