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Not all of war’s destruction takes place on the battlefield.Violet’s heart flutters from the scarlet fever she survived as a child, and it beats faster at the sight of John Smith, the man she plans to marry. America is entrenched in WWII, and when John enlists, Violet is certain she won’t ever forgive him for dashing their dreams. As the realities of war slowly overtake heNot all of war’s destruction takes place on the battlefield.Violet’s heart flutters from the scarlet fever she survived as a child, and it beats faster at the sight of John Smith, the man she plans to marry. America is entrenched in WWII, and when John enlists, Violet is certain she won’t ever forgive him for dashing their dreams. As the realities of war slowly overtake her life, Violet's days are filled with uncertainty and grief. She struggles to maintain her faith in John, as the world as she knows it, crumbles.Becoming Mrs. Smith is the inspiring, and at times, heartbreaking story of a woman’s struggle to reclaim what she lost. War stole the man she loves, and childhood illness weakened her heart—perhaps beyond repair. While guns rage in Europe, the war Violet faces at home may be even more devastating....

Title : Becoming Mrs. Smith (#1)
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Number of Pages : 110 Pages
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Becoming Mrs. Smith (#1) Reviews

  • Paul
    2019-02-16 20:13

    Author Tanya Williams took me back to pre-World War II South Dakota and captured my imagination with panache. Farm life in rural America during the Great Depression. One of the most revered times in history. A milestone that helped carve out the nation. Given a front row seat, I got to enjoy babysitting the main protagonists watching them grow up. Both rich and rewarding. Their dispositions were clearly defined. Down to earth. The action in the scenes followed this character-driven narrative in chronological order. Easy to follow. I won't hint at the ending but I'll say this: it's worth sticking around for.South Dakota is where we'll find 11-year-old Violet Sanderson along with her parents and younger sister Iris. They live on a farm just outside Cedar Springs. It'd been the only life she'd ever known. In 1935 Violet contracted scarlet fever and almost succumbed to the disease. Hung on for dear life with everything she had. The illness left its mark with a permanently damaged heart. The years passed. Violet graduated high school and grew into a fine young woman. She found a job in town and took an apartment of her own. John had been a friend and close companion of hers since early school years. Into adulthood they'd formed a loving relationship with each other. Violet kept to herself a hidden desire for them to be married someday. The escalating war in Europe though had plans of its own. Life and all its many splendored plans had taken a back seat.Rather than wait to be drafted, John enlisted. Just felt it was the right thing to do. He never told Violet of his plans. At first she was infuriated. It took many months for her to realize her anger was misdirected. Over the next few years some of the townsfolk's sons, brothers and husbands had become casualties of the war. The grim news spread like wildfire. Then one day Violet learned John was reported missing in action. Her hopes dashed - dreams shattered. No way to tell if John was still alive. All she could do was wait. And hope. The answer would soon come.My thanks to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Deanne Patterson
    2019-02-05 14:12

    A beautifully written story! John and Violet grew up in a small farming town in South Dakota. There was no one else for either they've been best friends since early childhood. Violet went through a bought of scarlet fever as a preteen and the doctor was unsure if she would survive. Survive she did but it left her with a weak heart. This book takes place before during and after WWII. With lack of instant communication that we have now a days it shows the extra stress families went through waiting for word of their loved ones status as they fought in the war. Some tragedies,uncertainties and happy moments are contained within. I look forward to the next book in the series.Pub Date 03 Oct 2017Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amy
    2019-02-11 18:22

    Becoming Mrs. Smith is a good read. I was not sure what I would think about it at first but was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. I admired Violet and how she dealt with the struggles and tragedies she endured. The book is only a little over 100 pages long and I had no problem reading it in one sitting. It is full of historical details and by the time I got to the end, I wanted more. I am excited to find this is part of a series and cannot wait to see what happens in the second installment.I recommend Becoming Mrs. Smith and give it 4 1/2 stars.I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

  • Kelsey
    2019-02-17 13:19

    In a nutshell: The first in a three part series (two novellas and a full length novel), Becoming Mrs. Smith follows the story of Violet and John from their first meeting as children throughout their relationship during the horrors of World War II. Left with a weak heart after suffering from scarlet fever as a child, Violet is devastated when John enlists in World War II and wonders if the world will ever be right again. Through the series of letters they send to one another, Violet must face her fears and learn how to have hope even in the midst of an uncertain future.My take: I very rarely read novellas unless I have prior experience with the author’s work. Well, I had the chance to advance read this novella for Tanya Williams, and I am so glad that I did, because it was wonderful! I was a cheerleader for Violet and John from the very beginning, and their relationship both warmed and completely broke my heart. It was one of those stories where you find yourself feeling right along with the characters, and loving them even when their actions are not always so loveable. To express so much in only 110 pages is a grand feat unto itself, and I’m eagerly anticipating the next part.

