The Last Year of the War

The Last Year of the War

Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943--aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved an Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943--aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father,...

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Title:The Last Year of the War
Author:Susan Meissner
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Last Year of the War
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:389 pages pages

The Last Year of the War Reviews

  • Michelle
    Oct 18, 2018
    I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of Sue Meissner's upcoming release, and once again she knocks it out of the park. Here's what I wrote for my blurb: In her latest novel, Susan Meissner is at the top of her game. With characters who leap from the page, Meissner uses a les...
  • Tammy
    Mar 17, 2019
    I have read and loved Susan Meissner?s other books but The Last Year of the War is her best work yet! Flashing from present day to World War II, The Last Year of the War is a beautiful, compelling story of hope and strength as the world around seems to crumble. A must read for histor...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Feb 26, 2019
    A friendship made in an internment camp during WWII that lasted only eighteen months, but bonds and memories that lasted a lifetime. Elise and Mariko met during WWII while attending school in an internment camp for Japanese and German Americans. We follow both girls through...
  • Lori
    Jun 26, 2019
    Susan Meissner has become one of my favorite writers & I have absolutely loved all of her novels thus far. This novel, however, was just ok for me. It seemed to lack Meissners usual character development & seamless storytelling. The story lost my interest a bit in the middle wh...
  • Kristina McMorris
    Nov 10, 2018
    I had the honor of reading Susan Meissner's latest novel for a cover quote, and absolutely loved it: ?A beautifully poignant tale, THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR explores the complexities of love, friendship, and the fleeting truths of identity. With vividly drawn characters and ever-e...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Feb 04, 2019
    Absolutely breathtaking. Beautifully told and so heartbreaking lovely, The Last Year of the War is a book that will not only open your eyes but touch your soul. Poignant, heart wrenching, and so very moving, it is a book that I am so very glad I took the time to read. Meissner h...
  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 30, 2019
    I loved her last book, but will this one I had trouble. What I liked It started out strong, an elderly Elise, suffering from Alzheimers, gives it a name. Thought that was inventive. The way she found with said issue. The description of the family relocation camping in Texas du...
  • Susanne  Strong
    Feb 10, 2019
    2.75 Stars* (rounded up) Have you ever waited with bated breath for an author?s new book to come out only to be disappointed? Unfortunately, that happened to me with Susan Meissner?s new novel ?The Last Year of The War.? Elise Sontag is a German girl. Her family arrives...
  • Angela M
    Mar 28, 2019
    2.5 stars rounded up I wanted to read this because of the importance of the subject matter. The internment of innocent people, many of whom were America citizens during WWII and the affect of that on families, a sad and shameful part of our history that is not often talked about. Up f...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Mar 31, 2019
    3.5 stars Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Published March 19. 2019. This being my first read of a Susan Meissner book I have no past references for comparison. However, with that said, I found this book to be very enjoyable. I enjoyed ...
  • DeAnn
    Nov 30, 2018
    **Happy publication week to this one, I rated it 5 stellar stars I simply loved this book and the characters that Susan Meissner brings to life, by the end of the book they felt like old friends. The historical research is evident but seamlessly woven into a very realistic story. Th...
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    Mar 30, 2019
    2.5 Stars rounded down I hate rating this book so low, but I never could quite get into it and never connected with the characters or the plot. I even set the book aside for a few weeks after trying to read it for over a month hoping that trying to read it fresh would give me anothe...
  • Nikki
    Apr 03, 2019
    **2.5 stars rounded up** Heavy sigh. Heavy, heavy sigh. The Last Year of the War is the story of Elise and Mariko, who first meet in Texas in 1943 at the height of WWII. Both Elise and Mariko are young girls, born in America. Their parents are from Germany (Elise) and Japan (Mar...
  • Myrna
    Mar 25, 2019
    Susan Meissner has yet to disappoint me! It was an engaging story spread throughout different locations and across several years. The places described in the book were so easy to picture. Although this book covered some intense situations I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and learning in...
