Thursday, September 8, 2016

Book Review - The Day Will Come by Beryl Matthews

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Review by Suze
 
It's 1940 and Grace's husband has been killed in the war. Grace is twenty-three years old and she was only married to her childhood sweetheart for a year. She's heartbroken and seeks distraction in her work as the secretary of a lawyer. When her boss decides to enlist as a pilot she has to find a new position. Together with her best friend Helen Grace joins the War Office. It's a new start for her, the beginning of a journey she thought she'd never take. Being part of something important shows Grace how strong she actually is and it brings her the company of many interesting men. Is there one person who's special enough to win her heart or will it be broken forever?
 
The Day Will Come is a beautiful story about a capable and determined woman. Grace is a fighter with a good head on her shoulders and she never gives up. I'm a big fan of books about intelligent women who can stand their ground and loved her from the start. Grace decides to use her despair for something meaningful instead of letting it get the better of her. She joins a worthwhile cause, which makes a great story. I enjoyed reading about the officers she meets and about the work Grace has to do for them. Grace and her friend Helen are both extremely brave and their work is sometimes dangerous, but they don't think about that, they just keep going. Their adventures are numerous and I loved the way Beryl Matthews describes them.
 
I've read quite a few World War II stories and think it's a time we should never forget. The Day Will Come is a really good one and I highly recommend it. Bery Matthews has a wonderful warm writing style. The story covers about five years of Grace's life and is fast-paced. There are quite a few time jumps and they always feel natural, which is something I liked a lot. Grace's life is never boring and I loved that there are many turns of events that often surprised me. Grace lives in a difficult and uncertain time, but she tries to enjoy herself as well. She likes the new friends she makes, the adrenaline rushes, the comradeship and the challenging work. Beryl Matthews brings a good balance between sadness and joy. She also describes the stress of not knowing what happened to your loved ones very well. I especially admired the versatility of her story. The Day Will come is a fantastic multilayered book with a lovely fitting ending.

12 comments:

  1. Sounds fabulous! I love a good WWII story, and this one sound heart-wrenching -- All the better for me!

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  2. You're quite right Suze; we should never forget.

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  3. Such a beautiful story and you're right " it's a time we should never forget"

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  4. Totally right Suze!
    Thanks for the great review :)

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  5. Love stories about strong female characters!

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  6. This sounds very good. I am addicted to WW2 books, and love when they feature a strong female character. So many heroes went unnoticed

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  7. I was wandering about this book. Thank you, Suze, for reviewing it.

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  8. I like reading books set in this era as like you I think it's a time everyone should remember.

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  9. I like reading books set in this era as like you I think it's a time everyone should remember.

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  10. Sounds like an awesome book set in the 1940's. Wonderful era to read about. The review makes the book come alive. Can't wait.

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  11. I've been thinking about this quite a bit lately-- how I've read very, very little historical fiction. Sure, I've read and enjoyed quite a few works that were written in the past (e.g., Woolf, J. Joyce). But, almost nothing written by a contemporary novelist. (I see [on Amazon] that this book was published November, 2015.)
    I'm glad I happened upon this review, for a number of reasons: For one, this does look like a lovely read. (In particular, Suze, I like how you highlight that "Grace decides to use her despair for something meaningful instead of letting it get the better of her.") In addition, it's given me something to really chew on. I'll be thinking about this for a while, about my own biases and preferences.
    Thank you,
    --Ann

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