  • Cheryl Devine
    2019-02-07 18:08

    Loved the novella! Very well written. The main characters Violet and John I loved from the very beginning. Keep me capitvated from the first page to the last. Once I started reading I couldn't put the book down. The story takes you through so many emotions, making you feel excited, happy, sad and disappointment. Looking forward to the sequels.

  • Kerry Johnston
    2019-01-31 17:11

    Completely enjoyed reading this book. My only complaint was that it ended too soon. Great character development, simple, yet compelling story line. Had a hard time putting it down. Well done!

  • Maggie Mathews
    2019-01-30 20:13

    It was very well written. The story moves at a pretty quick pace as significant historical events began to unfold which were woven through out the story. Becoming Mrs Smith took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride with the main character (Violet). Without spoiling the book all I can say is this book made me cry, made me feel all the emotions Violet felt throughout the story. Looking forward to read book 2.

  • Kari
    2019-01-30 20:15

    What a remarkable way to begin a journey into the lives and hearts of the Smiths. Ms Williams' control of imagery in her debut novella is impressive as she spins a world into being which I did not want to leave. The carefully crafted characters make tough choices, make several mistakes, and make us understand what it means to love and be to be human. Set against the backdrop of World War II, it was surprising to experience an even greater battle than was occurring in the European arena. It was the conflict within the heart left at home; desperately wanting to love, but wounded by those bloody battles in unexpected and inescapable ways. Becoming Mrs Smith is, happily, just the start of a deep dive into the lives of Violet, John and their families. Congratulations go to Ms Williams on her incredible debut! Please don't make us wait too long for the next portion of this lovely tapestry you have started to weave.

  • Susan Taylor
    2019-02-03 14:25

    I read this book while on vacation in Italy and it drew my emotions in as I visited The cemetery in Cassio

  • Nancy
    2019-02-04 14:06

    Becoming Mrs. Smith held me captivate with each page I read making it hard to put down .Tanya E Williams takes you on a journey back to a simpler time to a small American town,covering the years prior to and after World War II . Tanya brings you into her creative writing by having the reader attach their emotions to a young girl named Violet. She walks you through her life from the time of Violet's personal struggle and survival of Scarlet Fever . You become wrapped up in Violet's determination to make her life count as she grows into a young lady who falls in love only then to see her true love leave to serve in the War. You become involved with her friends and family as you see the personal side and effect the War has on these families . This is a book you must read with and ending I had not expected. Thank you Tanya I look forward to your next book.

  • Nicky McCulloch
    2019-01-23 16:15

    "Becoming Mrs. Smith", a treat for lovers of historical fiction, introduces the reader to Violet and John as they navigate the emotional journey of moving from friendship to love before, during and after World War II. What starts off as a school yard friendship blossoms into a love story that is not without its challenges.Tanya E. Williams does a brilliant job of drawing the reader in and making you want to keep reading. This is a story well worth adding to your collection!

  • Samantha Hazelton
    2019-01-27 12:19

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Becoming Mrs. Smith. I am not much of a fiction reader but I couldn't put this down. I would recommend this book hands down. Tanya captured and kept my attention the entire time and kept me wanting to read to the end (as fast as I could). As I read through this book, I could picture it on the big screen. So sweet, the attention to detail was fantastic and it was easy to follow. I can't wait to read the next part.. Stealing Mr. Smith.

  • Belinda Davis
    2019-01-23 18:21

    A beautifully written story that i did not want to one complaint is that the book ended too abruptly.A great read

  • Janet
    2019-01-23 20:05

    A wonderfully engaging story. I couldn't put it down!

  • Lori Welters
    2019-02-12 18:05

    An enjoyable read. The characters felt real and they invoked feelings of compassion for all that they went through. It brought to life for me the pain and heartache of war. Definitely worthwhile.

  • Manuela Robertson
    2019-01-24 12:17

    Becoming Mrs Smith is beautifully written. The author taps into a full array of emotions as the story unfolds of Violet and John's relationship and the sadness, uncertainty, hope and most unequivocally - love that weaves throughout this historical novella. Started and finished this book in one sitting. Looking forward to reading the sequels!

  • Jill
    2019-01-31 19:23

    A wonderful read! Tanya Williams does a superb job in brining the past to life. I felt transported in time to pre war, small town America, where we first meet Violet and John. Instantly invested, I wanted to know more about this young couple – and how their story would unfold. Equal parts heartwarming and heartbreaking, I thoroughly enjoyed this noveĺla and can't wait for the next one!

