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  • Timing is everything

    Alex and Eliza meet in 1944 on a night train to Paddington. There is an instant connection, but their timing is off. Joe and Ellie meet in 2019 on another night train to Paddington, this one a train celebrating the war with music, dance, food and costume. There is an instant connection between them, too, and their timing looks like it could be perfect. But Ellie has serious health issues and hesitates to commit to a future that might not be. There is an intriguing connection between Alex and Joe and between Eliza and Ellie. How has the past affected the present? The Night Train to Berlin paints a vivid picture not only of beautiful Cornwall but of the horrors of WWII and the roles people played. The danger and uncertainty, the hope battling the hopelessness, the fatigue, the pain, the love, the loss – all seem real. We get little glimpses throughout, starting with the prologue, that both raise and dash our hopes. In the present, things are going so well for Joe and Ellie, she is literally having the best time of her life, that you want to jump on the train and tell her to be brave, to go for it! The connections between all the characters seem almost magical. There’s the train to Paddington and Cornwall, of course, and a cottage and a journal and a clock. I wish the author had taken more advantage of these magical elements and connections and given us more details and glimpses into the lives of all four of these people, instead of more often providing vague and confusing hints that many times made this seem more like a mystery we are trying to solve with clues than an historical romance. Thanks to the author and Harper Collins UK One More Chapter for providing an advanced copy of The Night Train to Berlin via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I enjoyed this book and do not hesitate to recommend it.

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  • Haunting WWII Romance

    This is a haunting novel of romance during WWII. The novel goes back and forth from present-day to wartime. The modern-day story is about a couple who meet on a night train similar to how the war couple meet. The war scenes take up most of the book. None are graphic, but they are all disturbing because it really happened. The book was written in such a way that I felt the war in a more realistic fashion than I have in other books. The author captures all of the emotions from so many points of view. The modern-day happenings add spice and distance to the war happenings that set the book off in a perfect manner. I highly recommend this novel. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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  • Night train to Berlin

    Dumb ending don’t understand it at all. What are we supposed to conclude from that ?

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  • Evocative and Enthralling

    The cover alone evokes atmosphere and nostalgia! And then you open the book and become immersed in two timelines, one from the 1940s and one at the present time. A trip on the Orient Express is on my to do list so am always attracted to train stories. The author describes scenery, trains, historical bits and characters beautifully. Symbolism plays a key role, too. The time and clock ties are charming, as is the name Meadowsweet Cottage. This book is about loss, love and life. And hope. Eliza and Alex meet in the 1940s during the war. I like that the horrors of war aren't glossed over as they are important to know about. Eliza is a married nurse and war artist. When she meets Joe her life is instantly changed. So is his. Ellie goes on an adventure and meets Joe on a night train in present day and they immediately click. But Ellie has a secret. They all do. And they also keep secrets from others in their lives. The characters of Eliza and Alex are described well but I didn't feel the same about Ellie and Joe, especially Joe. It seemed more energies were spent on the others, leaving him a little flat. Still a very enjoyable read! Women's Fiction and Historical Fiction fans ought to read this and other books by Melanie Hudson. My sincere thank you to HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter and NetGalley for the privilege of reading the e-ARC of this delightful book!

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  • Unexpected Encounters

    A tale of two sets of lonely people. Both meet on the night train to Berlin. Ellie and Joe in present time, Alex and Eliza in 1944 during WWII. Both couples are escaping from their current life to find peace and make choices about their futures. Both couples fall in love and spend time in a cottage in Cornwall on the beach. As they ride the Night train they have a magical evening and fall in love. Circumstances will take them in different directions, but they end up finding each other again. A broken clock figures in both stories and is a prominent part of the story. I liked the sentence used "Choosing to live a life with an open heart and an attitude of hope rather than one of dread and fear." as well as the phrase they used with each other "And All Shall be Well." The book was a good clean romance story, the conversations they had were insightful and meaningful. The description of the countryside both during and after the war were very descriptive. During the war scenes the story was rather real and true to life. I did like reading the story, especially that of Alex and Eliza. I liked how Eliza was strong and held up for her rights as a woman, good story. I felt sorry for Alex, it was very sad. I did not care for the ending, it rather left me hanging. I kept waiting to see what would happen....and the book was done. It was a good read and I would recommend it, but you have to make up your own ending, I made up a few different ones. Thanks to Melanie Hudson, Harper Collins U.K. , One More Chapter, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and advanced copy for an honest review.

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