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Written by Jean Fullarton


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A Ration Book Childhood


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In the darkest days of the Blitz, family is more important than ever.

With her family struggling amidst the nightly bombing raids in London’s East End, Ida Brogan is doing her very best to keep their spirits up. The Blitz has hit the Brogans hard, and rationing is more challenging than ever, but they are doing all they can to help the war effort.

When Ida’s oldest friend Ellen returns to town, sick and in dire need of help, it is to Ida that she turns. But Ellen carries a secret, one that threatens not only Ida’s marriage, but the entire foundation of the Brogan family.

Can Ida let go of the past and see a way to forgive her friend? And can she overcome her sadness to find a place in her heart for a little boy, one who will need a mother more than ever in these dark times?


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A Vivid, True-to-Life Tale!    Stars 5


A superb third novel in what is a beautifully written and meticulously researched series!

With the blitz hitting London hard, the Brogan family are struggling through the war along with everyone else, suffering from lack of almost everything which makes life worth living. In true British fashion, they are digging their heels in and making the very best of things but severe hardships lie ahead . . .

I’m very fond of a wartime domestic saga – and this is undoubtedly one of the best! Jean Fullerton creates wonderful family dynamics and, with skilful writing and a chain of believable events, has produced a terrific family saga. The Brogan family is filled with individual characters each with their own personalities, trials and tribulations and as a new generation arrives they are expanding in several directions. As anyone knows, life is not always rosy and Ida Brogan has more than her fair share of worries. This is a very observant piece of work from an author who obviously understands what it takes to keep a reader’s attention, and it’s a very satisfying novel. Being that there’s a considerable chunk of the war still to go, I expect there will be more to come and I’m already fizzing with anticipation! A vivid, true-to-life tale with plenty of surprises along the ways and totally deserving of a full five stars – which I’m more than happy to give!

My thanks to publisher Corvus for my copy via NetGalley, and to Rachel’s Random Resources for my place in this Blog Tour. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: historical, women’s fiction, WWII
  • Format: ebook, paperback, audio
  • Size: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus Imprint
  • Publication Date: 3 October 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
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Author Bio


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Jean Fullerton is the author of twelve novels all set in East London where she was born. She also a retired district nurse and university lecturer. She won the Harry Bowling prise in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.


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Website: http://jeanfullerton.com/

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Twitter: @JeanFullerton_


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