Monday, July 24, 2023

Review Tour + #Giveaway: 1956 Love & Revolution by JA Boulet @love_walk_life @GoddessFish

1956 Love & Revolution

by J. A. Boulet

GENRE: Historical Fiction


1956 Love & Revolution

What would you do for your country?

In 1955, a group of uncommon people meet by chance. During the final year of Rákosi’s iron fist rule, Imre Nagy’s reforms are repealed, plunging Hungary back into economic ruin.

A university student, a cleaner, a Hungarian soldier and several others find themselves drawn toward each other as their love for their country is tested. In the fall of 1956, political strife deepens as the students begin demanding reform.

How far will they go to save Hungary?

Well-researched, politically charged and fast-paced, 1956 Love & Revolution will lure you into the lives of everyday Hungarians who risked everything for their country.  

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It must be the AVH, the State Protection Authority. She had her documents with her but was always fearful of the AVH. They could do anything to Hungarians, it seemed, without cause. They even confiscated anti-communist families’ homes and sent the people to camps. The AVH was no better than the Gestapo.

Elona stayed in the shadow of the alleyway as the officers appeared, walking casually down the deserted street. There were four men in full uniform with differing colours. They were smoking cigarettes and chatting amicably. Her heart skipped a beat as one man looked directly in her direction.

She tried to keep as still as possible while the men continued their conversation.

Imre Nagy needed to go,” one man said. “He’s nothing but trouble to this country.”

We have enough trouble just doing our jobs to keep the peace here,” another man countered. “After Stalin’s death, our entire society is beginning to unravel.”

The third officer nodded but didn’t add to the conversation. He was quiet and reserved, with an almost intelligent look to his face.

Elona was fascinated by his face. She stared at him from the dark corner of the alleyway and found herself entranced by his mannerisms. He had a gentle but strong gait. Something about him told her that he was in charge. He must be a Colonel or something.

Elona grimaced and chastised herself. She was a married woman! She shouldn’t be gawking at an officer!

You are quiet tonight, Colonel Laszlo,” the fourth policeman said. “Nothing to add? You are always so reserved about politics.”

Laszlo nodded down the street. “I think there is someone in that alleyway, Jozsef.”

All four men glanced in the same direction.

Elona knew she had to do something. She couldn’t just stay in the alleyway, and she couldn’t run. So she grabbed her bucket, stepped out onto the street and began to confidently walk home. Her back felt like it was on fire from all the eyes on her. She continued walking, once slowing down to adjust her mop so they could clearly see that she was just a cleaning lady.

The first tall officer shouted. “Halt! Get your papers out.”

The four men approached her as she stopped and fumbled in her bag nervously. She had nothing to be nervous about, Elona told herself. She had been stopped before at 4 am.

The group closed in. She had her documents ready, and her arm stretched out with the papers in her hand.

Laszlo was in the lead and stopped directly in front of her. 

My Review:

1956 Love & Revolution drew me in with the summary and I must say the author as well. I will read anything by J.A. Boulet without ever reading the summary. I have loved every book that I have read by J.A. Boulet and recommend them all highly.

Lately, I have been drawn to books and movies about history. I am really enjoying them but I want them in fiction. So when I saw that J.A. Boulet had written another book I couldn’t wait to read it.

1956 Love & Revolution is about love and war during the final year of Rákosi’s iron fist rule, Imre Nagy’s reforms are repealed, plunging Hungary back into economic ruin. It is filled with love and heartache that brought me to tears many times.

1956 Love & Revolution is told from several different points of view. We get to see the world through several character's eyes and how they saw it. The descriptions were written so vividly that I had no problem seeing it all play out in my head as if I was there with them as they fought for their beloved country, Hungary.

I enjoyed reading 1956 Love & Revolution so much that I highly recommend it and any book by J.A. Boulet. Grab a copy of 1956 Love & Revolution today! Be sure and grab a copy of all of her books while you are there!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

J. A. Boulet is the passionate author of five historical fiction novels. Her newest novel, 1956 Love & Revolution, is a chilling standalone book about the 1956 Hungarian uprising. A highly anticipated release scheduled for June 5, 2023, this is a book that the author holds close to her heart.

J. A. Boulet was raised in the aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution. Her father was a Hungarian soldier who fought bravely during the 1956 uprising. He escaped and was granted asylum in Canada. Ms. Boulet’s mother also fled from the revolution shortly after. The couple met, fell in love and built a family in Saskatchewan.

J. A. Boulet was born decades later. Raised in a refugee family with strong morals has provided J. A. with the foundation to which she has stood behind all her life. Ms. Boulet began writing poetry at a very young age and progressed to short stories and novels easily. She quickly became a history geek and became fascinated with ancestry and the rough path of immigration. J. A. published her first book in 2020 and has since published one to two books annually. She writes with an unsettling realism, grabbing your emotions and refusing to let go. 1956: Love and Revolution is a book you won’t be able to put down.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

We appreciate you hosting today.

JA Boulet said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful review!!! 💕💕 I appreciate your support and love being here on your blog!

Bridgett Wilbur said...

Great cover.

Sherry said...

This sounds like a good book and I really like the cover.

Marcy Meyer said...

The cover looks good. Sounds like an interesting story.

Bridgett Wilbur said...

Great excerpt.

Daniel M said...

looks like a fun one

pippirose said...

This book sounds fascinating. Great cover.

Debbie P said...

This book sounds like a really good read!