This novel is certainly a heartwarming read and for an Autumn afternoon it is a great novel to snuggle down to.
We are back with the Brogan family during the war and we follow their story of trying to normalise their life as much as possible despite the fear of blitz.
Jean’s writing is so thoughtful and the characters are brought to life in front of your eyes. You are fully involved in the Brogan’s family dynamics the good, the bad and the ugly. You get a better understanding of how families deal with the war with rationing, the bombing and families being torn apart. But, you also see families and communities coming together and being as one and trying to get through the war as best as possible. Ok, with a bit of gossiping but that happens.
You get the sense that Jean has spent a long time researching this novel and ensuring its accuracies and respecting the communities the war effected. I got the impression that every day Jean would pick herself up from her writing desk and placing herself in the East End of London to watch her novel slowing unfolding before her eyes. Jean to me maybe just one of the best family / community war time writers around.
This is a perfect read for the run up to Christmas and one that will give you a sense of comfort and satisfaction.
About the Book
In the darkest days of the Blitz, Christmas is more important than ever.
Christmas is approaching and the Brogan family of London’s East End are braving the horrors of the Blitz. With the ment away fighting for King and Country and the ever-present danger of the Luftwaffe’s nightly reign of death and destruction, the family must keep a stiff upper lip. For Jo, the youngest of the Brogan sisters, the war offers new-found freedom and the opportunity for romance.
But as the bombs continue falling and rationing begins to bite, will the Brogans manage to pull together a traditional family Christmas? And will Jo find the love and security she longs for?
About the Author
Jean is the author of eleven historical novels. She is a qualified District and Queen’s nurse who hs 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.
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