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  1. says:

    Harry Fletcher and his foster brother Eddie were close Ever since his dad had rescued him from the gutter as a six year old Harry had been there for him When Harry enlisted to fight in WWI Eddie was right there by his side Harry was sweet on Nora MacTiernan – he’d known her since he was twelve – and Eddie was sweet on Peggy They lived with Harry’s mum Irish born Ellen and their siblings in Semaphore in South Australia But the war interrupted their peaceful livesOnce training was done it was Gallipoli they headed to first The disaster of Gallipoli was their first introduction to the war But it was the mud and freezing cold of Flanders that shook them up The war didn’t want to end – the deaths of friends and fellow soldiers was all around Harry and Eddie The horrors were realWould Harry return home to Nora? Would he be the same man who left? The Stars in the Night by Aussie author Clare Rhoden tells the story of a shocking war in part by means of a diary and letters home Told in two time frames with a granddaughter going through old letters and the discovery of a notebook after her grandmother dies in 1970 and 1917 onward in the war years Heartbreaking sad and emotional as the war most surely was the days months and years after the war were full of hope and happiness littered with lingering grief and post traumatic stress – though not recognized as such back then Rhoden has told a well researched story of which the idea came from stories of her own grandparents’ emigration from Europe to Port Adelaide in 1914 Highly recommendedWith thanks to Odyssey Books for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review


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    The Stars in the Night opens on a grieving Harry Fletcher missing his wife Nora His granddaughter is helping him go through Nora's things She discovers a journal composed in WW1 and she insists on hearing her grandfather's story After a charming portrait of the old man Harry heavy of heart his mind laden with memories and descriptions of Semaphore his childhood his friends and family the narrative shifts back to the war First to Gallipoli and then ultimately to Passchendaele where Harry and his foster brother Eddie live out the day to day reality of trench warfare The Stars in the Night captures all that World War One was at a very human level focussing on the before the during and the aftermath of survivors picking up their lives This is a story of resilience of tragedy of coming to terms and of love and hope At times unbearably sad at others triumphant and even a little funny the novel paints a picture of war that is intimate showing how events occurring in the trenches impacted on the lives of a small coastal village in AustraliaRhoden is careful not to portray her protagonist Harry in a stereotypical Aussie bloke fashion The prose has a distinctly Australian flavour the tone carrying a hint of Aussie vernacular but that voice is thankfully not over played Rhoden has crafted real men with cares and troubles and shame and big hearts Plotting pacing characterisation are all excellent The structure a patchwork of carefully woven scenes interspersed with letters and fragments of Eddie's diary works perfectly The story is well researched Scenes in the trenches are graphic enough and horrifying Rhoden's prose comes into its own during the battle scenesNow all his senses were stretched alive The riven darkness slashed his vision violently radiant with fire while the air bucked furrowed by metal The noise pushed against his ears and the deceitful duckboards beneath him wore a slimy reptilian coatSuch visceral prose that abounds throughout to my mind places The Stars in the Night in the canon of novels set in WW1 This is the smoothest most unpretentious and laid bare engaging war story I have read in a long time Rhoden is a master storyteller displaying insight restraint and empathy Rhoden has crafted a gem of a story that I hope becomes a set text in Australian schools Unputdownable


