Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
A young woman is torn between her home and her dreams in Dee Garretson’s Gone by Nightfall, a thrilling YA novel set during the Russian Revolution.
It’s 1917, and Charlotte Mason is determined to make a life for herself in czarist Russia. When her mother dies, Charlotte is forced to put her plans to go to medical school aside to care for her unruly siblings. Then a handsome new tutor arrives. Charlotte has high hopes that he’ll stay, freeing her up to follow her dreams of becoming a doctor. But there’s more to Dmitri that meets the eye.
Just when she thinks she can get her life back, Russia descends into revolution and chaos. Now, not only does Charlotte need to leave Russia, she needs to get her siblings out too–and fast.
Can Charlotte flee Russia, keep her siblings safe, and uncover Dmitri’s many secrets before she runs out of time?
About: Gone by Nightfall is a young adult historical fiction written by Dee Garretson. It was recently published on 1/21/2020 by Swoon Reads, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, 304 pages. The genres are historical fiction and young adult. This book is intended for readers ages 13 to 18. According to the publisher’s website, “Swoon Reads publishes the latest and greatest in YA fiction with the help of readers and writers like you. We’re dedicated to the undiscovered, and we seek out the very best in bright, new bookish talent. From heroic epics, to alien adventures, to all-the-feels romance—if you’re loving it, we’ll publish it.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Gone by Nightfall on 1/30/2020 and finished it on 2/5/2020. This book is a great read despite my lack of interest in war and politics. I like Charlotte’s attitude on boyfriends during the war because she thought there was no point on getting to know of handsome soldiers and time spent on correspondences until sooner or later she will receive news of their death in battle. I like her family full of siblings. Definitely interesting to be reminded of how historically wealthy family hire in-house tutors for their children. Additionally, the children are talented with languages, musical instruments, and riding horses. I’m surprised of how many staffs a household could have.
This book is told in the first person point of view following Charlotte, nurse and General’s daughter, as she sneaked out of a party to meet her friend Raisa to buy laudanum, a type of black market medicine for the patients at the hospital her mother founded. The hospital only treats female patients. Her stepfather is a retired general and a count. Her step uncle, a Baron, didn’t like her and kept a close eyes on her and accused her of activities with revolutionaries. She has to be careful because if she’s caught with the radicals or in association of, she could get in trouble. There are spies everywhere. One revolutionary flyer made her think that the writer is actually one of her brothers.
Gone by Nightfall is well written and a fast paced read. I always loved it when the title of the book came from a sentence in the story and this one has it, twice even. I forgot a lot of my history lessons from school so it’s a good reminder to get it from this book. Definitely brutal to survive during a war as a civilian. I loved the main character. She’s a quick thinker and the best big sister. I like that this book portrays how a loving relationship between stepfather and stepdaughter. I have only heard scary stories of stepfamilies growing up. The ending is not my most favorite because I would like a family reunion, but it’s up to readers’ interpretation. Still an excellent read and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: humor, family, fast paced, page turner, cover,
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Dee Garretson writes for a wide range of ages, from chapter books to middle grade to young adult and adult fiction. She has a degree in International Relations from Tufts University, and also studied and taught Landscape Horticulture at Cincinnati State, giving her a chance to indulge in her love of both history and of plants. When she is not at home in Cincinnati writing, reading, and watching old movies, she takes every opportunity to travel, storing up new locations for future stories.Dee is the author of All is Fair, Wolf Storm, and Wildfire Run. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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