A Ration Book Daughter by Jean Fullerton #BookReview #RationBook5 #BlogTour #Corvus #RachelsRandomResources #NetGalley #4.5*

Not even the Blitz can shake a mother’s love.

Cathy was a happy, blushing bride when Britain went to war with Germany three years ago. But her youthful dreams were crushed by her violent husband Stanley’s involvement with the fascist black-shirts, and even when he’s conscripted to fight she knows it’s only a brief respite – divorce is not an option. Cathy, a true Brogan daughter, stays strong for her beloved little son Peter.

When a telegram arrives declaring that her husband is missing in action, Cathy can finally allow herself to hope – she only has to wait 6 months before she is legally a widow and can move on with her life. In the meantime, she has to keep Peter safe and fed. So she advertises for a lodger, and Sergeant Archie McIntosh of the Royal Engineers’ Bomb Disposal Squad turns up. He is kind, clever and thoughtful; their mutual attraction is instant.

But with Stanley’s fate still unclear, and the Blitz raging on over London’s East End, will Cathy ever have the love she deserves?

Jean Fullerton, the queen of the East End saga, returns with a wonderful new nostalgic novel.

Ration Book series

  1. A Ration Book Dream
  2. A Ration Book Christmas
  3. A Ration Book Childhood
  4. A Ration Book Wedding
  5. A Ration Book Daughter

Another Exciting Novel in this Wonderful Series!

Another fabulous tale in this excellent saga of domestic life in WWII.

Cathy’s days as a blushing bride have long gone and she must now survive sharing a house with her nasty mother-in-law while her husband is off fighting. When he is reported a missing in action, she sees a chink of light at the end of the tunnel knowing that in six months time she could be a free woman. Cathy dotes on her son, Peter, and looking after him while doing her bit for the war and heading to the shelter each evening she finds herself unable to meet the rising cost of food and rent, so takes the decision to advertise for a lodger. Enter Sergeant Archie McIntosh of the Royal Engineers’ Bomb Disposal Unit, a very handsome Scot. The attraction between him and Cathy is instant, but with Stan still just missing, can she risk doing anything about it?

This fifth book in the Ration Book series sees us back with the trials and tribulations of the Brogan family as they each do their best to survive in wartime Britain. The bombs continue to fall and Londoners continue to do their best to survive each day, providing for their families and doing their bit to help the war effort. I feel as if I know this family well by now and it’s a pleasure to catch up with each of their lives but the main focus of this book is Cathy. She has an indomitable spirit and is a loving mother and daughter just doing her best, but doing it very much on her own and dreading the return of her violent husband. Hardly surprising that there is a frisson of attraction when she meets a decent man. As always, this is an exciting, beautifully written and well researched story which makes me feel nothing but admiration for those who lived through WWII. The author has created a wonderful series; each book is a complete stand-alone read but also connects to the previous novels as well as those to come. The humour shines through the dark days making this a truly enjoyable read, one I’m happy to give 4.5*.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy and to Rachel Gilbey for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: women’s historical saga, WWII

Author Details

Born and bred in East London Jean is a District Nurse by trade and has worked as a NHS manager and as a senior lecture in Health and Nursing Studies. She left her day job to become a full-time writer in 2015 and has never looked back.

In 2006 she won the Harry Bowling Prize and now has seventeen sagas published over three series with both Orion and Atlantic all of which are set in East London.

She is an experienced public speaker with hundreds of WI and women’s club talks under her belt, plus for the past fifteen years she has sailed all over the world as an enrichment speaker and writing workshop leader on cruise ships.

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