Come from Away
In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker’s three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumours swirl about “wolf packs” of German U-Boats lurking in the deep waters along the shores of East Jeddore, a stone’s throw from Grace’s window. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store.Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamoured by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after a several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be, but someone else entirely—someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand.

Come from Away Details

TitleCome from Away
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 24th, 2018
PublisherSimon & Schuster
ISBN-139781501142895
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Cultural, Canada, Fiction

Come from Away Review

  • Norma
    January 1, 1970
    I have never read a Genevieve Graham book before and when I was given the opportunity to read this one I was absolutely thrilled! I have always been quite partial to reading books with themes surrounding our Canadian history and with the setting and the different perspective of World War II that was written here was quite the welcome and refreshing read for me. I suspected that I was in for a treat while reading Come From Away and I most definitely was! COME FROM AWAY by GENEVIEVE GRAHAM was an I have never read a Genevieve Graham book before and when I was given the opportunity to read this one I was absolutely thrilled! I have always been quite partial to reading books with themes surrounding our Canadian history and with the setting and the different perspective of World War II that was written here was quite the welcome and refreshing read for me. I suspected that I was in for a treat while reading Come From Away and I most definitely was! COME FROM AWAY by GENEVIEVE GRAHAM was an emotional, heart-warming and interesting Canadian Historical Romance novel that I found quite the fascinating read. The story captured the setting, time period, heartbreak and the difficulties surrounding the war perfectly and with the romance that develops we see a different side to the enemy. GENEVIEVE GRAHAM delivers a well-paced and beautifully written story here with interesting, compelling, and believable characters that I found quite compassionate to read about. The story was told in alternating perspectives between Rudi and Grace and through Rudi’s story we really got a different understanding and look into the war. I really enjoyed the romance between our two main characters, Rudi and Grace. In the end I thought this was a beautiful love story, vividly descriptive and really appreciated reading a part of our Canadian history! Would recommend!Published on April 24, 2018Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Genevieve Graham for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.Review written and posted on our themed book blog, Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Reading.https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Come From Away is connected to Tides of Honor but can be read as a standalone. It was my first book by Genevieve Graham and I look forward to reading more. In Come From Away the lives of The Baker children are the focus here and we meet our main character Grace Baker. Come From Away is an interesting and engaging story of love and war seen from a different angle with some Canadian history here. The angle and setting were very refreshing and I really enjoyed seeing a different perspective to WWII Come From Away is connected to Tides of Honor but can be read as a standalone. It was my first book by Genevieve Graham and I look forward to reading more. In Come From Away the lives of The Baker children are the focus here and we meet our main character Grace Baker. Come From Away is an interesting and engaging story of love and war seen from a different angle with some Canadian history here. The angle and setting were very refreshing and I really enjoyed seeing a different perspective to WWII set in Canada. I loved the feeling we got from the setting and it really set the tone for the story. Genevieve Graham does a good job weaving romance, war and Canadian history here with more focus on the romance that at times did feel a little melodramatic. She creates strong, likable and interesting characters and I enjoyed the dynamics between them all. I recommend for historical fiction lovers who like some romance to their stories. Published on April 24, 2018Thank you NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Genevieve Graham for a copy to read and review.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. As well, thanks to the author for keeping crazed readers(like me) satisfied by her attention and respect to Canadian history.Alrighty, this book will not be published until April 24th, but when I get my hands on a Genevieve Graham book, NOTHING is going to stop me from jumping right in, including all of the other ARCs I have to read that are being published before this one. Yesterday, I had the perfect opportunity-I wa Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review. As well, thanks to the author for keeping crazed readers(like me) satisfied by her attention and respect to Canadian history.Alrighty, this book will not be published until April 24th, but when I get my hands on a Genevieve Graham book, NOTHING is going to stop me from jumping right in, including all of the other ARCs I have to read that are being published before this one. Yesterday, I had the perfect opportunity-I was on a plane flying from Sept Iles to Quebec. By the time we landed, I was 82% completed and I practically leapt from the plane to my next gate so that I could get it finished. One of my first points I would like to make is that GG listens to her readers. After reading her WWI novel, Tides of Honour fans like me were eager to find out how the rest of Audrey and Danny Baker's story was going to play out. As I recall, I had eluded in my review of that book that I was sure the couple would face many trials in the years ahead. In Come From Away we return to the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, what Audrey and Danny are faced with is perhaps the greatest challenge as their three grown sons, Norman, Eugene, and Harry are among the thousands of Canadian men that donned the uniform to fight in WWII. They must help their daughter, Grace, who desires to make as meaningful an effort as that of her brothers. I so loved Danny's relationship with his daughter. It certainly reminded me of my own Dad. Like Grace, I am a sister to a brother and the thought of him or my two nephews going off to war. Well, I just couldn't bear that! Genevieve Graham intricately weaves the story of the heartaches of the Baker family and gives readers a glimmer into the families of the time period, especially parents like Danny and Audrey, who had already seen the horrors and effects of what war could do to soldiers and civilians. While Grace Baker is our female protagonist in Come From Away, it is the mysterious Rudi that will no doubt intrigue readers as much as Grace. A tight lipped trapper, Grace cannot help but feel drawn to Rudi. But from their few brief encounters, Rudi's secretive nature is not altogether welcome- especially during wartime. Finally, this book is just AH-AMAZING and it's steeped in both history and storytelling(I shall just leave you hanging on that score). Come From Away is the perfect answer to that next rainy day or plane trip. *Special note: To the person or persons at Simon &Shuster Canada that designs these beautiful covers, my hat is tipped to you!
