A Ration Book Wedding written by Jean Fullerton, publisher Corvus, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and paperback.
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?
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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 Wedding.
A Ration Book Wedding is Book 4 in the East End Ration series and I have been captivated by this atmospheric WWII family saga. The Brogan family have lived in the East End of London for a long time. With their Irish heritage they still attend mass regularly and uphold their beliefs and family values.
The year is 1942 and London is still heavily involved in the bombings by the Luftwaffe but the city and it’s residents have become accustomed to a new way of life visiting air raid shelters and queueing up for food rations. Jean Fullerton’s writing puts you at the heart of the era and you can feel the gravity of what’s happening. There’s an honesty within her words and you can feel a real sense of time and place felt within the pages.
The Brogan family have grown up through hardship, tragedy and heartache and sadly life doesn’t spare them any less with another gripping, heart wrenching but ultimately heart-warming story.
With this instalment in the series we have daughter Jo’s wedding to look forward to but matters of the heart for Charlie reach boiling point with many emotive repercussions. We also learn a lot more about Fran’s story, Francesca Fabrino is best friends with Mattie Brogan and spent a lot of time growing up within the Brogan household. Fran is working hard to help with the war effort but when an exciting opportunity comes her way her life is about to change in more ways than one.
Jean Fullerton writes a saga filled with the daily life trials within a family unit living during times of conflict. We experience the alternate daily rituals through the voices of the well loved characters. There are a few characters in this story that I despised but I’m certain authors enjoy creating baddies within every storyline. I didn’t want this book to end and found it compelling reading. WWII saga at it’s best!
Author Bio – 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.
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