A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton blogtour book review

 

a ration book christmas

A Ration Book Christmas written by Jean Fullerton, publisher Corvus, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.  The ebook is available for amazon kindle, kobo and iBooks.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2S46HRW

Product Details

With Christmas approaching, the Brogan family of London’s East End are braving the horrors of the Blitz. With the men away fighting for King and Country and the ever-present dangers of the German Luftwaffe’s nightly reign of death and destruction, the family must do all they can to keep a stiff upper lip.
For Jo, the youngest of the Brogan sisters, the perils of war also offer a new-found freedom. Jo falls in love with Tommy, a man known for his dangerous reputation as much as his charm. But as the falling bombs devastate their neighbourhood and rationing begins to bite, will the Brogans manage to pull together a traditional family Christmas? And will Jo find the love and security she seeks in a time of such grave peril?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jean Fullerton’s latest novel: A Ration Book Christmas.  This is my first introduction to the works of Jean Fullerton and I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to pick one of her books up as I was enthralled, entertained and totally swept away by this story.  I will certainly be checking out Jean Fullerton’s back catalogue of novels.

I thoroughly enjoyed this family wartime saga set in World War Two.  The author set the scene and I could feel a sense of belonging within the storyline.  We were treated to charming, cheeky, charismatic, brave, heroic characters that were all down to earth and easily relatable.  I also loved how Jean Fullerton used dialect that suited the era and location and also fitted the characters perfectly.  There were some fabulous one liners from the cockneys from the east end of London and also great words of wisdom from the Irish family that had set up home in the capital city.

I felt the tension of the war.  Jean Fullerton didn’t brush away any of the sights that were very evident during the biggest bomb attacks during the blitz of the streets of London.  I could feel the tension during the nights of the blackouts with the dread of the sirens and then when the inevitable destruction happened the fight for survivals set my heart racing.  What was so special about this story was the community spirit with all generations and all classes mucking in and doing their bit with the war help, this warmed my heart that in dire times of need folk forgot their own problems and situations and pulled together.

This was the story of one family coming to terms with the onslaught of war with evacuations, the blitz, food rationing, separation, fear, making do.  It was also a story of life, a story of survival, a story of love overcoming many hurdles and finding a way through the many terrible days and nights of the conflict.  Jean Fullerton had taken me back to a pivotal moment in British history using fiction as a way of re-telling an horrific time for so many, we learn of how life literally carried on for everyone and routines of a different kind were made.

A Ration Book Christmas was one of the best historical wartime sagas that I’ve read. Jean Fullerton’s words totally swept me away with this story, it was engaging, tragically beautiful and filled me with warmth.

About the Author

Jean FullertonJean Fullerton is the author of eleven 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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Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall blogtour book review

Grace after Henry

Grace After Henry written by Eithne Shortall, publisher Corvus Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2HWVhOA

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Grace sees her boyfriend Henry everywhere. In the supermarket, on the street, at the graveyard.

Only Henry is dead. He died two months earlier, leaving a huge hole in Grace’s life and in her heart. But then Henry turns up to fix the boiler one evening, and Grace can’t decide if she’s hallucinating or has suddenly developed psychic powers. Grace isn’t going mad – the man in front of her is not Henry at all, but someone else who looks uncannily like him. The hole in Grace’s heart grows ever larger.

Grace becomes captivated by this stranger, Andy – to her, he is Henry, and yet he is not. Reminded of everything she once had, can Grace recreate that lost love with Andy, resurrecting Henry in the process, or does loving Andy mean letting go of Henry?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Eithne Shortall’s latest novel: Grace After Henry.

Oh my goodness after I finished reading Grace After Henry, which is Eithne Shortall’s second novel, I felt completely wrecked.  The emotions that the author evoked with her words has completely wrung me dry.  Eithne Shortall is a very clever, perspective author who knows clearly how to draw you into a story and it’s characters, to capture your heart instantly and then slam dunks you into an emotional turmoil.  I was destroyed at this point, then along comes these wonderful sub-characters.  Grace’s mother and father, who have the most craziest double act, I loved them instantly.  Then the author gave us Betty, the nosy neighbour, that was such a card!  We were also treated to the Three Wise Men who I wished could be packaged up and deposited in every cemetery across the lands.  These characters in particular picked me back up and made me smile and laugh so many times.

Grace was trying so hard to continue her life after Henry, memories of him were everywhere in the city they loved and had shared many beautiful moments in.  But when Grace meets Andy she feels like she has stepped into her own ‘soap opera’, her life feels a little deja vu and for a while she relishes these second chances to reminisce.  But as time goes on something doesn’t sit quite right and with news of something she never expected to happen she starts to re-evaluate her life and what has been thrown her way.

Eithne Shortall is a new author to me but she has got me totally.  I was in awe of her writing, I loved the emotional turmoil she threw at me and then her fabulous witty writing filled my heart with laughter and warmth.  Grace After Henry was just so sad, so beautiful and so heart warming, I was just lost in the author’s words.

I’m now off to buy her debut novel, Love in Row 27, as I need more words from Eithne Shortall!

To learn more about the author please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://eithneshortall.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/eithneshortall

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/EithneShortallAuthor/