Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan


On the eve of WWI, two students fall in love in Harvard’s hallowed halls, and must face a world at war from opposing sides. 
The spirited daughter of a suffragette, Helen Windship Brooks is struggling to find her place in Boston bluestocking society. When she wins a coveted place in an all-male writing course, she meets the enigmatic Wils Brandl, a German nobleman’s son and one of the university’s star students. 
But when Wils is called to fight for the Kaiser, he turns into a campus target, and Boston’s elegant society becomes a battleground. As Wils decides whether to give up his adopted country, Helen is forced to choose if she is ready to fight for what she loves most. 
The End of Innocence recalls the society world of Edith Wharton and the star-crossed love of Atonement—a powerful, gorgeously wrought debut of love and hope set against the brutal realities of war. Inspired by a little-known controversy at America’s most prestigious university, it will be published on the centenary of WWI.
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Sourcebooks for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***
This insomnic's opinion:
This novel was well-written, for sure. However, it was a bit meandering and I never felt fully vested in the characters.
The end should have been sad for me, as the reader, but I simply wasn't vested enough in the story or the characters to care.
3 stars. Not quite the novel for me, but I'll keep my mind open if the author has another novel in the future as this one did have potential.


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