A Star for Mrs. Blake



[EPUB] ✺ A Star for Mrs. Blake Author April Smith – E17streets4all.co.uk The United States Congress in passed legislation to fund travel for mothers of the fallen soldiers of World War I to visit their sons graves in France Over the next three years, , Gold Star Mothers m The United for Mrs. PDF Ì States Congress inpassed legislation to fund travel for mothers of the fallen soldiers of World War I to visit their A Star PDF or sons graves in France Over the next three years Gold Star Mothers made the trip In this emotionally charged, brilliantly realized novel, April Star for Mrs. Epub á Smith breathes life into a unique moment in American history, imagining the experience of five of these womenThey are strangers at the start, but their lives will become inextricably intertwined, altered in indelible ways These very different Gold Star Mothers travel to the Meuse Argonne American Cemetery to say final good byes to their sons and come together along the way to face the unexpected a death, a scandal, and a secret revealed None of these pilgrims will be as affected as Cora Blake, who has lived almost her entire life in a small fishing village off the coast of Maine, caring for her late sister s three daughters, hoping to fill the void left by the death of her son, Sammy, who was killed on a scouting mission during the final days of the war Cora believes she is managing as well as can be expected in the midst of the Depression, but nothing has prepared her for what lies ahead on this unpredictable journey, including an extraordinary encounter with an expatriate American journalist, Griffin Reed, who was wounded in the trenches and hides behind a metal mask, one of hundreds of tin noses who became symbols of the war With expert storytelling, memorable characters, and beautiful prose, April Smith gives us a timeless story, by turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, set against a footnote of history little known, yet unforgettable From the Hardcover edition.A Star for Mrs. Blake

Here s for Mrs. PDF Ì the down and dirty grew up in the Bronx, went to college in Boston, graduate school in California, back to A Star PDF or Cambridge to write a first failed novel and learn how the world works by writing ad copy,west to Los Angeles in for Star for Mrs. Epub á a career writing and producing TV, until the writer s strike of when I wrote my first novel on spec, North of Montana Two wonderful grown children and the best husband in the world, now of years Stable enough on the outside but take away swimming, writing, hiking, yakking with girlfriends, pet pooches, chocolate chip cookies the gooey kind , British TV series and grapefruit Martinis well, don t.

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    A Star for Mrs. Blake ePUB ↠ A Star PDF or for Mrs. but their lives will become inextricably intertwined, altered in indelible ways These very different Gold Star Mothers travel to the Meuse Argonne American Cemetery to say final good byes to their sons and come together along the way to face the unexpected a death, a scandal, and a secret revealed None of these pilgrims will be as affected as Cora Blake, who has lived almost her entire life in a small fishing village off the coast of Maine, caring for her late sister s three daughters, hoping to fill the void left by the death of her son, Sammy, who was killed on a scouting mission during the final days of the war Cora believes she is managing as well as can be expected in the midst of the Depression, but nothing has prepared her for what lies ahead on this unpredictable journey, including an extraordinary encounter with an expatriate American journalist, Griffin Reed, who was wounded in the trenches and hides behind a metal mask, one of hundreds of tin noses who became symbols of the war With expert storytelling, memorable characters, and beautiful prose, April Smith gives us a timeless story, by turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, set against a footnote of history little known, yet unforgettable From the Hardcover edition."/>
  • Audiobook
  • A Star for Mrs. Blake
  • April Smith
  • English
  • 18 October 2019
  • 0804166242

10 thoughts on “A Star for Mrs. Blake

  1. says:

