In the summer of , a young artist embarks on a journey of the heart to revive the passion and hope he once had before losing his brother.
Beyond the Shadows of Summer review by CDi. Recommended Books. To add your comments, login above or request a LitPick membership. Helps teachers and librarians promote reading and writing through book clubs, reading groups, and individualized, personal feedback on written book reviews. P artnering opportunities? Her shadow has become more than just an image, it is a gateway to a sinister new world where mysterious creatures roam and she is confronted by danger that challenges her will to survive. She finds the man whose fate is linked inexplicably to her own but she knows nothing of him and doubts his true nature.
Her only option is to place her life in his hands while they search for a way to stop the shadows claiming them forever. When I was a child I wanted to be an author, it seemed like a perfectly attainable dream to me then, but of course I grew up and realised that writing was not the best way to make a future for myself. So I discarded the idea and decided to do something normal.
So in July I bought myself a lap top and started writing in my spare time. You are commenting using your WordPress. One fought in the Russian Army and one being Jewish had all his rights taken away from him and they both ended up being sent to the horrible concentration camp called Treblinka.
I really enjoyed The Shadow Of The Night, it's about how hard life was during the second world war, choices people had to make to survive and how decisions they made at the time still effected them years later, secrets they kept, how they started over in a new country and tried to cover up the story of their past. Mar 31, Jennie Louwes rated it really liked it. Where the stories of three overlap, intertwine, and meet you'll find yourself wrapped within the pages of "Beyond the Shadow of Night.
At times easy to read. Many times hard.
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An unequal balance, but how to be any different when set inside the time of World War II and the Holocost? Dialogue heavy. Easy to get caught up in the lives of the two male characters, and their families, during war times. Much harder to feel your way inside of the daughter's life of one of them.
However, as Where the stories of three overlap, intertwine, and meet you'll find yourself wrapped within the pages of "Beyond the Shadow of Night. However, as you turn the last page you're satisfied by all three even if you had wished things had ended differently. Things learned in ones youth, more often than not, take a hold like nothing else.
When placed in a position where you must choose between being killed or taking part in killing others what choice would you make? We can't judge others when we haven't walked in their shoes. Placed in unthinkable, unbearable, intolerable situations some snap and break while others find a place to hide, within themselves, and become numb to the horror they've become a part of.
Although the other man in this story was a giver, and had been taught to help others, he too came to a place within his life's story where he had little choice: Death or taking part within the death of others. A robot acting on command; disassociated and no longer human.
Just as the bodies he had to "process" were just that: Bodies, having never been alive, "meat" meant to be reduced to ashes. At some point, when able to come up for air at the other end, and the breath you take is no longer acrid flesh but fresh; you must find a way to begin again where the past has been buried and accepted, where one life ends and you make choices to recreate yourself into someone new.
However, the past haunts; how can it not? How then do you move forward? At some point you have to stop wasting time longing for a past you never had page The above being the greatest lesson this book provides; and, it's a layered one far beyond just simply reading it out loud. Oh My Goodness! I started and finished this book in one day. I found it fantastic! Jun 20, Melissa Bennett rated it really liked it. A well written book that had great characters and a good but heart wrenching story. I enjoyed the story of the past and the mystery of the present.
It all ties up at the end in the present with a neat little bow. The mystery was pretty simple. I think you can figure it out fairly early in the book but it still was a nice little twist. I did have a couple issues with the book though. I really didn't like Diane a whole lot. I know she went through relationship issues with her dad but to 3.
I know she went through relationship issues with her dad but to watch how she treated her boyfriend and how he just stood there and took it for so many years, well I just didn't care to read those chapters. My other peeve was the friends constantly saying brothers but not of blood.
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Apr 01, Mary S. Many thanks to the publisher, Lake Union Publishing! I need to dive into this ASAP. Mar 14, Tanya Plonske Seneff rated it liked it. After reading a handful of exceptional books recently, both fiction and non-fiction, around WW2, this book was simply too simple. A solid storyline, but it skipped over what it shouldn't have and hovered on what wasn't needed. If I read Brad's response of "you can tell me in your own time when you are ready" one more time, I would have thrown my Kindle across the room. At least it had a happy ending.
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Mar 18, Rex rated it really liked it. I suspect, totally without proof, that Beyond the Shadow of Night is not the book Ray Kingfisher originally intended to write. Based upon my knowledge and appreciation of his previous works - most all of which I have read at least the ones published under this pseudonym - I sense his publishing team got their hooks into this and forced some "improvements" on him with the single goal of selling more books.
To me, this is a real problem today in not only the publishing industry, but film, music a I suspect, totally without proof, that Beyond the Shadow of Night is not the book Ray Kingfisher originally intended to write. To me, this is a real problem today in not only the publishing industry, but film, music and especially television. It seems these creative teams get together in a conference room, set up a whiteboard and write down the current formula designed to lure as many people as possible to buy their product.
