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Historical Fiction.com Review: 1939 Into the Dark
Though you only spend a small amount of time with each person, there is such depth to the characters that they all make sense as to their status, lifestyle and personality. Even though they are all multi-talented and good looking, it doesn't seem silly in this story because they are famous for these very reasons.


Reader Views 1939: Into the Dark Paula Phelan has captured the mood of New York City in the midst of the zenith of the influence of creative arts and culture in the year 1939. Phelan's writing is informational and relative. Her research and imagination blend to make this an important work of historical fiction filled with little known details of the period covered. Her dialog is stimulating, her descriptions convincing, and her characters genuine. "1939: Into the Dark" by Paula Phelan is a meaningful and entertaining novel for the history buff, especially those who enjoy the period covering World War II.


The Californian
Salinas Californian Novel by Monterey Bay author looks at eventful year Blending a melange of actual and fictional characters during a pivotal period of American history, the author explores the end of the Great Depression, the early days of World War II and the cultural and artistic events that took center stage during this time period.


Historical Novel Review
Her characters all have intense, interesting lives, and their denial becomes understandable when their own conflicts are taken into account. No one has a free ride in this book, and in their place, I wondered if I would have instantly clamoured to be involved in a conflict everyone hopes will burn out before it becomes too serious.


Santa Cruz Sentinel
CEO of Scotts Valley advertising firm Paula Phelan publishes second historical novel For the past 16 years, Paula Phelan has worked hard to promote Nadel Phelan to its position as one of Northern California's most successful high-tech public relations firms. Today, she uses her research experience to write historical novels in her spare time, and this month will publish her latest effort, "1939: Into the Dark."


A Reader's Respite
Switching gears for a while....
A Reader's Respite loved the time period, the artists and cameos, and even the presentation of the novel which, every few pages, is interspersed with reproductions of critical theater and movie reviews of the time and news dispatches from the war going on in Europe.