REVIEW: The Night Train To Berlin by Melanie Hudson was a captivating novel. I have not read any other books by this author but, discovered I do have one of her books in my library. It is just a matter of time before I read more from Ms. Hudson. This book was enough to wet my whistle and I look forward to more of her writings.
I love Historical Fiction and this one was in my Wheelhouse. I like the mood of the book. This author picked up on the songs of the time period, the travel by train and all men and women wanted to do their part in war effort of WWII. There was more pulling together and sacrifice back then. Gas, food and many other things were rationed. Sliced bread was banned by our government for a time because we needed steel for the war. They soon found out that banning sliced bread didn’t help the steel supply all that much. You’ve heard of the saying “Just like sliced bread”? That is where it came from!
I enjoyed the two time periods. One was during the war and the other one is modern day. The main character during the war years was Eliza and she was a war artist that would paint her views of the war in the front lines. She was also a Red Cross nurse. The modern character was Ellie and she has a congenital heart problem that kept her from living the life of a normal young adult. There is a love story in each time period. I fell into rooting for the characters and hoping they would find each other and live happily ever after. I enjoyed these characters and the men that enter their lives. They had very different obsticles to overcome in both timelines.
If you like Historical Fiction and don’t like World War books, you might like this book. It is not a heavy war story. The modern timeline helps that a lot. I encourage you to give this book a shot.
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SYNOPSIS: The most heartbreaking historical fiction novel you will read this year from the USA Today bestseller!
A train journey into the past
A love that echoes through time
Paddington Station, present day
A young woman boards the sleeper train to Cornwall with only a beautiful emerald silk evening dress and an old, well-read diary full of sketches. Ellie Nightingale is a shy violinist who plays like her heart is broken. But when she meets fellow passenger Joe she feels like she has been given that rarest of gifts…a second chance.
Paddington Station, 1944
Beneath the shadow of the war which rages across Europe, Alex and Eliza meet by chance. She is a gutsy painter desperate to get to the frontline as a war artist and he is a wounded RAF pilot now commissioned as a war correspondent. With time slipping away they make only one promise: to meet in Berlin when this is all over. But this is a time when promises are hard to keep, and hope is all you can hold in your heart.
From a hidden Cornish cove to the blood-soaked beaches of Normandy in June 1944, this is an epic love story like no other. Perfect for fans of Pam Jenoff, Kate Quinn, Rachel Hore and Kate Furnivall.