In the darkest days of the Blitz, love is more important than ever.
It’s February 1942, and as the Americans finally join Britain and her allies, twenty-three-year-old Francesca Fabrino is doing her bit for the war effort in a factory in East London. But her thoughts are constantly occupied by recently married Charlie Brogan, who is fighting in North Africa with the Eighth Army.
When Francesca starts a new job for the BBC Overseas department, she meets handsome Count Leo D’Angelo and begins to put her hopeless love for Charlie aside. But then Charlie returns from the front, his marriage in ruins and his heart burning for Francesca at last. Could she, a good Catholic girl, countenance an affair with the man she has always longed for? Or should she choose Leo and a different, less dangerous path?
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This was another fantastic, atmospheric read from one of my favourite saga writers. I’ve really enjoyed following the Brogan family and all their ups and downs over the years. They’ve definitely been through their share of misfortune and have started to feel like old friends as I feel I have been through so much with them! It was lovely to be back with them and able to celebrate happy and sad times alongside them.
One of the things I most like about this author is her ability to transport the reader back in time to the second world war so that they feel like they are actually there watching everything unfold alongside the characters. I enjoyed learning more about what daily life was like during the blitz in London and to have to live with the challenges of rationing and visiting air raid shelters. I was surprised at some of the items on the ration list and what people had to use as a substitution. It was definitely a difficult time and I was pleased to experience it all alongside one of my favourite families!
I have to admit that Francesca has always been one of my favourite characters so I was very excited that she might get her chance with Charlie after all this time. I’ve been routing for them from the start so I found that part of the book hard to out down as I raced through the pages desperate to know the outcome. The ending was brilliant and has left me very eager to read more from the Brogan family in the future.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Corvus for my copy of this book via Netgalley.
About The Author:
Jean Fullerton is the author of fifteen historical novels. She is a qualified District and Queen’s nurse who has spent most of her working life in the East End of London, first as a Sister in charge of a team, and then as a District Nurse tutor. She is also a qualified teacher and spent twelve years lecturing on community nursing studies at a London university. She now writes full time. Find out more at http://www.jeanfullerton.com