Welcome to Day 14 of The Necromancer’s Daughter’s Book Tour!
I hope you enjoy:
~ A lovely community of bloggers.
~ My favorite book from my host’s list, along with my review.
~ Something to make you smile.
~ Something from or about The Necromancer’s Daughter (follow the link below).
~ Leave a comment on my hosts’ sites, and your name will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. The more tour sites, the more entries!
Day 14, here we go!
Robbie Cheadle’s Blog: Roberta Writes
Robbie has two blogs and I follow them both. Robbie’s Inspiration is her poetry, fondant art, baking, and children’s books blog, which includes reviews of children’s poetry books. Roberta Writes is her adult writing blog where she shares her poetry and prose aimed at an older audience. She posts on a variety of topics, including her writing projects, responses to challenges, research, travel, and book reviews of adult books. She’s a huge supporter of the writing community.
Robbie’s one of those busy bloggers who somehow does it all. She’s written a series of children’s books, YA horror, a historical fiction/paranormal novel that takes place in her home of South Africa, and a memoir with her mother about her mom’s childhood during WWII in England. She’s also a prolific poet. Robbie’s poems and short stories appear in multiple anthologies and she has about 70 projects in the works (maybe a tiny exaggeration, but it seems that way to me). I could go on and on, but it’s time for a review:
While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Eaton.
My Review: This story reads like a memoir, and I loved it. It follows the daily life of Elsie, a 4-5-year-old growing up on a farm in England during World War II. The story starts with the family listening to an air-raid siren and climbing into their shelter beneath the garden. And though the war is the backdrop to the story and impacts daily life in significant ways, this isn’t really a story about war. At heart, this is a story about the resilient spirit of children growing up within a strong family.
The details of daily life are incredibly well-researched, and this book could almost serve as a guide to rural life in England in 1942 when rationing required adults to make some careful and creative choices. At the same time, the story is filled with delightful anecdotes of family life and the perspectives of a child, including a fear of Jack Frost, the trials of a stinky outhouse, and a trip to the movie theater to see the Three Stooges outwit the Germans.
The story unfolds in an omniscient point of view, and there’s not really a plot (thus the feeling of a memoir), but from beginning to end, the book is thoroughly engaging. I read it in one sitting. As an added bonus, the author included a few wartime recipes. Highly recommended to readers of memoirs, historical fiction, WWII fiction, and warm family stories.