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A Fire Sparkling

Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the USA Today bestselling author of A Curve in the Road comes a spellbinding novel about one woman’s love, loss, and courage during wartime.

After a crushing betrayal by the man she loves, Gillian Gibbons flees to her family home for a much-needed escape, but when she finds an old photograph of her grandmother in the arms of a Nazi officer, Gillian’s life gets even more complicated. Rattled by the discovery, Gillian attempts to unravel the truth behind the photos, setting her off on an epic journey through the past…

1939. England is on the brink of war as Vivian Hughes falls in love with a handsome British official, but when bombs begin to fall and Vivian’s happy life is destroyed in the blitz, she will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves…

As Gillian learns more about her grandmother’s past, the old photo begins to make more sense. But for every question answered, a new one takes its place. Faced with a truth that is not at all what she expected, Gillian attempts to shine a light not only on the mysteries of her family’s past but also on her own future.

This gorgeously written multigenerational saga is a heart-wrenching yet hopeful examination of one woman’s struggle to survive, perfect for fans of The Nightingale and Beneath a Scarlet Sky.

©2019 Julianne MacLean (P)2019 Brilliance Audio, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Julianne MacLean’s A Fire Sparkling is a beautiful, sweeping tale about love, courage, family secrets, and forgiveness that is impossible to put down.” (Jane Healey, best-selling author of The Saturday Evening Girls Club and The Beantown Girls)

“A wonderful, sweeping saga about the secrets we keep and the lies we tell in order to survive. Full of intriguing characters and set against the terrifyingly vivid backdrop of wartime London and Europe, Julianne MacLean certainly knows how to keep her readers guessing. I loved it!” (Victoria Connelly, bestselling author of The Rose Girls)

“War tests the bonds of family and the heart in Julianne MacLean's newest novel. A Fire Sparkling is a touching examination of the intricacies of love with a cleverly interlaced plot that kept me reading at a breakneck speed.” (Olivia Hawker, best-selling author of The Ragged Edge of Night

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Wonderful.

I am a voracious reader (listener). I have finished 60 books this year! A Fire Sparkling is one of the best books I have ever read. I'm especially fond of WWII novels; this one is at the top of the list. There are many twists and surprises. The 2 narrators are very good. The accents, even of the American pilot, are believable. I liked all of the characters and that plays a large part in my liking of a novel. If you're a fan of England and/or WWII, definitely listen to this book. I loved it!

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I love it when I LOVE the unexpected!

So, you know how a book will sometimes take an unexpected nose dive? Well, this one actually has a few surprises that are all surprising in a good way. The storyline is good, the narration is good, and I was not anticipating the twists and turns. It does not go into great detail about the horrors of the war but still covers the historical points from a different perspective than any I have read so far, which is about 50!

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Loved every minute!

Even when I thought I had the story figured out, there was a twist that I didnt see coming. This story is beautiful, and my favorite Julianne MacLean story so far. Love love love!!!

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Fantastic !

I reluctantly chose this book not quite sure it would be worth a credit. I am so happy I did! The characters were well developed and I found myself empathizing one minute then irritated another with all of them . The historic setting was so well described that I swear I saw a pic that was discussed often throughout the book. I Loved this book!

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Stunningly exciting story

This story was full of intrigue and twists. I loved the believable characters. I recommend this book.

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Great Performance

I enjoyed this book. It seemed historically accurate, for the most part. I did feel like the author tried to cover a little too much ground - the blitz, SOE, the resistance, Nazi interrogations, etc. And the identical twin thread was a little too Lifetime TV for me. Overall - I’m happy with my purchase.

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Great plot, excellent narration.

just get it. I listened all day and loved it.
switches between characters and location but never lose the plot.

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Great book!

Loved the many layers of this story and couldn’t have foreseen the end with the way the book started. Definitely recommend!

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Loved this book

I loved the love stories in this book the history the mystery. It was very enjoyable

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What a great read.

What a great read. I connected with the characters early and enjoyed the flow of the book allowing the reader to listen to each individual characters story one at a time (I wasn’t sure I’d like this, but I did). I enjoyed the reminders of life lessons we can use and should remember when stuck or repeating the same types of mistakes, in order to continue forward and make progress out of a situation. I love how the characters learned about themselves, the love they shared and the beliefs they held about on another as the book went on. I’m usually pretty astute early on or at least by the middle as to where a book is taking me and though there were parts this still held true the author did a clever job had her twists and throwing in that moment to give you pause and say ah hah. I’m glad I read this.😁

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