Friday, September 16, 2022

The Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris ~ My Thoughts #TheWaysWeHide @KrisMcmorris @Sourcebooks

The Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris
World War II Historical Fiction, 496 pages
Published September 6, 2022 by Sourcebooks Landmark

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sold on a Monday comes a sweeping World War II tale of an illusionist whose recruitment by British Intelligence sets her on a perilous, heartrending path

Raised amid the hardships of Michigan's Copper Country, Fenna Vos has learned to focus on her own survival-even now, with the Second World War raging 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. After all, her honed ability to control her surroundings and elude entrapments, physical or otherwise, reliably suppresses the traumas of her youth.

For all her planning, however, Fenna fails to predict being called upon by British Intelligence. Tasked with creating escape tools 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 Hide is a riveting story of love and loss, the wars we fight-on the battlefields and within ourselves-and the courage found in unexpected places.

My thoughts about The Ways We hide ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"Deep within me, a sense of dread buzzes and crackles, an electrical wire threatening to short."

Kristina McMorris is such a good storyteller and I knew The Ways We Hide was going to be another great adventure. I have really been reading a lot of stories about World War II lately and this is one of the best I've read. 

The characters are woven together expertly with an unusual main character, a female escape artist. Fenna is called upon to help out her country using her special skills. Little did she know how entrenched she would become in the whole espionage world that she found herself dropped into. 

The Ways We Hide is based on a true story and it truly is amazing to read about all of the heroic people who helped others survive during the war. Ms. McMorris has done a wonderful job of taking the story of a courageous woman who went to great lengths to help, making it a tale that I became so wrapped up in that I felt like I was there - feeling the terror, drama, and happiness right along with Feena. 

This is an excellent read for all lovers of historical fiction and I highly recommend it!

I received a copy of The Ways We Hide from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion of the book.

About the author

Kristina McMorris is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of two novellas and six historical novels, including the runaway bestseller Sold On a Monday with over a million copies sold. The recipient of more than twenty national literary awards, she previously hosted weekly TV shows for Warner Bros. and an ABC affiliate, beginning at age nine with an Emmy Award-winning program, and owned a wedding-and-event-planning company until she had far surpassed her limit of "Y.M.C.A." and chicken dances. 

Kristina lives near Portland, Oregon, where she somehow manages to be fully deficient of a green thumb and not own a single umbrella. For more, visit ~ Goodreads

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