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The Last Year of the War
The Last Year of the War | Susan Meissner
From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and As Bright as Heaven comes a novel about a German American teenager whose life changes forever when her immigrant family is sent to an internment camp during World War II. Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943--aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity. The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences. But when the Sontag family is exchanged for American prisoners behind enemy lines in Germany, Elise will face head-on the person the war desires to make of her. In that devastating crucible she must discover if she has the will to rise above prejudice and hatred and re-claim her own destiny, or disappear into the image others have cast upon her. The Last Year of the War tells a little-known story of World War II with great resonance for our own times and challenges the very notion of who we are when who weve always been is called into question.
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A girl of Japanese decent and a girl of German decent meet in a us internment camp. They both get repatriated.

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BookNAround
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About to finish the first and pick up the second. Could they be more different?

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Lexicon1982
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This is a story worth reading; everyone should learn about the unspoken truth of internment camps on American soul.We should never assume that our freedoms couldn‘t be taken away on a whim, between the fine line of individual freedoms and “national security”!
Having the story follow the Sontag family after their repatriation back to Germany really highlighted the struggle these interned families faced, they became caught between two worlds.

DeleteAcct I love this author. I definitely need to read some more of her books. 5mo
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AmyK1
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Trying to get one more book read before leaving for our anniversary trip on Saturday.

Crazeedi Happy anniversary ! Have a wonderful time!!💕 5mo
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candc320
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Susan Meissner is one of my all time favorite authors and I‘m soooo excited to read this newest novel! I‘ve really got to do something to speed up my reading....I can‘t seem to concentrate on any one thing for too long 🤨😩.

readingjedi I have spells when my concentration is just woeful & I'm so easily distracted by the slightest little thing ... I'm in the the midst of such a spell right now 😤😤😤 5mo
candc320 You and me both @readingjedi ! I don‘t typically have this problem but it‘s been going on this time for months 🥺. I‘m not sure what will fix it! 5mo
readingjedi @candc320 Well, for me, I just let myself be distracted. I figure it's what my brain needs to do with itself for a while. After a while I find myself appreciating being focussed on one thing at a time more & more. It works for me ... but I do find it very frustrating when I got SO MANY THINGS TO READ! 😂😂😂 5mo
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a.bookish.byrd
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Check out my Goodreads for my lengthy review! It's LONG. #mylongestreviewever
www.goodreads.com/pollywaug

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P. 192

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SilversReviews
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I am on a blog tour sponsored by Tara O‘Connor of Penguin Random House for my review.

FULL REVIEW: https://bit.ly/2TZJeWO


A friendship made in an internment camp during WWII that lasted only eighteen months, but bonds and memories that lasted a lifetime.

THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR is a marvelous history lesson and a testament to enduring friendship and learning lessons and making decisions. 5/5

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christinehk
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I had read so many great reviews about this book, I was disappointed it did not work out for me. The book seems to be written in the present and the past, depending on the chapter. The first few pages caught my attention; I was hooked. However, once I got to the past ... I felt like I was reading a chapter from a history book. It moved slowly and unfortunately, after reading about 40 pages, I decided I couldn‘t read it anymore.

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SilversReviews
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Don't you just LOVE her books?

All are reviewed on my blog, and THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR will be reviewed on March 27 for a blog tour.

Happy Reading!!

Mdargusch I haven‘t read any of these! Which is your favorite so I can add it to my TBR. 📚📚📚📚 8mo
SilversReviews They all are good , but I‘d start with AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN. Check out my blog reviews if you like. Http://silversolara.blogspot.com. Thanks for commenting. (edited) 8mo
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BlueStockingReviews
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Enter my Book Giveaway for The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner. https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/blog/book-giveaway-the-last-year-of-the-war A 5⭐️ read of a little known piece of our history. Moving and Thought-provoking! #TheLastYearoftheWar #SusanMeissner #Berkley

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Serenity_Within86
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Coffee ✔️
Book ✔️
Good morning 🌞🌞🌞

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Reecaspieces
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🍭🍭🍭🍭🍭 review is up on my blog. Stop by and say hi! https://reecaspieces.com/2019/03/19/the-last-year-of-the-war-by-susan-meissner-r.... This book is sooooo good

Crazeedi Thanks for the review! 8mo
Reecaspieces @Crazeedi thanks for the comment on my blog. It makes my day! 👏👏❤️❤️ 8mo
Crazeedi @Reecaspieces 😉👍🌹 8mo
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ReadingisMyPassion
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This beautifully written story is about forever friendships, family bonds, adaptability, bravery, determination and even a little romance. But it also contains great historical information about the internment camps and the families forced into them and about the repatriation program, exchanging interned families for POWs held in Germany and Japan.

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BlueStockingReviews
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A deeply affecting and beautifully written historical fiction story of a family of German immigrants interned during WWII.
https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/blog/the-last-year-of-the-war

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Reecaspieces
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A beautiful day in the neighborhood! #sunshine! #alwaysreading. I am reading the tagged book. It is sooooo good. What are you reading today? Please share!

