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Arandora Star by [Dye, Natalie]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3648 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Peach Publishing (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FSEPETU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #229,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Utterly compelling and full of emotion. Arandora Star brings to life the largely untold story of what happened to Italians living in the UK during World War II. It's a heartfelt tale of love and loss, with careful care and attention paid to the past in order to make you understand and really feel what the characters went through during this terrible time in Britain and Italy's history.
I was simply absorbed into their world, and couldn't stop reading. Having in mind the tragedy of the sinking of the Arandora Star in 1940 only fuels the empathy, and I couldn't hold back the tears.
A fantastic book, beautifully descriptive and it's made me want to find out more about the real ship, the passengers and their plight.
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I downloaded the app for my iphone (free - kindle for iphone) and then bought the book as I'm a huge fan of adventure and WW2 stories. Arandora Starr has not diasappointed me; compelling reading of real people who went through this situation. Tinged with real historical facts and fiction to make this an excellend read. The opening chapter compelled me to read on! Thoroughly enjoying the book (present tense as half way through.)
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Once I started reading I became totally transfixed by the characters and their plight. It's a roller coaster ride of emotions, from tears, hope, anger, sorrow and blind rage. The fact that the story is based around the true historical events leading up to the tragic sinking of The Arandora Star makes this compelling story all the more poignant. The best and most moving book I've read in a long long time thoroughly recommended .
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Many events came together to produce the humanitarian disaster which was World War 2. Natalie Dye expertly explores one resultant tragedy - the sinking of the Arandora Star. Her description of the impact on personal lives is told as if she herself had experienced what they had. This then is transferred to the reader by the quality of her writing. So invoking a wide spectrum of emotions as you share the experience of the original characters. I highly recommend this book to anybody looking for an absorbing story which is very closely linked to real events in (fairly) recent history. It has the potential to form the basis of an excellent film, possibly to rival that of James Cameron's Titanic.

Joe Barlow.
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I was hooked from the first page. A beautiful and tragic story based on true events. I was recommended Arandora Star by a friend and would like to pass that recommendation on to everyone looking for compelling historical fiction, or indeed a memorable, engaging and intelligent love story. This book will stay with me for a long time. Enjoy.
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I have instantly fallen in love with the characters in Arandora Star and am compelled to read on. Finding it hard to put the book down now I have started. Even better that the book is based on a true story from WW2. The historical background links into the romantic story line seamlessly.A great read. Highly recommend!
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As the grandson of Italians who lived through the war in London and who had a connection with one of the victims of the Arandora Star tragedy (my grandparents rented a room to one of the victims), I found this an authentic and moving story which can be enjoyed on several levels. Beautifully written and well researched it has been a pleasure to read.
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I have just read this book and found it a very good story and very moving ,l have knowledge of the facts in this book ,I liked the way fact and fiction were woven together.The story had lots of events which were very familiar to me. Luigi Bruno.
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