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    See of my book reviews on my blog Literary FlitsThe Great War was said at the time to be 'the war to end all wars' yet warfare has raged in one form or another in one nation or another across the globe ever since The Great War still holds a uniue place in history though and I felt that Rhoden does a wonderful job in this novel of bringing the Australian soldiers' experiences to life She has obviously thoroughly researched her subject and I appreciated the authenticity reflected in The Stars In The Night The novel begins whn Harry is an elderly man just after his wife has died and his granddaughter Kate wants him to talk about an old notebook she has found amongst her grandmother's possessions For Kate the notebook is a historical artefact but its contents are still very real and vivid to Harry Rhoden then takes us back in time to witness Harry signing up to fight so we can understand why he chose to do so and see how the war he experienced was so horrifically different to what the young soldiers expectedI loved Rhoden's character creations Everyone felt genuine and I could appreciate less well known ideas such as Irish mother Ellen's being so against her Australian son signing up to fight an English war Even though this family lived thousands of miles away European ideas were still important to them and the men were keen to fight for Britain in a war that otherwise would not have reached Australian shores A lot of the war scenes are understandably difficult to read because Rhoden doesn't shy away from the grim realities of trench life This harshness is countered though by the heart warming bonds formed between most of the soldiers We also see how the war remained with them for decades after the conflict itself had ended Australia was a very different place when they returned and lots of their traditional job roles were either no longer there or had been taken by women Expectations altered drastically in the 1920s and trying to cope with this while also suffering from physical and mental war damage must have been such a struggle for many families including Harry's as we see here The Stars In The Night is an emotional and beautifully written reminder of a war that should never be forgotten


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    Last year I discovered letters photos and other paraphernalia which belonged to my grandparents There were letters from my grandfather when he fought in WW1 He spent time in Egypt and then in France where he was wounded The Stars in the Night took my breath away as I was transported to some of the same places where my grandfather had beenClare Rhoden tells the story of Harry Fletcher who with his foster brother Eddie heads off in December 1914 from Semaphore a town in South Australia to Egypt Gallipoli and France He leaves behind the love of his life Nora and despite the fact they're from different backgrounds his desire to come back and marry her drives him to surviveThe author artfully takes us on a journey and what a journey it isThrough Egypt ‘every bit of Egypt from the vomit and crap in the ward to the bustling slovenly thieving damn streets stank like damnation'To Gallipoli ‘Anzac Cove had a stench too higher that the waste out the back of the butcher shop in January Australian and Turkish dead lay bloating between the lines’To the trenches of France ‘There was watery mud up to his chin The trick was not to swallow anyHe stretched his right leg beneath him The mud stirred like cold lumpy soup and he foundsome sort of purchase he drove his foot into whatever – whoever was underneath him’At times it’s gut wrenching as we’re put right into the action The love and friendship Harry has for Eddie was touching as was the camaraderie the soldiers had for each other War is not confined to the fight itself but lingers long afterwards into lives and future generations And Harry’s fight like so many others never stopsThis is a very well researched and beautifully written novel with wonderful characters I found it difficult to put down and at times uite emotional If you haven’t read anything about this war then try this new release And even if WW1 is your thing read it anyway You won’t be sorry


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    The Stars in the Night is a standalone book by Clare Rhoden Harry Fletcher and his foster brother Eddie much to the despair of their mother join the army World War One has begun and although Australians weren't conscripted at the time Harry and Eddie wanted to do their bit to help In December 1914 they leave their home of Semaphore in South Australia to take part in the nightmare of war in Egypt Gallipoli and FranceThe story begins after the war when Harry Fletcher and his granddaughter are sorting through his late wife's belongings Amongst them is a diary written by Eddie starting on the journey from Australia It's through diary entries and memories that the author tells of the plight of the men their family friends and loved ones during those terrible yearsThere is little doubt that a lot of research went into this story Not only for the factual things such as the dates and places The descriptions of life during the war in the trenches on the front lines were written as if the author had been there herself Or at least spoken to many ex servicemen to find out what it was like I was amazed at what I read and I don't mind telling you that I ran the gamut of emotions I cried big ugly tears at one point I cringed a lot at the conditions I was reading about I also had some smiles for when the good times happened I really feel that my eyes have been opened to what life was like during the war and in Harry's case after the war too Men didn't come back 'whole' The war and what happened during it will never leave them or their loved ones I am emotionally shattered This book is a must read for anybody with an interest in learning about life during WW1 It might be a fictional set of characters but looking into the realities of the war is something I think we should all do I definitely recommend this book if for no other reason than that Not for people who don't like to get emotional