The artist s behind the project are then required to follow that formula or run the risk of their efforts never seeing the light of day. It's economics plain and simple. I get it. With the exception of the few surefire, million-seller auteurs out there, the accountants run the show.
Sorry for that rant Out of my tremendous respect for Mr. Kingfisher's talents as demonstrated in his other titles - most notably the marvelous The Sugar Men and Rosa's Gold , I decided to not write a conventional review of this third book in his Holocaust Series. I'm not sure at whom to level my criticisms, so I'll keep them to myself. However, I hope the author applies his impeccable research and writing skills to the topic again soon.
I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. There have been so many books written about the World War II time period that it's difficult to find one that approaches it from a new angle. This book did that with the story of two Ukrainian boys born only a few days apart, one Jewish and one not, who grew up closer than brothers. They were separated as teenagers when the Jewish family moved to Warsaw to be closer to relatives.
The beginning of the book moved a little slowly, but the pace I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The beginning of the book moved a little slowly, but the pace picked up as the German invasion of Poland grew closer. The descriptions of life within the Warsaw ghetto as well as the concentration camp at Treblinka were extremely well done.
I learned about both the Holdomor when Stalin attempted genocide of the Ukrainian people by starvation and the Trawniki, Eastern Europeans who collaborated with the Germans rather than die in POW camps. But what made this book a 5 star read for me was the other over-reaching issues it explored: guilt, regret, forgiveness, the effects traumatic events have on future generations. My favorite sentence was this: "He said that sometimes circumstances stop us being the people we'd rather be. It's hard to review this book and rate it for several reasons.
The premise of the story is good and I like what he was trying to show- how war at that time didn't give one many choices, that you really just had to survive, no matter what it takes, and to judge one's actions can be unfair. I also like that it shed some history of Ukrainian and the situation there during the war.
It really is heartbreaking and sad, and many don't realize these past tragedies to all that had to survive in that time It's hard to review this book and rate it for several reasons. It really is heartbreaking and sad, and many don't realize these past tragedies to all that had to survive in that time. But, I only gave this book a 3 star because it didn't read well consistently throughout. In some places I really felt the story, then the next part I would not like at all. I didn't like the present day part of the story, and even though I liked the 2 stories of veering off of the friendship between the 2 men, I didn't like how they came back together, and how long it took to tell that part of the story.
I have also read the author's 2 previous books, also around ww2. They were good as well, but not great. So if you have read lots of books in this time period, this one may not rank up there with the better ones. View all 3 comments. Mar 11, Jenni DaVinCat rated it really liked it. I am so pleased that this book has finally come out! As soon as it arrived, I wasted no time in diving right into it.
As with the other two books in Kingfisher's historical fiction series The Sugar Men and Rosa's Gold , this book takes us on a journey between past and present, specifically focusing on certain events in WWII in the past and how it impacts the characters of the present.
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This book takes us to the Ukraine and Poland, before, during, and after Nazi occupation. Many people are aware I am so pleased that this book has finally come out! Many people are aware of what occurred in Poland during that time, but Kingfisher seemed to nail exactly what it was like at the time. We obviously know the outcome of what Jewish people in Warsaw had to go through, but reading about the characters and their thoughts as they're going through it was quite interesting. They had no idea how bad it was going to get, and their faith in the humanity of others is presented very accurately.
The diminishing of that faith plays a part too, and is equally interesting to read about. Heart breaking too. I really found it interesting to read about what was going on in the Ukraine for the portions that took place there. Yes, this is fiction, but it is quite clear that Kingfisher did his research in order to accurately represent what his characters were going through. The back and forth between past and present was beautifully done. There's a big event that takes place from the get-go and as the story progresses and as we learn about the characters more, we get to figure out the circumstances surrounding the event.
I know, I know, that was a very vague thing to say but anything else would lead to spoilers! Kingfisher is very good at writing believable characters that have more layers than what we can see from the surface. I really did not like Diane at first, but as I learned more about her and her life leading up to the big event, I started to sympathize for her. Brad is the most patient man that I have ever read.
Most men would not put up with that BS, especially since Diane isn't exactly a catch, so to say. The characters of the past were brilliantly done as well. The only negatives that I have to say about this book are the random occurrences of British-isms. The present day takes place in America, and so certain things sound off coming from an American speaker. The usage of 'Mother' and 'Father' instead of 'Mom' and 'Dad' sounded wrong in my head. However, since Diane's Dad is European, I suppose it could have been something she learned from him or something he demanded of her.
It's just not often that you hear an American speaker using the more formal 'Mother' and 'Father', though it's not unheard of. The other one was 'getting on' with someone. It sounds off for an American to be saying that, and sounds very British. We tend to say we 'get along' with someone, rather than 'get on'. These are very very minor things and do not take away from the book at all. Going back and reading that paragraph does sound rather nitpicky.
Overall, this is a very well written and entertaining book. The horrors of WWII will always be an interesting subject.