A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean

What I Thought:

What I Loved: The then and now story line in this book was amazing….I’m always a sucker for it!  Initially, I wasn’t sure I was going to like the “then” part of the story, but I got sucked in really fast!
How I Felt: I was all over the place with this book! A huge twist came early in the book, and I thought “Well the rest of this story is going to be boring now because they just gave everything away.” And then something else would happen that was equally amazing. That happened over and over. I loved it.
To Read Or Not To Read: This book is a must read! It’s a book that just kept giving and was such a great story! If you enjoy historical fiction around WWII, this one is for you!


What’s This Book About Anyway?

The book starts with Gillian catching her boyfriend in the act of cheating. She heads to her grandmother’s home to get away for a while. As she is on her way, her dad calls her to tell her he’s found something at grandma’s and she needs to come see it.


What they have found are photographs of Gillian’s grandmother very clearly in a romantic relationship with a German Nazi. 😯 The photographs are hidden in this travel chest inside a secret drawer, underneath a secret bottom. All very mysterious!


After asking about the photograph, Grandma starts to tell her story. As she tells the story, we travel back to 1939 with her. Every time we think we have an answer for that photo, another twist comes up making us have more questions. I don’t want to give any more information on the storyline, because that’s half the fun of this book. I will say that it leads us to super-secret spy storylines, romance, some pretty rough interrogation scenes, and a plane crash!
This book was amazing and I recommend it to everyone!


Footnotes:

#afiresparkling #juliannemaclean #historicalfiction

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