Review: COVENTRY by Helen Humphreys

Heather from Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books read Coventry by Helen Humphreys for the WWII reading challenge.  Here’s an excerpt from her review:

The best way to describe this book is to say that it is a “small” story – the main focus is the intense overnight bombing of Coventry and the ways that the three main characters attempt to survive it. There are some other plot lines but they seem to be there only to explain the actions of the characters on this particular night. The same goes for characterization; there is just enough for you to understand the story and not a drop more.

Read her complete thoughts here.

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Reviews: COVENTRY by Helen Humphreys

coventryIt’s time to catch up in posting participants’ reviews!  Don’t you hate it when real life gets in the way of  your online fun??

Anyway…a couple of participants read and reviewed Coventry by Helen Humphreys.  Here are some excerpts, but feel free to click on the links to read the complete reviews.

Here’s what I wrote on my Diary of an Eccentric blog:

Humphreys‘ writing has a wonderful flow, and her descriptions of the bombs exploding and the buildings collapsing thrust you into the scene. Although there isn’t a whole lot of character description, I understood the characters and their motiviations, and I was wrapped up in their lives from the very first page.

Here’s what Jennifer from The Literate Housewife Review had to say:

The way in which this novel is constructed is near perfect. Through shorter chapters, we get to know Harriet, how she became a widow, her afternoon with Maeve, and why she remained in Coventry after her husband’s death. The night that the city was bombed by the Luftwaffe is all told within a single, long chapter. This structure works extremely well.

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Review: COVENTRY by Helen Humphreys

coventryWanda from A Season to Read recently reviewed Coventry by Helen Humphreys.  Here’s an excerpt:

Centering around the evening events of November 14, 1940 when Coventry fell to the raids of German bombers, this story unfolds in two voices, those of Harriet Marsh and Maeve Fisher. Through their memories of another war and their experiences of this night we come to know the degree and meaning of loneliness, struggle and loss that these two women have endured. This is a novel that not only chronicles the horror of a Blitz but also portrays the cost and rewards of love in a time of war.

Read the rest of the review here.

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