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The Ways We Hide: A Novel (edició 2022)

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From the New York Timesbestselling author of Sold On A Monday--over a million copies sold!--comes a sweeping World War II tale of an illusionist whose recruitment by British intelligence sets her on a perilous, heartrending path. As a little girl raised amid the hardships of Michigan's Copper Country, Fenna Vos learned to focus on her own survival. That ability sustains her even now as the Second World War rages in faraway countries. Though she performs onstage as the assistant to an unruly escape artist, behind the curtain she's the mastermind of their act. Ultimately, controlling her surroundings and eluding traps of every kind helps her keep a lingering trauma at bay.  Yet for all her planning, Fenna doesn't foresee being called upon by British military intelligence. Tasked with designing escape aids to thwart the Germans, MI9 seeks those with specialized skills for a war nearing its breaking point. Fenna reluctantly joins the unconventional team as an inventor. But when a test of her loyalty draws her deep into the fray, she discovers no mission is more treacherous than escaping one's past.  Inspired by stunning true accounts, The Ways We Hideis a gripping story of love and loss, the wars we fight--on the battlefields and within ourselves--and the courage found in unexpected places. "The Queen's Gambitmeets The Alice Networkin this epic, action-packed novel of family, loss, and one woman's journey to save all she holds dear?including freedom itself." ?Kristin Harmel, New York Timesbestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars… (més)
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Títol:The Ways We Hide: A Novel
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Fenna Vos, the brains behind the illusions. A coordinator, a very bright and determined woman who seems to be able to turn and pivot as each situation changes and morphs from the normal to the absurd and obscene. A tragedy in her youth serves as a tether throughout much of the book and pops up at the most unlikely times. She can create and enact the most extraordinary distractions, but is often paralyzed by situations of her own making. She can invent and talk her way around a room full of men but allows herself to be used and manipulated by them. She is convinced into doing her bit for the war effort never guessing that she may labeled expendable.

This is another interesting story about World War II and the people who accepted the task to fight Hitler and his atrocities. There was just a little too much going on and too many “could this really be true and happening” moments. The constant intrigue of who could be believed and who was playing whom was trying and tiring but hey it supposedly happened so maybe it was me not being in the mood to be exhausted.

Appreciating the attention to detail, expression of love and loss I am rounding up. Thank you Sourcebooks Landmark for a copy. ( )
  kimkimkim | Sep 18, 2022 |
I read a lot of WWII fiction and am always amazed when I read a book that looks at the war from a different perspective and is full of new things for me to learn. The author did considerable research and it shows on every page. This is a dual time line book that looks at Fenna's life at 10 years old in Upper Michigan copper country and the other time line is about her life throughout WWII.

1942 - When the novel begins, Fenna is presenting her magic act in front of a crowd. From a young age, she was intrigued with Houdini and his magic act where he was able to defy reality and escape from restraints. Fenna has a knack for creating new magic tricks and she and her helper, Charles, have intrigued the audience. After the show, she is approached by a gentleman who asks her if she'd be interested in going to London to work with British intelligence to create items to help prisoners of war in Germany. Together they create things like a razor that is really a compass and a board game with a map hidden in it. She becomes known as the 'gadget girl' while she's working for M19 outside of London. When a test of her loyalty draws her into occupied Europe, she has to decide what is really important in her life and if she can overcome her past.

1928 - Fenna's mother died several years earlier so her family is just her and her father. He is a cooper miner who is on strike for better working conditions. While they are at a Christmas gathering with several hundred people, someone yells FIRE and she becomes trapped in the stairwell with a mob trying to get out of the building. This part of the story is based on the Italian Hall Disaster of 1913 where 73 people - mostly children - were killed trying to escape a building. Fenna is almost suffocated but manages to escape with the help of a young boy, Arie who lives in her apartment building. The fire and the young boy both become important parts of the rest of her life. Because of the fire, she has panic attacks if she is in a confined area and feels as if she's suffocating. Arie tries to help her and takes her to a Houdini film to watch the escape artist perform magic tricks. After that film, she becomes enamored with magic tricks and develops some of her own.

