Bluebird by Genevieve Graham – Novel PASTimes

 Simon & Schuster (April 5, 2022)

This novel opens in WWI with Adele Savard, a nurse from Canada, who’s treating injured troopers. She meets Corporal Jeremiah Bailey of the first Canadian Tunnelling Firm and so they make a direct connection. They’re each from the identical city. Adele and her fellow nursing sisters are nicknamed Bluebirds from the colour of their uniforms, thus the title of the ebook. Jerry goes again to the entrance and so they aren’t certain they’ll see one another once more, however they hope to. After the battle Jerry and his brother return residence to find their dad and mom have died from Spanish Flu. It’s Prohibition and everybody on the town, together with Jerry’s late father, have been making a living rumrunning. Adele works for an area physician and he or she and Jerry reunite after he saves her from his devious rival, a person he has a historical past with since childhood.

Their romance is tender and candy, and better of all for my part, it’s not rushed. They kind a friendship that blooms with time.

The story comprises a gift day thread through which a younger lady named Cassie is a historian who used to dwell within the Bailey Home however misplaced her mom there in an accident. When the present proprietor finds bottles of whiskey hidden within the partitions of the home, the 2 work to unfold the thriller, which is a part of Cassie’s household historical past. I really like household historical past connections!

I discovered the fashionable thread to be transient and whereas attention-grabbing, not too nicely developed. Nevertheless, the story of Adele and Jerry is compelling and I really like a ebook that teaches me historical past I wasn’t conscious of. The rumrunning in Windsor, Canada was linked to the US resulting from its proximity to the border throughout the Detroit River and the truth that Prohibition resulted in Canada lengthy earlier than it did within the US. (The writer’s word on the finish is to not be missed!)

The story is gritty at instances, however simply sufficient to attract you into the story. It includes two bloody intervals in historical past in any case. The ending is kind of intense, however the conclusion unveils hope and illustrates how those that lived it endured and continued to dwell their lives. Those that love historical past, like all of our readers on this weblog, will take pleasure in this one.

I obtained an advance copy from the writer for the aim of evaluate and all opinions are my very own.

Reviewed by Cindy Thomson


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