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?
A Superb Addition to this Series!
Another terrific read in this fabulous series!
Once again, we’re back in the heart of the Brogan family as the Blitz rages around them. With Charlie now married and currently serving in North Africa, Francesca Fabrino still holds a candle for him and she, like the rest of the family are well aware of his wife’s ‘contribution’ to the war effort. Will Fran ever manage to move on? Perhaps a new job will fill the hole in her heart . . .
I love everything about this series. All the books follow each and every member of the family and really epitomises the spirit on the Home Front during WWII. I especially enjoy that only a brief mention is ever made of preceding books and only when needed to explain a current situation. Jean Fullerton pens a wonderful flowing tale of unpredictability with a superb cast of characters; several times I pondered on where a story line was heading. There are more than a few surprises along the way and I revelled in all the details – it’s like getting to know an old friend all over again. More please! Definitely worth all five sparkling stars!
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley and to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot in this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: historical women’s fiction, WWII
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover
- Size: 416 pages
- Publisher: Corvus
- Publication Date: 7 May 2020
- Links: Goodreads
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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.