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    Come From Away is a poignant beautifully written story about a couple that meet under the worst of circumstances and because of it, their lives and those they know and love, will never be the same again.Set in Canada during WWII, this story doesn't hold anything back about not only what families went through with their loved ones off at war but what those brave and strong men went through as well, from both sides of the line. Set in a time when prejudices ran rampant, this story not only takes o Come From Away is a poignant beautifully written story about a couple that meet under the worst of circumstances and because of it, their lives and those they know and love, will never be the same again.Set in Canada during WWII, this story doesn't hold anything back about not only what families went through with their loved ones off at war but what those brave and strong men went through as well, from both sides of the line. Set in a time when prejudices ran rampant, this story not only takes on the difficult topi of having compassion for our enemies but forgiveness as well. Wonderfully done and said, this is a story that you aren't likely to forget anytime soon. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Sophia
    January 1, 1970
    Falling for the enemy is the haunting theme of this WWII Era Canadian Historical Romance. I've relished the way the author captures historical times and events while eliciting deeply emotional responses from me with each new book.Come From Away is a standalone story, but it is closely-connected to Tides of Honour that tells the story of the previous generation of Bakers. I was ecstatic to see what came of Danny, Audrey, their three orphan boys and new baby. Grace was that baby and now it is her Falling for the enemy is the haunting theme of this WWII Era Canadian Historical Romance. I've relished the way the author captures historical times and events while eliciting deeply emotional responses from me with each new book.Come From Away is a standalone story, but it is closely-connected to Tides of Honour that tells the story of the previous generation of Bakers. I was ecstatic to see what came of Danny, Audrey, their three orphan boys and new baby. Grace was that baby and now it is her story and her brothers.This was a poignant, complex, and gently paced enemies to lovers romance. I was captivated to be back amongst the Baker clan and the Nova Scotia setting. Getting both Rudi and Grace's perspectives and how they came together was probably the most beautiful part of the story. The author created a fascinating and engaging backstory for Rudi that showed a different facet of the war to juxtapose what Grace is used to hearing. Grace must come to see Rudi as human, get past the lies he told to survive, and come to some sort of peace that he is a proud, honorable enemy who fought and killed her own people. Alongside Grace and Rudi's story, the reader is gifted the fantastic and well developed side character lines. A romance for one of her brothers, a loss and grief, and a brother who comes back wounded down to his soul from the horrors of war, and, of course to see a middle-aged Danny and Audrey with their grown children, their own abiding love, and their life all together through the dark days of war.It was gently-paced, but the paces slipped by quickly as the story drew me in and kept me right there. It's coming to the point where I'm convinced I'll love pretty much anything this author publishes. Those who love authentic, but deeply emotional historical romances should definitely give this book a try.My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • The Lit Bitch
    January 1, 1970
    I love when new authors find me and think that I will like their books. I am always intrigued because with the internet it’s hard to get a feel for people sometimes so when an author asks me if I would like to review their book or they think it’s something I will like—it always makes me pause.I can honestly say that I give every single book that comes across my desk for review, my full and complete consideration for this reason. Authors, publishers, friends on social media…..I read all the pitch I love when new authors find me and think that I will like their books. I am always intrigued because with the internet it’s hard to get a feel for people sometimes so when an author asks me if I would like to review their book or they think it’s something I will like—it always makes me pause.I can honestly say that I give every single book that comes across my desk for review, my full and complete consideration for this reason. Authors, publishers, friends on social media…..I read all the pitches. Now that doesn’t mean that I review them all, but if it truly is something I’m interested in reading and I have time then I’m usually in.That’s how I stumbled on to Genevieve Graham. She found me and asked it I would review her book, TIDES OF HONOUR, back in 2015. I was blown away by the subject matter, characters, and the historical period as well as the added Canadian perspective in WWI.I was thrilled when she asked if I would be interested in reading her latest novel, COME FROM AWAY, and I didn’t even hesitate….absolutely!This book is a little different than the first book that I read but her, as it’s set during WWII rather than WWI as the first one I read. However, her ability to write confidently in both periods is astonishing. She adds so much historical detail to her books. She captures the little nuances of the period and I think it brings a lot to the story. I said this about TIDES OF HONOUR and I think it still applies in this book….the uniqueness of having the story set in Canada was brilliant. There are so many war time romances set in England or France but not in Canada. I personally would not think Canada for a war romance and frankly I was curious how that would play out in the story but I was impressed and interested in that angle of the story. The same is still true in this book…..Canada isn’t quite to go to setting for war romances but once again she pulls it off.If you love war time romances then this is the book for you. Not only is the historical detail amazing, but the romance it real, memorable, and sets itself apart. this isn’t Graham’s first rodeo when it comes to romances. She writes the MacDonnells series as well. Now I haven’t read any of the MacDonnell books but judging from the covers (terrible I know) I am going to venture that they are more of the bodice ripper variety. That’s not to discount their quality by any means. On the contrary, when I was reading this book, there was so much sensuality, chemistry, and emotion between Grace and Rudi that I started to wonder if she had more of a romance background. I didn’t know until now that she has written other historical romance novels but I think in this book that ability helped and strengthen the characters romantic plot and made it so much more thrilling.To me this was more of a war romance/melodrama rather than just another run of the mill ‘historical romance’. It had a lot of layers to the story and the characters were more complex and interesting with a believable romance that will give readers the feels. I was incredibly impressed by this book, my only issue with it was the ending felt a smidge rushed but overall I was completely engrossed in the story and the historical period. I think Graham has really hit on a successful period and location that is all but absent from most bookshelves. I love that she takes her love of Canada and historical war fiction and capitalizes on it.I will say that I got this book rather late, but I never for a second worried that I might not finish it by my target review date. I was captivated from the first page and couldn’t put it down. I read it in a matter of days and one afternoon I read more than half in one sitting!I am sad that I didn’t get to read PROMISES TO KEEP yet, lightly different period but still yet another war time romance. I am curious to read this one as well because again, Canadian war romances just aren’t a thing but yet Graham makes them a thing!See my full review here
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  • Amy Bruno
    January 1, 1970
    Loved my first Genevieve Graham book! Full review pending.
