The Light Over London

The Light Over London

eBook - 2019
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Reminiscent of Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale , this entrancing story "is a poignant reminder that there is no limit to what women can do. A nostalgic, engrossing read" (Julia London, New York Times bestselling author). It's easier for Cara Hargraves to bury herself in the past than to confront the present, which is why working for a gruff but brilliant antiques dealer is perfect. While clearing out an estate, she pries open an old tin that holds the relics of a lost relationship: an unfinished diary from World War II and a photo of a young woman in uniform. Captivated by the hauntingly beautiful diary, Cara begins her search for the author, never guessing that it might reveal her own family's wartime secrets. In 1941, nineteen-year-old Louise Keene feels trapped in her Cornish village, waiting for a wealthy suitor her mother has chosen for her to return from the war. But when Louise meets Flight Lieutenant Paul Bolton, a dashing RAF pilot stationed at a local base, everything changes. And changes again when Paul's unit is deployed without warning. Desperate for a larger life, Louise joins the women's auxiliary branch of the British Army in the anti-aircraft gun unit as a gunner girl. As bombs fall on London, she and the other gunner girls show their bravery and resilience while performing their duties during deadly air raids. The only thing that gets Louise through those dark, bullet-filled nights is knowing that she and Paul will be together when the war is over. But when a bundle of her letters to him are returned unopened, she learns that wartime romance can have a much darker side. "Sweeping, stirring, and heartrending in all the best ways, this tale of one of WWII's courageous, colorful, and enigmatic Gunner Girls will take your breath away" (Kristin Harmel, bestselling author of The Room on Rue Amelie ).
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9781501172922
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Jun 16, 2020

Started this as a book on CD to listen to on my 20 minute commutes, with no commutes i switched to an e-book to finish the story. As historical fiction goes, I agree with other reviewers it is a bit light but definitely a good summer romance with some history thrown in. I was not aware of the women who served in this important role during WWII. The bit of the narcissistic pilot was sad and hopefully not prevalent!

JCLAndreaD Apr 03, 2020

I have read many historical fiction novels set during World War Ii, but most of them have been set in France or Eastern Europe. I wasn't too familiar with the war experience in London or other places in England, nor was I aware of the volunteer Women's AuxiIilary branch and gunner girls. The author provides some suggested additional non-fiction reading at the end if the topic interests you. There's also some romance mixed in, in both the past and present, so if you're not a fan of that you might not enjoy this book. Overall it was a highly fascinating read that inspired me to do additional research about the gunner girls and their accomplishments.

CCPL_Laura Jan 15, 2020

This dual-narrative historical novel focuses on the brilliant efforts women made during the Second World War, shining the spotlight on unsung heroes and lesser-known stories of the Gunner Girls. The power of female friendship and strengthening family ties took center stage. With its engaging writing and relatable characters, fans of Kate Morton’s novels, The Alice Network, and Guernsey Literary will enjoy this debut.

Dec 15, 2019

This is a good read, but do not let the publisher fool you with the comparison to Lilac Girls and The Nightingale. It is definitely no where near the forcefulness or complexity of either of those two magnificent books. That being said, this was an enjoyable, quick read. I would categorize it more a romance with mystery. Two timelines, and both were compelling, with great characters. Reading about the experiences of the Gunner Girls during the war was very interesting, another great example of the strength of human character in times of war. Well done, Julia Kelly!

Sep 03, 2019

I loved this book! It’s a great read, set in London during the blitz with the gunner girls. It at first seems like a straightforward romance, but there’s an interesting wrinkle that surprised me towards the end.

Aug 12, 2019

This type of plot has been done before but it is a good read.

Aug 05, 2019

I read this book to fulfill the goal read a book published in 2019. It was a nice summer read with a style similar to nicholas sparks.

Jun 17, 2019

Although a bit predictable, it was entertaining and well-written and I enjoyed it. I would suggest it, especially if you liked the Alice Network.

Jun 02, 2019

4 stars. This book tells the story of a relatively unknown group of women who were chosen to support the war effort in England to work in the anti-aircraft, aka Ack Ack unit. But it is also a story of women and their friendships and how war brought out the best and at times the worst in people. It starts with Cara, a young divorcee, licking her wounds from her failed marriage, working with an antiques dealer, who discovers a diary from WWII while clearing out a house after a bereavement. As she reads the story of Louise, who she knows only as initials, and her war time experiences, she becomes invested in her story and spends a lot of time trying to find out who she was and how her story ended. She is helped by her new neighbour, Liam, a history specialist at the university, who has contacts to help her get information. As she hunts for answers, she not only closes in on Louise's story but the story of someone very close to her. I found this a lovely book with an interesting story of a group of women I hadn't known anything about. I hope she continues to write more interesting books about interesting women and their lives.

May 06, 2019

was a good read though quite predictable

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