Under the Same Blue Sky: A Novel

Under the Same Blue Sky: A Novel

by Pamela Schoenewaldt


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Under the Same Blue Sky: A Novel by Pamela Schoenewaldt

From the USA Today bestselling author of When We Were Strangers and Swimming in the Moon comes a lush, exquisitely drawn novel set against the turmoil of the Great War, as a young German-American woman explores the secrets of her past.

A shopkeeper’s daughter, Hazel Renner lives in the shadows of the Pittsburgh steel mills. She dreams of adventure, even as her immigrant parents push her toward a staid career. But in 1914, war seizes Europe and all their ambitions crumble. German-Americans are suddenly the enemy, “the Huns.” Hazel herself is an outsider in her own home when she learns the truth of her birth.

Desperate for escape, Hazel takes a teaching job in a seemingly tranquil farming community. But the idyll is cracked when she acquires a mysterious healing power—a gift that becomes a curse as the locals’ relentless demand for “miracles” leads to tragedy.

Hazel, determined to find answers, traces her own history back to a modern-day castle that could hold the truth about her past. There Hazel befriends the exiled, enigmatic German baron and forges a bond with the young gardener, Tom. But as America is shattered by war and Tom returns battered by shell-shock, Hazel’s healing talents alone will not be enough to protect those close to her, or to safeguard her dreams of love and belonging. She must reach inside to discover that sometimes the truth is not so far away, that the simplest of things can lead to the extraordinary.  

Filled with rich historical details and intriguing, fully realized characters, Under the Same Blue Sky is the captivating story of one woman’s emergence into adulthood amid the tumult of war. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062326638
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Pamela Schoenewaldt is the USA Today bestselling author of When We Were Strangers and Swimming in the Moon. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines in England, France, Italy, and the United States. She taught writing for the University of Maryland, European Division, and the University of Tennessee.

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Under the Same Blue Sky: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful coming of age story about a woman finding herself in the midst of world war one. It is well researched and accurate picture of the struggles of immigrants on America during this time. That rare mix of moving and informative. Great book!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Hazel is a German-American living in Pittsburgh and World War II is on its way. How will she and her family be impacted by the onset of war and not living in their "homeland?" An interesting take on the beginnings of World War II, a German-American who is trying to figure out her future while watching Germany fall apart from afar. There is a big unknown for her as she has no idea how people will react to her nationality as the war is looming. I found Hazel to be a fine character, I didn't love, but I also didn't hate her - she was sort of mehh.
Hungry_Reader1 More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous historical fiction set during WWI. Ever since reading her first book WHEN WE WERE STRANGERS, I always look forward to a Pamela Schoenewaldt book. This is her third and this time it takes place during WWI. Hazel is a German American and watches as her community is torn apart by the war raging overseas. Pamela always focuses on characters who are "Other" who fit between worlds. She does so beautifully here, and this time working in a slight magical realism element that is quite well done. Another excellent read. Bravo!