Seven Days in May: A Novel

Seven Days in May: A Novel

by Kim Izzo

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ISBN-13: 9781443453493
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 266,948
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

KIM IZZO is the author of two novels, The Jane Austen Marriage Manual, which was a bestseller and has been optioned for film, and My Life in Black and White. She is the co-author of the international bestseller The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Decorum and The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Grace Under Pressure. Izzo has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, the O’Reilly Factor and Canada AM. Her advice and opinions have appeared in the pages of the New York Times Sunday Styles section, InStyle, Marie Claire, Glamour, Redbook, Cosmopolitan and Vogue (UK).

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Seven Days in May: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I learned a great deal of history of the Lusitania from this story. The fictional stories that accompanied it was timely and enjoyable, I wonder how accurate though as it focused on three powerful women.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Anonymous 9 months ago
Very interesting piece of history.
Anonymous 9 months ago
As good a story as the movie TITANIC ! A first rate book with excellent characters and an unexpected story line. Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading. However, reading from multiple character perspectives got old.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Isabel works in Room 40 for the British Admiralty during the First World War. What's being done there is top secret. She hopes nobody will find out about her past and her code breaking skills are giving her the second chance she needs. While trying to find out what the Germans are planning, Isabel discovers that war isn't fair at all. Some things never have a right outcome, no matter which side you choose to approach it from, it's a hard lesson that will leave a lasting impression. Sydney's sister Brooke is engaged to an English aristocrat. Edward needs Brooke's fortune and Brooke wants his title. It's going to be a marriage of convenience. Sydney and Brooke travel to England together with Edward on the Lusitania. They've been warned the ship is at risk to be attacked, but nobody on board is really worried. Sydney and Brooke are constantly arguing. Sydney is a suffragette and Brooke is embarrassed by the behavior of her sister. While their relationship is becoming tenser with each passing hour, the two sisters and Edward have no idea they're about to face a grave danger. Will they survive? Seven Days in May is an impressive story. I was immediately intrigued because of the strong heroines, women who want to use their brains and are fighting for equal rights. This made me instantly like the story. Isabel has a past and she's trying to make sure her reputation in Room 40 won't be tarnished. She's smart and curious and always does more than what's being asked of her. Sydney doesn't care about what people think of her, she fights for what she believes in and she constantly tries to educate others. Brooke is a more traditional rich woman, but one with an iron will. When she wants something, she goes after it and doesn't let go until she has it. I loved how well Kim Izzo describes the personalities of her characters. She makes them come to life incredibly well and I was amazed by their strength and confidence. Knowing what would happen to the Lusitania kept me on the edge of my seat. Kim Izzo starts with regular problems, friendships and relationships and slowly builds up the tension. The more pages I turned the faster I wanted to read. I was fascinated and the story gripped me, maybe even more since I knew what was coming, but not exactly how it would happen. Kim Izzo has written a fantastic story, it's interesting and informative. She combines this with beautiful sentences and a nerve-racking adrenaline rush. I highly recommend Seven Days in May, I absolutely loved this compelling and moving story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is the first story I have ever read about the sinking of the Lusitania, and I enjoyed the historical pieces that went into the book, but the main story just couldn't hold my interest. I really had a hard time connecting with this book. I just found that most of the main characters were not very likeable. Brooke came off as very superficial, even though there were times that it was inferred that she was business-savvy. The circumstances surrounding her engagement really did not endear me to either Brooke, nor to Edward. Sydney was a bit more likeable, but I found it a little off-putting how she decided to attempt to push her progressive views on the women she was with on the ship. I had a hard time connecting with the "romance" of the characters; I didn't quite buy that 7 days of very little interaction with someone would let you fall so deeply in love with them that you are willing to throw caution to the wind and risk hurting others that you love. I actually liked the storyline that contained Isabelle and the others working in Room 40 better. It added to the suspense, even though I knew that the Lusitania would go down... While Isabelle was one of the most likeable of the main characters, I cringed when she was reading notes that were not intended for her eyes, and then talking about information she should not have been. Some of the minor characters were likeable and entertaining, which kept me reading through until the end, in order to find out what happened to them. Other readers of historical fiction might enjoy this book, but it just wasn't for me.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
This is a novel about the sinking of the ship The Lusitania during World War I. At the heart of the story are 4 main characters, Sydney (a wealthy suffragette) and her sister (Brooke) who are travelling from New York to England with Brooke's aristocratic but penniless fiance, Edward, for Brooke and Edward's wedding. In England, a young woman named Isabel works as a secret decoder for the British government. In the course of her work, she learns the Germans have threatened to torpedo the Lusitania. I found the pace of the first half of the book sluggish with small bits and pieces of conflict here and there. I almost dropped the book, but kept pushing on. I'm glad I did because the last third of the book was poignant with despair as the sinking of the ship and the fate of its passengers was depicted. A good book, well written and well grounded in historical details pertaining to this famous doomed ship and its passengers, but be prepared to persevere a little through the first half to get to the real meat and potatoes of the tale.
Mirella More than 1 year ago
This is a novel about the sinking of the ship The Lusitania during World War I. At the heart of the story are 4 main characters, Sydney (a wealthy suffragette) and her sister (Brooke) who are travelling from New York to England with Brooke's aristocratic but penniless fiance, Edward, for Brooke and Edward's wedding. In England, a young woman named Isabel works as a secret decoder for the British government. In the course of her work, she learns the Germans have threatened to torpedo the Lusitania. I found the pace of the first half of the book sluggish with small bits and pieces of conflict here and there. I almost dropped the book, but kept pushing on. I'm glad I did because the last third of the book was poignant with despair as the sinking of the ship and the fate of its passengers was depicted. A good book, well written and well grounded in historical details pertaining to this famous doomed ship and its passengers, but be prepared to persevere a little through the first half to get to the real meat and potatoes of the tale.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was a very entertaining story told in two parts. One part is about the passengers aboard the ship, Lusitania and the other part is about the men and women (mostly Isabel) working in Room 40 where all messages intercepted go to be decoded. It's war time and thoughts are strained, tension everywhere. Brooke, Sydney's sister, and the reason they are on board the Lusitania, is getting married to an impoverished aristocrat. Wow, is she a witch with a "b". She is definitely cray, cray and certainly keeps the story of the characters on the Lusitania more lifelike. Isabel works in Room 40. She has a secret. She was hired to work in Room 40 helping to decipher the coded messages sent from the enemy, Germany. She is another cray, cray; but at least her heart is in the right place A thrilling, tragic read that I was not, nor did I want to, put it down. We all know the ending of the last sailing of the Lusitania, however, this book really gives you the feeling you are there. Thanks to Little, Brown & Company and Net Galley for the free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.