A Ration Book Childhood written by Jean Fullerton, publisher Corvus, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
To buy link: https://amzn.to/337v7id
In the darkest days of the Blitz, family is more important than ever.
With her family struggling amidst the nightly bombing raids in London’s East End, Ida Brogan is doing her very best to keep their spirits up. The Blitz has hit the Brogans hard, and rationing is more challenging than ever, but they are doing all they can to help the war effort.
When Ida’s oldest friend Ellen returns to town, sick and in dire need of help, it is to Ida that she turns. But Ellen carries a secret, one that threatens not only Ida’s marriage, but the entire foundation of the Brogan family. Can Ida let go of the past and see a way to forgive her friend? And can she overcome her sadness to find a place in her heart for a little boy, one who will need a mother more than ever in these dark times?
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jean Fullerton’s latest novel: A Ration Book Childhood. A Ration Book Childhood is book three in the Ration Book series. The books in the series in order are:
- Pocketful of Dreams
- A Ration Book Christmas
- A Ration Book Childhood
A Ration Book Childhood is a welcome return to our favourite family in the East End of London. We first met the Brogan family with book one in the series, Pocketful of Dreams, however, I didn’t meet them until book two, A Ration Book Christmas (you can catch up with my review here). Jean Fullerton’s writing puts you at the heart of the era and setting and you can feel the atmosphere within the pages. This made it so easy for me to pick up the series starting at book two; Jean Fullerton welcomes you with open arms into a family that has lived with emotional and physical scars from the war but there is a common feeling of fighting spirit and warmth throughout. The Ration Book series is a wonderful family wartime saga set during WWII in the East End of London, an area that is full of hard-working families that have pooled their strengths during this time of unease and this clearly shows with the community spirit prevalent amongst every street.
The Brogan family are now in a routine with the war with adults and children knowing their place whether it’s helping out with the war effort or seeking cover in the many shelters within the city. However, with the rations now in full force it’s getting more and more difficult to ensure food is provided for growing families. Ida Brogan is working many long hours to help keep the ‘wolf from the door’ as well as her voluntary work helping those in distress. When Ida bumps into her old friend Ellen she learns that helping those in need has come knocking at her door. Ida’s life of what she knew has been rocked to the core but Ida later learns that she has to find the love, courage and strength to accept what life has thrown her way.
A Ration Book Childhood is a story of survival and a story of acceptance. Accepting what life has delivered and providing a solution that can only be given with the love and forgiveness of family. The author, Jean Fullerton, has written an authentic WWII saga that is full of endearing and at times cheeky characters that will charm you. You will be captivated by their plight and enthralled by this fictional tale that brings history to life. I can highly recommend the Ration Book series for lovers of historical sagas, for readers who enjoy reading about the social interaction of families during wartime and for readers who enjoy a good romance between couples who have to overcome many struggles.
An atmospheric family wartime saga that will charm and captivate you.
About the Author
Jean Fullerton is the author of twelve novels all set in East London where she was born. She is 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 half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.
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