Review: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

America, mark your calendars for May 3rd: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

****5/5 stars-It was amazing.  We Loved it.everyone brave is forgiven

From the author of Little Bee, the one with a title so intriguing we both had to read it…

Recommended readers:

  • Everyone.
  • But: in particular, if you are a reader of war fiction,
  • and if you pine for novels both humorous and profound, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 characters
  • 5/5 plot
  • 5/5 overall


Erin Says: I knew from the preface, as the author paid homage to the generation of “titans” who inspired him, “…a generation whose choices were made quickly, through bravery and instinct, and whose hopes always hung by a thread…”  that I would adore this book.  It’s not exactly unusual, from the outset: a war story, a love story, one woman, two men–  but at the same time it’s transcendent. Chris Cleave’s skill in dialogue, narrative, and setting takes you there, among the rubble of bombed-out London, and to Malta under siege. His characters are funny and real; in fact he seems to possess an uncanny knack for wartime humor that hits you where you live and and rings anything but false. He asks what it means to be brave, and answers in the best way possible. The whole novel is at once light and witty and heavy and profound, and the prose is beautiful. Read it.

Terra Says: Usually an escapist reader, I like to mix in a deeper, more intense fiction (often historical) every now and then. And I was pleasantly surprised when Everyone Brave is Forgiven delivered both. Without being too heavy, Chris Cleave combines the perfect mix of storytelling to appease an escapist reader (me) along with just the right amount of prose for a more serious reader (Erin). Cleave takes real WWII events from London bombings to the siege of Malta and brings them to life with beautifully written stories of everyday sacrifices and heartbreaking decisions, which made that time unforgettable and poignant. A must read.

And dual 5-star reviews aren’t enough for you … we also happen to like that Chris Cleave is responsive to his readers on Twitter:


Available Now: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

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