RedLeaves Love this 😍 8mo
Reecaspieces @RedLeaves nothing like a little warm sunshine. 8mo
AmberWB This sounds so good!!! 8mo
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Velvetfur I'm reading about how to connect with the Divine Feminine Energy! Love this pretty photo 😍 8mo
Reecaspieces @Velvetfur thanks! It is a beautiful day here! Enjoy your read! Sounds interesting! 8mo
Reecaspieces @AmberWB it is!!! 8mo
bookishkris I‘m reading The Huntress and The Perfect Child. 8mo
Reecaspieces @bookishkris I hope you are enjoying it!! 8mo
RedLeaves @Reecaspieces Absolutely 8mo
Velvetfur @Reecaspieces Thank you x 8mo
Reecaspieces @SW-T I have put that on my TBR list. Looks soooo good 8mo
megnews I didn‘t know she had this out! I love her! Stacked. Can‘t wait to read! 8mo
Reecaspieces @megnews it comes out Tuesday. And yes...stack it. It‘s good! 8mo
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TorieStorieS
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This #NetGalley read is probably between a So-So & a Pick for me, but I‘m going to round up since I enjoyed the author‘s writing. This WWII novel covers a wide range of places & parts of the war, all through the eyes of Elise, an American of German descent who ends up interred in Crystal City and then in Germany. But the pacing is a little slow here & the distance of the narrative frame makes this more of a teller than a shower in many places.

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ReadingSusan
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This book was excellent. It was a captivating story spanning years and different locations. My heart ached for all Elise had to go through. It was also sad to think about those history repeats itself and we never learn.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

wordzie Super 😎 9mo
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SilversReviews
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FULL REVIEW WILL BE ON MARCH 27.

A friendship made in an internment camp during WWII that lasted only eighteen months, but bonds and memories that lasted a lifetime.

THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR is a marvelous history lesson and a testament to enduring friendship and learning lessons and making decisions.

If you enjoy historical fiction and Ms. Meissner's books, you will want to make room on your bookshelf for THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR.

Reecaspieces Can‘t wait! 👏👏👏 9mo
SilversReviews @Reecaspieces You will like it...thanks for commenting. 9mo
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ReadingSusan
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The perfect Friday night TBH.

C.Perone I second that 9mo
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InBooksILive
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Hey @AmberWB Just wanted to let you know that I'm sending The Last Year of the War tomorrow morning so keep an eye out for it in the next few days! 😊

Hope you enjoy it! And congrats on winning it 😁

#TheLastYearGiveaway

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InBooksILive
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@AmberWB you've won! 👏🏻🤗

email me, inbooksilive@yahoo.com, your address and I'll get The Last Year of the War sent right out to you!

Congratulations and thanks to everyone that entered! 😊

#TheLastYearGiveaway

JoScho Yay!!!! @AmberWB 12mo
AmyG Congrats🎉 12mo
AmberWB Yay!!! Thank you so much!!! I have had a hell of a day and this is definitely a nice ending! 😊 12mo
InBooksILive @AmberWB awe, I'm so glad I could help make your day at least a little better! 12mo
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AmyG
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Thank you so much @InBooksILive for this #TheLastYearGiveaway. I loved As Bright as Heaven and would love to win this.

InBooksILive Thanks for entering! Good luck! 12mo
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Soubhiville
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Thanks for hosting this giveaway @InBooksILive ! I would love to read this. Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres. #TheLastYearGiveaway

InBooksILive Thanks for entering! Good luck! 12mo
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SilversReviews
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Enter the giveaway if you like...the host is @InBooksILive

Go to her page or the details that didn‘t appear here. 😊

Thanks.

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cinann
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I've only read one Susan Meissner book, but I'd love to read more.
#thelastyeargiveaway
@InBooksILive

InBooksILive Thanks for entering! Good luck! 12mo
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LitsyHappenings
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Repost for @InBooksILive :
I just got this ARC in the mail! I guess I entered to win it, but I don't remember doing so especially since historical fiction isn't a genre I typically read.

So! I'll have a #LitsyGiveaway for it!

Whoever wants this ARC, just repost, tag me and use hashtag #TheLastYearGiveaway

I'll randomly pick a winner on Friday!

(US only please)

InBooksILive Thank you! 😊 12mo
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Beatlefan129
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This looks really interesting. I love WWII historical fiction
#TheLastYearGiveaway

InBooksILive Thanks for entering! Good luck! 12mo
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AmberWB
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I love historical fiction, and I triple love World War II historical fiction! Thanks to @InBooksILive for this giveaway opportunity!
#thelastyeargiveaway

InBooksILive Thanks for entering! Good luck! 12mo
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InBooksILive
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I just got this ARC in the mail! I guess I entered to win it, but I don't remember doing so especially since historical fiction isn't a genre I typically read.

So! I'll have a #LitsyGiveaway for it!

Whoever wants this ARC, just repost, tag me and use hashtag #TheLastYearGiveaway

I'll randomly pick a winner on Friday!

@LitsyHappenings

(US only please)

SilversReviews @InBooksILive #TheLastYearGiveaway - I LOVE her books....thanks for the giveaway. 12mo
InBooksILive It sounds like it would be an incredible book! But I think it would just sit on my shelf and get no love, so I wanted it to go to someone who would enjoy it 😊 12mo
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vlwelser
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This one was really good. A German American teen and a Japanese American teen meet in an internment camp at the end of WWII. It's mostly from the German American's perspective. 💖📚

#NetGalley #ARC