War Baby

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 05 Jun 2019

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I have picked up this title a number of times but it's currently sitting in my DNF pile.  I couldn't quite immerse myself in it like I have other novels by Ms. Kingston.  

That being said, I didn't get far into this one either.  I'm not sure this is an entirely fair review.  Perhaps it picks up a bit more the further you go.  I am not deleting the title as I believe it could have been a matter of not quite what I was looking for at the moment vs not a good title.  I will try again one day and am hopeful my opinions will change.

Ms. Kingston's writing is descriptive and will take you right to the time and place she wants you - that is not unchanged in this title.  I was just a little disappointed that I did not fall in love with this one as quickly as I had hoped to.
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Good book overall. I enjoyed the story and was quite caught up in the vigour of the story especially towards the end. Likeable characters and believable settings.
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Such a brilliantly written saga of life and love. Bobbie, or Roberta, a war baby, was adopted as a baby and it is only now that her adoptive mother has died that she feels able to look for her birth family. Her sister Paula is initially not happy at all and doesn’t hesitate in expressing her concerns. Meanwhile Paula’s husband has taken a new job and it is not going smoothly!
With strife and trouble for both Paula and Bobbie, life is certainly a challenge!
Bobbie’s search takes her along a number of paths, meeting all sorts of different and interesting people, and changing her life completely along the way. 
This is such a well written book. I was really rooting for Bobbie throughout. Well written and believable characters, with a strong story line. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely look out for this author in future.
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Absolutely loved this book, couldn't put it down. Great writing style and such vivid descriptions. Surprised to see that it's had some not so great reviews as I enjoyed it so much.
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I enjoyed this book.  Kingston writes in vivid description and I love her writing style.  I liked that the story followed two timelines and there was a mystery involved as well. 
Many thanks to Agora Books and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Kingston's voice is too light for my tastes. Her characters lack the complex depth I crave and I couldn't get into their story.
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I found this book hard to get into, as it was not at all what I was expecting - why was a book called War Baby with a cover that suggested it was set in the 1940s, be starting with a chapter about a young woman's relationship with a TV presenter? 
I stuck with it for the first few pages & I'm glad I did. This was a multidimensional book, and whilst slightly tricky to follow (the timeline kept jumping from 1940s to 1960s/70s & not every chapter stated when it was set) it was engaging & I wanted to keep reading. 
The book included several "tricky" topics including family discordance, the 2nd world war, adoption, racial prejudice, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, bullying at work and more, but these were mixed with tales of true humanity and family support. I wasn't entirely sure about the 2nd storyline relating to Gareth & his teaching role, but I guess without it the story would have been very empty in places. There are some very well described characters - Sorrel is a particular favourite & I can picture Bonzo the dog even if I felt her owner was a bit surplus to the story!

The ending was quite abrupt & didn't draw some parts of the story to a proper conclusion - I guess that it has been left open for a sequel?
Overall an enjoyable read, and rather different to what I was expecting. 

Disclosure: I received this book free from NetGalley for review, but all opinions are my own.
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