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They are strangers at the start, but their lives will become inextricably intertwined, altered in indelible ways. These very different Gold Star Mothers travel to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery to say final good-byes to their sons and come together along the way to face the unexpected: a death, a scandal, and a secret revealed.
None of these pilgrims will be as affected as Cora Blake, who has lived almost her entire life in a small fishing village off the coast of Maine, caring for her late sister’s three daughters, hoping to fill the void left by the death of her son, Sammy, who was killed on a scouting mission during the final days of the war. Cora believes she is managing as well as can be expected in the midst of the Depression, but nothing has prepared her for what lies ahead on this unpredictable journey, including an extraordinary encounter with an expatriate American journalist, Griffin Reed, who was wounded in the trenches and hides behind a metal mask, one of hundreds of "tin noses" who became symbols of the war.
With expert storytelling, memorable characters, and beautiful prose, April Smith gives us a timeless story, by turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, set against a footnote of history - little known, yet unforgettable.
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By vtkelley on 06-11-14
A bit lengthy
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I think it could have been shortened without taking away from the story. It got to the point where I was just ready for it to be done
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I found the historical aspects of the story very interesting. I must admit I haven't read much about WWI and enjoyed listening to the battles and hearing about the battle locations.
Have you listened to any of Bernadette Dunne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I haven't heard any of her other performances.
Do you think A Star for Mrs. Blake needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, the story was resolved.
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