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I had mixed feelings about this book It was certainly a well written and compelling story April Smith is clearly a very talented woman The characters were believable, and true to history I even kind of liked the way that the point of view would switch from character to character with little fanfare I was able to easily be lost in the memories of Cora and the other mothers as they recounted the fondest memories of their boys or I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I had mixed feelings about this book It was certainly a well written and compelling story April Smith is clearly a very talented woman The characters were believable, and true to history I even kind of liked the way that the point of view would switch from character to character with little fanfare I was able to easily be lost in the memories of Cora and the other mothers as they recounted the fondest memories of their boys or the path that brought them to France I laughed when I read about Cora s experiences in Maine Having once lived on an island very close to Deer Isle, all I had to do was close my eyes and I could see the fishing boats, the rocky beaches, and cranberry bogs I could smell the low tide and the lobster traps I knew what it meant to be leaf season and I knew exactly what they meant when they talked about people from away Being able to visualize the setting and empathize with the characters is usually all it takes for me to enjoy a book Unfortunately, along with the beautiful imagery and the compelling relationships was a streak of vulgarity that I will never understand nor appreciate I will never be able to comprehend the need that some authors seem to feel to include foul language and sexual innuendo in an otherwise wonderful storyline Instead of enjoying myself I was dreading the next time certain words would come up They seemed to leap off of the page and it was all I could do to keep reading I would feel comfortable for a chapter or two and then let my guard down just to see something pop up again, and it felt like a punch in the gut every time.I fully acknowledge and understand that a lot of people use the kind of language found in this book, and use it farfrequently than I had to read it in this novel They may even call me naive and sheltered for choosing not to have them be part of my usable vocabulary I also realize that some people think that these kinds of elements add realism or authenticity to a story But to me, it s not realistic and not the world in which I choose to live I have never, in my life, met a person who said, you know, that book was really good, but it could have used a lotvulgarity and sex People like me don t want edgy or risquWe want entertainment that teaches, enlightens, and lifts us up If it can t do that than it should, at the very least, be family friendly I never want to read a book that I would be embarrassed to have my children read over my shoulder because they often do It s not appropriate and as such I cannot recommend this book

  2. says:

    I was up all night with the flu This book was a non challenging distraction More critical analysis would be less favorable It had all the sophistication of a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book or an American Girl novel where you are allowed to use the word screw Well researched, but fairly flat and predictable.UPDATE Turns out I did NOT have the flu I was pregnant And I ll probably always remember I was reading this darn book.

  3. says:

    I was extremely disappointed in this book, especially since it has been chosen as Cincinnati s On the Same Page book for this year I was anxious to learnabout the WW1 Gold Star Mothers and their pilgrimage to France, but this book is so poorly written, the plot so clumsy, and the characters so cliche that I finally gave up on it.

  4. says:

    An interesting subject and lovely writing but it was boring for me I may check out future books by the author but this one didn t do it for me unfortunately I received this via Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review

  5. says:

    A truly dismaying book I felt like I was following a labrador running hither and yon look there s a squirrel The book is supposedly based on the diary of a military man whose first assignment upon graduating West Point was to escort a group of Gold Star mothers to Verdun The author couldn t decide if this was to behistorically based it wasn t , a story about the sacrifices that mothers made for the war repeated ad nauseam , or a romance little of it There were too many non essent A truly dismaying book I felt like I was following a labrador running hither and yon look there s a squirrel The book is supposedly based on the diary of a military man whose first assignment upon graduating West Point was to escort a group of Gold Star mothers to Verdun The author couldn t decide if this was to behistorically based it wasn t , a story about the sacrifices that mothers made for the war repeated ad nauseam , or a romance little of it There were too many non essential characters introduced with all their quirkiness, and very poorly constructed sentences and paragraphs which led me to re read numerous times just to figure out who what was being discussed.I only finished this because I couldn t see how far I was in the book on my Kindle app

  6. says:

