The Lines We Leave Behind by Eliza Graham

The Lines We Leave Behind

England, 1947: A young woman finds herself under close observation in an insane asylum, charged with a violent crime she has no memory of committing. As she tries to make sense of her recent past, she recalls very little.But she still remembers wartime in Yugoslavia. There she and her lover risked everything to carry out dangerous work resisting the Germans—a heroic campaign in which many brave comrades were lost. After that, the trail disappea...


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TitleThe Lines We Leave Behind
Author
Release DateNov 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II
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Reviews The Lines We Leave Behind

  • Katie B
    1970-01-01
    There is no shortage of World War 2 historical fiction on the market, however there are a few things that make this book stand out among the others. First, some of the story takes place in Yugoslavia which isn't a setting that is normally featured in this genre. The other thing that makes this story a bit unusual is the main character is a patient in an insane asylum a few years after the war. Looking for something different is what made made me ...
  • Anita
    1970-01-01
    This story totally captivated me from start to finish. The author managed to have me see it happen from the perspective of the young woman who is totally confused about what has happened to her and whether or not she is sane. At the same time I had no problem following along with the story, because it was very clearly told. The author switched from first person telling to third person in what I felt was very effective in moving the focus from the...
  • Andy
    1970-01-01
    its a very engaging story about a brutal time in europe's history. The story of her deployment seems very realistic and plausible. I suffered with the characters but thats expected in a good book. I don't know why she would train so much for a 4 month deployment... that doesn't make sense. She wasn't removed because the war was over. If she was doing such good work she would have stayed.But what I don't like is that the last part of the book just...
  • Goth Gone Grey
    1970-01-01
    A well crafted psychological puzzleThis book is a large jigsaw puzzle, jumbled together in a bag, with no clues as to the total image fully revealed once all pieces are out together. It's sad, shocking, and lovely all at once, a lush descriptive read that I couldn't put down. Shell shock, battle fatigue, PTSD - a disorder by any other name, so to speak, would be as brutal. The lead character, Maud/Amber has been through so much that the book open...
  • Herman Morgan III
    1970-01-01
    A unique and seductive tale of Love and Betrayal.As someone who wishes to have been born in the 1920's, so I would have been of age to serve in World War Two, I was drawn to this novel, and chose it based on the blurb describing a Brit' dropped behind enemy lines to serve with the Partisans in Yugoslavia.This book is so much more than just another glimpse into the intrigue and action of such a mission. The evolution of the main character, her int...
  • Beckimoody Moody
    1970-01-01
    I thought this book was good-maybe not great. It was slow and i know next to nothing about Yugoslavia, so there was that. I know a lot of reviewers have said they couldn’t connect with maud/amber but i liked her quite a bit. I think for me the most difficult part was reading a historical book where i spend every couple of pages thinking “could that really have happened?” It’s not that it’s impossible—there have been female spies since...
  • Christine Lowe
    1970-01-01
    Interesting Story, Great CharactersThe writing of Eliza Graham is a wonderful statement of her love for these characters. Maud was an intelligent but shy young woman in England who was recruited and trained by Robert to be part of a group parachuting into Yugoslavia during World War II. The training was rigorous and required her to assume a new identity. When she came home, she could not believe how lucky she was when the handsome and charming Ro...
  • Debbie Shoulders
    1970-01-01
    This was a difficult book to like. With little background the reader is thrust into the story of Maud who is recruited to help the partisans in Yugoslavia in WWII. Her motivation for volunteering is not made entirely clear; for the most part the adventure seems to add some spice to her life. Yugoslavia has a long complex history and which side to help was part of it. When her mission is finished, Maud returns to England with no fanfare and no one...
  • Chelsea
    1970-01-01
    Bummer. I wanted to love this book. It is truly a unique and interesting plot line! I just couldn’t get past Maud. I felt zero connection to her. I felt like she gave up and just let her life pass her by in that mental hospital instead of standing up and fighting for her life. I didn’t like the ending that much either . But, I can say that the writing was very good and will keep you reading so it definitely deserved more than 1 star but I cou...
  • Rhonda Johnson
    1970-01-01
    The book started off hard to read for me, and I got lost and confused, but I stuck with it. It seemed the writing was hard to follow, or in any case, worked itself out, once got adjusted to the author's style. But the story was historical fiction around WW2, which is my favorite, and I'm always looking for new stories to give light to places I am unfamiliar. So in this case, the story interested me, and got better as I kept reading. The pace was ...
  • Dee
    1970-01-01
