Book Review: Come From Away by Genevieve Graham

Book review of Come from Away by Genevieve Graham, published by Simon and Schuster Canada.

Spring is very late here in Ontario, and when the power went out on Monday during the ice storm I picked up this little gem and quickly devoured it.

From publisher Simon & Schuster:

From the bestselling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep comes a poignant novel about a young couple caught on opposite sides of the Second World War.

In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker’s three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumours swirl about “wolf packs” of German U-Boats lurking in the deep waters along the shores of East Jeddore, a stone’s throw from Grace’s window. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store.

Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamoured by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be. He is someone else entirely—someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand.

Come from Away is a mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War.

I’m a big fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series (for more than just Jamie Fraser), particularly the history I learn. In this case, it was a fascinating bit of Canadian history I previously had not given much thought, and also makes me want to read more from the author.

The love story between Grace and Rudi is a wonderful one, filled with such hope and understanding. It was a joy to experience their story along with them. More than Grace and Rudi though, I fell in love with Grace’s parents Danny and Audrey. I can see now how this book was a reaction to Tides of Honour and wanting to know more about these two wonderful humans.

Come from Away was a quick, enjoyable and thought provoking read. I came away inspired by love triumphing over adversity, wanting to know more about Canadian history, and filling my Amazon cart with more from the author.

Happy reading!

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Disclosure: Being a Simon & Schuster Advance Reader means I receive uncorrected advance reader proof copies of books every so often. And every so often I really enjoy one of those books, so I decide to write a review post. I’m not asked to do so, and I don’t get paid. I do it because we should all read more:)…and it’s my website and I can do what I want:) Also….I only review books I enjoyed (not the ones I didn’t…because you know…if you don’t have anything nice to say….)

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