The Whispers of War by Julia Kelly #BookReview #Orion #NetGalley #4*

August, 1939.

Three young women watch the headlines in fear of another devastating war with Germany. A war that could force them to choose between friendship and country.

Determined to find her place in the Home Office’s Air Raid Precautions Department, Nora is hopeful that they will be able to avoid another war. Meanwhile, Hazel’s irrepressible optimism is disguising two closely guarded secrets from her friends. But it is Marie who has the most to fear. A German ex-pat with family living under Nazi rule, what will happen to her if war is declared?

When Germany invades Poland and tensions on the home front rise, Marie is labelled an enemy alien. Faced with a terrible choice between loyalty and patriotism, her friends must fight to keep Marie safe at any cost.

The Whispers of War is a moving and unforgettable tale of the power and strength of friendship in a time of conflict. Perfect for fans of Lilac GirlsA Woman of War and The Secret Orphan.

A Wonderful Wartime Read!

A wonderful tale of long-lasting friendship in the face of adversity.

As war is declared in Britain in 1939, three young women ponder how it will affect each of them; Nora, employed by the Home Office, Hazel, a successful matchmaker in a Matrimonial Agency – married herself – and Marie, whose loyalties lie completely with Britain but is German by birth. As the war gets underway, their loyalties will be tested as never before.

I love the telling of this story; told in retrospect, we get to know each of these three women, their lives, their families and their careers – and exciting reading it makes for too. I do enjoy WWII domestic fiction and this one comes from a slightly different angle. Well written with realistic dialogue, great characterisation and a riveting storyline, this is a book I really enjoyed getting into, and it has a great, solid conclusion. However, there was one glaring error which has dropped my rating to 4*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: women’s historical fiction

Author Bio

Julia Kelly is the international bestselling author of historical women’s fiction books about the extraordinary stories of the past. Her books have been translated into 11 languages. She has also written historical romance as well as fast-paced contemporary sports romance under the name Julia Blake. In addition to writing, she’s been an Emmy-nominated producer, journalist, marketing professional, and (for one summer) a tea waitress. Julia called Los Angeles, Iowa, and New York City home before settling in London.

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