    Can this woman survive?Maud, young and impressionable, but also quite intuitive and talented is recruited, groomed & psychologically manipulated into participating in war by an older, manipulative, devious spy. As she falls in love with him, he uses her, mentally destroys her and discards her in an utterly despicable way. Can she survive this most devious man who is the father of her son? Is she strong enough to survive and move on with life? How...
  • Kathy
    1970-01-01
    Historical fiction set during and after World War III had a hard time this month choosing a prime book of the month. After reading this book, I could only give it 4 stars because I could not relate to the main character for over half of her conflict in and after 2nd World war. Maud served as an agent in Yugoslavia but most of the book is set in an insane asylum a few years after the war, where she lived for 40 years. I don't want to give away the...
  • Ruth E. Roddick
    1970-01-01
    Heart breaking, but felt realI guess I like great endings too much to make this a perfect five. Gut wrenching and kept me up late reading, unable to put it down. WWII has always fascinated me, so I've read lots on it and watched movies and documentaries galore, but nothing like this one. Add to your list.
  • Mrs Jane P Goodman
    1970-01-01
    Unusual interesting storyAbsolutely intriguing story of a young girl Amberworking under cover during the war. Very different from the usual resistance stories this is based in eastern Europe, told from the confines of an English mental hospital by Amber's real life person Maud. Well written, transports you completely to Amber's time during WW2
  • Richard L. Canavan
    1970-01-01
    EjoyableThis is a well written enjoyable novel about a part of World War II that has often been overlooked. The author draws you into the main character and her story in a way not many writers are able. I appreciate good writing and character development and Eliza Graham supplies both.
  • Ryanne
    1970-01-01
    What a strange book. This was more of a sad/aggravating story than a historical fiction. It's about Maude, who is forcibly admitted to an insane asylum because of her deceptive husband, Robert. I found it boring at times, but still felt an urge to reach the end of the story. Not what I was expecting, but not a bad book either.
  • Kathy
    1970-01-01
    What an incredible Kindle First Read! I sometimes shy away from a WWII setting book because there are just so many of them. However, I was intrigued by the Balkans as the location. The plot did not disappoint and I found myself once again marveling at the bravery and honor of individuals as well as their ability for treachery.
  • maria
    1970-01-01
    Great ReadI found this book very hard to put down. The story has two ladies trained as Special Operations and parachuted into dangerous territory to work. There's treachery, deceit, blood and guts, true friendships and "I didn't see that coming". There's a little sex - a little cursing, overall a great read.
  • Kim Cotter
    1970-01-01
    I liked it a lot!The book was well-written and I thought the characters were believable. Some I liked and some I disliked, but they made the story work. I was disappointed and appalled at some of the things Maud faced both during and after her brave service. No spoilers here, but I was satisfied with how the story played out.
  • ruby ann clare
    1970-01-01
    This story will keep you guessing the who, what and when. Very convoluted story. the plot twists and turns making you wonder how certain things were possible. Also quite sad in certain ways until the very end when it becomes bittersweet. Definitely rates a reading.
  • William D Vanderbosch
    1970-01-01
    CaptivatingThis book caught and kept my attention from the first word. The story and characters were enhanced with the details the writer chose to add. I had a hard time putting the story down to do mundane things like work or clean the house.
  • Larry
    1970-01-01
    The book was okay. A bit depressing and overall it felt unbelievable. The author had a habit of moving from one scene to another without making it clear, made the book a bit confusing to me. If the opportunity arises I would read another book by Eliza.
  • Alicia
    1970-01-01
    This is very readable. I have my quibbles, foremost among them there's no real sense of place for Yugoslavia (I was hoping for that), and the timeline seems very suspect. I didn't plot the dates but it just feels like the primary action happens far too fast to be plausible.
  • Barbara
    1970-01-01
    A strong woman’s storyMaud is a secret agent fighting in Yugoslavia in WWII-a very rare thing. Then she’s betrayed by the one person who really knows her. Her story is powerful, compelling, heartbreaking at times, but definitely worth reading.
  • Alice Tallent
    1970-01-01
    Heartbreaking This is a compelling read, but it’s almost excruciating at times. The best characteristic is the way the author skillfully reveals the truth about Maud’s past. I actually wanted to read more about her future.
  • Holly
    1970-01-01
    Well written, but too depressing
  • Sharyn
    1970-01-01
    Needs editing - several major bloopers which should never have got through the net of an author who has published nine books.
  • Shirley J. O'Brien
    1970-01-01
    War made realLike many good reads, this book seems slow at first. But midway the suspense is ripping of the page. Read it.
  • M L Broderick
    1970-01-01
    WW2 different perspectiveI have never read anything about this part of the world during WW2. It is well done. The story is very interesting
  • Mike Hamilton
    1970-01-01
    Interesting story lineVery interesting and thought provoking. Hard to stop reading. She kept me guessing what would come next. Appreciated the history lesson.