  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    Mar 18, 2019
    Release Date: March 19, 2019 Elise Sontag is a German American teenager living in Iowa during World War 2. Her parents have lived in the US for twenty years but are not legal citizens. While the war in Europe is escalating, her father is arrested and charged with being a Nazi sympat...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Apr 02, 2019
    3.5 Stars A German- American girl, a Japanese-American girl, an American internment camp, and an empowering friendship. The Last Year of the War explores a dark and overlooked part of US history that I didn?t know anything about. Told through vivid historical details we learn t...
  • Amy
    Mar 15, 2019
    Last year I fell in love with Meissner?s gorgeous writing style after reading As Bright As Heaven and I couldn?t wait to get my hands on her latest book. I?m beginning to realize she has a knack for writing about specific historical topics that are not common and anytime I can le...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Apr 07, 2019
    Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943--aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, wher...
  • Lisa
    Mar 13, 2019
    A deeply affecting and beautifully written historical fiction story of a family of German immigrants interned during WWII. SUMMARY Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943. Her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion ...
  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Feb 10, 2019
    As soon as I found out that Ms. Meissner had a new novel coming out, I was very excited to receive an arc to review. I?ve been looking forward to this one. I?m sorry to say that I was disappointed. This is a 3* mainly because I learned some history, liked the last of the book ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Mar 20, 2019
    Susan Meissner?s characterization continues to be tops. ? ? ? ? Elise Sontag is a fourteen-year-old growing up in Iowa in the early 1940s. The war is in full swing, and she knows it, but she feels safe because of her distance from it. Elise?s father is an immigrant ...
  • Brandice
    Mar 24, 2019
    In The Last Year of the War, Elise Sontag is a 14 year old living in Iowa when her German father is arrested for allegedly being a Nazi sympathizer. Elise, her mother, and brother are eventually reunited with her father at an internment camp in Texas. This is a difficult time for the S...
  • Juli
    Mar 16, 2019
    In 1943 when she was 13 years old, Elise Sontag was sent to an internment camp in Texas with her entire family. Her parents were born in Germany and despite 20 years in America, they were investigated and interred as possible Nazi sympathizers. It was the last year of World War II. Man...
  • Berit☀️✨
    Mar 20, 2019
    A heartbreaking tale about the atrocities of war, and one girl who never allowed the cruelty of war to break her spirit! It never ceases to amaze me how tragic, horrifying, and devastating war is! This was my very first book from Susan Meissner, but will definitely not be my last!...
  • Holly  B
    Mar 13, 2019
    A story of two girls that began a long friendship during World War II when their families were sent toan internment camp. Elise Sontag was German-American and her friend, Mariko Inoue, was Japanese-American. Together, they hold on to their American identities and dream of one day ...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Mar 28, 2019
    3.5 Stars! Compelling, meticulously detailed & affecting! THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR by SUSAN MEISSNER is an interesting, thought-provoking and a touching historical fiction novel that explored a topic that I have not previously read before. To be honest I wasn?t even really ...
  • Katie B
    Nov 24, 2018
    I love how this historical fiction book explored the topic of internment camps in World War 2 as it's something you don't see very often in the genre. To be quite honest it's basically a "let's just pretend it didn't happen" type subject here in the United States. I grew up in the 80s ...
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    Mar 22, 2019
    Are you ready for a history lesson like no other? I fell into this book and ate up every page of this friendship and the rich history. A historical drama you are not soon going to forget. Elise begins her journey to find Mariko and we get a look into her life. My hope is that everyon...
  • Amy Bruestle
    Dec 10, 2018
    I was sent this book after winning it from a giveaway, to read in exchange for an honest review. ????? Wow! I am at a loss for words...this book was probably one of the best books that I have read in a LONG time. Full of meaning. Full of life. Full of everything that a boo...
  • Miranda Reads
    Apr 02, 2019
    "It's all right, my dear," I tell her. "It's all right. I'm dying, too." Elise Sontag lives with her mother, father and younger brother in Iowa. Her parents are from Germany and as the 1940s roll through, the witch hunt for the Nazi's is under way. No one said anything to one ...