My Thoughts after Reading
This middle grade book is about a girl who goes to Belgium with her grandfather to visit his uncle’s grave. Somewhere along the way, she enters into that time frame and dips in and out of it. Time passes different in these two worlds. She lives through some of the horrors of WWI. I recommend this book to be read in late October, because the section when she finds herself entering into Valentine Joe’s world is spooky. The tension is good, very apt for the lead up to Halloween. Then of course, reading the second-half is a timely for early November. You get a sense of what the soldiers went through. For this I rate it 3*.
The early parts evolve around Rose feeling the sense of loss about the passing of her father. It starts slow and takes quite a while for the pacing to pick up. Given what was in the blurb already, I was impatient to read about the action and found myself not caring too much about her grief. For the pacing, I rate it 2*.
Overall, I rate this book 2.5*/5
Rose’s granddad takes her on a trip to Ypres, Belgium to visit the graves of those who died in the Great War. It’s the day before Valentine’s Day, but Rose can sense the shattered old city beneath the chocolate-box new. And it seems that it can sense her too. When she goes up to her room that night, she hears the sound of marching feet and glimpses from her window a young soldier on his way to the front line…