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The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissneris now available

Brenda’s Review

A German- American girl, a Japanese-American girl, an American internment camp, and an empowering friendship.

The Last Year of the War explores a dark and overlooked part of US history that I didn’t know anything about.  Told through vivid historical details we learn the fear and pain of a family sent to an American internment camp. We are told how they lost their freedom and identity and one girl’s fight to gain it back.

I really appreciated the historical details here however it felt more like we were being told the devastating events and hardship that changed the lives of innocent Americans. I wanted to be shown and be emerged into their hardship instead I struggled with emotionally connecting to the characters and the story.   I felt that this was an important story to be told and I am really glad I read it or I wouldn’t of known about this part of history. I recommend but to keep in mind you might not get that emotional connection you might be looking for.

Norma’s Review

Compelling, meticulously detailed & affecting!

THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR by SUSAN MEISSNER is an interesting, thought-provoking and a touching historical fiction novel that explored a topic that I have not previously read before. To be honest I wasn’t even really aware of this heartbreaking part of history where innocent American families were sent to internment camps during World War II. I definitely learned something and for that I was quite intrigued and taken with this book. 

SUSAN MEISSNER delivers an important, beautifully written and slow-moving read here that at times was a little tedious to read but not to the point that I was overly bored though. More that some of the details went right over my head. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I felt a true connection to these characters but I did feel a connection to the storyline in general though which definitely held my interest and attention throughout.

I totally enjoyed how Elise’s unlikely friendship and the bond she shared with Mariko got her through an extremely difficult time and shaped her to be a strong, resilient and brave young girl and woman in the future. We learn at the beginning of the book that Elise suffers from Alzheimer’s and I particularly enjoyed that she gave her disease a name. I thought that was pretty ingenious and would have liked that explored a little more as I found that quite intriguing. 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: An appealing, emotive and fitting representation to storyline. 
Title: Intriguing, interesting, emotive and an effective representation to storyline. 
Writing/Prose: Beautifully written, meticulous, engaging and thoroughly enjoyed. 
Plot: Detailed, well-researched, interesting, thought-provoking, leisurely-paced, and entertaining.
Ending: A touching ending that I was totally satisfied and happy with. 
Overall: This novel didn’t necessarily give me all the “feels” but it did give me enough to make this was a satisfying and enjoyable read. Would recommend!

Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing and Susan Meissner for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book in exchange for a review.

Have you read this one? Want to read it? Drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you!

13 thoughts on “The Last Year Of The War by Susan Meissner @BerkleyPub #BookReview #BookBloggers #travelingsisterreads #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

  1. It’s great getting two different perspectives about this book as I’ve seen mixed reviews. I plan to read it and will see which of you my opinion leans towards. Wonderful reviews💜

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Jonetta! I am curious to know which way you lean towards. I will keep an eye out for your review!

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  2. Kudos to you ladies. I could only get through 20% of this story and threw in the towel.

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Sorry to see it didn’t work for you at 20% .

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  3. Tiffany says:

    Sounds like a beautiful story. Reminds me of Edith Eger’s book (although her is all fact based)

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      I will have to look that one up!

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      1. Tiffany says:

        It will stick with you for life! ‘The Choice’, so much respect goes out to her ❤

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  4. Both great reviews! Hadn’t heard of this one before. It sounds like it could be hit or miss, but the background of it is intriguing enough for me to still want to pick it up.

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you! I hope it’s a hit for you!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Kim Rogers says:

    Great review!! I must admit I was totally distracted with that fantastic pillow!!! LOVE it!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Kim! I rolling in laughter here! You made my day! I just love my pillows so much! Funny how something so small can make you feel good!

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  6. carhicks says:

    Very interesting ladies. I agree that I want to get immersed in a story, not be told. I do want to read this one as it is an important story. I like that you do not always agree in your reviews. Keep them coming.

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you so much, Carla! I hope you get a chance to read it. I love seeing what you like about our reviews. We do like to keep it real and will keep it coming!!

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