I loved the WWII resistance story, the story itself was good. The characters were rather odd and the scenes did not match the character. The story would be good with Katrinka a young girl as a resistance fighter, but unbelievable in how the character was portrayed. The story was very good than out of nowhere there would be an explicit sexual scene that added nothing to the story and felt rather out of place. If those scenes were not there I would probably give the book 4 stars for the resistance story. It would have been better if the romance would have been left between Farr and Katrinka or at least Farr Katrinka and Will. The story of the resistance fighters was rather good in itself and if you are one that likes explicit scenes you will probably like this book.
The setting of WWII for stories is always emotional and evocative. There is so much courage, bravado, grit and determination shown and at the same time the lesser attributes of betrayal, cowardice and envy and very often the more basic " fear for your life" and for those around you.
This story encompasses all that is a girl of mixed background who found herself in circumstances and places beyond her control and displayed a sense of compassion to the dying which was not understood by all.
Displaying courage way beyond her 18 years our heroine is made of sterling stuff.
Slightly different to the usual settings of WWII
I thoroughly enjoyed the setting of the book-historical fiction set in WW2 France! The characters, however, seemed odd and ill-matched at times and the occasional sexually explicit scenes came at odd times.
by Beverly Hanley
Just Another Girl on the Road tells a story of Katrinka, who is really all but just another girl on the road.
We follow her journey through WWII torn Europe and the Far East, as well as a little bit of the American West Coast. We encounter new loves, loves lost, and loves meant for a time greater than the present.
You are drawn into Katrinka's story as it is told from multiple view points—all from people she cares deeply for and about. For a girl who is a true picture of compassion in combination of wanderlust, her story is one that tugs at every heartstring in your body.
The only aspect of Just Another Girl on the Road that I was not particularly drawn to was the high frequency of descriptive romance scenes.
Overall, this was well written and Kensington has such beautiful and lyrical prose.
The first chapter of the book was slightly confusing. There seemed to be so many characters and sub-plots to keep track of.
As I mentioned at the start, the book surprised me. How ordinary citizens were plunged into taking on roles to survive and save their country, is not new to WWII stories. But this is the first one I’ve read where a young woman’s emotional and romantic to more than one man is explored. I know that some readers found the inclusion and descriptions of erotic scenes somewhat unnecessary. However, I can see how sex could become an escape from all the pain.
While initially one doesn’t really like Katrina, you begin to understand and appreciate her bravery and compassion, especially for an 18 year old.
On the whole, I quite enjoyed reading this book.
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by Bookbub Review
The author did a brilliant job of capturing the time period in this novel. The characters and plot were also well written. This was a great piece of historical fiction!
Just Another Girl on the Road is the story of Katrinka, a young girl caught in the middle of the war in France in 1944. We learn more of Katrinka's upbringing as the story develops which helps to explain her complex character, having two very different men as fathers caught in a love triangle with her independent mother. History looks to be repeating itself a she becomes involved in her own love triangle with Nye and Farr.
But this is much more than just a love story, we also learn how the war affected every day life and how ordinary people risked everything to aid the Allied Forces and the French Resistance.
The sexual scenes do not really add much to the story, some readers may find Katrinka's attitude to sex a sign of an independent, strong young woman - others may feel it is the sign of deeper issues coming from her childhood.
The main character in this book, Katrinka, is like no one else I've read on the page. Adventurous, compassionate, vulnerable, and sexually liberated. JAGOTR is a beautiful, winding love story that takes the reader through a terrifying WWII landscape steeped in realism. Instead of diving into the larger battles of the conflict, you get to see the work of those brave souls who worked in secret behind the lines to defeat the Nazis. This is a really well written book with an excellent character arc. Highly recommend.
by Leslie Karen Lutz
S. Kensington is a retired educator who has lived and taught in various countries for the past thirty years. Like the protagonist in this novel, she enjoys long voyages by cargo ship. Kensington was inspired to write this book after finding a small white glove, and a news clipping about the WWII undercover Phantoms, in her father's war possessions. She currently resides in Germany, writing her memoirs, and working her way through the country's 600 varieties of bread.