The Friday Five Challenge is an interesting exercise for writers ~ it shows the little things that can put potential readers off that click-buy. We click on a book because the cover appeals to us, but can be put off a purchase by the blurb, the price, or the reviews.
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Most intriguing, and of course I was swayed by the 'international bestselling author' bit, though indeed I have seen that on many books by indie authors who aren't - I think it's genuine in this case, though.
FREE! No worries there, then. It's only 52 pages long.
Life in rural Poland during WWII brings a new set of challenges to Maria, estranged from her own family and left alone with her in-laws after her husband is sent to the front. For a young, newly pregnant wife, the days are especially cold, the nights unexpectedly lonely. The discovery of a girl hiding in the barn changes everything… Hannah is fleeing the German police who are taking Jews like her to special camps. Ignoring the risk to her own life and that of her unborn child, Maria is compelled to help. But in these dark days, no one can be trusted, and soon Maria finds her courage tested in ways she never expected and herself facing truths about her own family that the quiet village has kept buried for years.
Yes, that'll do for me!
An average of 3.7 over 73 reviews, so a mixed bag. Appears to be a preview for a longer novel. The negative reviews say that it's 'odd' or 'strange', but some have reviewed with a low star simply because it's short, which is a bit of a shame for the writer. Like, duh, it says it's 52 pages long....
BUY - or certainly download for nothing, which I already have. I'll get round to reading it soon and give my verdict!