The Stars in the Night written by Clare Rhoden, publisher Odyssey Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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Harry Fletcher is a confident young man, sure that he will marry Nora, no matter what their families say. He will always protect Eddie, the boy his father saved from the gutters of Port Adelaide.
Only the War to End All Wars might get in the way of Harry’s plans…
From the beaches of Semaphore to the shores of Gallipoli, the mud of Flanders to the red dust of inland South Australia, this is a story of love, brotherhood, and resilience.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Clare Rhoden’s latest novel: The Stars in the Night. Firstly, I’d like to say I love the play on words for the title, you have to read the book to understand what I mean.
The Stars in the Night was such an insightful historical timeslip novel that deeply moved me. The author Clare Rhoden’s words of life living within the stench, the noise and the darkness of war felt very real to me. I could sense the urgency, the fear, the brothers in arms camaraderie but I could also feel the sudden rush of love for the letters from home and also for the simple things in life that we take for granted.
This is a story that starts off in Australia in the 1970’s when Kate is helping her Grandfather Harry clear out her late Grandmother Nora’s personal belongings following her death. Discovering a pile of letters written by Harry to Nora during his conscription and also a notebook written by her late Great Uncle the author then takes us back in time to 1917 to when Harry and his brother Eddie joined up.
The story continues following the days that led to weeks, months and years following the war from Australia to Egypt to Europe and Passchendaele and France.
This is a fictional story based on real life facts of the true horrors of war but it is also a story of love and of loss. The loss of comrades and also of the loss of life as it was before war ravaged countries and lives.
The Stars in the Night is a story that was hauntingly beautiful but so tragic at times. It was a story that fascinated me and evoked many emotions. I appreciate how authors research historical moments in time and bring them to life with fiction.
About the Author
Clare Rhoden writes historical fiction, sci-fi and fantasy (check her titles at Odyssey Books http://odysseybooks.com.au/). Clare lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband Bill, their super-intelligent poodle-cross Aeryn, a huge and charming parliament of visiting magpies, and a very demanding/addictive garden space.
Clare completed her PhD in Australian WWI literature at the University of Melbourne in 2011, and a Masters of Creative Writing in 2008, in which she investigated the history of her grandparents who emigrated for Europe to Port Adelaide in January 1914. The Stars in the Night is the result of her research.
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