I’m delighted to be reviewing The Stars in the Night by Clare Rhoden….an absolutely fantastic, heart-wrenching novel……

the blurb

Harry Fletcher is a confident young man.

Harry’s sure that he will marry Nora MacTiernan, no matter what their families say. He’s certain that he will always be there to 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.

You can buy Stars in the Night Sky on Amazon.

my review

This book is so much more than a love story…..it truly is a story of love, loss, trauma, brotherhood, friendship, family, heartbreak and resilience.

We meet Harry at the beginning of the book in 1970 when his Granddaughter is asking him about a diary she’s found from the first world war…..he’s reluctant to talk about it though…….

It then moves on to diary entries, written by Eddie…….as well as the story progressing from Harry’s point of view.  As you can imagine, a story about World War I comes with lots of emotions, struggles and loss.  But how will it pan out for Harry? Will he have some sort of happy ending? And how will he cope with the war? And what about Eddie?

As an avid lover of history, this book moved me so much.  Knowing that the war happened, and that people went through the same things that are discussed in this book really made me think.  How do people get past what they experience at war?  How did those involved in trench warfare get by….struggling with loss, lice and sickness? How did those at home cope not hearing from their loved ones for weeks, months or years….with only letters to get them through? The story sent me on an emotional rollercoaster, and as a person who is highly empathetic, I found it hit me quite hard.

This is fantastically researched and written.  Clare has done an absolutely wonderful job of bringing this story to life, and looking at the sensitivities and experiences of war.  I will come back to this book time and time again, it’s a truly beautiful but heart-wrenching story.  Most definitely recommended by me.



about the author

Clare Rhoden 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. Clare also writes sci-fi and fantasy. She 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.

Thanks so much to Clare for asking me to review her book, and providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.  All views are my own and unbiased.

Thanks for reading my lovelies.

Chelle x

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