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New On My Shelf This Week

Kirk was very quick off the mark when I left a comment about this book, which was featured on a fellow blogger’s website a few weeks ago. No sooner had the ink dried on my thoughts that I was going to add ‘Land Of Hidden Fires’ to my reading list, than my email pinged with Kirk’s pre-approved NetGalley download of the book. Who could possibly say “no” to such speedy dedication.


Occupied Norway, 1943. After seeing an allied plane go down over the mountains, headstrong fifteen year-old Kari Dahlstrøm sets out to locate the wreck. She soon finds the cocky American pilot Lance Mahurin and offers to take him to Sweden, pretending she’s a member of the resistance. While her widower father Erling and the disillusioned Nazi Oberleutnant Conrad Moltke hunt them down, Kari begins to fall for Lance, dreaming of a life with him in America. Over the course of the harrowing journey, though, Kari learns hard truths about those around her as well as discovering unforeseen depths within herself.


Image Of Author Kirk KjeldsenKirk Kjeldsen received an MFA from the University of Southern California and is currently an assistant professor in the cinema programme at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts.

His first novel, Tomorrow City, was named one of the ten best books of 2013 by The New Jersey Star-Ledger.

He also wrote and produced the feature film Gavagai, which was directed by Rob Tregenza.

Kirk lives in Essen, Germany with his wife and two children

Check in with Kirk at his website

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • Hi Tracy,

      If you check out the reply I made to Kelly’s comment below and perhaps follow through on the link to Kirk’s guest post about the book, I think you will be even more keen to get your hands on a copy!

      Whilst Kirk’s guest post features one of his male relatives as the main protagonist for the story idea, when translated into a work of fiction, Kirk decided to make the main character female, so I shall be interested to read exactly how he introduces Nazi Oberleutnant Conrad Moltke into the equation.

      I hope that all is well with you. Hopefully spring will be on the horizon very soon 🙂

  • I’ve read an awful lot of historical fiction from this era in recent years, but nothing from this perspective. It sounds very interesting! I hope it’s one that will work its way to the top of your TBR pile soon so we can hear more about it.

    I went on a little Amazon binge last week, so yes, there are several new books at my house! 😉 All will have to wait for the time being since I’m behind on other reading.

    • Hi Kelly,

      As I am always keen to check out if an author has written any guest posts, or taken part in interview sessions, I researched as usual and was so pleased that I did.

      I don’t want to give too much away, but suffice to say that ‘Land Of Hidden Fires’ is almost biographical in its conception and the true story behind the fictional premise, is so interesting and definitely well worth checking out, if you have a spare few minutes.


      As always, I want this book to get to the top of my TBR pile soonest, but then I have said that about the many others still languishing near the bottom 🙂

        • It is a great guest post, isn’t it?
          It adds to the authenticity and flavour of the story and makes for added interest!

            • Hi Jo,

              I do hope that you didn’t mind me including a link to Kirk’s guest post in my article.

              It offered such a good insight into the ‘story behind the story’ and I simply felt I wanted to share it with any potential readers

              You have a great blog, I shall be visiting more regularly from now on.

              Have a good weekend 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I have read a number of war time stories, but I can’t remember any of them being set in the Nordic countries, despite the fact that Norway was under continuous German occupation from 1940 until 1945, with the Norwegian King and his ministers ruling as a government in exile, from London.

      Definitely new territory for me and I am looking forward to the read.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      Despite having several books on my shelf and downloads on my Kindle by Nordic authors, this is the first such book I have actually gotten around to reading.

      After reading the blurb and the full background article about this particular book, I am expecting to become hooked on yet another new genre of writing!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Great review, you obviously really enjoyed this book, so I am definitely looking forward to reading it for myself now.


      After having visited Switzerland on several occasions, I have always wanted to check out the Norwegian fjords and mountains, (this would be my one and only concession to cruising, which in general, has no appeal to me whatsoever), but maybe the descriptive writing in ‘Lands Of Hidden Fire’ will be the closest I shall get now!!

      I love the true story behind the fictional storyline too, it adds so much to the interest and intrigue of the WW2 history of the region.

      Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      It was still available as a ‘Read Now’ item on NetGalley, as of 5 minutes ago.

      Happy hunting and I hope that you enjoy it if you happen to get your hands on a copy 🙂

  • Towards the end of last year I read a non-fiction travel book about the mountains of Norway. The area sounds stunning so this would be a good one for me to read. I’ll see if the library has it. Thanks for featuring it, Yvonne.

    • Hi Cath,

      I think that Norway is one of the forgotten countries of the war, after all, how often do we stop and think that their country was occupied by Germany for 5 long years.

      I am definitely not part of the ‘cruise set’ and folks have given up trying to convert me now. However, if I was to ever have a moment of madness and take the plunge, I would opt for the Norwegian Fjord experience, as like yourself, I think the area is totally stunning.

      I hope that you do manage to get your hands on a copy of ‘Land Of Hidden Fires’, for I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I always enjoy it when these post discussions go slightly off tangent, it makes them so interesting 🙂

      • Yes, I think you’re right about Norway being one of the forgotten countries of WW2. Which is awful as there are some amazing stories connected to it.

        I had to laugh at you saying you’re not part of the cruise set. I’m not either, not remotely, but I completely agree with you about the Norwegian fjords. I know I could be tempted by those and possibly by Alaska. But otherwise, no. Although… I did see a doc the other night, a singer called Julia McDonald (I may not have the name correct) went on a mini-cruise on an ex-fishing boat, with just 10 people, around the Scottish islands of Harris and Lewis. It did look wonderful…

        It seems the library doesn’t have Land of Hidden Fire so I will buy it at some stage.

        My pleasure. We always have such interesting ‘off tangent’ little discussions.

        • Hi Cath,

          That was Jane McDonald, I didn’t watch the programme, but I heard an interview with her on the radio last week, when she was chatting about her past and promoting the show.

          You might remember her from years ago, when she first appeared on our screens in the BBC 1 docusoap “The Cruise”, although on checking out her website, it looks as though she has either aged well or has had a little bit of ‘work’ done!


          It sounds as though neither you nor I particularly enjoy the heat of summer and prefer the more temperate climates, although I must admit that it would have to be a spell of guaranteed good weather before I would venture around the Scottish islands on a small boat, as I am not a very good sailor (I can’t swim is the main problem) 🙂

          • ‘Jane’ McDonald… I had a feeling that I’d not got it quite right. That’s her. And though I suspect I watched ‘The Cruise’ I don’t remember her. This is possibly down to old age. I think you’re right, she has possibly had work done. I gather it’s extremely common amongst folk in the entertainment world.

            No, the heat of summer is not for me. I’m always very happy when our summers are only moderately warm. I can’t swim either but otherwise am a good sailor. I’d just be rather wary of being cooped up in a small boat with people I might not necessarily like.

            • I would be wary about being cooped up with people I don’t like, be it a small boat or a cruise ship. How many times can you walk around the same decks trying to avoid them! 🙂

  • I wish you hadn’t mentioned NetGalley Yvonne, now I will have to go there after I’m done visiting your blog 🙂 I can never resist NetGalley.
    Interesting time period for Land of Hidden Fires, enjoy it!

    • Hi Naida,

      I was only helping out a fellow blogger, so blame Martha, not me 🙂

      I must admit that I have been steering well clear of NetGalley for some time now, as it is just so tempting to load up my Kindle with books I know I shall have little or no chance of reading!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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