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June 20, 2018 / Leslie

The War Bride’s Scrapbook by Caroline Preston

A Rapid Review

A Novel in Pictures

Publisher: Ecco| December 2017
Format: Hardcover | 224 Pages | Rating: 5 stars

A World War II love story, narrated through a new bride’s dazzling array of vintage postcards, newspaper clippings, photographs, and more.<

After only a few weeks together, Lila and Perry elope. Their story is told in the first person by Lila using photos, drawings, notes, correspondence, newspaper/magazine clippings, illustrations, advertisement – all types of memorabilia. An original concept that I enjoyed reading.

This is a love story and also historical fiction; a realistic glimpse of what life was like in the early 1940s. It’s not only a book to read, but one to experience. It’s a form of graphic novel, but uses a multimedia scrapbook format rather than illustrations.

I have tried to read graphic novels with some success but often find them frustrating. As a scrapbook, this is different. It’s not just a story with pictures. It immerses you in the time period. It’s engaging. Interesting. Authentic. It was an enjoyable break from a regular print novel.

Source: Review copy
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  1. Mary / Jun 20 2018 6:18 am

    I’ll look for this – sounds like my kind of book!


  2. BermudaOnion / Jun 20 2018 7:38 am

    I read a book in that format years ago and loved it. I think I’d like this too.


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