This story about two traumatized children who grow up to be troubled adults and the ways that they hide their hurt and their love from each other and from the world around them. It's a story of family, love, bravery and forgiveness as these two people - Fenna and Arie - grow up and become part of the war effort and have to decide what is really important in their lives.

Be sure to read the Author's Notes at the end of the book. She shares a lot of information on what was true in her novel as well as the real people she based some of her characters on.

If you enjoy World War II fiction, you don't want to miss this book. It's always interesting to get a different look at the war and the ways that British intelligence worked to help their troops. Plus I always enjoy a book with a strong female character who commits acts of bravery to help others. ( )
  susan0316 | Sep 17, 2022 |
I liked how the author magically whisks readers to the theater, giving them a front row seat and an exclusive view of what’s happening backstage. I was hooked from the start as Fenna Voss, an illusionist watches her assistant do a Houdini trick, Fenna thinks, “Deep within me, a sense of dread buzzes and crackles, an electrical wire threatening to short. I’m trapped by the stage lights, the performance well in motion.”

A recruiter from the war office in London is in the audience the night, Feena and her co-worker have a loud dispute. The intelligence officer finds her and says, “Your unique skills should be utilized for a grander purpose than amusement on a stage.”

This is a heart-wrenching, emotional, and intriguing journey through Fenna’s life as an orphan, a magician, an inventor, and a loyal friend. She wants to do her part in the war effort but, hesitates until she learns she might have a chance at saving a dear childhood friend.

It was fun to learn that Miss Voss’s job was like the character Q in the 007 movies. Her devices were developed to aid prisoners in their escape and/or evasion of the Germans in WWII.

I liked the author’s note to readers that include a plethora of fascinating information about true events, plus a list of – articles, notes and books referenced for you to dig deeper into these events.

I was excited to see the bonus pictures from Feena’s travels, (this character was fictional, but the events the author talked about were real). There are photos of card tricks, monopoly games and Gibraltar Farms mentioned in the story, along with some gadgets used in war.

I found Fenna’s recipes fun. First up is a dish called Boterkock – it’s a childhood dessert of Fenna’s it’s a classic Dutch “butter cake”, Then Hutspot loosely translated as mash pot, winter vegetable dish. Finally, there is a Non-Food recipe, Invisible Ink & Reagent. Used for writing secret messages.

If you like WWII novels with a twist, you’ll love Fenna’s adventure as she is thrust into a world of espionage, danger, and heartache. This story will stay with you long after you close the book. This is a fascinating read and one that would be perfect for your next book club pick.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I requested and received a copy of this book by the publisher/NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
The Book Club Network blog https://psalm516.blogspot.com/ ( )
  norastlaurent | Sep 15, 2022 |
We meet Fenna Vos as a child in Copper Country living with her father after her mother died in childbirth.

Her father worked in the copper mines, and they were on strike so life was hard.

Fenna meets Arie during a Christmas Party that turned deadly...a true event.

A little later, we follow Fenna as she escapes from an orphanage and goes back home to live with Arie and his family.

Fenna and Arie are in love, but Fenna can't marry because she said she would never be a good mother since the screams from the Christmas event of screaming children still rings in her ears.

She then leaves Arie...she is heartbroken and she knows he will be too

Fenna learns tricks and is in a Vaudville show when she is approached by an intelligence officer who wants her to help them defy the Germans.

We follow her through the war as she helps invent gadgets for soldiers that look like one thing but could be a razor or a compass or anything to help soldiers escape.

The turned down edge of the cover gives a clue about one of the clever gadgets created.

Fenna was a very determined, brave girl and woman.

Despite the historical aspect and the interesting facts about the inventions and the as-always marvelous writing style and extensive research of Ms. McMorris, THE WAYS WE HIDE was not that attention-grabbing for me.

It moved along slowly and took a while for me to be fully engaged in the story line, but the last quarter of the book pulled me in.

Those readers who enjoy historical fiction and want to learn something new will definitely enjoy this book that I think could have been a bit shorter.