  • Tracey Shelley
    2019-02-02 17:11

    Ms. William's story gently takes the reader's hand - down the path of understanding wartime through those left behind. Becoming Mrs. Smith entwines fate, faith and circumstance, making it a novel difficult to put down until its concluding page.

  • Tanya Jones
    2019-01-22 12:31

    Tanya William's attention to historical detail so easily immersed me in this journey of love and the hardships of war. The charm and charisma of the characters makes this novella hard to put down. If this is the start of the journey, I can't wait to see what happens next.

  • Virginia Ashcroft
    2019-02-18 16:22

    This book transports you back in time into Violet and John's lives. You become emotionally connected to them , their families and friends . Well written - I truly did not want this book to end , it is a must read !

  • Tina Milledge
    2019-01-21 14:16

    A sweet short story about relationships and blossoming love during Workd War 2. Made a nice bedtime read. Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to review the ebook.

  • Taryn
    2019-02-03 20:22

    An intriguing love story that you won't want to put down until you finish it. A perfect rainy weather, glass of wine, escape!

  • Debbie
    2019-02-16 17:06

    Violet suffers from the scarlet fever when she's young and her mother tells her that her heart will always flutter. She is scared by this but as she gets older her heart flutters more for John Smith. Violet is positive from a young age that John will be her future. Then John decides to do his duty and join in the Army as war starts. Violet can't imagine ever forgiving him, so she hardens her heart for him and decides to move forward with her life back at home. She doesn't open any letters he sends and ignores any communication or talk of him from her family or friends. Will Violet regret her decision as the war rages on? Anyone who knows my reading tastes know that I can't pass up an opportunity to read historical fiction. It is one of my favorite genres. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The writing hooked me from the first chapter as Violet's illness raged on. I didn't find any slow points in this novella and I was excited to find out how it ends. This was one I didn't put down until I was completely finished. As I was reading, I vividly imagined Violet's story and the author only added detail to my imagination. Such a beautiful story, told perfectly. I can't wait for the next one! 

  • Corina Strilive
    2019-02-01 18:30

    Love, war, tragedy.... Becoming Mrs. Smith, by Tanya E. Williams, is a beautifully scripted story of innocence and coming of age that will surely enthral you. It’s a must-read so grab a coffee, a blanket and delve into the lives of Violet and John. I promise you will not want to move!

  • Collette
    2019-01-31 17:09

    While on vacation in Portugal I had the opportunity to read Becoming Mrs. Smith which absolutely pulled at my heart strings. Each page paints a vivid picture of the characters and their settings. I felt the pain of war as I identified with the main character Vi seeing my younger self in her. This novella both warmed and broke my heart and it is so worthy of a Sunday afternoon read. I loved it and can’t wait to read the sequel.

  • Therese Delgado
    2019-01-27 15:08

    Violet Sanderson lives on a farm in South Dakota. Having suffered from scarlet fever as a child, her heart is weaker than most, but this doesn't stop her from loving with every bit of it. She loves her family, her friends, and John Smith. Violet and John have been in a relationship for years- she can't imagine a life without him. She assumes that they will get married and start a family. Her plans are interrupted by World War II, however. John joins the army. The only time Violet hears from John is through their shared correspondence. Several of Violet's neighbors have lost their sons, brothers, and beaus. Will Violet lose hers, too?I really enjoy reading historical fiction about WWII. It's incredibly interesting, almost always poignant, and focuses on a very interesting time in history. I've never once regretted reading a book about World War II. I have to say, this one was not my favorite (for reasons mentioned below). However, it was still a very sweet story.Becoming Mrs. Smith was a light, short read. It was a welcome break after reading several dark thrillers in a row. The story is, in a word, charming. I enjoyed reading about Violet's life on a farm and later her life in town. The letter component that was introduced halfway through the book (letters between Violet at home and John in training/at the front) was a nice change from the usual book format.Large swaths of time were skipped through in this story. You might have just read about something that happened in May and then the next chapter takes place in December. I like the breaking up of the book into sections by month, but I don't know how I feel about the periods of time in between stretching so long.At the beginning of the book, the author's writing is awkward at times. It doesn't flow as elegantly as it does later on in the book. I don't know if this is because the narrator is younger at the beginning and the author is trying to evoke a sense of immaturity and childishness, or if this is just the author finding her footing in writing the novella. Either way, the writing does smooth out later on.Lastly, the ending of this book is the best part of it. We're left with a major cliffhanger. I think that I want to know what happens next. You may very well see a review of the next in the series, Stealing Mr. Smith, in the coming months!

