Not a review, but to promote a book – A Ration Book Wedding by Jean Fullerton promises to be the sort of intense family saga of the Second World War which has been much loved by Jean’s many fans over the last few years. Especially topical given today’s anniversary, this book will show that in the darkness there was light. The Publishers say:
Because in the darkest days of the Blitz, love is more important than ever.
It’s February 1942 and the Americans have finally joined Britain and its allies. Meanwhile, twenty-three-year-old Francesca Fabrino, like thousands of other women, is doing her bit for the war effort in a factory in East London. But her thoughts are constantly occupied by her unrequited love for Charlie Brogan, who has recently married a woman of questionable reputation, before being shipped out to North Africa with the Eighth Army.
When Francesca starts a new job as an Italian translator for the BBC Overseas Department, she meets handsome Count Leonardo D’Angelo. Just as Francesca has begun to put her hopeless love for Charlie to one side and embrace the affections of this charming and impressive man, 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 illicit affair with the man she has always longed for? Or should she choose a different, less dangerous path?
Jean Fullerton is the author of thirteen 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 halfway through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.
My review of “A Ration Book Childhood”, part of this series, is to be found here https://northernreader.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/a-ration-book-childhood-by-jean-fullerton-family-life-in-the-london-blitz-in-the-1940s/