Alone at War


Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
382 Pages
Reviewed on 06/27/2018
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

Alone at War by AM Brussel takes us into the life of 14-year-old Sara, who has been left on her own through tragedy to care for her younger sister in France during the raging of WWI. Sara is forced to do things she might not have done if not for circumstances while living above a cafe that is full of its own madness, as well as prostitutes and soldiers who come and go. As Sara walks this impossible path, she meets others along the way, from a young volunteer who is found barking like a dog to a medic that really wants to save lives. But will the horrors of war overcome her in the end?

War of any kind is a terrible thing, but I think most would agree that WWI had a special kind of horror being the first war that was focused more on trench warfare and introduced never before seen weapons into the fray. You can tell there was a great deal of research that went into this book. As I read, I could almost smell the areas the story takes place in, and see what the characters were seeing, it was that vivid. Sara is the kind of character that you could see stepping off the page and holding a conversation with you; she is truly that complex and vivid. If you want a story that is realistic and opens your eyes to how tragic war can be, yet shows the strength of the human spirit, this book is for you. I enjoyed everything from the pacing to the story as a complete package. It is not an easy read, but it is a worthwhile read.