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    The War to End All Wars ended on November 11 1918 Our feelings of the Australian character and nation that exist today have their origins in the War and Anzac Day is commemorated as a national holiday in Australia From a vantage of 100 years author and historian Clare Rhoden shows us the experience of The Great War through the eyes of one Australian man The main character in this haunting historical fiction is Australian Harry Fletcher and what a hero he is “He didn’t notice other men looking to him for what to do next because others had watched him for the lead all his life”Harry wasn’t wealthy and he wasn’t educated He worked in his family’s bakery and helped take care of his large family after his father died He had a strong bond with his foster brother Eddie a foundling that his father took in Harry was born to be a leader He decided that the right thing to do was to enlist and fight for the British Empire Of course Eddie came too “They’d been apprenticed to war as to a pernicious master one who demanded heart and soul as well as body” Harry and Eddie’s war started in Gallipoli in 1916 and then they served in France and Flanders Conditions were horrible but Harry was solid and realistic and did his best By the end of the war life had been harsh with Harry “He was Harry Fletcher and he was not finished yet” He went back to Australia and once again he did his bestThe blurb for this book explains the story well “From the beaches of Semaphore to the shores of Gallipoli the mud of Flanders to the red dust of inland South Australia this is a story of love brotherhood and resilience”The author writes in a haunting and emotional style that will transfix you The bond between Harry and Eddie was of a type that many people have probably not experienced The cover of the book evokes the mood of the story It looks similar to photos I have seen of the war zone near Chateau WoodThis book truly moved me and I am thankful I read it As I know mainly about the involvement of the US in the War which didn’t occur until the last year of the war it would have helped me if there had been details about the actual battles But I can see that the author was not writing about World War 1 so much as she was writing about one man’s soulI will also note for readers that the first part of the book shifts freuently between 1970 and 1915 1917 and this confused me at first But once the story cast its spell I found this to be a haunting readThanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for a review copy This is my honest reviewJena C Henry April 2019


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    Harry Fletcher was just 22 when very much against his Irish mother's wishes he enlisted to fight in World War I Naturally Eddie the foster brother Harry's father had rescued from the streets signed up as well The two were inseparable untilHarry believed he would always be there to protect Eddie Harry was also certain he would return to marry his beloved Nora MacTiernan regardless of the obstacles that stood in their way But the war lingered on and it took a heavy toll The history books tell us of the events of the war the battles fought and won or lost the casualty numbers the towns and cities that were destroyed Clare Rhoden reveals the strength and resilience that drove brave soldiers into battle after battle despite the high human cost; the brotherly love that bound mates; the mothers' suffering and anger; the patience and devotion of the women who waited As we follow Harry from a South Australian beach to Egypt Gallipoli and France we share the fear and suffering of his loved ones; we cheer his courage; we admire his confident easy going charm; and we pray for his safe return to Nora and the family he yearns to create A genuine page turner this is a story that will appeal to lovers of historical fiction and to anyone who enjoys a story that tugs at the heartstrings and introduces characters that leap from the pages into life and remain admired friends long after the back cover is closed


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    Set in Australia Harry Fletcher misses his wife He and Nora his granddaughter are going through her things now as it’s time They find a journal written during WW1The story travels through the war Gallipoli Passchendaele and it tells of the horrific life in the trenchesIt also tells the emotional side of surviving a war the struggles tragedies love and ultimately the feeling of Hope This is such an emotional read unbearably sad at times but still has a little humour now and thenI found the characters to be well written and immensely likeable great storylines and full of empathythis will tug at your heartstrings that’s for sure I liked how the story was laid out with the letters and journal entries adding a feeling of reality and the descriptive scenes of the trenches themselves are just brutal A tale of the effects of war on the soulwonderful writing by Clare RhodenThank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook This is my honest unbiased review