    I thought this was a fantastic premise for a book I was familiar with the concept of stars in the window for sons and now daughters serving abroad and with the gold stars for those who lost a son during World Wars I and II, but I was not familiar with the government sponsored pilgrimages of these mothers to the graves of their sons Its kind of amazing that our government did that and really what an undertaking that must have been This short article is interesting for further reading I l I thought this was a fantastic premise for a book I was familiar with the concept of stars in the window for sons and now daughters serving abroad and with the gold stars for those who lost a son during World Wars I and II, but I was not familiar with the government sponsored pilgrimages of these mothers to the graves of their sons Its kind of amazing that our government did that and really what an undertaking that must have been This short article is interesting for further reading I liked that the group we follow in the book, Party A, is made up of such very different women, the maid, the socialite, the Jewish farmer s wife and the widowed Mrs Blake I believe that s one of the good things about our military all walks of life meet up together Unfortunately, these soldiers died together, the mothers grief becomes a uniting factor across class, religion and race.I think Smith got too carried away with her subjects and what could have been an interesting and touching story was too bogged down by extraneous details and side stories If Smith had been able to narrow down her focus I think she could have also doneto keep her characters real and language true to the time period It felt like every character you met had a back story, and they just didn t matter I would rather have gone deeper into a few issues, such as the separation of the white and African American mothers, than have read about the history of the Army General who planned the pilgrimages The fact that there is a death, a scandal, a secret revealed on the journey should be enough to keep the reader engrossed without overloading on irrelevant information There were passages in this book that I found quite moving, especially as the mothers visited the cemetery where their sons were buried and later the battlefield where they died But the best parts of the writing I had to search for in between the trivial details or language that seemed to anachronistic to me I was invested in Mrs Blake s story as well as Bobbie s and Wilhelmina s, and I wish I had been able to beinterested in the other mothers This was definitely worth a read for the historical perspective and a different kind of women s story.http guninactone.wordpress.com 2014

  7. says:

    What I love about reading historical fiction is that I m constantly learning It is like going to school without having to take tests and writing papers This is exemplified by A Star for Mrs Blake I had never heard that the United States Government planned, paid for and escorted over 6500 mothers of men who were killed in WWI to France where their sons were buried That fact itself made the book important to me Additionally, the book is a delightful fictionalized read where we become invol What I love about reading historical fiction is that I m constantly learning It is like going to school without having to take tests and writing papers This is exemplified by A Star for Mrs Blake I had never heard that the United States Government planned, paid for and escorted over 6500 mothers of men who were killed in WWI to France where their sons were buried That fact itself made the book important to me Additionally, the book is a delightful fictionalized read where we become involved in the lives of a quartet of strangers who make the trip to France together Cora Blake, who is the main character, comes from a small fishing village off the coast of Maine, and cares for her late sister s three daughters Her young son, Sammy, was killed at the last of the war April Smith writes beautifully and gives life to the characters, especially Cora I could almost feel the chill of the wind and the desolation on the Main coast When they come to the wreckage of the countryside that was caused by the war, I was again made aware of the terrible loss of life and landscape that such a senseless war caused.These four women don t get along too well together, but ties are made through trying circumstances They have the bond of their losses to bind them together Other interesting people round out the story, among them a journalist who lost most of his face during the war another grim reminder.As a historian, I had to delve deeper into this bit of history I recommend anyone interested check out this website www.rootsweb.ancestry.com txmatago gThere is another book I will try to read The Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages of the 1930s by John Graham Our library has it as Reference

  8. says:

    I d never heard of a federally funded pilgrimage of World War 1 gold star mothers to the graves of their sons in Europe, but there was such a program apparently I find that factmoving than the novel which just did not do it for me Aspects of the descriptions and relationships were well done, but then certain scenes between the principle characters would feel just a bit dull somehow and the devices employed to move the plot along were too convenient And then in the end it was all wrapped I d never heard of a federally funded pilgrimage of World War 1 gold star mothers to the graves of their sons in Europe, but there was such a program apparently I find that factmoving than the novel which just did not do it for me Aspects of the descriptions and relationships were well done, but then certain scenes between the principle characters would feel just a bit dull somehow and the devices employed to move the plot along were too convenient And then in the end it was all wrapped up far too neatly with big bows to make us all happy in the end, despite the deaths of two major characters with whom we were supposed to feel sympathy So, an interesting read, but I cannot recommend it much It would not surprise me, however, if this is made into a decent movie eventually, as the scenery and costumes would be compelling The rocky shore of Maine, crossing the Atlantic on an ocean liner, Paris, the ruins of Verdun, the fields of France a beautiful nurse a handsome liasion officer, a disfigured veteran with a beautifully painted tin facial prosthesis, the beautiful graves in endless rows in a summer field Divert from the book a bit to throw in some flashbacks to wartime scenes of how the Doughboys were killed, show a nightclub scene and a glimpse of a morphine syringe and you have a blockbuster that would appeal to quite a few coveted demographics The movie will be better than the book

