Review: Come From Away by Genevieve Graham

Posted May 6, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Come From Away by Genevieve Graham
Come From Away

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Genres: Historical Romance, Military Romance
Published by Simon and Schuster
Released on April 23, 2018
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Author

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The Delight

Falling for the enemy is the haunting theme of this WWII Era Canadian Historical Romance.  I’ve relished the way the author captures historical times and events while eliciting deeply emotional responses from me with each new book.

Review

Come From Away is a standalone story, but it is closely-connected to Tides of Honour that tells the story of the previous generation of Bakers.  I was ecstatic to see what came of Danny, Audrey, their three orphan boys and new baby.  Grace was that baby and now it is her story and her brothers.

This was a poignant, complex, and gently paced enemies to lovers romance.  I was captivated to be back amongst the Baker clan and the Nova Scotia setting.  Getting both Rudi and Grace’s perspectives and how they came together was probably the most beautiful part of the story.   The author created a fascinating and engaging backstory for Rudi that showed a different facet of the war to juxtapose what Grace is used to hearing.  Grace must come to see Rudi as human, get past the lies he told to survive, and come to some sort of peace that he is a proud, honorable enemy who fought and killed her own people.

Alongside Grace and Rudi’s story, the reader is gifted the fantastic and well developed side character lines.  A romance for one of her brothers, a loss and grief, and a brother who comes back wounded down to his soul from the horrors of war, and, of course to see a middle-aged Danny and Audrey with their grown children, their own abiding love, and their life all together through the dark days of war.

It was gently-paced, but the paces slipped by quickly as the story drew me in and kept me right there.  It’s coming to the point where I’m convinced I’ll love pretty much anything this author publishes.  Those who love authentic, but deeply emotional historical romances should definitely give this book a try.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • That sounds like it was a good read.

    • It really grabbed me because of the situation for them and I already loved the parents from a previous story.

  • This is a book that I really want to read. I have seen so many great reviews for her work and I love the historical aspect of the story. I am so glad you enjoyed it!

  • The Nova Scotia setting does sound appealing.

    • It really was. I’ve enjoyed learning more Canadian history from her books. She’s written three for Nova Scotia and her next one is for out in the western territories.

  • This is on my list, I am just waiting to see if we get an audio version 🙂

    • Oh yes! I loved the other two I reviewed in audio. I don’t blame you for waiting. 🙂

    • Genevieve Graham

      fingers crossed!

  • Bookworm Brandee

    I had to come see what you thought. My review posts tomorrow and I have YOU to thank for turning me on to Ms. Graham. *Thanks* 🙂 I just adored this story, Sophia. It was compellingly written with wonderful characters, and I liked the timely message about war and our perceptions of it and those fighting. I’m happy you enjoyed it as well and I’m eager to get to Graham’s other books. 🙂

    • That is fabulous, Brandee. I get nervous when someone tries a book I’ve raved about. So glad you liked it and really were caught up in the deeper side of the story. 🙂 Yes, you definitely want to snag the others when you get the chance.

  • I have read the The MacDonnells series by Genevieve Graham and fell in love with her writing. She has this amazing way of capturing you. I love her style of writing and was sad when the series ended. They were very emotional books but so worth reading. I will have to start this series. Great Review.

    Mary

    • I still need to finish that series. I’m reading it backward (don’t ask, LOL). I think you’ll love the three she just wrote about Nova Scotia. One is standalone while this one is tied to Tides of Honour. You’ll need your tissue box if you’re a crier like me.

  • Oh these sound good, Sophia. I’d heard nice things about these and definitely want to check them out.

    • They’re kind of half historical fiction and half romance, but strong on emotion so the history and characters come to life. I hope you enjoy them when you get the chance. 🙂