Under the Same Blue Sky

Under the Same Blue Sky[Download] ✤ Under the Same Blue Sky By Pamela Schoenewaldt – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk From the USA Today bestselling author of When We Were Strangers and Swimming in the Moon comes a lush exuisitely drawn novel set against the turmoil of the Great War as a young German American woman e Same Blue ePUB ☆ From the USA Today bestselling author of When We Were Strangers and Swimming in the Moon comes a lush exuisitely drawn novel set against the turmoil of the Great War as a young Under the PDF \ German American woman explores the secrets of her pastA shopkeeper's daughter Hazel Renner lives in the shadows of the Pittsburgh steel mills She dreams of adventure even as her immigrant parents push her toward the Same Blue PDF Í a staid career But in war seizes Europe and all their ambitions crumble German Americans are suddenly the enemy the Huns Hazel herself is an outsider in her own home when she learns the truth of her birthDesperate for escape Hazel takes a teaching job in a seemingly tranuil farming community But the idyll is cracked when she acuires a mysterious healing power a gift that becomes a curse as the locals' relentless demand for miracles leads to tragedyHazel determined to find answers traces her own history back to a modern day castle that could hold the truth about her past There Hazel befriends the exiled enigmatic German baron and forges a bond with the young gardener Tom But as America is shattered by war and Tom returns battered by shell shock Hazel's healing talents alone will not be enough to protect those close to her or to safeguard her dreams of love and belonging She must reach inside to discover that sometimes the truth is not so far away that the simplest of things can lead to the extraordinaryFilled with rich historical details and intriguing fully realized characters Under the Same Blue Sky is the captivating story of one woman's emergence into adulthood amid the tumult of war. Where did Hazel belong? Did she belong in Dogwood Pittsburgh or somewhere elseHazel Renner's mother left her and left Dogwood and Hazel's aunt and uncle lovingly raised her in Pittsburgh The smog of Pittsburgh and the effects of war upon the citizens also had an effect on HazelLike her mother Hazel wanted to leave and find where she really belonged She first tried teaching in Galway but things happened there that necessitated her leaving and coming back home Hazel then tried Dogwood where her she was born to see if that would help her find her rootsUNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY will pull you in because of the beautiful descriptions and wonderful characters ​You will love Hazel and her parents and feel sorry for her and all the problems she encounters ​Hazel's father was uite intense about his heritage and the war You could vividly feel his every concern and the emotions of every character because Ms Schoenewaldt has ​a marvelous ​knack for words and for descriptions of characters and situations​UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY was set during the first world war when German Americans were under attack just as they were in Europe History and a beautiful story make up UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKYYou will enjoy UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY because of the nicely flowing storyline The only ​complaint I have is that I was really confused at the beginning The healing power of Hazel was a bit confusing too and not sure why it was in the storyUNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY is worth reading because of the wonderful writing style of Ms Schoenewaldt and her marvelous research of WWI She has a very descriptive and in depth writing style​​Sadness and heaviness do prevail in UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY as we read of worries about war the Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the aftermath of the effects the war had on its returning soldiers UNDER THE SAME BLUE SKY is a book you will want to read but a book that will pull at your heart strings​ 45This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and TLC book tours in return for an honest review I was under the impression the story would lean towards WWI not solely serving as a backdrop during this time periodThis was of a coming of age story of a young German American woman as war looms on the horizon I liked reading of Hazel and her family’s perspective living in America as tension builds they face discrimination prejudice harassment as well as wrestle with the peril of family and friends in Germany Truly this family is caught in the middle torn between two countriesI found the narrative too busy for my liking the ‘healing gift’ came and vanished serving as filler didn’t really fit with the overall story Katarina’s visions came on strong and faded nonsensical as the story progresses Predictability ran highHazel came across as too aloof never building a connection with the reader She grew by the author ‘telling’ as opposed to ‘showing’ which in this case was problematic She felt flat and lifeless despite the turmoil surrounding her Fleshing out the characters might have helped you only know the minimum of the playersIf the narrative covered one storyline as opposed to the many offered it would have been a marked improvement As is there is just too much going on creating distraction and plausibility issues Contrived The pace was too fast especially with attempting to thoroughly cover what was chaotically presentedFor this and other review visit This is the first book I've read by this author The story takes a uniue look at what it was like to be a German American in the US during WWI As we approach so many of the 100th anniversaries for dates during the war this book brings many of the