Just One More Day by Jessica Blair is available from tomorrow, 5th February, as an ebook or hardcover.
Product Details (as detailed on amazon)
When Britain declares war on Germany in 1939, Carolyn Maddison is still a schoolgirl. Her elder brother Alastair wastes no time in joining the RAF as a flying officer, and Carolyn decides that when she is eighteen she will follow him into the service by joining the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.
While reporting to the Air Ministry in London she meets a good-looking, charismatic pilot, Charlie Wade, currently employed in propaganda work. He believes that with her calm demeanor and resilience, Carolyn should work as an Intelligence officer, and suggests she serve on an active bombing station. At her side throughout the courses and postings that follow is Lucy Gaston, naturally quick-witted and sparky, a perfect foil for her friend.
The young WAAFs both obtain prestigious postings in 5 Group Bomber Command, where they perform the vital tasks of briefing and debriefing aircrew returning from operations over Germany. Lucy, an incorrigible optimist, falls head over heels for a member of a Lancaster bomber crew while Carolyn resists her feelings for its dashing pilot. She decides it’s not worth the risk of loving a man in wartime. . . only to wonder if she has done the right thing when a new WAAF on the station sets her cap at him.
For Lucy and Carolyn, life on a WWII bombing station brings drama, heartbreak and suspense in this touching love story.
I’d like to thank the publisher, Piatkus, for a copy of this novel for an honest review.
Firstly, I have to admit that I am not a fan of war related movies but I have now read a few novels based around the lives of people living in war torn Europe and have found them an interesting insight into how people cope under these conditions. When I read the synopsis for Just One More Day I knew I wanted to open the book and find out more about the characters.
The storyline was very sympathetic to the woes of WWII. I was instantly warmed to the main female character, Carolyn. Her desire to volunteer to become a WAAF and help the country as much as she can was very commendable. She started out as quite a shy young woman but with the knowledge and skill she learned during her training her confidence grew and she blossomed into a lovely young lady. However, her start to her career was soon marred by tragedy and Carolyn had to gain an inner strength to continue with her chosen career.
Friendships made in the military, especially during times of conflict, played an important part to all concerned. These friendships became a new extended family.
I found it fascinating to learn of life in war torn Britain. Life as a WAAF was very different than life as a civilian. The author, Jessica Blair, drew you into this story and kept you enthralled with the highs and lows. My heart was racing many a time during the novel as I was awaiting news of a certain aircraft to be returned. You certainly felt like you were amongst the characters in the book. This story was also about experiencing and finding love and there were some beautiful moments of warmth and friendship.
This was a charming, romantic WWII story that is worthy of a 4/5*
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the cessation of the
Second World War and it is very fitting that the book should be released this year. It is also interesting to learn that the author, Jessica Blair, was revealed in 2013 to be WWII veteran Bill Spence. Bill has been writing for many years and has written over 60 books under various pseudonyms. To find out more about the novels by Jessica Blair please visit the following links: