This week myself and my fellow bloggers/BFF's are each doing our own review of a book we've recently read.

I'm going to review a book that is out of the norm for me. In fact, although it's recently been featured and on many must read lists, I probably would have ignored it I hadn't seen it on my local news broadcast.


Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.


Anthony Doerr was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of the story collections The Shell Collector and Memory Wall, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the novels About Grace and All the Light We Cannot See, which was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and a #1 New York Times bestseller. Doerr’s fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short StoriesThe Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. He has won the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, two Pacific Northwest Book Awards, three Ohioana Book Awards, the 2010 Story Prize, which is considered the most prestigious prize in the U.S. for a collection of short stories, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, which is the largest prize in the world for a single short story. In 2007, the British literary magazine Granta placed Doerr on its list of 21 Best Young American novelists.
Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and two sons. Though he is often asked, as far as he knows he is not related to the late writer Harriet Doerr.






I am so very very happy that I did not miss out on this book. As I mentioned above, it almost escaped my notice. 

Although when it was featured on my local news right before Christmas, it was only a quick shot of the cover and quick blurb before other books were featured. The cover fascinated me and I quickly looked up the book online, read about it and checked out an excerpt. 

I was immediately captivated and set out to buy the book that day.

All the Light We Cannot See deserves every single bit of praise it has gotten and then some.

Do not start this book unless you have the time to finish it and be sure to have some tissues handy. It will engage every sense you have and fair warning- both touch and break your heart. I also love it when I can learn something from a book and feel like I've enriched my life and this book had me enthralled with history. 

It is beautiful, poetic, and simply magical. Although I felt some of the ending felt a bit rushed/unfinished, it did not change how I felt about this book overall. I'd love to talk all about how the lives of the two main characters intertwine and the mystery in the book but I don't want to ruin anything. Just pick up your own copy and discover for yourself, you won't be sorry. 


Ann@Romancing the Readers
Kare@The Many Faces of Romance


Join us 5February when we will talking all about "Unmentionables"