Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The War Librarian by Addison Armstrong

 Two women. One secret. A truth worth fighting for.
1918. Timid and shy Emmaline Balakin lives more in books than her own life. That is, until an envelope crosses her desk at the Dead Letter Office bearing a name from her past, and Emmaline decides to finally embark on an adventure of her own—as a volunteer librarian on the frontlines in France. But when a romance blooms as she secretly participates in a book club for censored books, Emmaline will need to find more courage within herself than she ever thought possible in order to survive. 
1976. Kathleen Carre is eager to prove to herself and to her nana that she deserves her acceptance into the first coed class at the United States Naval Academy. But not everyone wants female midshipmen at the Academy, and after tragedy strikes close to home, Kathleen becomes a target. To protect herself, Kathleen must learn to trust others even as she discovers a secret that could be her undoing.



About The Author

I’ve wanted to be an author since I was a five-year old writing stories about talking school supplies and ants getting their revenge on exterminators. While a junior at Vanderbilt University studying elementary education, I wrote my first historical fiction novel, The Light of Luna Park, and sold it to G.P. Putnam’s Sons in January of my senior year. Now that I’ve graduated with my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Language & Literacy Studies, as well as a Master’s in Reading Education with an ESL endorsement, I’m teaching third grade English language learners in Nashville and continuing to write.



My Reviw

A read that will grab you and not let go, a time split read, 1918 and 1976, two generations apart!
We go to France during the Great War, with a realistic view of how our men were treated when injured! Then we are with the first women to enter Annapolis, the US Naval Academy , and a lot of the men are not happy with the situation!
It takes awhile to weave the two stories together, but the author does a great job, making the characters come to life, and then melding them together. We are soon caring about these strong women, but surprises, some not good, are ahead, and we are there to witness how this all turns out!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher G. P. Putman & Sons, and was not required to give a positive review.

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