October 8, 2021

Looking Back - Rumors of Peace

Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.

1979 Harper & Row
Read in September 2000
Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Publisher's Blurb:

Though radio broadcasts grow more harrowing every day, and soon, swastika-marked envelopes begin to arrive from cousins overseas, but the fighting in Europe still seems far away from the idyllic California home of ten-year-old tomboy Suse Hansen. But after Pearl Harbor, everything changes. In Ella Leffland’s beautifully wrought story of a young girl’s coming of age during WWII, the fighting in Europe looms behind the tranquility of family, friends, and neighbors—until the darkness of the war becomes suddenly, irrevocably real.

My Original Thoughts (2000):

Read this for an online book group. I enjoyed it, but didn't think it was great. Didn't captivate me. Coming of age story. Young girl growing up in Mendoza, California during WWII. Great description - reminded me of Steinbeck. Probably longer than necessary.

My Current Thoughts:

I vaguely remember reading this for one of my online book groups, but the details are pretty much lost after over 20 years. 


  1. I did not read this book, but it reminds me of a lot of books I read for one of my online book groups back long ago.

    1. Deb, I can't remember if we were in the same online (Yahoo) group but this one might have been for On the Porch Swing or maybe Books.com. Like you, I read a lot of books like this back in the day.

  2. I've never heard of this one but I do love coming of age stories.

    1. Iliana, I enjoy coming of age stories, too. I think this book is somewhat autobiographical, according to something I read somewhere about the author.


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