What I’m Reading: The Last Telegram

I just finished up the Kindle book version of The Last Telegram by Liz Trenow.


This is a book I actually read-not a audio book version I listened too.  I checked it out via my on line library.  I love historical fiction but as this book was only available in Kindle form I decided to check it out and read it on my Kindle.  It was an okay book….let’s put it this way, I read for 10-30 minutes most nights or if it’s a wonderful book I sneak in a few more minutes or even find myself sneaking off to bed early purposely to read.  That never happened with this book-in fact I had to check it out again just to get it finished…and then I finished it just in time.

The story revolves around a silk factory during WWII and their job of making silk for parachutes.  The story was told but I didn’t FEEL the characters…it wasn’t bad though just not as good as most of the books I’ve been reading lately.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about the book, “Decades ago, as Nazi planes dominated the sky, Lily Verner made a terrible choice. She’s tried to forget, but now an unexpected event pulls her back to the 1940s British countryside. She finds herself remembering the brilliant colors of the silk she helped to weave at her family’s mill, the relentless pressure of the worsening war, and the kind of heartbreaking loss that stops time.

In this evocative novel of love and consequences, Lily finally confronts the disastrous decision that has haunted her all these years. The Last Telegram uncovers the surprising truth about how the stories we weave about our lives are threaded with truth, guilt, and forgiveness.”

I was really shocked that Amazon readers rated the book with 4.5 stars.  Honestly I didn’t connect with the characters much and think I’d only rate it at 3.5.  It was interesting but didn’t have me dying to read more or to even wonder what happened with the characters.  For me the book was just neutral…didn’t love it-didn’t  hate it.  Has anyone else read the book?  I’d love to know what you thought.

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