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Review: I Gave My Heart To Know This

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com

Ellen Baker is beloved for crafting intimate domestic stories that resonate deeply with readers. In I Gave My Heart to Know This, the awardwinning author returns with a sweeping multigenerational saga of the searing power of war, memory, friendship, and family. In January 1944, Grace Anderson, Lena Maki, and Lena's mother, Violet, have joined the growing ranks of women working for the war effort ... Read full review

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Review: I Gave My Heart to Know This

User Review  - Sarah Sullivan - Goodreads

Loved the parts set in the 1940s, but less so the contemporary sections. And the way the mysteries were so easily "revealed" in the present felt too easy - I would have much rather just heard Grace ... Read full review

Review: I Gave My Heart to Know This

User Review  - Jeannie - Goodreads

Meh. It was okay. It could have been a lot better. I felt that it was confusing at times. Too many characters muddled the plot. I felt that the characters were pushed along without any depth. The ending felt forced. Read full review

Review: I Gave My Heart to Know This

User Review  - Julie (Klickitat) - Goodreads

I enjoyed it but the last third was too much like the plot of a soap opera. Although Baker goes a little overboard with similes at times, she's really good at setting a scene and making you feel like you're "there." Her research process shows in the best way. Read full review

Review: I Gave My Heart to Know This

User Review  - Jennifer Duke - Goodreads

I was surprised by the ending especially for this time period. The people were so dysfunctional to the point of unbelievable. The ending was abrupt. Read full review

Review: I Gave My Heart to Know This

User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

Slow start (sorry Ellen!). But well worth it. The twists and turns we're not predictable. I always look forward to Ellen's books. She is a master storyteller!! Read full review

Review: I Gave My Heart to Know This

User Review  - Kara - Goodreads

Dysfunctional family from WWII to present, engaging story good for book club Read full review

Review: I Gave My Heart to Know This

User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

I like WW2 fiction and this was an interesting story about the suffering endured by the women who have to say goodbye to brothers, sons & husbands, never knowing if they will return or not and the choices they make along the way. Read full review

Review: I Gave My Heart to Know This

User Review  - Ann - Goodreads

An enjoyable read with the extra fun of being set in Duluth/Superior - my home area. Read full review

Review: I Gave My Heart to Know This

User Review  - Nancy Hadley - Goodreads

I enjoyed this WWII historical novel about life in America during the war at a ship building factory in Superior, WI. It weaved present day and past well and the characters were well developed and showed all their insecurities. A good read. Read full review

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