A Fire Sparklingby Published 01 Aug 2019
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From the USA Today bestselling author of A Curve in the Road comes a spellbinding novel about one woman’s love, loss, and courage during wartime.
After a crushing betrayal by the man she loves, Gillian Gibbons flees to her family home for a much-needed escape, but when she finds an old photograph of her grandmother in the arms of a Nazi officer, Gillian’s life gets even more complicated. Rattled by the discovery, Gillian attempts to unravel the truth behind the photos, setting her off on an epic journey through the past…
1939. England is on the brink of war as Vivian Hughes falls in love with a handsome British official, but when bombs begin to fall and Vivian’s happy life is destroyed in the blitz, she will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves…
As Gillian learns more about her grandmother’s past, the old photo begins to make more sense. But for every question answered, a new one takes its place. Faced with a truth that is not at all what she expected, Gillian attempts to shine a light not only on the mysteries of her family’s past but also on her own future.
This gorgeously written multigenerational saga is a heart-wrenching yet hopeful examination of one woman’s struggle to survive, perfect for fans of The Nightingale and Beneath a Scarlet Sky.
A Fire Sparkling Reviews
A Fire Sparkling is a beautifully-written, moving novel that seamlessly interweaves the story of a family over three generations. The core of the story belongs to Vivian Hughes and her experiences as a young woman during WWII in Great Britain. MacLean gives just enough detail to provide an authentic sense of time and place. Reading this book was a completely immersive, emotional experience for me, with twists and turns that left me reeling. In my opinion, this novel is a literary masterpiece, one I’m sure to read again; a book I’ll recommend to friends, certain they’ll love it too. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this novel.
"He considered it for a moment, then gave me a look. “They have a name for you on the base. They call you the Unattainable. ‘There goes the Unattainable,’ they say, whenever you’re spotted cycling into town.” Perplexed, I frowned at him. “What do they mean by that?” “Just that you’re the most beautiful woman in Surrey, but you live in that big castle on the hill, and you keep to yourself.” I shook my head at him. “You Americans. I suppose you expect all the women in England to flirt with you, day in and day out.” “I don’t expect that.”"
I am not okay. Lord Jesus, so much happened in this novel. So many twists and turns. Ups and downs. I was spinning in a damn circle by the end. This was my first Julianne MacLean novel and won't be my last. Gonna have a book hangover for awhile. Put it on your to be read list immediately. Better yet, just start reading it right now.
A Fire Sparkling will leave you breathless...it is that good! I am not going to rehash the synopsis because I don’t want to inadvertently give any spoilers. Julianne MacLean has written a story that spans WWII years with lessons that carry into the present for the families of those who lived, those who died and those who loved. She paints a poignant picture of life as Britain is drawn into war with Germany. She writes about the bond between sisters and the bond between friends. She writes about bravery in the face of evil and the effects of secrets that finally come to light. This is a book that should not be missed! I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book. Most highly recommend.
This is the third book I've read by this author and also the third one I've given 5* to. I'm at a loss, really, as to why she's not mentioned as much nor afforded the publicity other authors seem to get, as she always does a superb job, both with her storytelling AND presentation.
I picked this particular one from a Kindle First selection this month. I knew I'd be onto a good thing as she has never let me down before. I always greatly enjoy dual timeline stories, too. This tale centres around the discovery of an old photo of Gillian's grandmother with a Nazi officer. It is chock full of twists 'n' turns you don't see coming and secrets from the wartime years. I was totally fascinated with it. I do think she could have maybe made the second part of the story into a follow-up book in its own right, as a sequel, and fleshed it out more.....I'd have been happy for a continuation.
I did like this passage in particular that I highlighted, "Women should steer clear of men who charm them. If you're charmed, then you're under some kind of spell, and women need to stay sharp." There were lighthearted moments and there were also tears from this reader at one point.....
The only odd errors I spotted were all missed-off apostrophes, but I guess I can't be faulting her for this since pretty much every single book I've read as a digital version is the same. The cover on this is a beaut as well.
An often overlooked author but one I highly recommend.
If you like historical fiction, mystery, suspense and family drama, you will want to read "A Fire Sparkling"!
This novel put me in the throes of World War II with Vivian, a young woman with many secrets.
I could not stop reading until her skeletons were out of the closet. It kept me in suspense all the way until the very end of this book.
Told in the present and then back to 1939, this is one amazing journey.
It is like nothing I have read.
The transition from timelines is so smooth, and the story so well plotted; that it makes for a wonderful, detailed, story of love, anger, endurance and hope.
Truly 10 stars!