A really beautiful book post came through my letterbox last week from the publisher Harper Inspire (a big thank you to them 🙂 ).  I requested an ARC (advanced reader copy) which sounds so interesting from this publisher a long while ago.  It was so long ago I just assumed that I wasn’t picked to be one of the early readers of this book.  However last week I was informed that the book was on its way to me and over the weekend I got to unwrap this beautiful package, check this out…

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This ARC came tied up in string with a card featuring part of the front cover design plus a delicious Belgian chocolate bar.  Why belgian chocolate?  Because the story is set in Belgium. 😉  The blurb from the publisher is below 🙂

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Ashes by Christopher de Vinck – Belgium, July 1939: Simone Lyon is the daughter of a Belgium national hero, the famous General Joseph Lyon. Her best friend Hava Daniels, is the eldest daughter of a devout Jewish family. Despite growing up in different worlds, they are inseparable.
But when, in the spring of 1940, Nazi planes and tanks begin bombing Brussels, their resilience and strength are tested. Hava and Simone find themselves caught in the advancing onslaught and are forced to flee.
In an emotionally-charged race for survival, even the most harrowing horrors cannot break their bonds of love and friendship. The two teenage girls, will see their innocence fall, against the ugly backdrop of a war dictating that theirs was a friendship that should never have been.


This book comes out in May and I can’t wait to start reading and share with you what I hope will be a very interesting and touching story.

What do you think of this upcoming book?  Do you like seeing book haul posts like this?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