experiences of those who lived through that time period to life Hazel's journey twists and turns through the war and the year after it through the pages of the book The plot wanders through her story with some aspects never fully resolved yet that's much like real life There was some sense of coming full circle by the end Yet there was also a definite sense that all was not and could not be fully resolved This book contains elements of a search for the truth in the past war come to life in the way it effected those left on the home front and a hint of romance There's also the mystery of a healing power that comes and goes Most of all it's a story about coming to terms with the loose threads of lifethe ones that don't always come together in a seamless fashion Folks I'm scratching my head over this one There are definitely some wonderful things about this book and I enjoyed the experience of reading it but there were issues that I just can't overlookI'll start with the positive This is my second book by Pamela Schoenewaldt Swimming in the Moon was the first and once again I was drawn in by the language in this book It is not overly verbose but the prose is still lovely and completely readableI was immediately attracted to Hazel as a character She is a young woman very much at a crossroads in her life As is typical among young people of that age she is restless and then she discovers a family secret that leads her to uestion her life as she knows it I liked that while Hazel was a proactive character Shoenewaldt still gave her time to process these things that go on in her lifeThe real draw for me with this book is how well Schoenewaldt draws America during World War I I've read a fair amount of WWI fiction but I think it was all from a European viewpoint The United States had a uniue experience with the war while we didn't join in until late in the game the war was fought by citizens on the streets of America Schoenewaldt captures this expertly and for that alone I would recommend this bookBut as I said there were things that just didn't work My biggest problem is that it seemed like Schoenewaldt took 3 passes at this before settling on a plot but the first 2 possible plots are still included but never finished The first of these is Hazel's family secret which is introduced ignored for a bit and then brought up briefly before being dropped for the rest of the book The second story line involves some magic realism It is not that I don't like magic realism I actually uite like it when done well but I do believe that it is something that an author needs to commit to and carry through the entire work Schoenewaldt does not do this It happens in only one part of the book and then is dropped again Throughout the rest of this book I kept hoping I'd see a return or at least an explanation of the magic realism but it never happened Because of this I felt like I was reading 3 distinct stories or 2 beginnings of stories and one complete story instead of one cohesive novelI really think that a but editing and the removal of story stumps would have greatly improved this novel But I cannot discount the beautiful language and Schoenewaldt's description of WWI era America Even with its flaws I would still recommend this book I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review I received no other compensation for this post A jaw dropping portrayal of life on the home front during WWI this book surprised me I had braced myself after reading a few lukewarm reviews However I was sucked in by Hazel herself the amazing atmospheric writing and an engrossing story of a woman finding herself in a world gone mad While not perfect this book still stands as an outstanding example of historical fiction done rightHazel herself was a great POV to tell the story through She started out an idealistic dreamer facing the world with rose tinted glasses as she started her teaching career This was a mirror for the world pre WWI where man could conuer anything and everything was possibleAs the story progresses Hazel faces tragedy war illness and death Everything shapes her into a mature woman euipped to face the trails of life with proficiency I adored growing with her Her journey and shaping was the heart of the story connecting with the reader on a basic levelIf Hazel’s journey is the heart of the book then its portrayal and tale of German Americans plight during the war years are the soul Never have I come across a book that goes this in depth on the subject I’ve seen it touched on and used as background before Yet this book had something special The visceral reality of prejudice violence and cruelty that became the everyday life of German Americans comes to vivid life The author doesn’t scrimp; we get to see the gritty details with no holds barredThe addition of a healing touch added a nice element to the story at first; in fact it’s one of the things that attracted me to the book A little fantasy is always welcome in my historical fiction Yet as the story went along it became of a burden than a blessing to the storyI felt like the healing took the story into a different direction than expected; as the second half of the book started we went in a different direction that didn’t have much to do with healing touch at all That element of the story was dropped to the wayside and seemed to take precious story time in the beginning that went nowhereDespite that one little bump in the road this book stands as an excellent piece of fiction Telling an astounding tale of growth and perseverance through adversity it can’t be paralleled Even the healing touch aspect added to Hazel’s growth as a person and shaped how she approached the rest of her life decisions Recommended for its unapologetic look at a dark time in our history and how it shaped the people that experienced it It’s a tale that will suck you