  • Nicole Laverdure
    January 1, 1970
    A 6 stars plus for me! Fascinating! Captivating! ‘Come from Away’ is a must read book! Genevieve Graham knew how to capture the daily atmosphere for that period of time and tell us about the reality of the days during the WWII (Second World War). This author is really a talented storyteller and a very descriptive author. Her historic research was well documented and the story told at a smooth pace, which pleased me very much. I soon became captivated from the start until the very end. Her charac A 6 stars plus for me! Fascinating! Captivating! ‘Come from Away’ is a must read book! Genevieve Graham knew how to capture the daily atmosphere for that period of time and tell us about the reality of the days during the WWII (Second World War). This author is really a talented storyteller and a very descriptive author. Her historic research was well documented and the story told at a smooth pace, which pleased me very much. I soon became captivated from the start until the very end. Her characters, Grace, her family and her circle of friends as well as the mysterious Rudi really captured my heart.If you have read 'Tides of Honour' you will probably remember the Baker family! Ms. Graham's story is set in beautiful Nova Scotia, on Canada's east coast. The author gives you vivid images of a small community, during that tormented period. She tells us about the daily battles of the people who were caught in this strategic place of Nova Scotia. Even though, it was a sad time, she nicely blended a beautiful story of trust, hope and second chance! In 'Come from Away', we follow Grace and Rudi the stranger that mysteriously entered her life during a hall dance. We also meet her family and her three brothers, Eugene, Harry, Norman who have left for war. To keep busy and making sure that she is helping her community, Grace works at the general store. One morning, this stranger drops by the store. This moment will be magical for them! But can she trust him? Is he a spy? The enemy? Slowly with time, Rudi will gain her trust! However, if Grace discovers the truth, will she still love him? I found these two main characters so endearing! I recommend this author to everybody. It’s so emotional, that you might be on the verge of tears during some very touching moments and dramatic events. If you love historical romance of second chance set in Canada and set in that period of time 1939-45, then you will be fascinated by Grace's touching story. Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me an advance reader copy and NetGalley for accepting my request. Thank you Genevieve Graham for creating and writing this work of ‘sublime beauty’!
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  • Luanne Ollivier
    January 1, 1970
    Genevieve Graham's latest novel, Come From Away, takes us back to the small fishing outport of East Jeddore, Nova Scotia - also the setting for her previous book, Tides of Honour. Tides of Honour was a historical piece set in WW1 featuring Danny and Audrey. I was thrilled to see that Come From Away continues the story of the Baker family with the next generation. It is now 1942 and war is yet again raging. The three Baker sons have headed off to fight, leaving sister Grace at home to help her pa Genevieve Graham's latest novel, Come From Away, takes us back to the small fishing outport of East Jeddore, Nova Scotia - also the setting for her previous book, Tides of Honour. Tides of Honour was a historical piece set in WW1 featuring Danny and Audrey. I was thrilled to see that Come From Away continues the story of the Baker family with the next generation. It is now 1942 and war is yet again raging. The three Baker sons have headed off to fight, leaving sister Grace at home to help her parents and work in the village.Here's the facts - German U-boats (submarines) did in fact patrol along Canada's East Coast - and sunk over 44 Canadian ships, including the SS Caribou, a passenger ferry. But, here's the absolutely fascinating bit - Come From Away is based on a local legend that is very possibly quite true. In 1942, a small group of German soldiers attended a local Christmas dance in East Jeddore. And it is this incident that is the inspiration for Graham's latest novel. What a great premise!Where to start? I love the setting. Having visited this area, I was able to easily visualize the village, the sea, the landscape and the beauty of this part of Canada. Graham captures the tone and timbre of those war years, detailing everyday life, the difficulties and heartbreak that war brings but juxtaposing that with the perseverance, community spirit and strong family ties of these Nova Scotians.But it is the characters and their lives that make the books for me. I loved revisiting - it felt like catching up with old friends. But this book belongs to Grace - and her love story. Could this have really happened? I like to think so. Come From Away is a lovely story. If you enjoy historical fiction with a strong helping of romance, you're going to want to read Genevieve Graham. And the title? Come From Away is a traditional term used for anyone who wasn't' born there.
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  • Ginger Pollard
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What a wonderful book! This is my first book by Genevieve Graham, but it won't be my last! This is a beautiful love story between a young Canadian girl and an ex-Nazi. The characters are very well developed in the young girl's family. This book is refreshing because it's different than the typical WWII books I've read lately (there's a lot of them). I never for a moment got bored nor off track with this book. It's really a great read and I highly recommend it! I received an ARC of this book Wow! What a wonderful book! This is my first book by Genevieve Graham, but it won't be my last! This is a beautiful love story between a young Canadian girl and an ex-Nazi. The characters are very well developed in the young girl's family. This book is refreshing because it's different than the typical WWII books I've read lately (there's a lot of them). I never for a moment got bored nor off track with this book. It's really a great read and I highly recommend it! I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. Thank you, Netgalley! All opinions are my own. More than five stars!
