A Star for Mrs. Blake

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  • Paperback
  • 334 pages
  • A Star for Mrs. Blake
  • April Smith
  • English
  • 18 August 2018
  • 0307948803

About the Author: April Smith

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A Star for Mrs. Blake Cora Blake never dreamed she d go to Paris She s hardly ever left the small fishing village where she grew up Yet in the summer of 1931, she is invited to travel to France with hundreds of other Gold Star Mothers, courtesy of the U.S government, to say goodbye to their fallen sons, American casualties of World War I who were buried overseas Chaperoned by a dashing West Point officer, Cora s group includes the wife of an immigrant chicken farmer a housemaid a socialite a former tennis star in precarious mental health and dozens of other women from all over the country Along the way, the women will forge lifelong friendships as they face a death, a scandal, and a secret revealed. Free Download [ A Star for Mrs. Blake ] author [ April Smith ] – passionbusiness.co.uk

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11 thoughts on “A Star for Mrs. Blake

  1. Courtney says:

    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I had mixed feelings about this book It was certainly a well written and compelling story April Smith is clearly a very talented woman The characters were believable, and true to history I even kind of liked the way that the point of view would switch from character to character with little fanfare I was able to easily be lost in the memories of Cora and the other mothers as they recounted the fondest memories of their boys or I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I had mixed feelings about this book It was certainly a well written and compelling story April Smith is clearly a very talented woman The characters were believable, and true to history I even kind of liked the way that the point of view would switch from character to character with little fanfare I was able to easily be lost in the memories of Cora and the other mothers as they recounted the fondest memories of their boys or the path that brought them to France I laughed when I read about Cora ...

  2. Brittany says:

    I was up all night with the flu This book was a non challenging distraction More critical analysis would be less favorable It had all the sophistication of a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book or an Ameri...

  3. Suzanne says:

    I was extremely disappointed in this book, especially since it has been chosen as Cincinnati s On the Same Page book for this year I was anxious to learnabout the WW1 Gold Star Mothers and their pilgrimage to France, b...

  4. TL says:

    An interesting subject and lovely writing but it was boring for me I may check out future books by the author but this one didn t do it for me unfortunately I received this via Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review

  5. Quiltgranny says:

    A truly dismaying book I felt like I was following a labrador running hither and yon look there s a squirrel The book is supposedly based on the diary of a military man whose first assignment upon graduating West Point was to escort a group of Gold Star mothers to Verdun The author couldn t decide if this was to behistorically based it wasn t , a story about the sacrifices that mothers made for the war repeated ad nauseam , or a romance little of it There were too many non essent A truly dismaying book I felt like I was following a labrador running hither and yon look there s a squirrel The book is supposedly based on the diary of a military man whose first assignment upon graduating West Point was to escort a group of Gold Star mothers to Verdun The author couldn t decide if this was to behistorically based it wasn t , a story about the sacrifices that mothers made for the war repeated ad nauseam , or a romance little of...

  6. Amanda says:

    I thought this was a fantastic premise for a book I was familiar with the concept of stars in the window for sons and now daughters serving abroad and with the gold stars for those who lost a son during World Wars I and II, but I was not familiar with the government sponsored pilgrimages of these mothers to the graves of their sons Its kind of amazing that our government did that and really what an undertaking that must have been This short article is interesting for further reading I l I thought this was a fantastic premise for a book I was familiar with the concept of stars in the window for sons and now daughters serving abroad and with the gold stars for those who lost a son during World Wars I and II, but I was not familiar with the government sponsored pilgrimages of these mothers to the graves of their sons Its kind of amazing that our government did that and really what an undertaking that must have been This short article is interesting for further reading I liked that the group we follow in the book, Party A, is made up of such very different women, the maid, the socialite, the Jewish farmer s wife and the widowed Mrs Blake I believe that s one of the good things about our military all walks of life meet up together Unfortunately, these soldiers died together, the mothers grief becomes a uniting factor across class, religion and race.I think S...

