SUMMARY: A few years have passed since the tragic war in Rabaul, New Guinea, where the Americans accidentally sink an unmarked Australian ship with Prisoners of War, thinking it was a Japanese ship. In this 3rd installment, we meet back up with Grace, whose father leaves her when she was little to fight in the war. When her father leaves he entrusts Grace to her mother who has other plans for her life which don’t include being a mom. So, Grace is adopted and for many years after, she talks to the evening star hoping to find her real father. After the war, Grace’s biological father goes on a relentless search for Grace but because her mother changed her surname the two remain separated. Grace is raised by a lovely couple, but when she meets the love of her life, Ewan, her father forces them to part not believing Ewan is good enough for his daughter. But every decision changes the course that’s planned. Every action causes a new chain reaction in our lives and will the young couple’s forced separation bring about the closure that Grace has dreamt of as a little girl?
My Thoughts: I loved this book with all my heart. I’m a big critic when it comes to series and trilogies, often finding that the first book is the best. But, Elizabeth’s Star trilogy proved me wrong. So Wrong. While I absolutely loved books one and two, book three, We’ll Meet Again, blew me away with its heartfelt words, and rich, loving characters. We’re first introduced to Grace in book one and it was there that I fell deeply in love with her. I was so happy to be reunited with Grace’s path and learn about her life as a young woman and follow her’s and Ewan’s fascinating journey. The descriptions were so vivid, and at times, I felt I was right there with them as their relationship blossomed.
The ending was just beautiful. I couldn’t have hoped for a more satisfying ending to such an amazing story about family, love and finding oneself.
I know it has been a while since I’ve posted on here, and for that, I’m truly sorry! But I have good reasons. Since my last post revealing the cover of The Angolan Girl I have released it to the world, had an amazing book launch at Indigo bookstore at the Cambridge Centre Mall, attended the Eden Mills Writer’s Festival, and now I’m getting ready for another book signing at the Book Express on Saturday Sept 28th. I have read many great books in between, posted about them on Instagram, and drafted my second novel. So, all this left me little time to blog! But now that The Angolan Girl is out in the world and being read and loved by readers, I can, once again, find balance.
Here’s a picture of the successful launch we had on July 13th!
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Happy Reading Bookworms!
Summary: Set in Angola, in the mid-1900s, THE ANGOLAN GIRL is a diverse, timeless, and heart provoking novel, but at heart, it is a coming of age story about life, struggles, choices, and escape from a war-ridden colony into Canadian soil.
In 1935 Lobito, Angola, Rosa is a quiet, naive, six-year-old girl who has much to learn about life, and she dreams of security and a family of her own. Forced from her current home, she goes to live with her aunt in Luanda, and during these years, and the years following her return home, Rosa suffers a great deal. She endures much loss in more ways than one, struggles with mental health, and feels alone and isolated.
During a time when the outlook on life is grim, she meets Leo, and together they embark on their journey. Rosa and Leo raise a family of their own, and soon, Rosa has everything she has ever wanted for her future, love, family, a home, and security.
Rosa rises above a difficult childhood, but can experiences alone give her enough courage and strength to pull her family out of chaos, and into safety when it all changes in 1974 and a Civil War breaks. During this time, Rosa’s life is once again tossed into turmoil and fearful situations. Rosa and her family are no longer safe, so they must flee their home and beloved country or risk everything they have worked for and remain prisoners of war.