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    Bittersweet memoriesResting in Harry's mind and experiencing the rollercoaster of a young man at war and a grandfather remembering his past has brought poignant memories of my own grandfather to mind This is a beautifully crafted story of love and loyalty friendship loss and grief The plot switches effortlessly between the now and the then capturing the raw brutality of battle and the strange pauses in between It shares the changes in attitudes to war and social standing faith and genderRhoden has masterfully described decades long grief the impact on those closest and the hole that changes a p erson forever and never leaves themA wonderful immersive story and well worth your time to readHighlyrecommended


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    I'll admit I wasn't expecting this read to be as introspective and deep as it was The author combines the tragedy and horror of war with the trivial moments of these fictional characters Eddie becomes a symbol of the type of haunting trauma the men and women emerged with after dealing with the atrocities caused by men playing strategy as those in charge sat safely in their offices and homesEven at the end nothing is prevalent in Harry's thoughts than the fate of his brother Eddie Even decades after he last saw him he is filled with fear and heartache at the thought Eddie might have called out for him That he might have taken days to die by himself feeling abandoned like he was by his abusive mother Harry feels as if he let Eddie down and there is nothing anyone can do or say to alleviate the guiltAlthough the fate of Eddie and how Harry suffers isn't a singular experience the fact the focus is on the two of them makes it tangible for the reader We know the facts and figures of the Great War The Lost Generation and the repercussions of the war Aside from the ones who were recorded as dead there are still tens of thousands who remain MIA No narrative for the loved ones no exact place to pay respects and no certainty of death I would personally find that much difficult to cope with than a definitive answer or an eyewitness account There will always be a part of those left behind that expect their husbands father and sons to just turn up again It's the not knowing that destroys the soulI really enjoyed the fact Rhoden didn't tell the story from the perspective of a romantic relationship Instead it's a story of love between two men who are brothers in every sense of the word except by birth Brotherhood camaraderie and an unbreakable bond of trust between the two of themIt's historical fiction with intense war scenes and it's also the story about the strong bond of brotherhood I was impressed with the way the author described the combat scenes and the way the characters talked about war It's not easy to capture the desperation the feeling of helplessness and the reality of being used as bullet fodder Simultaneously she captures the courage the fear and the confusion of the situation It's a sad read but also one that speaks of moving forward in spite of the sorrow and the lossI received a courtesy copy


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REVIEW ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Clare Rhoden

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The Stars in the Night

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REVIEW ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ Clare Rhoden

Harry Fletcher is a confident young manHarry’s sure that he will marry Nora MacTiernan no matter what their families say He’s certain that he will always b Harry Fletcher and his foster brother Eddie were close Ever since his dad had rescued him from the gutter as a six year old Harry had been there for him When Harry enlisted to fight in WWI Eddie was right there by his side Harry was sweet on Nora MacTiernan – he’d known her since he was twelve – and Eddie was sweet on Peggy They lived with Harry’s mum Irish born Ellen and their siblings in Semaphore in South Australia But the war interrupted their peaceful livesOnce training was done it was Gallipoli they headed to first The disaster of Gallipoli was their first introduction to the war But it was the mud and freezing cold of Flanders that shook them up The war didn’t want to end – the deaths of friends and fellow soldiers was all around Harry and Eddie The horrors were realWould Harry return home to Nora? Would he be the same man who left? The Stars in the Night by Aussie author Clare Rhoden tells the story of a shocking war in part by means of a diary and letters home Told in two time frames with a granddaughter going through old letters and the discovery of a notebook after her grandmother dies in 1970 and 1917 onward in the war years Heartbreaking sad and emotional as the war most surely was the days months and years after the war were full of hope and happiness littered with lingering grief and post traumatic stress – though not recognized as such back then Rhoden has told a well researched story of which the idea came from stories of her own grandparents’ emigration from Europe to Port Adelaide in 1914 Highly recommendedWith thanks to Odyssey Books for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review