Friday, April 1, 2011

Review & Giveaway - Grayton Beach Affair by James Harvey

Title: Grayton Beach Affair
Author: James Harvey
Publisher: T.D. Bailey & Associates
Release Date: January 3rd, 2011
Pages:  328
Genre: Adult Fiction
Source: Gifted 

Summary via Goodreads: 
Christian Wolfe returns to Berlin after being educated in but disenchanted with America. Because of his skills in English and knowledge of America, he is coerced by the German military to locate and extract a high-level German officer imprisoned in a POW camp near the coast on the Gulf of Mexico. Christian witnesses an unusual and violent act by Maggie Neal, a young woman living in Grayton Beach. Suddenly their lives collide, resulting in a death and involvement with the local police. Sparks fly and they have a brief and passionate affair, leaving each with deep but unsettled feelings for the other. Upon returning to France, Christian joins the French Resistance and when he saves an American flyer who offers him a new start in America after the war is over, he seizes it. Arriving in Atlanta, he is determined to find Maggie, but with their relationship founded on death and deception, could they possibly build a future together?

Missy's take - 

This book was recommended to me by Shannon over at Books Devoured. Her review of this book was so incredible that I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Never has a book review made me want to read a book so badly! Make sure you head over to her blog after this! She interviewed the author and also has another chance to win the book!

The story takes place in the early 1940's during the time of WWII. Our main character, Christian, was raised in America by his German parents. Christian's parents take a lot of scrutiny for being German during this time and face a lot of prejudice. After his parents die Christian heads to Germany because he feels that he would be able to have a better life there and not have to face the terrible judgment that his parents did.

Fast forward a couple of years and Christian is a civil engineer living a quiet life in Germany. When he ends up becoming involved with the war he tries to stay out of the spotlight and remain unnoticed. Certain circumstances bring him to light with military officials and they believe he will be useful in a mission in the US because he can speak perfect English and would easily pass for an American. Although Christian is completely against the mission he is forced into it with little choice.

His mission brings him to Grayton Beach, Florida and he ends up running into Maggie. Maggie's husband was killed in Pearl Harbor and she has escaped to Florida to heal and start over. They don't realize at the time how meeting each other will truly affect their lives.

The story was told from various points of view though out the book. I normally find this very confusing, but Harvey did it in such a way that made it perfect. The story never could have been told without it. We see things happen through so many eyes. I think this is one of the things that I loved so much about it.

I could probably gush and gush over my love of the characters. Christian and his charm and overall mannerisms. He had such a heart about him and was always willing to put himself in the line of fire for someone else. Maggie seemed so simple and sweet in the beginning. She ends up becoming such an incredibly strong willed person. She overcomes so much pain and sorrow.

While the end did leave me wanting more I couldn't have been more happy with the book overall. The story flowed perfectly and I found myself getting more engrossed as the story went on. I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone that is looking for a good adult read!

Missy's take - 5/5

Giveaway details:

*Must be 18 to enter (This book has adult content)
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  1. Awww, Thanks for the words about my review! I really did love the book! I hope the people that win love it too!

    Your review is great too! I agree with you that the different points of view were done so well. I was never confused and I enjoyed being able to know what was going on from with everyone!

  2. So glad you & Shannon were talking about this book on twitter, otherwise I might never have heard about it. Your review makes me want to read it ASAP! Thanks for the giveaway, I look forward to reading it! :)

  3. Sounds like the kind of book my Dad would like, I'm going to try to get it for him.

    Thanks for the review!

  4. This book never would have caught my attention without your review. I'm SOLD! (You've been convincing me of a few books lately, haven't you?) The description makes it sound good but your review is what has me convinced that this is a book I would love. On my WL it goes!