  • Janet
    2019-02-13 12:08

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisherIf historical fiction is your reading passion, Becoming Mrs. Smith is sure to transport you back in time to pre-war, small-town America where a young couple's story begins to unfold.Not all of the war's destruction takes place on the battlefield.Violet's heart flutters from scarlet fever she survived as a child, and it beats faster at the sight of John Smith, the man she plans to marry. America is entrenched in WWII, and when John enlists, Violet is certain she won't ever forgive him for dashing their dreams. As the realities of war slowly overtake her life, Violet's days are filled with uncertainty and grief. She struggles to maintain her faith in John, as the world as she knows it, crumbles.Becoming Mrs. Smith is the inspiring, and at times, heartbreaking story of a woman's struggle to reclaim what she lost. War stole the man she loves, and childhood illness weakened her heart--perhaps beyond repair. While guns rage in Europe, the war Violet faces at home may be even more devastating.I have but one complaint about this novella - it wasn't long enough. I really enjoyed it as it reminded me of the stories my mom would tell of being on the farm during WWII but it was too darn short and over way too soon!. argggh. :-)It reads VOLUME ONE here ... does that mean that there is more to come???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Heather
    2019-01-28 15:16

    For a short novella, Williams covers a lot of ground within those few pages and moves us quickly through the gamut of emotions to include anger, happiness, and sadness. You are rapidly sucked into the action and moved a lot with the events as they unfold. Violet ages from a young girl at home to a woman out in the world, working and falling in love. Each segment jumps oftentimes several months between events and sometimes even years. Whereas this would normally be a potential turnoff as I would feel compelled to ask “what happened in between”, I didn’t find myself having time to ask that as Williams moves us right into the next emotional beat. There was maybe a half a moment, before the last scene, where I felt if it was a novel it would have built up more, however, it was emotionally satisfying just the way it resulted.This is most definitely a story of those left behind during war. Violet and her friends face the challenges of watching those they care about leave for the front and some not return. This affects them all in different ways and I appreciated seeing how they all reacted to traumatic events. It is not all stiff upper lip and carrying on for those abroad, which made it feel very real.I was absolutely crying by the end of this novella. I’m not one who typically cries while reading; for that to happen within this short time span is a testament to how quickly Williams’ characters grew on me and how much I cared about their outcomes. If your heart isn’t just a little broken by the end of this I don’t know what will! I look forward to reading the next in this series.This review was previously posted on The Maiden's Court blog and a copy was received for the book tour for review.

  • Doreen Prentiss Gabriellini
    2019-02-12 17:10

    ‘Becoming Mrs. Smith’ by Tanya E. Williams is a novella and the first in a series. The story is very well written and Ms. Williams has the ability to weave a wonderful story from beginning to end. The reader is captivated from the first chapter until the last word. It’s one of those books that are short enough to read in one sitting, however even if it wasn’t that short, I could find myself reading it until I was finished. The story has great character development. The main characters are created with utmost care. They make tough choices, as well as, missteps and reveals to the reader what it is to love and be human. You find yourself cheering the characters on. ‘Becoming Mrs. Smith’ takes the reader through a myriad of emotions. Ms. Williams spins a tale that will creep into your heart. Taking place before and after World War II you can feel what it is like to be the one who is left home when a loved one goes to war. Waiting weeks and months for word from a loved one was so enlightening give our time of instant communication. Cheers to Ms. Williams on her debut novel. I look forward to reading more from her. Thanks to NetGalley, Ms. Williams and BooksGoSocial for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Abi Robins
    2019-02-06 15:04

    The first thing I need to address - this book made me weep. For some reason I am a masochist when it comes to WWII set books, I love them but they love to hurt me. This is 100% a 5 star read!!! This novella knows how to pack a punch!This book is based around a woman living in South Decota (USA) before and during the second world war, showing her life and how she matures from a young girl into a young woman attempting to keep going in a world which seems to be limping onwards into danger. As the book is a novella, a lot happens in a very short time which makes it hard to explain without giving anything away! Our protagonist Violet leads a life of constant worry when her childhood sweetheart signs up to the war effort and she is left wondering whether she will ever see him again. This book absolutely wrenched my heart out, made me weep and managed to make me have pretty intense feelings about the next book in this series within 2 small paragraphs at the end of the book. Definitely a series I am continuing and will be recommending to all of my friends!Thank you to Tanya and NetGalley for an eCopy of this book in return for an unbiased review, I have found a new favourite book and a series I will follow!