A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean

A Fire Sparkling

From the USA Today bestselling author of A Curve in the Road comes a spellbinding novel about one woman’s love, loss, and courage during wartime.After a crushing betrayal by the man she loves, Gillian Gibbons flees to her family home for a much-needed escape, but when she finds an old photograph of her grandmother in the arms of a Nazi officer, Gillian’s life gets even more complicated. Rattled by the discovery, Gillian attempts to unravel th...

Details A Fire Sparkling

TitleA Fire Sparkling
Release DateAug 1st, 2019
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews A Fire Sparkling

  • Laurie
    If you like historical fiction, mystery, suspense and family drama, you will want to read "A Fire Sparkling"!This novel put me in the throes of World War II with Vivian, a young woman with many secrets. I could not stop reading until her skeletons were out of the closet. It kept me in suspense all the way until the very end of this book.Told in the present and then back to 1939, this is one amazing journey. It is like nothing I have read. The t...
  • Elyse Walters
    Audiobook... narrated by Rosalyn Landor, and Sarah Zimmerman: ....the best $1.99 Audible blind faith choice. This was my first Julianne MacLean novel.... a Canadian author...I liked it all.....the story... the writing... the voice narrator. In the past...Vivian Hughes was a young woman during WWII....in London during the Blitz. She was married to a British official when German bombs started dropping. Present day....Gillian Gibbons, Vivian’s gr...
  • Debra Slonek
    An excellent novel filled with romance, heartache, betrayal, loyalty, danger, secrets, suspense, adventures and a cast of unforgettable characters. As you begin reading this book, prepare to be swept away...The scenes are so vividly painted. I felt as though I was walking the streets of London right along with the characters who were deeply developed and very well connected. Easily, I became immersed into their lives. I rejoiced at their good new...
  • Karren Sandercock
    I really enjoyed: A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean and it's a book full of interesting surprises. It's a story with a dual timeline that seamlessly blends the past and with the present.In 2011, Gillian catches her boyfriend cheating, she's very upset, and she's goes to visit her dad. She had no idea that he's just found a mysterious box filled with old photographs of his mother Vivian and she's standing next to a man who's dressed as a Nazi o...
  • Whitney
    Overall: A dual time period, character-driven story set with the backdrop of WWII. A story of conflict, family, love, betrayal, acceptance, and love. The book had potential to be more but is still enjoyable. I would recommend to fans of historical fiction especially WWII but note that this is much easier reading than many similar books within this genre. 6.5/10 or 3.5/5Summary: This book has three main character and is told from third person (Viv...
  • Jane
    A Fire Sparkling will leave you breathless...it is that good! I am not going to rehash the synopsis because I don’t want to inadvertently give any spoilers. Julianne MacLean has written a story that spans WWII years with lessons that carry into the present for the families of those who lived, those who died and those who loved. She paints a poignant picture of life as Britain is drawn into war with Germany. She writes about the bond between sis...
  • Mary Ann
    Update 23/08/2019: After reading some other one and two star reviews, I skimmed through the rest of the book. A few readers said the second half was an improvement on the first, especially with regard to Gillian's story line. I don't agree, and I stand by everything I wrote below.22/08/2019This may be one of the worst reading experiences I've had in a long time. It was either a Kindle First Read or bonus of some kind; fortunately I paid nothing f...
  • Jen
    This multi-generational, dual timeline story is a unique twist on WWII historical fiction. The plot was fantastic, the character development authentic and timely, and the plot twists unexpected and well planned. This book is on the larger side but I blew through it in two days, completely caught up in this beautiful story. This was spectacularly written, the author clearly put a lot of time and energy into her research. I absolutely loved this no...
  • Stephanie Anze
    "Sometimes you think you know someone, but maybe it's imposible to really know everything about a person, even someone you love. Maybe good people - the very best people - are just better at keeping secrets."Gillian Gibbons returns to her childhood home after discovering something quite troubling about her boyfriend. Seeking a respite, she is shocked when her father delivers some troubling news of his own. He reveals to Gillian that he found phot...
  • Katie (katieladyreads)
    DNF made it until 250 pages in but couldn’t take the characters anymore and the old fashioned language was insufferable
  • Lynda Kelly
    This is the third book I've read by this author and also the third one I've given 5* to. I'm at a loss, really, as to why she's not mentioned as much nor afforded the publicity other authors seem to get, as she always does a superb job, both with her storytelling AND presentation.I picked this particular one from a Kindle First selection this month. I knew I'd be onto a good thing as she has never let me down before. I always greatly enjoy dual t...
  • Kathleen
    "Love is smoke rais'd with the fume of sighs; being purg'd, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes..."- William Shakespeare, Romeo and JulietA FIRE SPARKLING by Julianne MacLean is an emotionally charged novel about one woman's love, loss, and courage during wartime. The cover is gorgeous and the story is a masterpiece! I felt as though I was rushing to a bomb shelter in London, England during the Blitz of World War II. This multigenerational saga was ...
  • Kerrin Parris
    A Fire Sparkling by Julianne Maclean is the second World War II and modern-day dual timeline story I have read recently. In both this novel and The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer, an American granddaughter travels back to Europe in search of her grandmother’s past during World War II. Both grandmothers had dark secrets that were not revealed until the modern-day time. Both books discuss the effects of those secrets on subsequent generatio...
  • Louetta Waters
