Review: Fever at Dawn by Peter Gardos

Fever at DawnFever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC kindly provided by Text Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


What I fell in love with ‘Fever at Dawn’ was the strong sense of love and hope that I felt RADIATING and EXPELLING itself from the blurb. I am an absolute SUCKER for romance stories, especially historical ones. Don’t even get me started on those based on true stories, and without exception, those full of letters. I really felt like everything was going to line up for me with this novel and I wasn’t wrong.
I was intrigued with the writing style which the author used, and the way the actual novel was written. It was written in third person narrative and all told from the author’s point of view! Due to the novel being based on the letters of his parents, it should have made sense but I originally thought that the novel would probably be told from his parents’ perspectives. I thought this was a nice surprise and it really added this sort of wider view of everything. As if you were the sole person this story was taking place for!
What I loved, and what originally appealed to me ALOT, was that the story was so full of hope and love in the aftermath of a war that brought hopelessness, hate and loss. World War Two really was horrific and I was actually afraid that the novel would get TOO deep for me and that it would show the troubles and problems and issues that SO MANY NOVELS LIKE THIS DO! I was mentally prepared to emotionally tear myself apart…
Yet to my yet ANOTHER lovely surprise, ‘Fever at Dawn’ wasn’t like that at all! It was all about finding after losing and the struggle to find oneself and love again despite all the odds.
I HIGHLY recommend this novel to those who are in want of an easy, light read that still captured the very essence of war novels.
I thought the pace was good and the way that the author revealed everything surprisingly gentle and patient. You could FEEL the love that the author was not ONLY trying to carry across, but the meaning it held to him through every word, letter and full stop.
Despite all, I believe what let me down in the end was the plot. Whilst this was a good story and the romance so heartbreakingly sweet, it didn’t really pull me in and EMOTIONALLY connect with me. I wanted this story to wrap me up and pull me in. I wanted to cry and laugh and shiver in anticipation for every single moment.
Unfortunately, I think part of the problem WAS the way ‘Fever at Dawn’ was told: through the author’s perspective. It didn’t allow me as a reader to connect myself to the characters and experience the story as they were experiencing it.
Great translating by Elizabeth Szaz from the Hungarian language on behalf of Peter Gardos! Beautiful prose and grammar!
Congratulations to Peter Gardos on publishing a unique and enthralling novel, ‘Fever at Dawn’!

Rating Plan
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!

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