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    Historical Fiction

    Shelter by Sarah Franklin History is not always kind and neither is life. Families can be difficult, abusive, mean, loving or lost and in this story both Connie and Seppe had families that impacted them greatly. Seppe is an Italian prisoner of war that is sent to England where he becomes involved in the timber trade. While there he meets Connie, a woman that has moved from pillar to post working in a factory, on a farm and finally as a lumberjill during WWII. She and he find common ground but he wants much more from her than she does from him. There are many aspects of the area and the forest that are brilliantly presented along with supporting characters that were a delight to spend time with. I can see this becoming a series in the future should the author decide to go in that direction. I found Connie to be a woman that did not “feel” as much as I would like for her to have. She seemed detached and selfish and hedonistic but also very lost. I could not really understand her and am not sure I have ever encountered anyone like her. Trying to figure her out was an interesting challenge. I did like Seppe and wished him a good life. It was easier to like him and want the best for him in the future. I found the information about the lumberjills intriguing and am glad that I had the opportunity to learn more about them and this time in the past as well as what they contributed to the war. If this is going to be continued in another book then I would like to find out more about Billy, the Italians who remained behind, Joe and just how Connie and Seppe end up eventually. I found the ending a bit abrupt and would have liked to have an epilogue or at least what happens by the end of the day. IF there is a book to follow then it should definitely pick up right there. Thank you to NetGalley and Bonnier Zaffre for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
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