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  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars This Graham book had more sappy melodrama that sometimes repeated itself and was more than appeared in the first book of hers I read, Tides of Honour. However, I really do like her writing style and the characters she creates. This is the last book of the 4 I'm reading for Simon & Schuster Canada's Timeless Tour.
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  • Bev Walkling
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free advance e-copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The very first thing I did after finishing this book was go online and order another book by this author. It was that good! I was initially drawn to the book by its cover and title as well as the fact that it was set in the time of WW2, an era that I am fascinated with.I think that the title Come From Away first captured my attention because of the wonderful Broadway Musical "Come From Away" which is s I received a free advance e-copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The very first thing I did after finishing this book was go online and order another book by this author. It was that good! I was initially drawn to the book by its cover and title as well as the fact that it was set in the time of WW2, an era that I am fascinated with.I think that the title Come From Away first captured my attention because of the wonderful Broadway Musical "Come From Away" which is set in Gander Newfoundland and details the warm hospitality shown by the people of Gander to those whose airplanes were stranded there on 9/11. I had not realized that the term was also used in other Maritime provinces but was ultimately not surprized.Some of the characters in this novel apparently feature in another book by this author which I have not read. While I would now be very interested in reading it, I didn't feel any lack for not having read it. The story is complete in and of itself.The tale is set in Nova Scotia in 1942. The heroine, Grace Baker still lives with her parents and does most of the running of the local store which serves to supply her community in a way that is really essential. Three of her brothers have been in active service since 1939 and as part of a close family, she misses them immensely and worries about them all the time. She wonders if she is being selfish by staying at home and whether she should be signing up for something more important in terms of war work.. Her father lost a leg in the last war and although he hasn't talked about it much, she wonders if it would please him if she had signed up too. No sooner does he reassure her than a telegram is delivered informing them that her brother Norman was at Dieppe and did not survive.The author has the ability to write in such a way that the words flow and they really made me feel as if I understood what the characters were thinking and feeling. The immensity of their loss affects everything and it is hard to pick up and keep going when war seems to be more and more a part of their world. Grace is filled with an incredible anger towards anyone or anything German and has trouble understanding why her parents don't share the deep anger that she is feeling.The author was initially inspired by stories that she heard from locals in her Nova Scotia home about the time when German submariners came ashore and joined in at a local dance which was being held. She used this inspiration in her book when Grace attends a local dance and catches the eye of a tall handsome and silent young man who invites her to dance but then disappears. He alter reappears in her store claiming to be a fur-trapper of German extraction. The more she gets to know him, the more appealing he seems to her and the more important he is to her but eventually, after he saves a local boy from drowning when some ice breaks his secret gets out. Grace learns that he is one of the hated "Nazis" and even worse, he is staying at her home!This book is very relevant to what is happening in the world today. Just like Grace, many people struggle to see past a stereotypical anger they feel towards those who are different and who "Come from away". Over time as Grace gets to know Rudi and understand who he really is and how he was raised and came to be a German soldier, she is able to see past her hatred and fall in love with him. Not all around her are willing to look past his nationality though which leads to some very tense moments.This book captivated me to the point where I really couldn't put it down and read it in the space of 24 hours. There are so many important lessons to be learned from it. When some of Graces brothers return one gets to see and understand just what shell shock is and how the average soldiers who fight on opposite sides in wars are really not very different from each other.I think this would be a wonderful book for a high school curriculum. It really exposes one to what life was like in a small Nova Scotian town during the war and how those who "come from away" can find a home there too. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has even the least bit of interest in Canadian history.
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  • Damaris Tonner
    January 1, 1970
    Genevieve Graham has been promoted to one of my new favourite authors through her brilliant WW2 novel Come From Away and her passion for breathing life back into Canadian history through historical fiction! I was pleased to discover Genevieve's previous book, Promises to Keep on the shelf of my local used bookstore. I had seen it advertised and it had been on my to-read shelf for a while, so I bought it and read it within a few days! It makes my heart very happy to see decent Canadian historical Genevieve Graham has been promoted to one of my new favourite authors through her brilliant WW2 novel Come From Away and her passion for breathing life back into Canadian history through historical fiction! I was pleased to discover Genevieve's previous book, Promises to Keep on the shelf of my local used bookstore. I had seen it advertised and it had been on my to-read shelf for a while, so I bought it and read it within a few days! It makes my heart very happy to see decent Canadian historical fiction making its way into the mainstream again, through authors like Graham.Come From Away is a beautiful love story between a wayfaring stranger, far from home, and a typical Canadian girl. Both Rudi and Grace were characterized really well. They were not static characters, one-sided, with one motivation or passion, but they were multi-faceted, well developed and empathetic figures. Graham also does a brilliant job of capturing facts about World War Two, both from the perspective of Eastern Canada and Germany in Come From Away. This is not just a story set in the 1940s, but a well-informed story that is dictated by the climate at that time. Furthermore, I was delighted to hear in Graham's Author Notes that she is planning on writing on a Mountie next, and then on the British Home Children. It just makes me so happy to have great new Canadian historical fiction to look forward to! Genevieve, thank you for telling Canada's story in such a skillful and beautiful way. Come From Away is nothing short of a masterpiece. Thank you for sharing it with us!Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book by this author and I have now purchased Tides of Honour. This book can be read as a stand-alone too. I really enjoyed being able to read about a Canadian story that takes place during WWll. I became a lot more informed about the war and the effect it had on Canadian residents at home. I also became more aware just how much activity there was close to the Canadian east coast. This story is about a family where the three sons have gone to fight the war and the hardships they This is my first book by this author and I have now purchased Tides of Honour. This book can be read as a stand-alone too. I really enjoyed being able to read about a Canadian story that takes place during WWll. I became a lot more informed about the war and the effect it had on Canadian residents at home. I also became more aware just how much activity there was close to the Canadian east coast. This story is about a family where the three sons have gone to fight the war and the hardships they and their family faced. The three Baker sons were also victims of the historical Halifax explosion. A German soldier ends up in Canada when his sub is bombed off the east coast. As he integrates with the Baker family and learns more about what is happening with Germany and the war he realizes he is done being a soldier and hopes he can continue to live in Canada. Very informative and well written book.
