Forum Navigation: Forum Index » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Historical Fiction

Want FREE books and FREE Amazon gift cards?

Each day we announce via email a book that is either FREE or on a temporary sale at a great discount price. These are not your average free books. These are incredible insider deals on well-rated books. OnlineBookClub.org is where tomorrow's bestsellers are born. We also give away over $1,000 per month of free Amazon gift cards in free daily giveaways, exclusively to those signed up to these announcements! Hurry, sign up free now:

Sorry, this proves you are human.

Official Review: Hidden: Nistar by Batya Casper

Please use this forum to discuss historical fiction books. Common definitions define historical fiction as novels written at least 25-50 years after the book's setting.

Official Review: Hidden: Nistar by Batya Casper

Post Number:#1 by Rachaelamb1
» 10 May 2017, 20:26

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Hidden: Nistar" by Batya Casper.]

Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Review by Rachaelamb1
Share This Review

Hidden: Nistar by Batya Casper is a compilation of two historical fiction stories set in the 1930s and 1940s of Israel and England.

In the first story, deceased Mrs. L has a story to tell. It involves a young girl, a mysterious woman, a locked storage closet, and death. Tikvah can not understand why no one will explain to her where she comes from or who her parents are. Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. L struggle to keep their secrets safe from her inquiries.

The second story is set in England during WWII. It depicts the life of a group of refugees living with an English family. Told in multiple perspectives, the story unfolds and captures the effects that the war had on Jews who relocated to safer countries, women who struggled to raise a family as well as care for refugees on their own, and children who had to grow up much too quickly.

At first, I was confused by there being two stories because the blurb does not mention the second story at all. Also, they are not separated in any way. You simply start a new chapter with a completely different set of characters. I kept thinking the stories would connect to each other in some way, but they didn’t. This annoyed me because I was immensely interested in the first story and felt like it did not have sufficient closure. I think that feeling could have been resolved by some simple formatting changes.

Aside from the lack of closure in the first story, I absolutely loved it. I was immediately drawn into this family’s story. It is narrated by Mrs. L who is actually dead. That alone immediately added to my curiosity. The mysterious past also kept me intrigued and longing to find out more. I enjoyed the characters. Several of them surprised me with their complexity by the end of the story.

The second story was not as mysterious as the first, but it hooked me nonetheless. The way the author captures the raw emotions of the different characters is gripping. I have never read a story about people who took in refugees during WWII and think it is an interesting and unique angle on a very popular time period.

What I love most about these stories is the author’s writing style. She comes up with such interesting ways to describe things which adds a richness to the time period and culture. I don’t think I will ever forget the way Mrs. L’s yearly “rising” takes place. Here is an example so you can get a feel for the author’s voice.
“Nineteen sixty-five was the year Mrs. L resigned from normal living, the year Tikvah turned nine. That was a year of uncertainty, for sure. Neither Mr. L nor Tikvah knew what to expect as the holiday season came around. Yet, lo and behold, ten days before the holidays, Tikvah’s grandmother stood up. Mr. L called it “Mrs. Lazamof’s rising.”


The book is well edited. I only came across one typo where a space is missing between the words “a table”. If the stories had been more clearly separated, I would have absolutely nothing negative to mention. The stories are delightful, intriguing, refreshing, and simply beautiful. Hidden: Nistar has definitely earned 4 out of 4 stars from me. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a well-crafted historical fiction. The author is a gifted storyteller and I know I will be keeping my eyes out for more books by her.

******
Hidden: Nistar
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like Rachaelamb1's review? Post a comment saying so!
Rachaelamb1's Latest Review: "Hidden: Nistar" by Batya Casper
User avatar
Rachaelamb1
 
Posts: 966
Joined: 07 Mar 2015, 01:58
Location: Thailand
Favorite Author: CS Lewis
Favorite Book: Dragonwitch
Currently Reading: Falling Star
Bookshelf Size: 124 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 60 Books
Goal Completion: 21%

Did you know?
 
