Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Showcase Shoes for Anthony by Emma Kennedy

Those who know me know my favorite historical time period to read is WWII and I'm excited to showcase this latest release by Emma Kennedy. Emma has published nine novels previously. This novel was previously published across the pond but this is it's US debut.
I can't wait to step back into time with my copy and I hope you'll feel the same way after you learn more about the novel.

ISBN-13: 978-10250-09096-6
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: 1-31-17
Length: 400pp
Buy It: B&N/Amazon/Kobo/IndieBound

This 1944 World War Two drama tells the story of Anthony, a boy living in a deprived Welsh village, anticipating the arrival of American troops. Suddenly, a German plane crashes into the village mountain. A Polish prisoner-of-war survives and is brought into the community where he builds a close relationship with Anthony. Later, the villagers discover one of the Germans on the plane has survived and is still on the mountain.
Joyous, thrilling, and nostalgic, Emma Kennedy’s Shoes For Anthony will have you wiping your eyes one moment and beaming from ear-to-ear the next. This is a small gem of a novel that reviewers (and readers) will cherish

Reviews on Goodreads:

By Regina · ★★★★☆ · April 23, 2015
Quite simply Shoes For Anthony by Emma Kennedy was a delight to read. One of those novels where you feel better for having read it.

One minute I was snorting with amusement, the next I would be sniffling to keep back a tear.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the bits about the underground coal mine seei... ...more
By Elaine · ★★★★★ · May 04, 2015
This World War II family drama set in a close knit mining community in Wales was an absolute joy to read. It centres around schoolboy Anthony, his family and friends. Anthony and his pals have a whole mountain as their playground where they have dens and get up to mischief, the sort of dangerous... ...more
By Manchester Military History Society (MMHS) · ★★★☆☆ · December 29, 2014
A bitter sweet novel of life in a small Welsh mining village in World War 2.

Although this is Emma Kennedy's first adult novel the story is told through the eyes of Anthony, an 11 year old boy who is perpetually frustrated by the fact his only footwear is some over sized wellington boots.

The book... ...more
By Katheryn · ★★★★☆ · September 23, 2016
I won 'Shoes for Anthony' in a Goodreads giveaway and I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started reading it, but I immediately fell in love with the eponymous protagonist. Eleven year-old Anthony, a Scott Street boy destined to become a miner, lives with his mother, father, older sister,... ...more
By Jill's Book Cafe · ★★★★☆ · May 06, 2015
This is a gem of a book with wonderful characters and an engaging storyline. Set in a Welsh mining village during World War II, it really brings to life what life was like a small close knit community during the period. The influence of the mine is all pervading and the almost hand to mouth exist... ...more
By Paula · ★★★★☆ · April 29, 2015
Nothing ever happens in the Welsh mining village Anthony lives in, and he spends his days getting into mischief with his friends and attending school while his father and brothers work in the coal mine. Then a German plane crashes on their mountain leaving a Polish prisoner of war behind. As fear... ...more
By teleri llinos · ★★★★★ · February 08, 2017
I received this book from the publishers as a 'First Reads Review' sort of thing. 

The book started off a little bland, but by the third chapter I was hooked, I love it. I love how slow, yet not dragging the pace is. I love how the Emma Kennedy describes the characters and I grew fond of all the... ...more
By Tracey · ★★★★☆ · February 09, 2017
a really good read. This book has,had me thinking of my grandad Thomas so much with it being set in Wales. ...more
By Louisa · ★★★★☆ · May 05, 2015
I received a copy of this book for free through the Goodreads First Reads scheme.

This book is really very good and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I'd read one of Emma Kennedy's books before (the one about camping) and liked the sound of the blurb of this one so I was glad it lived up my expect... ...more
By Angela · ★★★★★ · December 11, 2016
Firstly, thanks to Goodreads Giveaways for what turned out to be a blooming good read. I've had it on my shelf for sometime and just happened to pick it up today as couldn't decide what genre I wanted. Shoes for Anthony is a bittersweet story told by a boy in a Welsh mining village in WWII. One m... ...more
Other books by Emma 
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Meet Emma:
EMMA KENNEDY is the author of several books, including bestsellers The Tent the Bucket and Me and I Left My Tent in San Francisco. She is also an actress and has appeared in many award winning comedies including Goodness Gracious Me, People Like Us, and Miranda. She is the Fun Editor at Tatler, won Celebrity Masterchef in 2012, and is a Guinness World Record holder.

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  1. I struggle with this time period. I think it's because there's really no separation for me where I can still feel and see it's effects like these New Nazis, the holocaust, and Israel. I easily get affected! Lol

  2. I've just finished The Orphan's Tale so not quite ready for another WW11 in fact going to my shelf to find something light and flirty! That said this sounds excellent and I'd certainly read it.

    1. I can't wait to read your review and start my own copy Kathryn thanks!

  3. I love book set during this time period and like Kathryn recently read the Orphan's Tale. This is on my wishlist, I may choose to listen.

    1. Oh I bet this would be an excellent listen. I'm booking time right now for The Orphan's Tale, I'm going to showcase it soon I hope her publicist can get me an excerpt to share.

  4. I'll definitely keep an eye out for your review! It's such an interesting time but I've not read much from it.