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  • Maggie BB
    January 1, 1970
    I received an eARC of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.I went into this book with high expectations - a historical fiction set in Canada during war time? That is basically one of my most favourite set ups. Come From Away did not disappoint. I enjoy historical fiction because I enjoy learning about the past AND a good story. The was definitely some history here I had never been aware of before, which is always fun. It felt very well researched, and the spirit of the Cana I received an eARC of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.I went into this book with high expectations - a historical fiction set in Canada during war time? That is basically one of my most favourite set ups. Come From Away did not disappoint. I enjoy historical fiction because I enjoy learning about the past AND a good story. The was definitely some history here I had never been aware of before, which is always fun. It felt very well researched, and the spirit of the Canadian East Coast is well captured.The characters were interesting, and I felt Rudi especially was very well done. His broken English was believable and not over done. Being honest, this was pretty near a 5 star read for me for st least 75% of the book. The emotions Grace experiences feel real and I was always finding it hard to put the book down, wondering how things would turn out. The end, however, I found a bit weak. Linda kind of falls out of the picture for so long and then comes back in a huge way and it felt jarring. It didn't feel like I really knew her character and now she was having big emotional reactions that I objectively could appreciate but in the moment felt forced. There was also a bit of repetitiveness is Rudi's reactions to situations that started to get a bit stale, Grace's quicj negative judgements also became a bit trite and not as compelling and at times Grace's family almost felt to perfect.That all being said, it was a very enjoyable read and I am certainly interested in picking up other books by Genevieve Graham. The characters were likeable, and the POV characters well developed. The setting is well described without being heavy handed in the scenery. Overall an excellent escape into Canadian historical fiction.
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  • Donna
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars only due to the ending feeling a bit rushed but rounded up because of the incredible story.Historical Fiction … some history and some fiction. What fascinates me the most is how an author can use an actual historical event and create a story that is completely fascinating and makes me fully believe that this is what actually happened.In ‘Come from Away’, Ms. Graham takes events that happened in Nova Scotia during WWII and uses them as the backdrop for a story by simply asking “What if? 4.5 stars only due to the ending feeling a bit rushed but rounded up because of the incredible story.Historical Fiction … some history and some fiction. What fascinates me the most is how an author can use an actual historical event and create a story that is completely fascinating and makes me fully believe that this is what actually happened.In ‘Come from Away’, Ms. Graham takes events that happened in Nova Scotia during WWII and uses them as the backdrop for a story by simply asking “What if?” We know German U-boats rained down terror during the war and numerous tragedies occurred as a result. We also know U-69 was sunk off the coast of Nova Scotia. What is also true is that a group of submariners came to shore and quite likely attended a local dance. Here is where the ‘what if’s’ begin and they create quite a tale.I was immediately pulled into the lives of Grace Baker and her close knit family & friends who were all just trying to survive the war as best they could. In trying to find the smallest bit of hope & joy during this time, Grace attends the local dance with her good friend. It’s at that dance where a chance encounter ends up changing Grace’s life. I won’t tell the rest as this book deserves to be read without any spoilers. Suffice it to say that there is drama yet a sense of peace, challenge yet optimism.The use of dual POV’s was perfect for this book. Both Grace’s & Rudi’s thoughts, emotions and experiences are vital to the flow of this story. I can’t really imagine the story with only one.There are so many events of WWII that aren’t widely known. The events that create the foundation of ‘Come from Away’ are one of those for me and I’m so glad this book gives it the opportunity to be told. Hopefully this book will create interest so that these stories aren’t lost to time.This is the first book of Ms. Graham’s that I’ve read and it definitely won’t be the last.~* Thanks to the author & NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book. *~
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  • Jenea Whittington
    January 1, 1970
    This is a young woman’s chance encounter that set a series of events in motion that neither Grace Baker of Rudi Weiss was ever expecting.The setting takes us to a small town on the coast of Nova Scotia, and Graham describes it so beautifully for being during a ragin war going one. It was was be transported here, and found myself enthralled learning of this era of time, the town and the townspeople as well. Prejudices play a large role during this time, as we see those prejudices through both Gra This is a young woman’s chance encounter that set a series of events in motion that neither Grace Baker of Rudi Weiss was ever expecting.The setting takes us to a small town on the coast of Nova Scotia, and Graham describes it so beautifully for being during a ragin war going one. It was was be transported here, and found myself enthralled learning of this era of time, the town and the townspeople as well. Prejudices play a large role during this time, as we see those prejudices through both Grace and Rudi’s eyes as they tell us their story. They