Come from Away by Genevieve GrahamCome from Away by Genevieve Graham

Come from Away

byGenevieve Graham

Paperback | April 24, 2018

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From the bestselling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep comes a poignant novel about a young couple caught on opposite sides of the Second World War.

In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker’s three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumours swirl about “wolf packs” of German U-Boats lurking in the deep waters along the shores of East Jeddore, a stone’s throw from Grace’s window. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store.

Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamoured by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be. He is someone else entirely—someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand.

Come from Away is a mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War.
Title:Come from AwayFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:April 24, 2018Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could have read it in a day was that good! OMG this was a page turner! Could have finished it the day I got it but tried to pace myself err um finished it the next day :D Can't wait to read all of her other books!!!
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling Canadian Historical Fiction I received an eARC of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I went into this book with high expectations - a historical fiction set in Canada during war time? That is basically one of my most favourite set ups. Come From Away did not disappoint. I enjoy historical fiction because I enjoy learning about the past AND a good story. The was definitely some history here I had never been aware of before, which is always fun. It felt very well researched, and the spirit of the Canadian East Coast is well captured. The characters were interesting, and I felt Rudi especially was very well done. His broken English was believable and not over done. Being honest, this was pretty near a 5 star read for me for st least 75% of the book. The emotions Grace experiences feel real and I was always finding it hard to put the book down, wondering how things would turn out. The end, however, I found a bit weak. Linda kind of falls out of the picture for so long and then comes back in a huge way and it felt jarring. It didn't feel like I really knew her character and now she was having big emotional reactions that I objectively could appreciate but in the moment felt forced. There was also a bit of repetitiveness in Rudi's reactions to situations that started to get a bit stale, Grace's quick negative judgments also became a bit trite and not as compelling and at times Grace's family almost felt to perfect. That all being said, it was a very enjoyable read and I am certainly interested in picking up other books by Genevieve Graham. The characters were likeable, and the POV characters well developed. The setting is well described without being heavy handed in the scenery. Overall an excellent escape into Canadian historical fiction.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful Canadian story of love in the time of war I received a free advance e-copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The very first thing I did after finishing this book was go online and order another book by this author. It was that good! I was initially drawn to the book by its cover and title as well as the fact that it was set in the time of WW2, an era that I am fascinated with. I think that the title Come From Away first captured my attention because of the wonderful Broadway Musical "Come From Away" which is set in Gander Newfoundland and details the warm hospitality shown by the people of Gander to those whose airplanes were stranded there on 9/11. I had not realized that the term was also used in other Maritime provinces but was ultimately not surprized. Some of the characters in this novel apparently feature in another book by this author which I have not read. While I would now be very interested in reading it, I didn't feel any lack for not having read it. The story is complete in and of itself. The tale is set in Nova Scotia in 1942. The heroine, Grace Baker still lives with her parents and does most of the running of the local store which serves to supply her community in a way that is really essential. Three of her brothers have been in active service since 1939 and as part of a close family, she misses them immensely and worries about them all the time. She wonders if she is being selfish by staying at home and whether she should be signing up for something more important in terms of war work.. Her father lost a leg in the last war and although he hasn't talked about it much, she wonders if it would please him if she had signed up too. No sooner does he reassure her than a telegram is delivered informing them that her brother Norman was at Dieppe and did not survive. The author has the ability to write in such a way that the words flow and they really made me feel as if I understood what the characters were thinking and feeling. The immensity of their loss affects everything and it is hard to pick up and keep going when war seems to be more and more a part of their world. Grace is filled with an incredible anger towards anyone or anything German and has trouble understanding why her parents don't share the deep anger that she is feeling. The author was initially inspired by stories that she heard from locals in her Nova Scotia home about the time when German submariners came ashore and joined in at a local dance which was being held. She used this inspiration in her book when Grace attends a local dance and catches the eye of a tall handsome and silent young man who invites her to dance but then disappears. He alter reappears in her store claiming to be a fur-trapper of German extraction. The more she gets to know him, the more appealing he seems to her and the more important he is to her but eventually, after he saves a local boy from drowning when some ice breaks his secret gets out. Grace learns that he is one of the hated "Nazis" and even worse, he is staying at her home! This book is very relevant to what is happening in the world today. Just like Grace, many people struggle to see past a stereotypical anger they feel towards those who are different and who "Come from away". Over time as Grace gets to know Rudi and understand who he really is and how he was raised and came to be a German soldier, she is able to see past her hatred and fall in love with him. Not all around her are willing to look past his nationality though which leads to some very tense moments. This book captivated me to the point where I really couldn't put it down and read it in the space of 24 hours. There are so many important lessons to be learned from it. When some of Graces brothers return one gets to see and understand just what shell shock is and how the average soldiers who fight on opposite sides in wars are really not very different from each other. I think this would be a wonderful book for a high school curriculum. It really exposes one to what life was like in a small Nova Scotian town during the war and how those who "come from away" can find a home there too. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has even the least bit of interest in Canadian history.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Canadian historical fiction Genevieve Graham's latest novel, Come From Away, takes us back to the small fishing outport of East Jeddore, Nova Scotia - also the setting for her previous book, Tides of Honour. Tides of Honour was a historical piece set in WW1 featuring Danny and Audrey. I was thrilled to see that Come From Away continues the story of the Baker family with the next generation. It is now 1942 and war is yet again raging. The three Baker sons have headed off to fight, leaving sister Grace at home to help her parents and work in the village. Here's the facts - German U-boats (submarines) did in fact patrol along Canada's East Coast - and sunk over 44 Canadian ships, including the SS Caribou, a passenger ferry. But, here's the absolutely fascinating bit - Come From Away is based on a local legend that is very possibly quite true. In 1942, a small group of German soldiers attended a local Christmas dance in East Jeddore. And it is this incident that is the inspiration for Graham's latest novel. What a great premise! Where to start? I love the setting. Having visited this area, I was able to easily visualize the village, the sea, the landscape and the beauty of this part of Canada. Graham captures the tone and timbre of those war years, detailing everyday life, the difficulties and heartbreak that war brings but juxtaposing that with the perseverance, community spirit and strong family ties of these Nova Scotians. But it is the characters and their lives that make the books for me. I loved revisiting - it felt like catching up with old friends. But this book belongs to Grace - and her love story. Could this have really happened? I like to think so. Come From Away is a lovely story. If you enjoy historical fiction with a strong helping of romance, you're going to want to read Genevieve Graham. And the title? Come From Away is a traditional term used for anyone who wasn't' born there.
Date published: 2018-04-24

Editorial Reviews

“Graham continues her worthy crusade of recounting pivotal Canadian history in this poignant story [about] the travesties of war both on the battlefield and the home front.”