  9. says:

    What A Read.When I signed up for the tour I was really interested in the book because I had never heard of the Gold Star Mothers I m a Canadian so I m not well versed in American history but I found the idea of this government initiative to be what drove me to sign up since I rarely read historical fiction set after 1900 and I was very interested in reading a book based on a fictional woman, from small town America travelling overseas to finally see where her son rested 13 years after his dea What A Read.When I signed up for the tour I was really interested in the book because I had never heard of the Gold Star Mothers I m a Canadian so I m not well versed in American history but I found the idea of this government initiative to be what drove me to sign up since I rarely read historical fiction set after 1900 and I was very interested in reading a book based on a fictional woman, from small town America travelling overseas to finally see where her son rested 13 years after his death.I loved Cora, especially how we were introduced to her We got to know her, and what kind of life she led right from the beginning For me I especially loved the fact that Cora was an average woman She was intelligent, and strong and so giving I was in awe of her strength to move on after the death of her son and her courage to confront his grave site so many years on I m not a mother yet, but I can t imagine burying my son or daughter overseas and being separated from them, but I respected her decision because of how much thought she gave it Which was another thing that I enjoyed about Cora, she was a thinker and always weighed her options and she made me feel so much for her.Since I don t read many novels set in this time period I though it was a fantastic change of pace I loved getting to know the world through Cora s eyes I could tell how well researched the novel was and really appreciated that she chose to write the novel based on the perspective of a common woman rather than that of an upper class woman I loved seeing Cora transform into a new woman whilst on her journey to see her son and the people she met along the way were every bit as interesting as she was, even if there were one or two I didn t care for as much.In the end, I thought this was a though provoking read, I wonder about the real Gold Star Mothers, I wonder if they were relieved to see their fallen sons grave sites or only full of resolution that they had done the right thing in keeping them where they d fallen A Star for Mrs Blake opened up a part of history that I had known nothing about before and made me remember all those brave men who died in the service for our nations and thankful to the mothers who lost their boys for the war effort It was an emotional read, and definitely has me wanting to look into the time periodas well as leaving me wanting to readby April Smith Her writing is rich and descriptive and I loved her characters.I would recommend A Star for Mrs Blake to all those who enjoy historical fiction, and historical fiction set in the 1930 s It provides a brief glimpse into a past not so long ago but the differences in life between then and now are striking This will make you think, and feel a wide range of emotions I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own

  10. says:

    I was not terribly engrossed in this story I think it had too many characters and too much happening to them It almost felt like Smith had a check list of things that happened related to Gold Star Mothers and made sure to include the whole list Segregation Check Immigrants Check Rich lady Check Poor lady Check Polio victim Check Jewish lady Check Crazy lady Check Health problems Check Motion sickness Check Issues with unexploded ordinance Check A veteran wearing one of tho I was not terribly engrossed in this story I think it had too many characters and too much happening to them It almost felt like Smith had a check list of things that happened related to Gold Star Mothers and made sure to include the whole list Segregation Check Immigrants Check Rich lady Check Poor lady Check Polio victim Check Jewish lady Check Crazy lady Check Health problems Check Motion sickness Check Issues with unexploded ordinance Check A veteran wearing one of those infamous metal masks Check And on and on.it just didn t always feel natural Things felt included sometimes not to serve the plot so much as because they came up in Smith s research and she didn t want to leave anything out However, I liked the character of Cora Blake, and the mothers and their keepers came across mostly as realistic and sympathetic This book is an interesting way to explore some of the history and issues around World War I and its aftermath

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