The Stars in the Night #BookReview #OdysseyBooks

Written by Clare Rhoden


150 GJR hrt


Harry Fletcher is a confident young man.

Harry’s sure that he will marry Nora MacTiernan, no matter what their families say. He’s certain that he will always be there to protect Eddie, the boy his father saved from the gutters of Port Adelaide.

Only the War to End All Wars might get in the way of Harry’s plans…

From the beaches of Semaphore to the shores of Gallipoli, the mud of Flanders to the red dust of inland South Australia, this is a story of love, brotherhood, and resilience.


100 GJR hrt




100 GJR hrt


Truly Satisfying Read!    Stars 4


This one packs a punch! So much contained in 224 pages, it is immensely enjoyable.

Harry Fletcher is a young man who works in the family business; with his father deceased he helps his mother care for all the family. Whilst not rich, they keep their heads above water .. then The Great War comes along and changes things.

A really interesting novel, this one begins with Harry in his senior years and the vast majority of the story is told in retrospect. As we follow his life, we are privy to so many of his thoughts and dreams and the skilful writing makes it all seem so real! The war details are as grim and harrowing as you would expect, and I really appreciate that the horrors weren’t glossed over as they so often are. The family bonds shine through,  so do love and the pain of being separated due to world conflict. This is a truly satisfying read, and an author I’m so happy to have been introduced to. An excellent historical saga to which I’m happy to give four stars.

My thanks to Henry Roi of Odyssey Books for contacting me and providing my copy. As always, all my stated opinions are both completely honest and entirely my own.


Tags: historical fiction
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Odyssey Books
  • Publication Date: 26 January 2019
  • Purchase Links: Barnes & Noble
  •                                 Kobo
  •                                 Waterstones
  •                                 amazon


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Author Bio




Clare Rhoden started writing stories as a young child.

She never really stopped.

She just added work, gardening, dogs, a beloved and devoted husband, and a passion for Aussie Rules Football, as things that make life worth living. She lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband and a highly intelligent poodle-cross called Aeryn.

Clare is a writer, speaker and reviewer inspired by politics, culture and the march of history. Her thought-provoking stories and popular characters inspire hope and optimism through challenging times, with novels ranging from wartime history to the dystopian world of the Pale.


Social Media


Twitter: @ClareER

Facebook: @clare.e.rhoden


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