Paper Love by Jae

I am a huge fan of Jae’s work, she is an author that I will read automatically without even looking at the synopsis of the book. Her work is always good. As I have said over and over again she is an author you can count on to deliver you a quality read time every single time. Paper Lover, her latest novel is a good book, not my favorite of Jae’s work but I did enjoy my time with it.

Susanne Wolff is an all work no play kind of lady. She grinds away for a boss that treats her less than because she is a woman while giving her male co-workers the better assignments. this business consultant goes in and tells companies on the brink of collapse what they can do to turn their business around to profitable. When we first meet Susanne, she has just quit her job. She could not take the blatant sexist treatment anymore. Her mother, tells her she can use her skills now to help her Uncle Norbert save his small stationary store in Freiburg. And off she goes on another assignment that she does not want and that seems hopeless, but her family loyalty propels her to try nonetheless for a total of twelve weeks then she is coming back to Berlin.

Anja Lamm is Uncle Norbert’s right hand at the store, Paper Love. She loves stationary and pens. She loves her job. She is an adorable character that is a bit geeky and totally loveable.

You can basically guess how the plot is going to go. Businesswomen meets shop assistant, they get off on the wrong foot, become friends, friends turns to more even though businesswoman must head back to the big city in a set amount of days. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s a good story. You have well thought out characters in a beautiful setting with a solid beginning, middle, and end. To me, this one did not have Jae’s special touch. There is nothing that sets this book apart from a dozen others that have the exact same plot. This is a light sweet romance, one I am glad I read, but not one that will leave a lasting impression.

3.75 out of 4 stars

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Berlin Hungers by Justine Saracen

When you pick up a Justine Saracen novel you know that you will undoubtedly finish the book with a respect for her historical detailedness and more knowledge than you had before. I love that her stories are so intricate and well, smart.

The Berlin Hunger takes us to the direct chaos that directly followed World War II. The horrors that took place in “peacetime” are tragic and hard to stomach. There is blatant brutality and at times it is hard to read.

Gillian Somerville was a pilot for the Air Transport Axillary during the war. She loved flying for her country but when the war ends Gillian suddenly finds herself with no work as a pilot. The women are not needed for that duty anymore. Unable to just go home, her whole family has passed, she decides to join the WAAF to become an air traffic controller.

Erika Brandt was a musician before the war. Now as the Russians have control of Berlin, she is scavaging for food to keep from starving to death. The Russians men portrayed in this book are animals and Erika faces unspeakable horrors to survive in this desperate time.

Erika and Gillian meet by chance a couple of times in the book and strike up a friendship born out of kindness. As the book progresses more feelings develop. This is a star-crossed lover romance though. These two have a lot going on and cannot see each other often for a multitude of reasons. So a lot of longing from afar.

Overall, I loved the historical aspect of the book. I felt as if Saracen dropped my in Berlin post-war and I was right there with the characters. The romance wasn’t my favorite. I loved the characters don’t get me wrong, and I was absolutely rooting for their happiness. I just felt like it dragged a bit. This is more historical fiction than your hot burning romance. Still a very good read!

3 out of 5 stars

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