Review: The Whispers of War

Title: The Whispers of War
Author: Julia Kelly
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

The start of World War II looms over three friends who struggle to remain loyal as one of them is threatened with internment by the British government, from the author of the “sweeping, stirring” (Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Room on Rue Amélie ) The Light Over London

In August of 1939, as Britain watches the headlines in fear of another devastating war with Germany, three childhood friends must choose between friendship or country. Erstwhile socialite Nora is determined to find her place in the Home Office’s Air Raid Precautions Department, matchmaker Hazel tries to mask two closely guarded secrets with irrepressible optimism, and German expat Marie worries that she and her family might face imprisonment in an internment camp if war is declared. When Germany invades Poland and tensions on the home front rise, Marie is labeled an enemy alien, and the three friends find themselves fighting together to keep her free at any cost.

Featuring Julia Kelly’s signature “intricate, tender, and convincing” (Publishers Weekly) prose, TheWhispers of War is a moving and unforgettable tale of the power of friendship and womanhood in the midst of conflict.


I really enjoyed this historical novel set during World War II.

This story had alternating narratives. Samantha was in the present, where her grandmother has just died. She travels to London to meet her grandmother’s 103-year-old childhood friend to learn more about her. The other narratives followed Marie, Samantha’s grandmother, and her friends Nora and Hazel during World War II.

I don’t usually like novels set during World War II, but I couldn’t put this one down. The story was quite suspenseful, because Marie was a German girl living in England in the 1930s. She was terrified of the war starting. Even though I knew that the war would happen and that Marie would be in danger, the story was still suspenseful.

The three friends had very different stories, even though they had grown up together. They had different backgrounds and completely different life experiences after school, yet their friendship kept them together. They each had their strengths which help one another. Their stories also overlap in unusual ways.

This is a great new novel!

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Have you read The Whispers of War? What did you think of it?

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