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Historical fiction not your thing? This book, one of my all time favorites, could change your mind! I have read the print book more than once and enjoyed the audio version also. The author's characters are alive and well developed. The historical setting during WWII is accurate. My deep regret is that the author died and won't be writing anymore wonderful books. She made the island and its inhabitants so real that I would love to visit there. Today the island is much more developed and modern I will be looking for and hoping to meet people who knew someone who lived there during the war.
Fantastic book!!!! I was worried that I wouldn't like that this book when I realized that it nothing but written letters but I completely fell in love with it. Well done!
Love listening to this book. It's a clever series of letters and through the exchange of notes and longer letters you really get to know the characters so well. It's a lovely story.
I loved it. The personalities came through beautifully in the writings of the characters. The story was wonderful, as was the narration.
This one was a wonderful surprise. I normally stay away from "letter" form stories. But this one was fresh, interesting and very engaging. I recommend it to anyone interested in history, especially the second world war. It also immersed me in another time and culture, a blessed relief from this one.
Well written and interesting view of WW II. Format takes a bit getting used to, but overall a delightful book.
I could not finish this book. It felt like, rather than writing a novel with a beginning, middle and end covering a defined story arc, the author had compiled a lot of research and said "How can I use all this stuff... oh, I'll write a bunch of letters back and forth."
What a cute book! It took a little getting used to because the entire book is nothing but letters and telegrams back and forth, but what a great story about the stories of the German occupation during WWII.
I'd heard so many positive things about this book that I was stunned at how boring it was. My mind kept wandering and I kept rewinding until I finally ejected it and sent it back.
Love, love, loved the book! Even though the entire story, told through a collection of letters, seemed a bit disjointed at first, I was rapidly drawn into the plot and was sad when it ended.
Annie Barrows has written many books for adults, but Ivy and Bean is her first series for kids. She lives in northern California with her husband and two daughters.