Past to Paper: The Homefront, Britain WWII

Welcome back to Past to Paper! I’m super excited to share this month’s topic with you. Women at the Homefront during both World Wars in all countries is a topic that I love to study and read about. I find it fascinating how the world kept turning during such horrible times. It really goes to show how versatile and strong us humans are.

But first of all – I hope you’re all doing well and having splendid day. If you haven’t gone outside to wave at the sun and jumped on your bed at least twice yet, then I suggest you pause right now to do that. Very important stuff. So, I hope you all enjoy this month’s topic – get out your pencils and paper, kids, it’s time to learn some things! Continue reading

Exploring My Bookshelves: Sprautumn

You’re probably wondering what exactly happened with my title, well this week’s thing is about Spring but of course it’s Autumn for me! So I’m mashing the two together and we’re going to see what happens. Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme co-hosted by Shannon @ For The Love of Words and Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds. Each week we’re given a new theme and we get to talk about one book that relates to it.

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Stepping Back in Time in The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron


4.5/5 stars


Genre: Historical Fiction, War
Author: Kristy Cambron
Published: July 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 329 {paperback}

Original review on Goodreads

Initial Thoughts

Such a beautiful and heart wrenching story of a talented violinist who ends up in Auschwitz. I loved the way the story of the painting was slowly unravelled between the stories of Adele, the violinist and muse, and Sera, an art collector from the present day who has a personal interest in the missing portrait. I had no idea about the art work that was created by the inmates and I definitely want to read more of Cambron’s work now. Continue reading

Exploring My Bookshelves: History in Books

Exploring My Bookshelves is a weekly meme co-hosted by Shannon @ For the Love of Words and Victoria @ Addlepates and Book Nerds. Each week we’re given a new theme and we get to feature one book on our shelves and talk about it for a bit. It’s really fun and a good way to slowly explore someone’s books. I highly recommend heading over to the official page to explore everyone else’s posts via the link-up.

This week’s theme is:

 An Historical Novel (in honor of presidents’ day in the USA)

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A selection of my historical books.

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Waiting on Wednesday [#3]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Basically, each Wednesday we have permission to do some serious flailing about in our excitement about one (just one) book that is an up and coming release! Yay!


Now for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) this week’s theme was 2016 releases (for the first half of the year) and in those weekly posts I get to make a very exciting list of 10 books – so I shan’t be repeating any of the ones I mentioned yesterday. But do check out my list HERE to see what top TEN books I’m excited about. Continue reading

Reaching for Tissues in The Railway Man

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The Railway Man by Eric Lomax



The Railway Man

Genre: Historical Non-Fiction, Memoir, War
Author: Eric Lomax
Published: January 2014
Publisher: Vintage
Pages: 336

Original review on Goodreads

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The Railway Man

“It is strange, looking back now, to think of those boys at school to whom I was never really close. Men born ten years after me could speculate idly about their schoolmates, but that option was closed to me by events in China and Central Europe while I was growing up. I know exactly what happened to each of my contemporaries.

Of the twenty-five of us in our final year at school, only four survived the war.”

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