Lovely War

Lovely War

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New York City, 1942. World War II is at its zenith. A stunningly attractive couple meets in a Manhattan hotel room for a forbidden tryst. But these are no ordinary lovers. When immortals Ares and Aphrodite are caught by the latter's jealous husband, the goddess of passion must justify her actions, or face judgment on Mount Olympus. To plead her case, she spins a tale that took place in Europe some twenty-five years earlier- the story of four mortals whose lives entwined in the crucible of World War I. They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story--filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion--reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of Love.
Publisher: New York : Viking , 2019.
ISBN: 9780451469939
Branch Call Number: YA BERRY J
Characteristics: 468 pages ; 24 cm.


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Jun 21, 2019

This romantic historical novel about 2 couples, narrated by four Greek gods, Aphrodite, Hades, Ares, and Apollo, was a treat to read. The chapters were nicely balanced between the stories of the couples and the storyline of the gods, and every chapter was placed strategically to bring out suspense and excitement. This book was right up my alley, with the mix of Greek mythology and historical events of WWI, and it was an unexpected yet welcomed twist.

Jun 20, 2019

Lovely War was better than I expected. I loved the mix of the Greek gods with the humans, it wasn't too much a story about the gods, or too much a story about the mortals. It intertwined the story about what the gods were going through with the story of the love affairs and war of the mortals perfectly. It also included history of the first World War, and did a good job portraying the way the war truly was. It pulled at my heartstrings, and that made me appreciate the book all the more. It is definitely worth the read!

Apr 16, 2019

Greek gods, Aphrodite, Ares, Hades, and Apollo, narrate this story of two young couples finding love and facing loss at the height of World War I. The tangled relationships of the Greek gods, the violence and destruction of war, young love’s innocence, and the insidiousness of racism might seem like a lot for one book to take on, but through Berry’s vivid imagery, historical detail, and lively characterization, the stories here intertwine effortlessly.

DCLteens Feb 13, 2019

A Must-Read Young Adult pick. This story of four mortals is told by goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus. Filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, the story reveals that though war is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of love.

Feb 13, 2019

I had high expectations for this book and it was a compelling read. The four characters are well developed and distinct. Their stories intertwine in unexpected ways at times and the narrative was unpredictable in delightful ways for the most part. It is also clear that Berry did extensive research before telling her tale as evidenced by the copious notes on various related subjects at the end of the book. What disappointed me was the god connection. It was distracting at times and the perspective from WW II was not as well developed as I would have liked. All in all, still recommended for those who are looking for historical fiction from WW I. Also love the cover!

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Feb 07, 2019

Everything about this book -- British people in World War I! Love stories! Greek mythology! -- was precisely up my alley, even though on the surface it sounds like an odd combination of elements to be combined in one book. But this was glorious. It's the story of four mortals -- and their love stories -- as told by Aphrodite, and various other gods who meddled in the lives of these particular people. At first, as you read, you might find yourself wondering why Berry has chosen the gimmick of having the Greek gods (all sitting in a hotel room in the 1940s) narrate the tale, but as the story progresses, and as you learn more about these people's lives and loves, you realize the novel is equally about the goddess of love herself, and her inability to experience the emotion she has dedicated her immortal existence to inspiring in others. It is beautifully written, emotionally complex, and an absolute joy to read from start to finish. It is also possibly the only book I've ever read that is a perfect readalike for Martha Brockenbrough's (excellent!) The Game of Love and Death, which is also well worth your time.


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