From the New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye comes a riveting short story about an impossible connection across two centuries that could make the difference between peace or war.
Yorkshire, 1943. Lily Baines, a bright young debutante increasingly ground down by an endless war, has traded in her white gloves for a set of headphones. It’s her job to intercept enemy naval communications and send them to Bletchley Park for decryption.
One night, she picks up a transmission that isn’t code at all—it’s a cry for help.
An American ship is taking heavy fire in the North Atlantic—but no one else has reported an attack, and the information relayed by the young US officer, Matt Jackson, seems all wrong. The contact that Lily has made on the other end of the radio channel says it’s…2023.
Across an eighty-year gap, Lily and Matt must find a way to help each other: Matt to convince her that the war she’s fighting can still be won, and Lily to help him stave off the war to come. As their connection grows stronger, they both know there’s no telling when time will run out on their inexplicable link.
Mini Audiobook Review
I never ever read short stories.
But as Kate Quinn is my favorite author writing historical fiction and after having seen one for my friends loving it, I gave it a go and ..It’s brilliant!
In about 1,5 hours of audiobook, Kate Quinn made me fall for her heroine, Lily, trying desperately to help prevent Matt’s death in … 80 years to come!
From the very first sentences I could already feel and know who Lily Baines was as a woman. The same can be said when we met Matt. And that tells you a LOT about a writer’s skills and her ability to flesh out characters so well that they invade your life and become real persons to you!
Kate Quinn did a “tour de force” writing a historical fiction AND science fiction all rolled into one short story! That shouldn’t have worked but it does! Splendidly!
I was riveted from the first moment and the execution was spotless! I wanted to know how Matt’s ship would be saved, what these two working together 80 years apart would concoct as plan to avoid WWIII.
Bravo Mrs Quinn!
If you are a fan of Kate Quinn, read it!
If you don’t know her work yet but want a taste, read it too!
Hollywood’s biggest star first belonged to me.
Northern Stars is an angsty, new adult, second chance standalone romance from Brittainy Cherry.
Breaking up with your high school sweetheart was one thing.
Breaking up with a famous Hollywood actor? That was a different situation.
I’d been in love with Aiden Walters since I was a little girl. We’d grown up as neighbors in our small town. He was my first love, and I was his. I was there when his career took off, and I was certain I’d always be a part of his life.
But just when his Hollywood star began to really shine, the internet blew up with the news of his real-life girlfriend at home. When I realized he was spending more time defending me than focusing on his career, I did the only thing I could do – I let him go.
Five years later, he was back home staying in the only hotel in our small town. Of course, it was the one I managed. I was forced daily to see the man whose heart I’d broken all those years ago.
The man who now resented me.
The man who grimaced with annoyance every time he looked my way.
The man who swore he’d never speak to me again.
It was clear that I was now his sworn enemy. Still, during our arguments, I saw the sparks of the boy I grew up loving. I craved his warmth, his touch, and the feelings that we once had.
I had to remind myself daily of why I ended things with him in the first place. Otherwise, I’d find myself falling in love with him all over again. Only this time, I was certain that if I fell, he wouldn’t be willing to catch me.
*Each book in the Compass Series can be read as a standalone and in any order. *
It’s a very good Brittainy Cherry! Full of heart with a great hero and a very likeable heroine.
I loved that the heroine Haylee is plus sized and that the trope shows how people can be mean to people who don’t fit the norm.
Haylee was bullied and ridiculed because of her size but she has always been perfect in Aidan’s eyes
Aaaw that boy made my heart melt. He was such an amazing good guy! Kind to everyone and protective of Haylee. She was his light and his everything. I love when a hero is devoted to the heroine and dotes on her every chance he gets!
The glimpses in their childhood when both were fighting as kids yet couldn’t help chasing each other like Tom and Jerry was extremely sweet.
Both have a big growth in the book. Haylee to overcome her insecurities and learn to love her body and ignore the outside comments.
Aidan to learn to be happy and leave his sadness behind.
A great friends to lovers romance with a Hollywood heartthrob , some angst, serious topics like race and weight combined with a beautiful writing and overflowing emotions.
It’s beautiful, moving, heartbreaking and heartwarming.
I know why Brittainy C Cherry is one of my top favorite romance writers for years now.
Thanks for reading!
I want to try Cherry and agree Signal Moon was wonderful.
That Kate Quinn novella sounds awesome, Sophie! Glad you enjoyed it. 😀
Aidan sounds sooo swoony and Haylee seems so relatable. This one is definitely on my TBR!
I just adore Brittany Cherry and I need to get to this one here. I just love how endearing she writes her characters. Kate Quinn is definitely on my list for Historical Fiction! I love it when an author can write a novella well, not many can.
Signal Moon sounds downright intriguing: I will have to add it to my “wanted” list 🙂
Thanks for sharing!!!!
Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes. Add a heart-melting hero and healing journeys, and it sounds perfect to me.
Kate Quinn doesn’t usually write science fiction, does she? I think her story sounds really good
Fab reviews Sophie xx
Thank you Caro!