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Review: The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
December 9th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

5 Star Review:23399232

THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH

by Martha Brockenbrough

The Game of Love and DeathThe Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stayed up until after 3 AM to finish reading this novel!

Overall impression: So imaginative! I loved how Martha interwove historical fiction in a non-traditional love story. The diverse characters felt so authentic and the blend of fantasy with reality read seamless for me. Despite the calamities that befell Flora and Henry, their ability to cope with the trials and tribulations of life touched me. Death, love, loss, friendship, racism, homosexuality are some of the themes touched upon in this novel.

I love how Martha showed that we lived in a society (1937) where people quickly judged a person’s worth based on skin color or sexual orientation. SO glad we’ve made strides in these area, but without a doubt, we have a ways to go before people appreciate/embrace our common humanity. I loved how vivid 1937 Seattle came to life. From the descriptions of school, food, clothes, the jazz clubs, music in general, wealth and the poverty of Hooverville, people’s occupations, and landmarks, readers will be transformed back in time. I loved learning about Flora and her passion for flying and the restrictions/racist attitudes she was subjected to that kept her from opportunities to pursue her dream. Her heroine was Amelia Earhart and Flora wanted the same opportunities afforded to Amelia.

I highly recommend this novel! It’s a wonderful blend of historical fiction, fantasy, and love story. Thank you so much to my dear friend Kelly Hager, who purchased this book for me and said, “It’s one of my absolute favorites! You have to read it!”

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