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher and author for A free ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review.A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean is not what I expected and yet so so much more than I expected!! Twists and turns that dropped my jaw! I couldn't put the darn book down it was so good! Gillian's story begins with her long time boyfriend breaking her heart, which leads her to head home to her father and grandmother to lick her wound...
  • Nicole Patterson
    This book right here is why my favorite genre to read is historical romance. Especially ww2 era. This was beautifully written. Such a beautiful story. It had me on the edge of my seat. Tears in my eyes. I had the biggest smile on my face at the ending. Well done.
  • Karen McQuestion
    A Fire Sparkling is a beautifully-written, moving novel that seamlessly interweaves the story of a family over three generations. The core of the story belongs to Vivian Hughes and her experiences as a young woman during WWII in Great Britain. MacLean gives just enough detail to provide an authentic sense of time and place. Reading this book was a completely immersive, emotional experience for me, with twists and turns that left me reeling. In my...
  • Jill Miclean
    This book covered every event in WWII. You name it, it was mentioned. Like the author had a check list she was using to make sure she hit all the popular stories. The blitz: check. Secret agents: check. Spies: check. The resistance: check. D-day: check. Singing to the troops: check. Jumping out of planes: check. Concentration camp: check. Jewish soldier in German army: check. Nazi soldier with the heart of gold: check. Assumed identity: check. Do...
  • Christine Nolfi
    Brimming with twists, secrets, and romance, A Fire Sparkling carries the reader back to WWII Europe as modern-day woman Gillian Gibbons unravels the past kept hidden by her grandmother for decades. This is author Julianne MacLean’s most ambitious work to date, a heartfelt and remarkable tale of courage, secret identity, and the deep, unbreakable bonds of family. Highly, enthusiastically recommended.
  • Kathleen
    Gillian Gibbons returns home to her grandmother’s home after a devastating betrayal by the man she loves. When she wants to mend her broken heart, her father discovers a secret about the family that stuns both father and daughter and Gillian is compelled to find the answers to the grandmother she thought she knew and who her grandmother really was. The book takes us from The Blitz of London to the France and Germany and one woman’s journey to...
  • Landpomeranze
    Quit after 5 chapters. I just could not take those cheesy and stilted dialogues anymore. Although the "heroine" was beaten and almost choked to death by her father the author failed to evoke in me even the slightest hint of compassion. No need to go on, it can't get better.
  • Camille Maio
    Author Julianne MacLean is a fresh voice in WWII fiction, writing a book full of twists and turns all the way until the end. A story of sisters, loyalty, motherhood, love, and wartime drama, this one will become a beloved fixture in the genre.
  • Sue
    This new novel is a blend between history and romance, between present day and WWII. it's a book about family and love and forgiveness all put together with lots of research and likable characters. It's well written and one of my favorite books of the year.The story - especially during the war is so well written that you feel like you are in London during the Blitz. The author did an excellent job of showing what life was like in London during th...
  • Kathy
    I chose this in one of those Amazon monthly choices for prime members eve though I have claimed I would not try to read any of those books again. I lied. World War II...and family secrets.It is a very emotional and sentimental telling of events during the war and how a family hid the truth until a younger granddaughter went looking.
  • Kristen Peyton
    "He considered it for a moment, then gave me a look. “They have a name for you on the base. They call you the Unattainable. ‘There goes the Unattainable,’ they say, whenever you’re spotted cycling into town.” Perplexed, I frowned at him. “What do they mean by that?” “Just that you’re the most beautiful woman in Surrey, but you live in that big castle on the hill, and you keep to yourself.” I shook my head at him. “You Americ...
  • Julia
    A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean is a marvelous dual timeline story of love and courage in times of war. It is a novel that will both thrill and horrify as the reader journeys through lives that loved and lost and that lost and found. It is a book that made me cry as the love reached out beyond the pages and into my heart.The greatest love of all is a sacrificial love. Within the story there are many instances of sacrificial love but one will...
  • Alayne Emmett
    I really wish I could give this wonderful book 10 stars, it was such a good book. Set in present day and then goes back to 1939 and during the Second World War it was my kind of book. I loved the descriptions of the blitz which brought everything to life even though I’d heard a lot of stories from my mum.It had me gasping with shock and then crying with sadness.I do hope she writes more in the future. My thanks to Amazon Prime First Reads for t...
  • Kathy
    Have I now read too many Historical Fiction books written in the time frame of WWII? It remains my favorite period in history and will,of course, remain my favorite time for selecting memoirs and historical fiction. But I felt like there was nothing new here based on fact. My mom and dad came of age quickly during this war, and I remain mesmerized by tales of how this war was won. My dad was in the D-Day parade! I tell you this so that you will r...
  • Kristie Hayes
    A Unique Historical.Fiction StoryI have come to love historical fiction in the setting of World War two, and this book was wonderful. The plot was original and it kept my internet because I could not predict.what would happen next. With each character's background, you find that people of different generations have similar problems - establishing their identity, hiding who they are, finding love, betrayal, forgiveness or holding a grudge, and ult...
  • Lucinda
    I found the language to be trite and and the situations were predictable. I could have written the ending after the first few chapters. It was an Amazon Prime freebie and I guess I got what I paid for.
  • Laura
    Loved the story for the most part. Reading what Vivian, April, Ludwig, and others went through during the war was what kept my attention. The storyline with Gillian I could have done without. Her relationship, and the issues stemming from that, could have been left out.But "listening" to the secret that Grandma had was absolutely intriguing.