in Hazel Renner is a German American living in Pittsburgh with her parents at the dawn of the Great War Hazel longs for and feels restless within the steel city Her parents hold on to the American Dream for her and want her to go to school to be a doctor They believe that Hazel has the healing touch since she has a way with her father’s headaches Hazel follows her own dreams and takes a teaching position at a one room schoolhouse in the country Hazel feels like she is fitting in and doing well at the school until someone there discovers her healing touch also; when the rumors start to fly Hazel is asked to move on As the effects of war reach American the German Americans are ostracized called “Huns” and Hazel’s father feels the death of every soldier Hazel returns to her family and learns a tightly held secret of her birth; now with another dream to chase she sets off to find a German Baron’s castle in New Jersey to find the ghosts of her past From the very first paragraph I was captivated by Under The Same Blue Sky I knew Hazel was going to be special as she painted and described memories of a grand castle that her mother dismissed as dreams The story begins as a great piece of historical fiction the writing emotionally capturing and describing the immigrant experience and the discrimination they face; Hazel’s name is changed from Hilde to seem ‘ American’ and her father reads the German newspaper behind an American newspaper The characters were all very real raw and complex Hazel’s father was the most intense for me as he took to heart every death and dealt with every blow from the discrimination he received from being a German American Hazel’s character intrigued me as the story progressed her ‘healing touch’ drew me in but as a person Hazel was determined and intelligent I enjoyed watching her mature as she found herself and her history Some things could have been resolved a little at the end for me but overall this was a great mix of historical fiction and magical realismThis book was received for free in return for an honest review I love Pamela Schoenewaldt's writing this just wasn't my favorite I never really connected with the main character Hazel seems to initially be searching for the story of her late mother who was a wanderer and never satisfied Hazel leaves home to become a teacher meets some fascinating characters and discovers she has a gift of healing But things go bad she leaves and begins a totally new life living in a castle with a German social outcast The characters are beautifully drawn and complex The horrors of the war from the perspective of the people left at home especially Hazel's tormented father adoptive are a major part of this story that moved me But I kept thinking the relationships Hazel made as a teacher would come back around to complete her story and that the meaning of what she had learned about her mother would be explained Characters move in and out of her life without real meaning While she does go back to the town where she taught there is never any of her healing touch and I was disappointed by that I just felt that the threads weren't completely wrapped up in the endI would definitely read the author's next book This one just wasn't the best in my opinion I decided to give this book a try because it was described as historical fiction sent during World War I However WWI was not the main focus of the book Hazel moves from Pittsburgh to a small town where she takes a teaching job She then discovers that she has a special healing gift and this is where the book went off the rails for me Sometimes her healing works and sometimes it doesn't Then Hazel traces her biological mother's steps back to a castle and a reclusive baron in New Jersey Then Hazel falls in love with the Baron's gardener Just too much going on that the story became ridiculous About 13 of the way through when Hazel Renner has gone back to her hometown it's almost like a whole new story starts and I thought I wonder if this author originally wrote this as a short story And sure enough Schoenewaldt has also written short stories It's a weird book because it's almost like 3 different stories 1 2 Hazel's time teaching and healing in Galway 2 her time working for a Baron at the castle in Dogwood I hated this for a name BTW I kept thinking of the Blondie cartoon because of her husband Dagwood and 3 her going to Prussia view spoilerand making her way home with the little boy David hide spoiler Nice story Fast reading Emotional Sad Happy HistoricalA shopkeeper's daughter Hazel Renner lives in the shadows of the Pittsburgh steel mills She dreams of adventure even as her immigrant parents push her toward a staid career But in 1914 war seizes Europe and all their ambitions crumble German Americans are suddenly the enemy the Huns Hazel herself is an outsider in her own home when she learns the truth of her birthDesperate for escape Hazel takes a teaching job in a seemingly tranuil farming community But the idyll is cracked when she acuires a mysterious healing power a gift that becomes a curse as the locals' relentless demand for miracles leads to tragedyHazel determined to find answers traces her own history back to a modern day castle that could hold the truth about her past There Hazel befriends the exiled enigmatic German baron and forges a bond with the young gardener Tom But as America is shattered by war and Tom returns battered by shell shock Hazel's healing talents alone will not be enough to protect those close to her or to safeguard her dreams of love and belonging She must reach inside to discover that sometimes the truth is not so far away that the simplest of things can lead to the extraordinary

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  • 236 pages
  • Under the Same Blue Sky
  • Pamela Schoenewaldt
  • English
  • 10 March 2015
  • 9780062326638