What book have I finished today? Elusive Dawn by Gabrielle Wills. I would like to thank Virtual Author Book Tours for offering me the opportunity to read this novel of wealth and privilege during World War I. I appreciate their sending me the book at no cost. As always, all opinions are my own.
About the Book:
About the Author:
Elusive Dawn is the second book of the Muskoka trilogy and it picks up where The Summer Before the Storm left off – Ria had just received some devastating news about her beloved Chas and WWI was disrupting the privileged lives that the Wyndhams and Thortons had come to cherish.
Most of this book takes place away from the lake the families love so much. Most of the action occurs either in England or in France and it is the War and its horrors that are the focus of this piece of the series. And horrors there are. Ms. Wills does not spare her reader from the battles and the wounded but she does not write anything that is unnecessary or exploitative. War is hell and to write a novel involving soldiers, doctors and ambulance drivers there is no getting around the violence that it engenders.
Ria has left her family in Canada and is now a member of the WATS ambulance corps. She is unable to forgive Chas his indiscretion and is running away from her life. She does find a strong group of friends in the corp and finds she has much to contribute the war effort. She refuses to write or talk to Chas and this drove me crazy – until I remembered how YOUNG she was. I kept viewing her actions through my very much older self and once I remembered what it was like to be 20 it made sense again. I won’t spoil the story but to say that War is a great healer as well as a great divider.
The book mostly focuses on Ria and Chas’s story but does take time for the many, many, many other characters in the Muskoka family. In fact my one complaint is that they all seemed to be reintroduced within the first chapter and I had a hard time remembering who was who and who was related to who how. It had been a while since I had read the first book and throwing them all at me at once was a bit daunting. I finally sorted them all out, along with the new ones and was able to stop turning back to figure out who belonged where. Barring that confusion the book would have gotten a 5.
Ms. Wills has a remarkable way of dropping her characters into the history of the time seamlessly. The book is historically accurate but the reader never feels as if they are reading a boring history textbook. She truly brings history alive through her descriptions and her characters. I didn’t want the story to end and this was not a short, easy read. I am very much looking forward to the finale of this exciting trilogy.
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Other Books About WWI:
Under the Same Blue Sky by Pamela Schoenewaldt
The California Wife by Kristin Harnisch