Effie's War

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 28 Jan 2019

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I am not ordinarily a fan of historical fiction, especially WWII fiction.  But!  This was a exceptionally good book.  I was drawn into the story from the first sentence.  I found the characters to be appealing and realistic with an intriguing story line.  Effie is part of the Ross family who live on a farm in the Scottish Highlands.  Their small community is informed by the government that all of the residents and their livestock are being evacuated for undisclosed reasons.  Italian POWs help all the farmers harvest their crops and relocate their livestock.  During this process Effie meets Toni and they fall in love.  While all the locals are busy arranging their lives for the evacuation, a spy is hiding and plotting in plain sight.  No spoilers, just a very strong recommendation to read this wonderful book.
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Based on true events during World War II in Scotland. It is the story of one families struggles, their loves, hates, and losses that lasted more than 6 years. The story is both tragic and heartwarming. A really good read.
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Set in the Scottish Highlands, and based on a true story it brings home the experiences of families affected by WW2. In 1943 17-year-old Effie’s life changes forever along with great changes that mark the end of an era. Coupled with forbidden love, the storyline is engaging and heartwarming.
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Thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest review 
Oh what a fantastic  book 5*+
Set in Scotland during  war time I can highly recommend  this book
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Forbidden love, unprotected war secrets/plans, Nazi undercover spy - this book contains many captivating details and stories that tend to keep the reader's attention from page one.

In late 1943, the Ross family receives a letter that is instructing them to leave the family farm. Heartbroken, the family continues to collect their harvest, sell the animals and prepares for a move. During this time, Italian POWs are sent to help Ross family with the harvest. The sparks start flying between handsome Toni and youngest daughter of Ross family, Effie. However, their romance is not the only one in the air. Oldest daughter, Ina is also romantically involved with a young British Captain Armstrong that has been staying at the farm. 

When Ross family received an eviction notice - the worse fears they had were to abandon their farm and their home. They never expected that one short month can change their lives forever, bringing the death of the loved ones, exile, betrayal, and break their once close and loving family apart.

The novel itself is very entertaining. Funny and mischevious events are quickly turned into shocking and tragic ones. The characters are easy to like. And the ending of the book was simply unpredicted but it certainly leaves the reader with a closure. Phenomenal novel. This is my very first book by Phillip Paris, and it's definitely not the last. Thank you Phillip Paris, NetGalley and Black & White Publishing for this remarkable novel and adventure.
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Having recently read and enjoyed The Italian Chapel by the same author, I eagerly picked this book up to read. 

Set in Scotland during WWII, the reader is immediately immersed in the lives of some truly special characters. The Ross family soon become figures you connect with, each of their separate personalities springing from the pages as you watch them going about life on Kirk Farm in the Highlands. The impending departure from their farm leaves each member of the family feeling bereft. The entire local community pulling together to help harvest the crops, soon realise that there is more work than they can cope with, and it is decided that the Italian POWs billeted nearby could help with the work to be done.

In amongst this story of people pulling together, there is a wonderfully intriguing tale of someone not being as truly honourable as they might seem. Someone is out to undermine the good work and war effort, a spy lurks within the community and it's not long before events turn sinister, changing the lives of so many people.

The human element to this book is what makes it stand out for me, there were several times that I felt my emotions threatened to run away with me whilst reading this. In more than one instance I was very aware of the tears running down my face as my heart went out to the characters in this book. Paris has a great skill of creating characters that feel so real and authentic, even when there are personalities that are less than wholesome, you cannot help but feel some empathy towards their plights.

As with the author's previous books, the attention to detail is superb. Vivid descriptions of settings and scenes bring the story alive and give the reader the feeling that they are there in the moment. You can feel the chill of the night, the cramped farmhouse and hear the rumble of the tractors.
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I enjoyed this glimpse into WWII Scotland. Effie falls in love with an Italian POW, dividing her families loyalties. I really liked the tension of the subplot between Effie and her sister, Ina. Well-written and interesting.

Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
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This book was gut-wrenching!!! It did have some slow parts for me, but overall this book sucked me right in. I loved Effie and Toni! Beautiful, heart-breaking story
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Thank you net galley for an advance reader copy of this novel.    This book was a historical fiction taking place so WWII in Scot just before Dday.    The main character Effie falls in love with an Italian POW and gets wrapped up in a spy plot.   The novel started slow and but picked up at the kid point considerably.  The author did a good job bringing to light some of the detAils and events of that time period often overlooked.   Loyalty to family, such as between sisters Effie and Ina, and blood ties was a strong theme that the author used to portray and move the storyline.
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Its not often that i have trouble reading a book but sadly i just couldn't get into this one,i will not give a bad review as others will probably love it.
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