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Beyond the Storm

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Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this e-copy in return for my honest review. Beautiful and captivating, an emotional story perfect for fans of Dinah Jeffries and Kate Morton.
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Unfortunately I did not get on with this book and therefore cannot rate it very highly. I really struggled to connect with the characters and storyline.
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I've always been a sucker for WWII novels and it's rare that one disappoints me and Beyond the Storm was to a disappointment. Anna is a strong and well written heroine. The novel was an insightful read and I would recommend it to any WWII historical fiction buff like myself.
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This story was about Diana’s life.  There were secrets, lies, betrayals, and hardships of WWII.  It was emotional at times and well written.  I think it will stay with me for a while. 
Many thanks to HQ Digital and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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A really emotive journey through the depths of the 20th century. Well worth a read. Many fully formed characters for the reader to form their own opinions of, just like in life
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Diana Finley’s Beyond the Storm is the story of one young lady’s life and how decisions made can affect everything you do. It is the story of Anna, a young lady who made a heartbreaking decision that touched everyone she knew and all that she did. The story tells of her friends and families and how they survived life, death, love, and war. It’s a good book. I enjoyed it. 
I received a free copy of this story from NetGalley for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Beyond the Storm
by Diana Finley
HQ Digital

Anna Finley, A lovely strong woman that lived during a time that was the worst part of are history. WWII
and the concentration camps, that so many people lost loved ones just like Anna did.  Anna is now 100 years old and looking back on her life. Reliving her life, loves Jakob her first husband, Simon her beloved son she was pushed to give up for adoption to a close family. Sam her true love. The memory's the heartache the pain , and the strenth to live,  pushing on and picking up one foot in front of the other in very dark times. Take a journey with Anna from a time before the war in Vienna to post WWII. This was a very good book, at time it broke your heart, other times you were filled with hope and joy. This was the first book I have read by this author and I enjoyed it a great deal.

Thank you to netgalley and HQ Digital for a ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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A fantastic story about one woman's experience of WWII. 

Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
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My Review:
Beyond the Storm is a historical fiction about secrets, war and ultimately love. It starts off in 2014 where Anna is turning 100 years old and tells the story of how she was born in Vienna right around the time of war and of the people she loved and lost. It is truly a moving novel that I could not put down until the very end.

I was provided this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. I must say it was a book I will remember for a long time. It was nice to see Anna surrounding by her entire family. Overall, it was well written and a book I highly recommend.
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The story opens with the celebration of Anna Feldman Lawrence's 100th birthday. Anna is a strong willed, over opinionated (rightly earned) centenarian with a long passionate story to tell.

And so begins Anna's story of her life as a Jewish girl living in Vienna- before, during and after the war.

She reminisces over her lifetime of loves and loses; her homeland, friends and family... the choices she ultimately made, and the decisions she had to live with.

She has outlived everyone. She misses those gone before her very much, almost too much- forgetting how blessed and much needed she really is.

This the beautiful story of a woman who has lived through some of the hardest and darkest moments in recent history, only to come through carrying memories of what could have been what should have been, and accepting what was.

Thank you to NetGalley, HQ Digital and the author Ms. Diana Finley for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy.
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Loved the cover.  The book is based on the entire life of Anna pre-war, during the WWII and after.  Anna celebrates her 100th birthday and while waiting for 2 precious persons in her life; she goes through her memories,we read through the chapters Anna's life.  
Her first betrayal by having an affair and conceiving her first son Shimon, Jakob her first husband made her give up her son up for adoption but not to strangers but to close people.  Jakob dies in a concentration camp.
Anna marries an Englishman Sam, her real love, he passes away to soon. She had two wonderful children Ben and Eva.  Anna slowly lost all of her family and friends.  At 100 years-old she had with her her 3 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  A beautiful and fulfilled life.
I want to thank NetGalley, HQ Digital and Diana Finley for this ebook in exchange for an honest review.
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Beyond the Storm is a story of Anna, a Jewish woman that grew up in Vienna prior to the rise of Nazi Germany and lived to be 100 years old. It is the story of her struggles, sacrifices, and love of family and friends. It details how those struggles and sacrifices shaped her as a woman, wife, and mother. I really enjoyed the book and thought it was well written. I think what I liked most was that it was a different look at life during that period of time and how it effected people, even if you were not Jewish. Specific to the character, Anna, you got to see her good qualities but also her flaws.
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This is a cookie cutter novel... a woman looking back on her life and commenting on her choices and their results. Ho hum...I was bored.
Nothing about it stood out.. nether the characters nor the plot. It’s been written about before and done better.
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The setting is a familiar one. Anna born in Vienna has escaped to the West but the trauma of being persecuted as a Jew has not left her even decades later. The story however, is about relationships and the problem that happens when secrets are allowed to be kept hidden. These are secrets that have to be told but Anna is not happy with the timing of airing the secrets of her past, not knowing how it will effect her life as it is now.

Anna is now 100 years old and in celebrating this day the story goes back in sections to her life, which was tumultuous and frightening in turns. It also deals with stories of people who lived in her past and how they have all had an influence on Anna. The biggest secret of all which has eaten into Anna and which now needs to be told.

This was another story set in the backdrop of WWII, the slow but sure denouncement and elimination of Jews and the few stories of the survival of some who lived to tell the tale. 

Very emotional, very effective and good readi
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A really insightful read into what it must have been like to have lived through the most turbulent times in European history. The novel starts with the memories of a birthday party for a 100 year old woman and it's her story that kept me captivated throughout this.

Anna  is a traumatized Jewish refugee who falls in love with Sam who is a British Army Officers. Well, that is going to cause difficulties given the social expectations and fears of the time. This is not just the story of those in the book however  - the author sprinkles stories of what it must be like to have suffered loss and tragedy in war and this is what holds the novel together and adds that cherry on the top. It's hard to read at times given the subject matter and the realisation that this all happened to some people at some point.

 The spans  100 years yet it never feels overly long or drawn out. This is a raw and human portrayal of war and its aftermath

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Thank you NetGalley and HQ Digital for a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

An epic tale of love, war, and the secrets we keep…
Anna Feldman is born in Vienna just as war breaks out; war will come to shape her entire life. But as Anna moves from Austria to Palestine, England to Germany, one thing will remain a constant: the weight of the secret she keeps.

This is the story of Anna, the people she loved and the people she lost – and a heartbreaking choice which changed the course of her life forever.

For fans of Dinah Jefferies and Heather Morris, Beyond the Storm captures the bravery and strength of a life lived through a century of conflict, and our unending capacity for hope and love

Phenomenal story that opens up celebrating Anna's 100th birthday. She's surrounded with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  It's beautifully written and emotionally charged. I cried here and there, going through half a box of tissues! Outstanding narrative and well developed characters.
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This was an amazingly written piece of historical fiction that transports the reader to the era of war.  The secrets and choices made by Anna draw the reader in and make them feel invested in her journey.  Highly recommend!
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Not the typical WWII story. Yes there are Nazis and Jews and the horrors of that time, but it is more about the life of Anna, things that happen to her and her family. Love, fear, hatred and secrets keep the reader interested along with a well written book.
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Beyond the Storm is a emotional historical fiction novel. It is a great book with well developed characters and storyline.
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First, I loved the cover. I really liked the story of Anna as it shows her life before, during and after WWII. Anna is an Austrian Jew and we learn her story as the author takes us back and forward in her 100 year-old life. Many emotions were felt from sadness to happiness, from regret to redemption. 
Thank you NetGalley and HQ Digital for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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