Her author notes give wonderful facts you won’t want to miss reading.

Of special interest is the meaning of Fenna's last name.

Check out the turned down corner of the cover for a clue of what’s inside. 4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher and Book Browse for an honest review. ( )
  SilversReviews | Sep 11, 2022 |
“It was a mistake to go backward. Moving forward is the way I’ve survived, eluding traps of all kinds, charging toward the unknown.”

Ways We Hide is one of those historical fiction novels that will leave you thinking about it days after finishing. There’s a lot packed into this book. It’s honestly three or four books in one. It’s a sweeping WWII saga with poignant scenes that will bring you to tears with fascinating historical details woven throughout. It’s the story of a strong woman shaped by surviving multiple tragedies who tries to reconcile her past with the future. It’s tragic yet hopeful and definitely worth reading.

In the first part of the book, we meet Fenna, who struggles during her magic act when her partner goes off script, After one particularly tense performance and exchange afterward, she’s approached by a British Military Officer from the War Office associated with MI9. He offers her a unique opportunity with the military to design gadgets to help soldiers fighting against the Nazis. (Think “Q” from James Bond.) She decides to accept this new assignment and embarks for London.

The next part of the story, we’re whisked away to 1928 and Fenna’s childhood in Michigan. She endures several tragic events as a miner’s daughter including the loss of her mother early in life and surviving a stampede. The one bright spot in her childhood is meeting her friend Arie. He shares with her a Houdini magic book, which she spends hours reading and learning tricks from. As her life progresses from one tragedy to another, she winds up living with Arie and his family. But, when her past comes back to haunt her, she reluctantly runs away to perform on the stage.

We’re brought back to present day 1943 where Fenna is in London trying to find ways to aid in the war effort. Once again, she must face her past when a secret mission leads her deep into Nazi occupied territory. She’s forced to confront past feelings and relationships and this is where the suspense really increases. It’s a heartrending story that will have you in tears by the end.

This book is phenomenal as far as storytelling. The characters are flawed yet lovable. The reason this is a four star read and not a five star for me is pacing. There were a few times in the middle I felt the story dragged a bit. Because there were so many stories in one, it felt almost like I was reading two different books. The author does manage to weave all the stories together beautifully, but there were some aspects that lost my interest until the story picked back up again. The last quarter of the book was unputdownable.

There are two brief love scenes with not a lot of detail. These occur at the end of Chapters 24 and 70 and are easily skippable if you prefer not to read those. There’s also some infrequent mild language. All in all though an epic read with complicated characters, interesting historical detail, and suspenseful situations that will leave you anxiously turning the pages. I received an advanced complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own and freely given. ( )
  Melissas-Bookshelf | Sep 11, 2022 |
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From the New York Timesbestselling author of Sold On A Monday--over a million copies sold!--comes a sweeping World War II tale of an illusionist whose recruitment by British intelligence sets her on a perilous, heartrending path. As a little girl raised amid the hardships of Michigan's Copper Country, Fenna Vos learned to focus on her own survival. That ability sustains her even now as the Second World War rages in faraway countries. Though she performs onstage as the assistant to an unruly escape artist, behind the curtain she's the mastermind of their act. Ultimately, controlling her surroundings and eluding traps of every kind helps her keep a lingering trauma at bay.  Yet for all her planning, Fenna doesn't foresee being called upon by British military intelligence. Tasked with designing escape aids to thwart the Germans, MI9 seeks those with specialized skills for a war nearing its breaking point. Fenna reluctantly joins the unconventional team as an inventor. But when a test of her loyalty draws her deep into the fray, she discovers no mission is more treacherous than escaping one's past.  Inspired by stunning true accounts, The Ways We Hideis a gripping story of love and loss, the wars we fight--on the battlefields and within ourselves--and the courage found in unexpected places. "The Queen's Gambitmeets The Alice Networkin this epic, action-packed novel of family, loss, and one woman's journey to save all she holds dear?including freedom itself." ?Kristin Harmel, New York Timesbestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars

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