met at a local dance, not know each other’s name, they danced together, and had a connections that neither of them thought would go anywhere. Rudi was set to ship off on U-Boat he was assigned to. It wasn’t until later on that their paths crossed again.Grace comes from a very close knit family and with her three brothers off fighting in the war, while she and her parents are left behind, the void was disheartening. All she wants to do is her part for those away and at home, but she has her own fears about her brothers and fears not being enough help for those fighting or at home. The thing about her is, she doesn’t let it show to others, and I don’t know how she stayed so strong for those around her. Her pain was so clear while reading her POV, and I felt so awful for her, but she was one smart young woman with a good head on her shoulders. Her growth through out this was wonderful and I adored her more and more while I followed her side of thingsRudi’s a German soldier, his U-Boat has sunk, killing majority of the crew but he survived somehow. He’s in a place now that he doesn’t know, he doesn’t speak clear English, and if anyone knew who he really was, they wouldn’t want him there. Running into Grace in the local goods store was just what he needed and wanted too. Grace is drawn to him, but she also has no clue who he is or where he is from, this was a problem. I found myself wanting Grace to see him for the good guy he truly was, but during this time, Germans were the enemy, and I wondered if she and her family would be able to get past it and help him. Finding out if Grace would give into her heart was something I wanted to know too. Rudi had good in him and sometimes following what all he went through even as a child, was so sad, but he had a great strength with him, of course he had to for everything that was thrown at him, it just made him more intriguing to me.Most of the events that transpired were caused by fear and prejudices and my heart broke for Rudi and Grace on so many occasions. As these two got know a little more about each other, the relationship grew, it was a slow burn but completely swoon worthy, and made me believe that there was still good in people even during this horrible time in history. Plus, I adored them together and I wanted happiness for both of them, together or not and for the Baker family.Come from Away was such a beautiful story of second chances, taking a stand and love. I can’t express enough how much I enjoyed this, it is one book that I would highly recommend reading, especially for fans of historical romances.
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  • Ambur
    January 1, 1970
    I've been a fan of Genevieve Graham's for a while now, and ever since she began bringing Canadian history into historical fiction, I've loved her even more! I've eagerly awaited each of her books set around important events in Canadian history since the first one, TIDES OF HONOUR, which revolved around the Halifax Explosion. As soon as I heard about COME FROM AWAY and learned that it would be a follow-up to TIDES OF HONOUR, I was ecstatic! I couldn't wait to see what had happened to the Bakers a I've been a fan of Genevieve Graham's for a while now, and ever since she began bringing Canadian history into historical fiction, I've loved her even more! I've eagerly awaited each of her books set around important events in Canadian history since the first one, TIDES OF HONOUR, which revolved around the Halifax Explosion. As soon as I heard about COME FROM AWAY and learned that it would be a follow-up to TIDES OF HONOUR, I was ecstatic! I couldn't wait to see what had happened to the Bakers and I was thoroughly excited to see where there were at...and let me tell you, COME FROM AWAY didn't disappoint! In fact, I'd actually say that COME FROM AWAY is my favourite out of all of Genevieve's books so far!If you're a fan of TIDES OF HONOUR, or Genevieve's last book, PROMISES TO KEEP, then I think you'll love COME FROM AWAY, too! It still contains all of the wonderful aspects of her previous books that you surely love and as per her previous two books, she's pulled in interesting tidbits surrounding Canada's history, this time centred around World War II. I've loved her previous books, but COME FROM AWAY just pulled on my heartstrings sooooo much! I couldn't help loving it! To start with, I really loved how she developed both Grace and Rudi's characters! And I love, love, loved how their relationship developed! It had me sighing, swooning, and just grinning like crazy! :DAlong with the fabulous Grace and Rudi, I loved all of the other characters, too, especially Grace's family! It was so neat to see them all so many years after TIDES OF HONOUR, and I love how their lives were all intertwined! It made me feel as if I was part of the family, too. I also loved getting to see a completely different side of life during World War II through Grace and her family. I've always considered myself extremely fortunate to not know what it's like to experience war like so many of our ancestors have, so it was a very humbling experience to put myself in Grace's shoes. I love that Genevieve showed what life could have been like back home in Canada while the soldiers were fighting on (mostly) distant shores. It put so many things into perspective, and I really loved that COME FROM AWAY pushed me to think more critically while also making me swoon!Overall, I thought that COME FROM AWAY was absolutely wonderful! Genevieve Graham has delivered a story that will leave you breathless. One that will make you think, and reconsider preconceived notions that you've had in the past, and one that will have make you—above all else—feel! COME FROM AWAY pulled me in from the very first page, and once I met Grace and Rudi, there was no turning back! I highly recommend COME FROM AWAY! It's perfect for readers who already love historical fiction, but it would also be a fantastic choice for anyone who wants to delve into the genre because it's approachable, compelling, and extremely well crafted!
