Title: Come From Away
Author: Genevieve Graham
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Release Date: April 24, 2018
From the bestselling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep comes a poignant novel about a young couple caught on opposite sides of the Second World War.
In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker’s three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumours swirl about “wolf packs” of German U-Boats lurking in the deep waters along the shores of East Jeddore, a stone’s throw from Grace’s window. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store.
Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamoured by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after a several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be, but someone else entirely—someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand.
Come from Away is a mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War.
I like historical fiction, but not usually books that are set during WWI or WWII. However, I loved this story!
This story has a real twist on a typical war love story. Rather than being about two people who are torn apart during the war, this story is about Grace and Rudi who meet during the war. The twist is that Rudi is a Nazi who has become stranded in Nova Scotia. The setting and the circumstances make this story unique.
The narrative switches between Grace’s and Rudi’s perspectives. This way, we get to see both sides of the story. Grace doesn’t want to betray her country, but she is drawn toward the German man. Rudi has to be careful about what he does and says in order to stay safe.
I loved this book, and I highly recommend it!