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ARC Book Review: ‘Across A Broken Shore’ by Amy Trueblood

Title: Across A Broken Shore

Title: Amy Trueblood

Length: 360 pages

Publisher: Flux


This is a Netgalley book that I was excited to begin reading.

The last thing eighteen-year-old Wilhelmina “Willa” MacCarthy wants is to be a nun. It’s 1936, and as the only daughter amongst four sons, her Irish-Catholic family is counting on her to take her vows- but Willa’s found another calling. Each day she sneaks away to help Doctor Katherine Winston in her medical clinic in San Fransisco’s Richmond District. Keeping secrets from her family only becomes more complicated when Willa agrees to help the doctor at a field hospital near the new bridge being built over the Golden Gate. Willa thinks she can handle her new chaotic life, but as she draws closer to a dashing young Ironworker and risks grow at the bridge, she discovers that hiding from what she truly wants may be her biggest lie of all.

This book set in 1936 San Fransisco, is about the story Willa deciding wether to follow her heart, or her parents wishes. This book, for me, had some good parts and some not so good but by no mean bad.

I loved that was book was female driven. It just had strong female characters that I really enjoyed. Doctor Winston, who Willa, assists was a fantastic character. At a time when there wasn’t many female doctors, it was fascinating to read her breaking boundaries and inspiring Willa.

There was a romance in that was a bit sweet, but not exceptional. It almost felt like it didn’t need to be there. It was lacklustre and dull to be honest.

The character of Willa, was also a little dull. She really didn’t have much personality. She was a bit of a goody two shoes. Very one dimensional. In fact this whole book was pretty one dimensional. For the minute I started reading it, I knew how it was going to end. Very predictable. There was little attempt to shock the reader, but it didn’t enhance the story at all. It actually took away from it.

There just isn’t much to say about this book because not much happened. It was just missing something. I don’t think I’d recommend this one.

Thanks to Netgalley and Flux for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review.

Until the next review


1 thought on “ARC Book Review: ‘Across A Broken Shore’ by Amy Trueblood”

  1. oof I have an arc of this too and I was also looking forward to reading this book. I just recently read Tattooist of Auschwitz and it was totally romanticize, and I’m afraid other recent WW2 books will be too 😭


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