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  • Lynne
    January 1, 1970
    I will admit that I wasn't too sure about this book when I started reading it. It did not draw my immediate attention.This story takes place in Nova Scotia during the second world war - and is told by alternating points of view; Grace, the sister of three brothers who are off fighting the Nazi's, and Rudi, a German U-Boat Naval officer who finds himself alone and in enemy territory (aka Canada).Based on an actual event - German U-Boat officers who attended a Christmas dance - Genevieve Graham cr I will admit that I wasn't too sure about this book when I started reading it. It did not draw my immediate attention.This story takes place in Nova Scotia during the second world war - and is told by alternating points of view; Grace, the sister of three brothers who are off fighting the Nazi's, and Rudi, a German U-Boat Naval officer who finds himself alone and in enemy territory (aka Canada).Based on an actual event - German U-Boat officers who attended a Christmas dance - Genevieve Graham creates a story about two people who should never have met and who fall in love, despite the fact that they are on opposing sides of the war.This was more of a 3.5 star read for me. I loved the male characters - Danny (Grace's father), her brothers (especially Norman), her cousin and Rudi. I felt that the depth that Graham went to in creating Rudi's character was excellent. He felt genuine and was so believable. I did not like the female characters very much - Grace, Linda (her best friend), Gail (her sister in law). I felt that Graham created selfish, immature female leads rather than strong, resourceful ones (I did like Audrey, Grace's mother). Grace got better as the book progressed, but her narrow-minded response to the discovery of Rudi's secrets didn't feel like it would have been authentic.That said - on the strength of Rudi's character and story-line, as well as the strong ending - this book went from a 2 star read to a 3.5 star read. Graham was able to weave a story that not only provided us with a glimpse into life in rural Nova Scotia during the War - but also into the life of a naval officer.I certainly would read another one of her books in the future and think that if you want to escape into a little romantic historical fiction then this would be an enjoyable read. Recommended.Thank you Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for an advanced copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    I have read many books on both World Wars but never with Canada as the location, in fact finding any Canadian historical fiction is scarce. Genevieve Graham lives on the East coast of Canada and her passion and knowledge of the history of that location shines through in her books. This is my third book and again I knew it would be a treat to read.Even though this story began in Tides of Honour, it is a standalone - but I still recommend reading her other works. Where Tides took place during Worl I have read many books on both World Wars but never with Canada as the location, in fact finding any Canadian historical fiction is scarce. Genevieve Graham lives on the East coast of Canada and her passion and knowledge of the history of that location shines through in her books. This is my third book and again I knew it would be a treat to read.Even though this story began in Tides of Honour, it is a standalone - but I still recommend reading her other works. Where Tides took place during World War One, Come from Away takes places during the Second World War.I was educated reading this one, knowing nothing of the German U-boats off the east coast of Canada and the impact it had on the residents. This story revolves around the POV's of both Rudi and Grace, allowing me to get inside their heads and feel the struggles they were going through, not just the internal but with those involving others. The war put everyone on edge and friendships would naturally be put to the test. The author clearly showed the effects this war had on those that survived, both those with seen and unseen wounds.Come from Away is a story of hope, second chances, and healing. It is vividly written clearly showing the effects this war had on Canadians on Canadian soil, it was a refreshing change of location and one I enjoyed. There are some lovely Author's Notes/Q & A at the end that just finished this book off nicely.Thank you to the publisher (via Netgalley) for an advanced copy of Come from Away.
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  • Karen Black
    January 1, 1970
    Genevieve Graham has certainly found her niche, illuminating Canadian history. From the author of "Tides of Honour" and "Promises to Keep" comes this sweeping saga of the Second World War. While Grace Baker is working in a general store in a small Nova Scotian community, her uniformed brothers board ships to head overseas. Grace and her family worry about her brothers, but here in Canada, she is able to avoid the harsh realities of war until a handsome stranger shows up one day."Come From Away" Genevieve Graham has certainly found her niche, illuminating Canadian history. From the author of "Tides of Honour" and "Promises to Keep" comes this sweeping saga of the Second World War. While Grace Baker is working in a general store in a small Nova Scotian community, her uniformed brothers board ships to head overseas. Grace and her family worry about her brothers, but here in Canada, she is able to avoid the harsh realities of war until a handsome stranger shows up one day."Come From Away" is exceptionally well-researched. My late father spent much of his Navy time down east, particularly in Halifax, but I had no idea that German U-boats had gotten so close to Canada.I liked Graham's exploration of the idea that nothing is black and white in war, especially love.I also enjoyed the dialogue, especially Grace's which showed her courage and her character.Many thanks to Simon and Schuster (and Genevieve, of course!) for this opportunity to read an advance copy of "Come From Away." I didn't see any editorial problems, but the publishers may want to change the descriptors on Amazon which are probably the ones for Graham's first books.Congratulations, Genevieve! You've done it again. I also admire how prolific you are.
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  • Maria Zuppardi
    January 1, 1970
    Read my full review on my blog: https://mariazuppardi.wordpress.com/2... The description of Come from Away is what initially captured my attention, but as I read this book, I found myself more engrossed in the characters more than anything. I really was sucked into their everyday life, and this is truly a historical novel to a T. The actions of the characters, customs, beliefs are all timely with the second world war, and I liked the fact that I just liked this novel and appreciated it for what Read my full review on my blog: https://mariazuppardi.wordpress.com/2... The description of Come from Away is what initially captured my attention, but as I read this book, I found myself more engrossed in the characters more than anything. I really was sucked into their everyday life, and this is truly a historical novel to a T. The actions of the characters, customs, beliefs are all timely with the second world war, and I liked the fact that I just liked this novel and appreciated it for what it was. I’m generally not a historical novel reader, but this one I really liked!The one thing I didn’t like was that the writing made the characters more juvenile than adult at times. When Rudy suddenly decides to leave Grace and her family, it was just written in a way that made Rudy seem like a 12 year-old rather than a mature young man. Even Grace herself, there were parts where she was supposed to be REALLY angry, but when reading, I got the sense that it was forced – the description didn’t capture the raw emotions that should have been there.
