#30Authors: Mary Kubica reviews The Hours Count

Posted September 6, 2016 in A Novel Guest / 7 Comments


It’s September and that can only mean one thing. That’s right, it’s time for 30 authors to share 30 book reviews on 30 different blogs every day this month.

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#30Authors is an event started by The Book Wheel that connects readers, bloggers, and authors. In it, 30 authors review their favorite recent reads on 30 blogs in 30 days. It takes place annually during the month of September and has been met with incredible support from and success in the literary community. It has also been turned into an anthology, which is currently available on Amazon and all author proceeds go to charity. Previous #30Authors contributors include Celeste Ng, Cynthia Bond, Brian Panowich, and M.O. Walsh. To see this year’s full line-up, visit www.thebookwheelblog.com/30authors or follow along on Twitter @30Authors.


The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor

Reviewed by Mary Kubica


The Hours CountNearly every history teacher will tell you that Ethel Rosenberg was a traitor and a spy, that she passed along top-secret information to the Soviets during the Cold War and deserved to die for her acts of espionage.

Jillian Cantor’s poignant reimagining of the life of Ethel Rosenberg will make you question those facts.  Following the tale of a fictional Millie Stein, an invented neighbor of the Rosenberg family, Cantor not only examines what life was like in the late forties and early fifties for a young Jewish woman with a seemingly autistic son and a lousy spouse, but she brings Ethel Rosenberg to life with humanity, compassion and insight.  No longer is Ethel only the black and white images that plaster the pages of history textbooks, but she is a devoted wife, a loving mother and a dear friend and, as Millie races against the clock to prove Ethel’s innocence, she finds herself thrust into the turmoil of the Cold War, confiding in strangers and doubting those she is closest to.  Laced with marital conflict, romance, mystery and all the highs and lows that motherhood brings, THE HOURS COUNT is a beautiful tale of family and friendship, and fighting for what we believe in.

I fell in love with Cantor’s work when I read her adult debut MARGOT, a reimagining of the life of Anne Frank’s sister, Margot, which is equally as beautiful and haunting as its successor.  With THE HOURS COUNT, I’ve truly become a lifelong fan.  Cantor is one of my go to authors and a must-read for fans of historical fiction.  THE HOURS COUNT will make you question what you know about a tumultuous time in American history as you simultaneously root for our fictional heroine, Millie Stein.  I can’t wait to see what Jillian Cantor comes up with next.


Mary KubicaMary Kubica is the bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL (2014), PRETTY BABY (2015) and DON’T YOU CRY (2016). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. Mary lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

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7 responses to “#30Authors: Mary Kubica reviews The Hours Count

  1. The Hours Count has been showing up in my Twitter feed a lot, lately, but now that I know Mary is recommending it I’ll have to bump it up my list! Thanks so much for hosting her and for being a part of #30Authors!

  2. I’ve had this book on my TBR for awhile now (b/c I have a weird fascination with the Cold War) but never realized it focused so much on Ethel Rosenberg’s personal life (marriage, motherhood, etc). This just bumped it quite a bit higher in the queue for me!

  3. this sounds like a book I would love and with mary recommending it I know I’ve got to get it! I was so young during the Cold War but clearly recall how scary it was as a child living on a small Aleutian island so close to Russia we could see land across the ocean. Must get this one!

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