Official Review: When It's Over by Barbara Ridley

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Re: Official Review: When It's Over by Barbara Ridley

Post by bellaterrabooks » 23 Sep 2018, 22:57

Examining the time of the Second World War from the standpoint of hindsight, we are able to see many of the actions that were taken against certain individuals thereby leaving them vulnerable, such as the Czechoslovakian Jewish population. In Hitler’s quest for power, no one was safe, but from the perspective of a single person, it was understandable quite difficult to know what or who to believe. As each of the characters navigates their own reality he or she must confront his or her own interpretation of what is to be considered the “truth” in an environment that is peppered with propaganda meant to turn human beings against each other and make people question themselves as well. This period of time in world history is thought-provoking from a human interest perspective because so many were lead to believe so many “truths” that were a pure fallacy. The perspective of young people in that time frame is particularly poetic because they are particularly open to suggestion. This sounds like a good case study novel of this phenomenon.

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Post by jessinikkip » 23 Sep 2018, 23:06

I do normally enjoy books that are set within World War 2 and this sounds like a very good one about family and hardships. I'll definitely check it out.

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Post by Samy Lax » 23 Sep 2018, 23:07

This is the first book I am seeing that has been set in Prague, Paris, and England during the years 1938 to 1945. The fact that it features real characters makes a good enough reason for me to read it!
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Post by ellieonline03 » 23 Sep 2018, 23:09

Fantastic review! I've been a fan of historical fiction novels for a while now and this genre still amuses me. This book offers a fresh perspective on how the English reacted on "foreigners" during Hitler's time. Definitely up for reading this.
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Post by chuckdsharp » 23 Sep 2018, 23:11

Very well written. I would like to read the book after reading the reviews.

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Post by liftedbooks » 23 Sep 2018, 23:20

I do enjoy stories based on true historical happenings. I think I would enjoy this book. The fact that the main character develops into a strong woman is intriguing. Great review!

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Post by ShailaSheshadri » 23 Sep 2018, 23:25

Excellent review! The reviewer seems enjoyed reading this historical fiction novel. The story includes the situations existed in England during World War 2. Lena is the protagonist in the novel. The author drew he character very efficiently. The novel is grammatically error-free. This well-written novel could be a good read for those who like historical fictions, especially war stories.

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Post by DAMMYLYCTOR » 23 Sep 2018, 23:27

I enjoy stories written about WWII that aren't from the usual perspective. There was so much going on at the time, but sometimes we only focus on one aspect. Sounds like this is a great story. Thanks for showing it to us! first time doing this

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Post by Shilpa Paul » 23 Sep 2018, 23:37

Thanks for the review. As I don't like reading war stories, I will pass this one.

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Post by Quinto » 23 Sep 2018, 23:43

A brilliantly written novel touching on the human aspects away from the war front, such as political beliefs. It's quite traumatizing for Lena, the protagonist, as she is also forced to think of the safety of her younger sister and mother. Great review.

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Post by Mely918 » 23 Sep 2018, 23:47

This book seems like a wonderful pick for historical fiction fans, such as myself. I especially love books set in the WWII era. It's great to know that there is so much character development in Lena. She starts off from this naive girl to a more analytical thinker as the story progresses. I'm glad that this book touches upon difficult subjects. I also like that it's filled with three-dimensional characters. All of that seem like it would make this book a very engaging read. Thank you so much for your review!

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Post by DorcasToo » 23 Sep 2018, 23:48

Thanks for the review. I love that this is a historical fiction and has a little bit of other themes on the side. The fact that it is centered around a female lead definitely is a plus.
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Post by Sumbule1 » 23 Sep 2018, 23:55

The plot of the novel is well presented.The thyme of the story mainly focuses on political misunderstanding.

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Post by dragonet07 » 24 Sep 2018, 00:09

World War II isn't my favorite era to learn about but I love historical fiction and I think this perspective is fascinating. As an American, I've learned only a minimal amount about what happened during WWII in England, so this book ought to shed new light on this tragic event for me. Thank you for the thorough review.
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Post by Priyanka_bhowmick » 24 Sep 2018, 00:12

When It's Over by Barbara Ridley --This is such a great book... I like the story which is based on a real story and This book is written on the world war 2... The cover picture of this book is looking so good... I love this story ...

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