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A Fire Sparkling Kindle Edition
An Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller.
From the USA Today bestselling author of A Curve in the Road comes a spellbinding novel about one woman’s love, loss, and courage during wartime.
After a crushing betrayal by the man she loves, Gillian Gibbons flees to her family home for a much-needed escape, but when she finds an old photograph of her grandmother in the arms of a Nazi officer, Gillian’s life gets even more complicated. Rattled by the discovery, Gillian attempts to unravel the truth behind the photos, setting her off on an epic journey through the past…
1939. England is on the brink of war as Vivian Hughes falls in love with a handsome British official, but when bombs begin to fall and Vivian’s happy life is destroyed in the blitz, she will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves…
As Gillian learns more about her grandmother’s past, the old photo begins to make more sense. But for every question answered, a new one takes its place. Faced with a truth that is not at all what she expected, Gillian attempts to shine a light not only on the mysteries of her family’s past but also on her own future.
This gorgeously written multigenerational saga is a heart-wrenching yet hopeful examination of one woman’s struggle to survive, perfect for fans of The Nightingale and Beneath a Scarlet Sky.
From the Publisher
When mysterious photographs of Vivian taken during World War II are discovered by her granddaughter, Gillian, in the modern day, it opens the door to a dark secret from Vivian’s past and sets Gillian off on her own path of discovery. Despite the generations between the grandmother and granddaughter, and their very different life experiences, there were many commonalities that tied the two stories together—love, heartbreak, loss, resilience, second chances, and redemption. Watching both women struggle to figure out who they are and what they are made of, and then taking control of their destinies, made for an emotional and empowering reading experience.
Between Gillian’s relatable personal problems, the action-packed scenes from World War II, the mystery behind the old photographs, and both the familial and romantic relationships explored in the novel, A Fire Sparkling has a little something for everyone. At times charming and other times heartbreaking, this gorgeous novel made me laugh and cry—it’s a perfect summer read!
- Alicia Clancy, Editor
About the Author
Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the bestselling contemporary women’s fiction novel The Color of Heaven. She has sold more than 1.3 million books in North America alone, and her novels have been translated into many foreign languages. MacLean is a four-time RITA finalist with Romance Writers of America and has won numerous awards, including the Booksellers’ Best Award and the Book Buyers Best Award. She loves to travel and has lived on the west coast of New Zealand, in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, and in London, England. She currently resides on the east coast of Canada in a lakeside home with her husband and daughter. She is a dedicated member of Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada.
For more information about MacLean, please visit the author’s official website at www.juliannemaclean.com and sign up for her newsletter. You can also follow her on Amazon and BookBub to stay informed about this book and future releases.
- ASIN : B07L4PL653
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (1 August 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 4001 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 424 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,709 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The day flew while reading this beautifully written novel that spans three generations of family. In fact it was so much more than historical fiction, as it was filled with mystery, secrets and family drama and an underlying emotional journey that was spellbinding to read.
Julianne MacLean successfully paints a poignant picture of life as Britain is drawn into war with Germany during the harrowing WWII years. It is the bond between sisters and the bond between friends that holds the narrative and while told in the present moves seamlessly back to 1939. The core of the story revolves around Vivian Hughes and her experiences as a young woman during the war.
Reading this book was a completely immersive experience that had me absorbed for hours... I thoroughly recommend it and look forward to reading it again as I’m sure there are so many more details to absorb...
When you read about the bombings that had occured in London it makes you feel for the people that lost everything & the people that died in such a tragic event.
I felt a real conection to this story due to my Grandparents that lost their home in the war & had to live in a horse stable for months with a new born baby until they could get housing.
The twists & turns in this book keep you very interested to get to the end to find out what happens to the characters in the book.
I was saddened with the ending but at the same time some of the people in this wonderful story have a happy ending & that makes it well worth reading.
It's a story with a dual timeline that seamlessly blends the past and with the present.
In 2011, Gillian catches her boyfriend cheating, she's very upset, and she's goes to visit her dad. She had no idea that he's just found a mysterious box filled with old photographs of his mother Vivian and she's standing next to a man who's dressed as a Nazi officer?
Edward is very confused, he had been told his dad Theodore had died during WW II during the blitz in London, why is his mum standing next to a German soldier and he's now worried this mysterious man might be his father?
Vivian is now in her 90's, she begins the story by explaining to her son Edward and her grand daughter Gillian why she's in the photograph, what happened to her in the past and during WW II.
Soon your swept way in a dramatic heartfelt tale about lost love, romance, secrets, mystery, and danger that all takes place during the war. I loved A Fire Sparkling, I'm a fan of WW II historical fiction and I gave the book fours stars.
A few days in Gillian's life change the history of her entire family by charting the years her grandmother hid.
I really loved this book and will be reading again and again just to torture myself with the love and the loss that is so beautiful.
She poses as a spy for England in France. The grand daughter goes to England, France and Berlin to discover the truth about her grand mum's first love. The results are a delight and a shock to grand mum after all these years. This is a very good read, recommended.
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I would suggest the author read some genuine fiction of the period, perhaps Mitford, and refer to some primary sources.
EDIT: and that her editors do their job too! I dared to read on and found a character described cycling through wartime London and slowing down by ‘pressing the brake pedal’! What?!
It’s rare I have to give up on a book but this is just sloppy writing and poor editing. It’s lucky they’re actually giving it away as I’m very glad I didn’t spend any money on it.
This story is based in the Second World War, and manages to include snippets of things that were happening while telling a love story, a story about a families life and the events that changed things forever.
It took a short while for me to get to know Vivian and how her life as it had been had got her to where she was now.
I liked how the story took time to show how the war started. How the thought of it was for civilians. It didn’t drag either, it explained what was necessary while holding interest in the characters and what might happen to them.
I liked finding out about Vivian and her father and her torn feelings between loyalty due to what he’d been through and wanting her life too.
I was drawn to Theodore, he had a good sense of right and wrong. There was a true sense of grief for me halfway through the book.
I also felt I was cheering on and right behind certain characters, when they found themselves in tricky situations.
Gillian grew as the story went along and I went from feeling she was a bit flaky to be honest, to someone who had realisation of what really matters.
I don’t think I feel a lump in my throat very often. Books tend to make me think differently or smile. But this book. Real tears!
I swear it really got to me, even though it’s fiction. People generally tend to think that they have been extremely lucky to have not lived through the wars like the first or Second World War.
I’d recommend this book. As well as a box of tissues.
I picked this particular one from a Kindle First selection this month. I knew I'd be onto a good thing as she has never let me down before. I always greatly enjoy dual timeline stories, too. This tale centres around the discovery of an old photo of Gillian's grandmother with a Nazi officer. It is chock full of twists 'n' turns you don't see coming and secrets from the wartime years. I was totally fascinated with it. I do think she could have maybe made the second part of the story into a follow-up book in its own right, as a sequel, and fleshed it out more.....I'd have been happy for a continuation.
I did like this passage in particular that I highlighted, "Women should steer clear of men who charm them. If you're charmed, then you're under some kind of spell, and women need to stay sharp." There were lighthearted moments and there were also tears from this reader at one point.....
The only odd errors I spotted were all missed-off apostrophes, but I guess I can't be faulting her for this since pretty much every single book I've read as a digital version is the same. The cover on this is a beaut as well.
An often overlooked author but one I highly recommend.