Official Review: Into the Netherlands

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Official Review: Into the Netherlands

Post by EmunahAn » 02 Nov 2018, 04:45

[Following is an official review of "Into the Netherlands" by Valerie Koning-Keelan.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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It is the 1940s and World War II is finally over. The fear, frustration, poverty and desperation that were a consequence of the atrocious war activities still linger on. Gloria is determined to search for her husband. Everything seems so uncertain. The “enemy” could still be lurking somewhere in wait. As Gloria travels from Canada to Holland, she does not know what to expect. Will her parents-in-law accept her even though they do not know that she even exists? Will she be able to find Willem and finally settle down to the life she had initially envisioned? Into the Netherlands by Valerie Koning-Keelan is a passionate love story that is set in one of the most turbulent times in history.

The backdrop of the story definitely makes the plot one of a kind. Keelan catches the desperation of the time, presenting the pointless nature of war. From Canada to Europe and the world as a whole, the book reminds the reader of the suffering that many people had to endure in the years that followed the war. Keelan also points to many people’s ability to hope even after seeing their loved ones die and their nations in ruins. Holland particularly is the focus of the story and part of the region’s history and the people’s culture also appear in the book.

The characters make the story even more captivating. Gloria is observant, tenacious and high-spirited which makes her a great main character. Without knowing much about Holland, she is driven by love and decides to board a ship eager to find her lover. Even though the uncertainties and the danger involved is unnerving, she stills persists. With every obstacle, she finds a new solution, even when this calls for flexibility from what she is used to back in Canada. The supporting characters also play their role in the plot well. Their behavior is realistic given the period in which the story is set.

There are many points of suspense in the book. Many times I was unable to guess the outcome as the plot was quite unpredictable. From the beginning, the author arouses questions in the reader’s mind and captures their attention. The anticipation of what will happen to Gloria and Willem’s marriage and what Gloria’s experiences will be in the new environment makes the story a fascinating one.

Into the Netherlands
is an engaging story that is well-written and that is bound to appeal to romance book readers as well as anyone interested in stories set within and after World War II. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 03 Nov 2018, 16:05

This sounds like quite the suspenseful romance. Where is Willem? I really want to know if Gloria finds him and if he is ok. I think the cover of this book could be more appealing, but your review definitely drew my attention.

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Post by Amberlily » 03 Nov 2018, 21:22

Oooh this one sounds really interesting! I remember in elementary school my class had to read a book in a Jewish girl's perspective of World War II. Even though I was very young I found the issues around people affected by war to be intriguing. My family is from Holland so it would be interesting to hear about some of the history. This one also being a love story just adds to my interest. Great review, might pick this one up sometime.

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Post by fredrick otieno » 03 Nov 2018, 23:59

This is a great book, i have always loved the stories on war and i would love to give this a try.

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Post by T_stone » 04 Nov 2018, 02:26

This book sounds very interesting. From this review, I already like the main character and she has piqued my interest in reading this book. Definitely reading this one. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Sahar Majid » 04 Nov 2018, 06:01

I'm glad that this book doesn't seem like it's only romance, and actually has a lot more to it. It's also difficult to make the plot unpredictable at times so kudos to the author for that.
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Post by Alicia09 » 04 Nov 2018, 10:39

This sounds like a great story that could describe the way the world was immediately after WW2. I especially love the fact that the story had a theme of hope throughout all of the events in Gloria's life, because the losses she suffered seem too extreme for most people to recover from. I think this story describes the post WW2 society in a very warm, delicate manner by choosing to focus on a common theme of hope after loss. Thanks for the review!

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Post by SamSim » 04 Nov 2018, 11:23

Ah, a well-executed historical novel with romance, suspense, and a main character with gumption - sigh me up! Thanks for the recommendation and thorough review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 05 Nov 2018, 09:04

I'm glad this one is so well-written. It is a bit different because it's set in such a turbulent period. I hope that she is reunited with her Willem and that his parents accept her. Thanks for the review.
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Post by ekwe1 » 06 Nov 2018, 14:06

I am glad that this book is so sweet I will read the book at my own time to understand it more

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Post by Franc93 » 09 Nov 2018, 13:39

The backdrop is one of chaos but love and a strong will always triumphs at the end. I really can not get enough of books about war because they encompass the entirety of human emotions and show us that in the end good always triumphs. Quite a nice review
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Post by Nerea » 18 Nov 2018, 05:36

Quite Intriguing story. I like that the author arouses questions from the beginning to capture the reader's attention. Awesome review.
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