The Year It All Ended | Kristy Murray

The Year It All Ended by Kristy Murray Published by Allen & Unwin Image sourced from Goodreads

The Year It All Ended by Kristy Murray
Published by Allen & Unwin
Image sourced from Goodreads

On Armistice Day 1918 Tiney Flynn turns seventeen and it feels as though her life is just beginning. Her brother and his friends are coming home from the Great War and her sisters are falling in love. But Tiney and her family find that building peace is far more complicated than they could ever have imagined.
Tiney’s year will hold a world of new experience, from tragedy to undreamt-of joy, from seances to masked balls and riots in the streets. At the end of a war and the dawn of the jazz age, Tiney Flynn will face her greatest fears and begin a journey that will change her destiny.

I loved this book but if you’re looking to read something happy, this isn’t it (except for the perfectly romantic ending). This wonderful book maps out all the trials and tribulations an Australian family faces during World War One and in the aftermath. It is an emotional ride for the reader and it made me realise how fortunate I am. From the first chapter, the characters draw the reader in, allowing them to experience the past and understand the history of Australia. This book is a great edition to the Australian WWI canon and it makes me excited to explore more books as Australia commemorates the centenary.

4/5 stars

Recommended to: fans of YA historical fiction

Please Note: all opinions are mine and are not endorsed with any company or organization. 

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