I’m excited to be on the blog tour for Among The Branded by Linda Smolkin today.
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This is a beautiful and fascinating novel that will keep readers hooked.” San Francisco Book Review
What if a 70-year-old letter from World War II changed the course of your life?
While attending Valor of the ’40s, art director Stephanie Britain stumbles upon a flea market selling letters from the war. She buys a handful, hoping they’ll inspire the redesign for a client’s website at her branding and design firm. At first, she’s drawn by the lost art of penmanship, but soon discovers a hidden treasure nestled inside declarations of love from homesick soldiers.
Stephanie enlists a coworker to translate one and realizes it’s not a love letter after all. When a shocking discovery about a client causes Stephanie to question her principles and dedication to her firm’s business, she’s forced to make a difficult decision—one that could give her peace of mind, yet ruin her career in the process.
Contemporary fiction with a historical touch, AMONG THE BRANDED explores family life, an unexpected friendship, and moral conflicts that make us wonder what’s more important: our livelihood or our beliefs.
This was an excellent read that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s hard to believe this is the author’s debut book the writing is very assured and the book is plotted brilliantly.
I adored Stephanie’s family and their togetherness. The everyday moments with them and the banter between them were truly heartwarming and were some of my favourite bits of the book. I loved how normal they were and how accurately the characters were described.
The relationship the family develop with Izzy was wonderful and I enjoyed watching it develop. It definitely bought a year to my eye when I realised how much the two helped each other.
It was interesting to learn a bit more about a part of the Holocaust that I hadn’t known about, but equally very harrowing to discover what people had been through. Izzy’s mother’s fear and desperation to help her son was almost palpable and heartbreaking to read about. Being a mother myself I found some of the descriptions were hard to read about as I wondered what I would do in a similar situation.
I must admit I did wonder if I had been sent the right book to begin with as the book starts at a birthday party with Stephanie dressing up as a dog and meeting her Russian best friend but then it got to meeting Stephanie’s family and I realised that this book was something special. I only mention this in case others feel the same and want to give up. Do carry on I promise it’s worth it!
This is Linda’s first book and I’m so excited to read more from her. Thank you to Anne Cater and the author for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
About The Author:
Linda Smolkin always wanted to be a writer—ever since she saw her first TV commercial and wondered how to pen those clever ads. She got her degree in journalism and became a copywriter. Linda landed a job at an ad agency, where she worked for several years before joining the nonprofit world. She’s the author of AMONG THE BRANDED and currently working on her second novel. When not in front of the computer, she’s behind the drums (slightly) annoying her husband, son, and their 70-pound dog. For more information, visit her website at lindasmolkin.com and follow her on Twitter @lindasmolkin and Facebook @AuthorLindaSmolkin.
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