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Posted July 3, 2014
I've been highly anticipating Grand Central for some time now. A number of the authors who took part in the anthology are among my favorites. This was either going to be a good thing or a bad.
In a word, Grand Central is fantastic. I devoured each and every story. Every story is it's own unique tale. I could picture myself as a bystander simply standing at the Grand Central Terminal--all the stories are happening on the same day. We as the reader get to peek into the lives of passersby, one day in the history of Grand Central.
Within a number of the short stories there is the most subtle overlay of an earlier character in another story, gently weaving the Grand Central Terminal together. I was a bit curious how these authors were going to fully engage me into such short stories and yet each and everyone of them did just that. Many of them, if not all, I felt could easily be turned into full novels. Each story had me engaged in the protagonists life. Some of these stories brought me to tears, some made me angry, some melted my heart. I was impressed by how different each story was, just as each of our stories are very different as we pass one another in life. We go home to different circumstances, different history, different pain, different hopes.
At the close of Grand Central, I sat back as it had been reaffirmed why some of these authors are indeed on my list of favorites. The authors I hadn't read before are now on my list of authors to read. As someone who is often asked to give author recommendations, I am thrilled to tell people to read Grand Central to have an opportunity to read from ten wonderful authors. Each different and wonderful.
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Posted July 1, 2014
Posted July 3, 2014
Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion, what an incredible and beautiful tribute to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal 101th birthday— with the main entrance to this historical landmark, dedicated to the former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis this past Monday, honoring her efforts to keep the station open.
This group of talented ten bestselling and inspiring authors have put together a beautiful collection of memorable stories, each unique. Every person has a story to tell; allowing readers to enter the lives of many who have passed through this historical landmark. It is a place with lovers meet and ones say goodbye.
Of course, my two of my favorite authors are featured, the queens of historical fiction: Sarah Jio and Karen White, fitting for this heartwarming and compelling read. In addition, my other long-time favorite author, Kristin Hannah, introduces the novel with a touching story, as she describes that often in our war fiction, we overlook the truths of women and their importance during this time.
As Hannah mentions, “This talented group of authors has taken an intriguing premise and coaxed from it a seamlessly integrated group of stories. In it, a single day in Grand Central Terminal—entrance to the melting pot of America—becomes the springboard for ten very different stories which when read together weave a beautiful tapestry about men and women and their war years.”
In some stories, the characters are finding new loves after devastating losses; while others are battling the terrible effects of the war and are seeking a better future. World War II was the last Great War for Americans, a time of national sacrifice and common goals. In our modern divided and conflicted world many of us long to glimpse a forgotten time, when the right path seemed easier to identify and follow. The Greatest Generation. This is what makes these stories powerful and compelling, as we revisit this era.
The characters are coming and going in so many different directions—not only geographically, but in their own individual lives. Set on the same day, just after the end of World War II, in a time of hope, uncertainty, change, and renewal.
I also enjoyed reading the other stories some authors which I have not had the opportunity of reading, prior to this book. A great way to make an introduction, to add to your to read list. I felt privileged to listen to the audiobook (and the e-book), from this distinguished group of authors, and narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer.
A special thank you, for putting together this gem, readers can treasure for years to come, and pass along to future generations.
Highly recommend to fans of historical fiction and love stories, who will appreciate this deeply moving collection to remind us what was lost and hope for the future.
Posted February 1, 2014
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