Once you join the forums and log in you will get to enjoy a very ad-reduced experience. It's easy and completely free!

Re: Official Review: Hidden: Nistar by Batya Casper

Post Number:#2 by kandscreeley
» 11 May 2017, 10:53

Interesting. The two story thing seems a little weird to me. I think I would spend a lot of time looking for some kind of connection. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it. I don't think it's the one for me, though.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway
kandscreeley's Latest Review: "A Light in the Dark" by Kelly Bedford
User avatar
kandscreeley
 
Posts: 1300
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
Currently Reading: Luna
Bookshelf Size: 68 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 52%

Re: Official Review: Hidden: Nistar by Batya Casper

Post Number:#3 by Chrys Brobbey
» 11 May 2017, 13:48

There are some books like this - with two or three stories running side by side. But usually, they converge somewhere by the end. This book looks interesting to earn the 4 stars. A good review.
User avatar
Chrys Brobbey
 
Posts: 233
Joined: 03 Apr 2017, 00:40
Location: California
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 130 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 20%

Re: Official Review: Hidden: Nistar by Batya Casper

Post Number:#4 by godreaujea
» 11 May 2017, 15:17

I think it would really bother me if the stories had no connections. Great review, but I might have to pass on this one!
godreaujea's Latest Review: "Raven's Peak" by Lincoln Cole
User avatar
godreaujea
 
Posts: 245
Joined: 20 Oct 2016, 13:37
Currently Reading: Station Eleven
Bookshelf Size: 334 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 50%

Re: Official Review: Hidden: Nistar by Batya Casper

Post Number:#5 by Amagine
» 11 May 2017, 19:45

The fact that it has two separate stories sounds interesting. The only problem is whether or not both stories are well developed or not. I do like the concept though and considering the high rating you gave it, it must be a fascinating book.

Great Review! 💜
There's no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books."-James Patterson
User avatar
Amagine
 
Posts: 3117
Joined: 04 Mar 2017, 19:27
Location: Lost in My Imagination
Favorite Author: James Patterson
Favorite Book: Writing for Children and Teens
Currently Reading: Dancing With Tex
Bookshelf Size: 619 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Fire HD 7 Tablet
2017 Reading Goal: 400 Books
Goal Completion: 38%

Re: Official Review: Hidden: Nistar by Batya Casper

Post Number:#6 by Rachaelamb1
» 13 May 2017, 21:58

Amagine wrote:The fact that it has two separate stories sounds interesting. The only problem is whether or not both stories are well developed or not. I do like the concept though and considering the high rating you gave it, it must be a fascinating book.

Great Review! 💜


Though they do not connect, they are both well developed. I was emotionally pulled in by both.
Rachaelamb1's Latest Review: "Hidden: Nistar" by Batya Casper
User avatar
Rachaelamb1
 
Posts: 966
Joined: 07 Mar 2015, 01:58
Location: Thailand
Favorite Author: CS Lewis
Favorite Book: Dragonwitch
Currently Reading: Falling Star
Bookshelf Size: 124 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 60 Books
Goal Completion: 21%

Re: Official Review: Hidden: Nistar by Batya Casper

Post Number:#7 by Jaime Lync
» 21 May 2017, 13:17

I actually think I would have preferred the stories to connect even if it was in the slightest way. Maybe they share a very specific setting together or even a minor character found in both that does nothing but connect the stories by his presence.
I also agree with you that editing the format may smooth out the transition from one story to another.
After saying all of that, I still feel compelled to read this because of your very insightful review. Thanks.
User avatar
Jaime Lync
 
Posts: 452
Joined: 15 Mar 2017, 19:33
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 37 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 12 Books
Goal Completion: 300%

Re: Official Review: Hidden: Nistar by Batya Casper

Post Number:#8 by pobox
» 21 May 2017, 13:42

Congratulation on 4 stars.
User avatar
pobox
 
Posts: 12
Joined: 20 May 2017, 09:13
Bookshelf Size: 0 books
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests

Navigation

Return Home » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Historical Fiction