Review and LFL Dropoff: Beyond That, the Sea

Bea is a young girl in London when WWII breaks out. Her parents make the heart wrenching decision to send her to a host family in America. At first, understandably, she is hurt and feels like a fish out of water. But she bonds quickly with her host family and her life there for 5 years is idyllic. When the war ends she goes home to a completely different life and once again feels like a fish out of water. We see her and her host families lives as the progress through the years.

I loved the writing and the concept of this one. If it had ended 2/3rds of the way through, I 100% would have given it 5 stars. The last third there were some character choices that made me uncomfortable and I wonder how realistic life would have been after those points. It’s a bit of a depressing read so be sure you’re mentally prepared for the sadnesses of life in a time of war.

Thanks to Celadon Books for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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