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  • Lisa Henderson-Farr
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This is a captivating tale of a Canadian family affected by World War II. Grace follows the events of World War II while her three brothers are fighting overseas. She wonders if she is doing enough to support the war efforts by staying home instead of joining her brothers. To escape thinking about the dangers her brothers face she fills her life with work, until one day a strange Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This is a captivating tale of a Canadian family affected by World War II. Grace follows the events of World War II while her three brothers are fighting overseas. She wonders if she is doing enough to support the war efforts by staying home instead of joining her brothers. To escape thinking about the dangers her brothers face she fills her life with work, until one day a stranger enters and piques her curiosity. He claims to be a trapper but after multiple trips to the store , Grace soon begins to question his story. Who is he and just where is he from?As the two get to know each other his secrets are shown to the light. Grace must decide if she is willing to fight for this chance at love or let it go just because of who he is.A good story with well shaped characters living in a very uncertain time.
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  • Shawna
    January 1, 1970
    Another wonderfully, heart-warming novel from Genevieve Graham!Grace in a young, unmarried woman from a small costal town in Nova Scotia. She has watched her 3 older brothers go off to war while she continues to work in the general store. Grace enjoys her work, but can't help but feel that she should be doing something more for her family.Rudi is a german soldier who is stationed in a u-boat just off the coast. After narrowly escaping death, Rudi finds himself alone in an unfamiliar country.Grac Another wonderfully, heart-warming novel from Genevieve Graham!Grace in a young, unmarried woman from a small costal town in Nova Scotia. She has watched her 3 older brothers go off to war while she continues to work in the general store. Grace enjoys her work, but can't help but feel that she should be doing something more for her family.Rudi is a german soldier who is stationed in a u-boat just off the coast. After narrowly escaping death, Rudi finds himself alone in an unfamiliar country.Grace and Rudi's chance encounter changes the course of both their lives. This story was beautifully written and easy to lose yourself in. The central characters, Grace and Rudi were both well developed and realistic. Their slow-burning romance was perfectly woven into the realities of war. I can say quite confidently, that this will be one of my top reads this year. Genevieve Graham has a knack for inviting you into her story and making you live it. I would highly recommend this one!
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  • Lisa Henderson-Farr
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This is a captivating tale of a Canadian family affected by World War II. Grace follows the events of World War II while her three brothers are fighting overseas. She wonders if she is doing enough to support the war efforts by staying home instead of joining her brothers. To escape thinking about the dangers her brothers face she fills her life with work, until one day a strange Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This is a captivating tale of a Canadian family affected by World War II. Grace follows the events of World War II while her three brothers are fighting overseas. She wonders if she is doing enough to support the war efforts by staying home instead of joining her brothers. To escape thinking about the dangers her brothers face she fills her life with work, until one day a stranger enters and piques her curiosity. He claims to be a trapper but after multiple trips to the store , Grace soon begins to question his story. Who is he and just where is he from?As the two get to know each other his secrets are shown to the light. Grace must decide if she is willing to fight for this chance at love or let it go just because of who he is.A good story with well shaped characters living in a very uncertain time.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Not to be confused with the Broadway with a similar title. This story is set in the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia during WW11. It focuses on a village family with three sons who are away engaged in war. Thoughts of them and worry is always on the minds of those at home. Their daughter Grace works as the village shopkeeper. There is a charming love story between Grace and a man who comes from away. Their romance is beset by obstacles. It is a story about family ties, love, trust and forgiveness an Not to be confused with the Broadway with a similar title. This story is set in the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia during WW11. It focuses on a village family with three sons who are away engaged in war. Thoughts of them and worry is always on the minds of those at home. Their daughter Grace works as the village shopkeeper. There is a charming love story between Grace and a man who comes from away. Their romance is beset by obstacles. It is a story about family ties, love, trust and forgiveness and the ability to endure through it all.
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  • Laurice
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it! WWII historical fiction is my favorite so this was right up my alley. Being an American, I have never read a book from the perspective of a Canadian. The Baker family, and Grace in paricular, had to learn an important lesson. Any act, when percived from different points of view, affects your opinion of someone's character. The characters in this book were very believable and I found myself really caring how their stories played out. This was an excellent story and I would recommend i I loved it! WWII historical fiction is my favorite so this was right up my alley. Being an American, I have never read a book from the perspective of a Canadian. The Baker family, and Grace in paricular, had to learn an important lesson. Any act, when percived from different points of view, affects your opinion of someone's character. The characters in this book were very believable and I found myself really caring how their stories played out. This was an excellent story and I would recommend it to anyone else who loves historical fiction with a little bit of romance.
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  • Jaclyn
    January 1, 1970
    Fascinating glimpse into Canadian history and the romance was sweet.
  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    review to follow
  • Tashfin Awal
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it.I'm a sucker for love stories, and this is one of the few that truly grew on me. The character development and the plot worked well in developing the love story and towards the end of the book I felt my hurt being tugged at every step. That being said, I think it was a bit melodramatic at times, and the pacing could have used some work (some parts were very fast and exciting while other p I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it.I'm a sucker for love stories, and this is one of the few that truly grew on me. The character development and the plot worked well in developing the love story and towards the end of the book I felt my hurt being tugged at every step. That being said, I think it was a bit melodramatic at times, and the pacing could have used some work (some parts were very fast and exciting while other parts were almost TOO boring), but the use of setting was good. An interesting read set in a familiar backdrop, it was decent.
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