Enemy Brothers by Constance Savery

  This was the first Savery book I read. Though, I must admit, I did not find it as savory as The Reb and the Redcoats. 😉 I read it after Jo got it from a friend (as all good sisters should) and was favorably impressed.
But, let me tell you now, when I read this it was more methodically than emotionally. I must have been preoccupied cause I don’t remember it too very well. So I flipped through it yesterday to refresh my memory.
Here are my reasons for liking it:
#1. Dym is the #1 best brother out there. If I had to have a big brother it would be Dym. He’s gentle, thoughtful, merciful, and just an awesome brother.
#2. The nine lives part was extremely kind of Dym. I mean, if I was Dym, I would not want to spend my time chasing down a runaway, knowing I’d have to chase him down another so many times. It would get a little fatiguing.
#3. Tony, alias Max, coming back after running away was quite compelling. Especially knowing the humiliation he would face when he got back to the Priory.
#4. Ginger…….my goodness. Quite the character that one. Mischievous as he was I rather liked him.
#5. Phemie, she was all good and a little more besides. Between Dym and Phemie you couldn’t get better guardians.
#6. The ‘bomb’ in front of the hall door- that was hilarious.

Points to Ponder:
#1. Porgie, Mousie, James and others, needed to watch their tongues. I felt for poor Tony having to hear all that. ‘Twould make me want to run away too.
#2. Tony’s escape was good. As was his confession to Dym afterwards.
#3. The secret room was interesting indeed.
#4. Tony’s spurning all kindness was a tad infuriating.
#5. Being set during WWII was, of course, attention getting. Yet it seemed to be missing something.
#6. The blue notebook. It did have me wondering at his ‘loyalty’. The fight over it was….intense.
That’s all for now. I’d give it four books- mostly cause I can’t remember all of it. I’d recommend reading it aloud, ’tis attention grabbing for young as well as old.

This book was given to me as a gift from a dear friend of mine who relishes a good classic and loves historical fiction like myself.

 I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved reading this book.
It is an excellent mixture of mystery, history, love, compassion, family ties, learning, and making the right choice.
I love it for many reasons:
 It begins with the mysterious story surrounding Tony (I do love a good mystery!).
 It is very well put together. You can see it as you read.
 After many years of searching, Tony’s true family finally succeeds in locating him (quite by accident) and they are able to take him home.
 The way Savery describes the characters without really describing them. It’s kind of revealed throughout the book what each person is like. Example; Dym. He is a quiet, gentlemanly fellow that has a big heart and a deep care for his family. He is firm, but not stern and foreboding. Ginger: he’s got a sweet, lighthearted side,  and a short, fiery temper, as well as a unique way of being unable to keep a secret. And Savery really endears them to you.
 The way Savery is able to set you into the scene ( example: blackout with the result of a chase when Tony escapes Ginger’s grasp.).
How the family loves each other and the way it is shown throughout the story.
There really aren’t any flaws. Savery was an amazing writer that knew how to write a good book without adding mushy romance, curse words, bad scenes, etc.
I give this book five stars for an excellent story!!!!
P.S This book, along with The Reb And The Redcoats, is a must read!

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  1. Of Savery’s books, only Green Emeralds for the King (1938) pleases me more than Enemy Brothers. Green Emeralds was slightly abridged and republished using American spelling in 1945 as Emeralds for the King. The latter went through several reprints and is much easier to find on the used book market. In recounting Constance Savery’s life in my biography, Another Lady (2017), I quote passages from Enemy Brothers that I believe were drawn from her World War II experiences.

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