Posts

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

The Brass CompassThe Brass Compass by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler

5-Stars

The Brass Compass was exciting, action packed, and invigorating. I loved that the author, Ellen Butler, pulls you in with such gripping excitement at the star with her female spy. Lily, who is the main character, is recruited following the death of her mother and attack on Pearl Harbor. Thanks to her exquisite knowledge and skill in different languages she makes the perfect selection. I loved following her story and seeing her character develop. I also loved the vivid scenery and different phrases of German and what not. I was very impressed with how much I enjoyed this book. It is definitely one I see myself reading again and again. I highly recommend this novel!

View all my reviews

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler – Review by Emily Walsh

The Brass CompassThe Brass Compass
By: Ellen Butler
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Brass Compass by Ellen Butler was a spy like historical fiction romance, that kept me reading.

Not my first read by this author, so I knew going in I was in for something not only well written, but well researched. I was not disappointed, this book was that and more. Now I will say that there was a little too much info and filler at some points, pulling me out of the story, but it wasn’t enough to detour me, or bring my reading mojo down.

I fell into this story right away, and as I read on the more I get pulled in. The suspense, mystery and the spy games made it gripping and fun. I love the strong female MC, for the this book is set in, she was beyond her time and I fully enjoyed her character. I loved the romance as well, it was a nice touch and again, fun. This book was just one of those books, that was just a joy to read. It was strangely soothing to me, and I think that has to do with the steady plot flow and smooth tones, with a haze of darkness.

Overall this book is a must read, it was a good mix of history, romance, action and spy mystery; and it gets my super high recommendation and my stamp of approval.

Happy Reading

-Review by @eawalsh

View all my reviews

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler – Review by Jenni Bishop

The Brass CompassThe Brass Compass by Ellen Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler is an historical fiction story. The story is told in both the past and present which gives it a certain mysterious quality. It is also a spy thriller and holds a lot of history. Our female lead is strong and is on a journey that is dangerous and I found myself getting lost in the storyline.

Lily Saint James is an agent and secretly gathers information for the Allies. She is a very smart lady who is very stubborn and is fierce determined. Even when things go wrong and she has to flee she is determined to see it through, a race to save herself and get the information through.

This is a story that I recommend reading.

Reviewed by @jennadb

View all my reviews

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler – Review by Tausha Treadway

The Brass CompassThe Brass Compass by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler. WOW! I usually don’t even take a second glance at Historical books but I’m so glad I did this one. Its one of the best books I’ve read this year. Its the story of Lily Saint James, a american, who grew up traveling Europe, learning languages every where she went. She has been recruited to join the Civilian OSS (Office of Strategic Services) as a spy during World War II in Germany. Its like she was made for this job. After her training she is offered the job of Nanny in a high German Official’s home where she hears all kinds of information. She relay’s this information to her contact in Berlin as he is getting arrested. Knowing she is in danger she runs. Will she make it to the right people with the information she has or will she be captured? This book was amazing and it will suck you in.

View all my reviews

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler – Review by Debi Kircher

The Brass CompassThe Brass Compass by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler

5 Stars

This is not my first read by this author, she is actually a favorite of mine even though I went back and forth on this one before I decided to give it a shot. I am not normally drawn to these type of stories but I am drawn to this author.

I did enjoy it although it still did not sell me on the genre itself, there’s no way to deny how well it was all written. This book was full of suspense and danger and constant action. Following Lily in this book had me feeling like I was fleeing with her and I was on the edge of my seat through most of it.

It had just enough romance mixed in and I highly recommend anyone that reads historical fiction especially around the WW2 time period go one click this book right now.

This author is a master storyteller and I can not wait to get my hands on anything else she writes.

Review by @debikircher

View all my reviews

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler – Review by Katie Matthews

The Brass CompassThe Brass Compass by Ellen Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

I really enjoyed this book, I like historical reads but not usually in this time period however I thought it was a really good read. The author’s writing was very detailed, sometimes this did make affect the pace of the story but I did appreciate the level of detail that she included. I liked how she took a real life time period but made it into a fiction story! The characters were well thought out and had a realistic feel to them. Lily was a great female lead, strong and independent. There was some great action in the story and certainly some nail biting moments as I waited to see what was going to happen and how the story would unfold.
The Brass Compass was a fantastic read and one that I highly recommend! I will definitely be looking forward to reading more from Ms Butler again in the future!

@katiem
View all my reviews

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler – Review by Sara Oxton

The Brass CompassThe Brass Compass by Ellen Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Brass Compass by Ellen Butler a four-star read that will help you find true north. I am not usually a fan of historical stories, but this one intrigued me. Lily Saint James is such a complex character, she makes the novel for me, if she wasn’t so well written then this wouldn’t be such a good story. Lily has a great flow, you watch as she goes from bored young woman to a major undercover player, the spying interspersed with a love story just adds a much needed lightness to the story, if there wasn’t the love story it could be too dark otherwise.

Review by @saraoxo

View all my reviews

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler – Review by Dawn Daughenbaugh

The Brass CompassThe Brass Compass by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Star
The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler

The Brass Compass is a wonderfully written historical fiction with a little romance. I absolutely love historical fiction and this book is definitely now on my favorites list.I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading. I found myself lost in the pages and I felt as if I was there .Lily Saint James is a smart intelligent woman who finds herself in a situation where her position is compromised and must escape. Get ready to be taken on one heck of a journey where you will find yourself on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what happens. I highly recommend reading this book. I can’t wait to read what she brings us next.

View all my reviews

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

The Brass CompassThe Brass Compass by Ellen Butler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Brass Compass is a gripping historical novel by Ellen Butler. The heroine, Lily, is an intelligent young American woman whose youth has been spent living all around Europe. Her fluency in a number of languages and her determination to support the Allied Forces mean she is well suited to work as an OSS agent. When she fears her cover may have been blown, however, she must go on the run and fight to survive the winter as she makes her way to France, where she hopes to be safe.
The story is set in 1945, but Lily’s dreams give the reader flashbacks to her past and some of the major events in WWII. Since we have recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of D Day, I was particularly interested in hearing about Lily’s involvement in that, and another character’s description of parachuting onto the beach.
The Brass Compass is clearly well-researched and is very informative, whilst also being an immersive story. Butler goes into plenty of detail both in describing large, significant events and in Lily’s day-to-day life on the run. We pretty much know everything she has to eat from the start of the story and how she gets it. This is both an interesting insight into rationing and a way for us to get into her head.
This book gets five stars from me. It’s a well-written, entertaining book that transports the reader back in time and sheds some light on an often-overlooked part of the history of WWII. I’d recommend it to fans of spies, survival adventures and WWII.

View all my reviews

The Brass Compass: A Novel by Ellen Butler – Review by Kerry Baker

The Brass CompassThe Brass Compass by Ellen Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Brass Compass by Ellen Butler is a brilliant example to historical fiction that will draw you in right from the start.
Ellen Butler is an author is have become recently familiar with so I was looking forward to seeing what would come from this book. Full of intrigue and espionage this book absolutely captured my attention immediately. From reading the blurb I wasn’t sure if this was a book I would enjoy but I really don’t know why.
Lily St. James is such a good heroine. She is everything you want the main character to be – interesting, relatable.
I though the author did a great job of building the story up and taking you on a journey. I always enjoy WW11 things and this was done very well. I would definitely recommend this book.

View all my reviews