April Smith, author of the Ana Grey Mystery Series and other books.

“A Star For Mrs. Blake is a beautiful and
unforgettable novel about five Gold Star Mothers
whose stories are both personal and universal . . .
a labor of love that shows on every page.
Everyone who has served or is serving in the
military, and also their families and friends,
should read this book.”

Nelson DeMille

“Captivating. . . Smith captures the mothers’
interactions in beautiful detail and delves into
the government’s not-entirely-altruistic reasons
for sponsoring the trip.”

Publishers Weekly

“A Star for Mrs. Blake is a beautifully written,
meticulously researched slice of American history.
April Smith’s poignant and tender story of five
courageous World War I Gold Star mothers’
amazing journey across the sea is one
you will never forget.”

Fannie Flagg

“Smith’s foray into historical fiction is captivating
and enlightening.”

Booklist, Starred Review


  • Available in hardcover, e-book, large print and audio editions. Discounted pre-orders taken now.

  • Author tour, including military bases.

  • An Apple iBooks sneak peek.

  • Excerpt in Good Housekeeping magazine, January edition on sale 12/16.

  • IndieBound
  • Knopf
  • Barnes&Noble
  • Amazon