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Read the novel New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network Kate Quinn called "easily one of the best novels I have read all year!" A critically acclaimed, multi-layered romance set in the...
Read the novel New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network Kate Quinn called "easily one of the best novels I have read all year!" A critically acclaimed, multi-layered romance set in the...
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  • Read the novel New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network Kate Quinn called "easily one of the best novels I have read all year!" A critically acclaimed, multi-layered romance set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II, where gods hold the fates—and the hearts—of four mortals in their hands.
    They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of Love.
    Hailed by critics, Lovely War has received seven starred reviews and is an indie bestseller. Author Julie Berry has been called "a modern master of historical fiction" by Bookpage and "a celestially inspired storyteller" by the New York Times, and Lovely War is truly her masterwork.

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  • From the cover December 1942
    The Judgment of Manhattan

    Hephaestus lowers the net back to the couch and lets it expand so his prisoners can at least sit comfortably. They can stand up, but they can't go far.
    "Goddess," he says, "in the matter of Hephaestus v. Aphrodite, you are charged with being an unfaithful wife. How do you plead?"
    Aphrodite considers. "Amused."
    Ares snorts.
    "You're in contempt of court," Hephaestus says. "How do you plead?"
    "On which charge?" asks the goddess. "Infidelity, or contempt?"
    Hephaestus's nostrils flare. This is already off to a terrible start. "Both."
    "Ah," she says. "Guilty on both counts. But I don't mean to be contemptible."
    Hephaestus pauses. "You plead guilty?"
    She nods. "Um-hm."
    "Oh." He hadn't expected this. The clever lines he'd prepared, the scalding words, they desert him like traitors.
    "I've disappointed you." Aphrodite's voice oozes with sympathy anyone would swear is sincere. "Would it make you feel better to present your evidence anyway?"
    Who's manipulating whom here?
    She's not afraid. No amount of evidence will matter.
    But Hephaestus spent months gathering it, so he submits it for the court.
    The lights dim. A succession of images appears in the air before them like a Technicolor film in their own hotel room. The goddess of love and the god of war, kissing under a shady bower. On the snowcapped rim of Mount Popocatépetl at sunset. Cuddling on the shoulder of an Easter Island statue. On the white sand beaches beneath the sheer cliffs of Smugglers' Cove, on Greece's own Zakynthos Island.
    "Hermes," mutters Aphrodite darkly. "Zeus never should've given him a camera."
    If Hephaestus had expected his wife to writhe in embarrassment at this damning proof, he has only disappointment for his efforts. She's shameless. His brother is shameless. He was a fool to think he could shame either of them.
    The images fade. Silence falls.
    Aphrodite watches her husband.
    Hephaestus's thoughts swirl. What had he expected? A tearful apology? A pledge to be true? He should've known this would never work.
    But he'd been desperate. Even Olympians, when desperate, can't think straight. Of all the beings in the cosmos, Hephaestus is the only one who can't pray to the goddess of love for help with his marriage troubles. The poor sap hasn't a clue.
    "Hephaestus," Aphrodite says gently, "this trial was never to get me to admit something you know I don't mind admitting, was it?"
    "You should mind."
    "Your real question," she says, "if I'm not mistaken, is why don't I love you?"
    "It's simple," Ares says. "She loves me."
    Something is apparently hilarious to Aphrodite. Ares's huge arms fold across his chest.
    She wipes her eyes and speaks. "I don't love either of you."
    Ares sits up tall and thrusts out his lower lip.
    "Hephaestus," Aphrodite continues. He feels like he's now in the witness stand. "Do you love me?"
    He's not sure what to say. What's she doing? He wishes his dumb brother weren't here.
    "I'll answer for you," she tells him. "Of course you don't."
    "I . . . That is . . ." Hephaestus stammers. "I'm here because I want—"
    "No one can love me," she says. "No one."
    "What do you mean?"
    "That is the price," she tells him, "of being the goddess of love."
    Ares's deep voice breaks the silence. "Don't be ridiculous," he says. "The only reason Father Zeus made you marry him was because all the other gods were fighting tooth and nail for your hand. He stuck you with him to avert a civil war. We all wanted you."
    She shrugs. "I know you all wanted me."
    Modesty was never...

About the Author-

  • Julie Berry (julieberrybooks.com) is the author of The Passion of Dolssa, All the Truth That's in Me, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, Secondhand Charm, The Amaranth Enchantment, and the Splurch Academy series.

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  • AudioFile Magazine An extraordinary ensemble of seven talented narrators enacts several interwoven stories. The audio begins in 1945 as Greek gods argue about the nature of love. Jayne Entwistle's Aphrodite is mature and certain as she frames the story of humans who fall in love during WWI. These characters are Hazel and James, who meet just before James ships out. Fiona Hardingham expresses Hazel's innocence in love, and later, in war. But most poignant is Steve West's portrayal of James, whose battle fatigue and guilt over killing soldiers allow listeners to understand the horrors and trauma of war. All that said, while the narrators' depictions are spot-on and help listeners appreciate the author's lyrical writing, the complexity of this story may be better appreciated on the page. S.W. � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine

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