  7. Judy says:

    What I love about reading historical fiction is that I m constantly learning It is like going to school without having to take tests and writing papers This is exemplified by A Star for Mrs Blake I had never heard that the United States Government planned, paid for and escorted over 6500 mothers of men who were killed in WWI to France where their sons were buried That fact itself made the book important to me Additionally, the book is a delightful fictionalized read where we become invol What I love about reading historical fiction is that I m constantly learning It is like going to school without having to take tests and writing papers This is exemplified by A Star for Mrs Blake I had never heard that the United States Government planned, paid for and escorted over 6500 mothers of men who were killed in WWI to France where their sons were buried That fact itself made the book important to me Additionally, the book is a delightful fictionalized read where we become involved in the lives of a quartet of strangers who make the trip to France together Cora Blake, who is the main character, comes from a small fishing village off the coast of Maine, and cares for her late sister s three daughters Her young son, Sammy, w...

  8. Jonathan says:

    I d never heard of a federally funded pilgrimage of World War 1 gold star mothers to the graves of their sons in Europe, but there was such a program apparently I find that factmoving than the novel which just did not do it for me Aspects of the descriptions and relationships were well done, but then certain scenes between the principle characters would feel just a bit dull somehow and the devices employed to move the plot along were too convenient And then in the end it was all wrapped I d never heard of a federally funded pilgrimage of World War 1 gold star mothers to the graves of their sons in Europe, but there was such a program apparently I find that factmoving than the novel which just did not do it for me Aspects of the descriptions and relationships were well done, but then certain scenes between the principle characters would feel just a bit dull somehow and the devices employed to move the plot along were too convenient And then in the end it was all wrapped up far too neatly with big bows to make us all happy ...

  9. Kimberly says:

    What A Read.When I signed up for the tour I was really interested in the book because I had never heard of the Gold Star Mothers I m a Canadian so I m not well versed in American history but I found the idea of this government initiative to be what drove me to sign up since I rarely read historical fiction set after 1900 and I was very interested in reading a book based on a fictional woman, from small town America travelling overseas to finally see where her son rested 13 years after his dea What A Read.When I signed up for the tour I was really interested in the book because I had never heard of the Gold Star Mothers I m a Canadian so I m not well versed in American history but I found the idea of this government initiative to be what drove me to sign up since I rarely read historical fiction set after 1900 and I was very interested in reading a book based on a fictional woman, from small town America travelling overseas to finally see where her son rested 13 years after his death.I loved...

  10. Connie G says:

    In 1929, Congress appropriated funds to give Gold Star Mothers the opportunity to visit the graves of their sons who died in World War I The author, April Smith, was inspired by the real life diary of Thomas Hammond who acted as an escort to a group of mothers traveling to France in 1931 The book follows fictional Cora Blake and four other East Coast mothers as they travel by ship to France, visiting Paris and Verdun.There are lots of interesting historical details included in the book the De In 1929, Congress appropriated funds to give Gold Star Mothers the opportunity to visit the graves of their sons who died in World War I The author, April Smith, was inspired by the real life diary of Thomas Hammond who acted as an escort to a group of mothers traveling to France in 1931 The book follows fictional Cora ...

  11. Megan says:

    I was not terribly engrossed in this story I think it had too many characters and too much happening to them It almost felt like Smith had a check list of things that happened related to Gold Star Mothers and made sure to include the whole list Segregation Check Immigrants Check Rich lady Check Poor lady Check Polio victim Check Jewish lady Check Crazy lady Check Health problems Check Motion sickness Check Issues with unexploded ordinance Check A veteran wearing one of tho I was not terribly engrossed in this story I think it had too many characters and too much happening to them It almost felt like Smith had a check list of things that happened related to Gold Star Mothers and made sure to include the whole list Segregation Check Immigrants Check Rich lady Check Poor lady Check Polio victim Check Jewish lady Check Crazy lady Check Health problems Check Motion sickness Check Issues with unexploded ordinance Check A veteran wearing one of those infamous metal masks Check And on and on....