Once Was a Time

Finished Once Was a Time by Leila Sales.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

In the war-ravaged England of 1940, Charlotte Bromley is sure of only one thing: Kitty McLaughlin is her best friend in the whole world. But when Charlotte’s scientist father makes an astonishing discovery that the Germans will covet for themselves, Charlotte is faced with an impossible choice between danger and safety. Should she remain with her friend or journey to another time and place? Her split-second decision has huge consequences, and when she finds herself alone in the world, unsure of Kitty’s fate, she knows that somehow, some way, she must find her way back to her friend. Written in the spirit of classic time-travel tales, this book is an imaginative and heartfelt tribute to the unbreakable ties of friendship.

So I accidentally read two World War II-set books back to back (sort of; this starts in World War II but soon goes to a more modern time) but they’re both incredibly different (and incredibly wonderful).

I absolutely love this book.  And that’s not surprising, given that I’ve loved every Leila Sales book I’ve read (all of them except for Past Perfect, which I really need to get to one of these days) but this book is so different from the others.

For one thing, it’s middlegrade (and yes, I do plan to get this for my goddaughter’s birthday in August) and I guess it’s technically fantasy, while her others are all contemp YA.

Don’t let that scare you off.  It’s also exactly what her other books are: well-written and wonderful and full of characters that you want to be friends with.

I am completely in love with this book and every facet of it.

Highly recommended.


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