A Ration Book Daughter by Jean Fullerton @JeanFullerton_ @CorvusBooks @rararesources #ARationBookDaughter #WWIIsaga #HistFic #bookreview

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

Book Blurb

Not even the Blitz can shake a mother’s love.

Cathy was a happy, blushing bride when Britain went to war with Germany three years ago. But her youthful dreams were crushed by her violent husband Stanley’s involvement with the fascist black-shirts, and even when he’s conscripted to fight she knows it’s only a brief respite – divorce is not an option. Cathy, a true Brogan daughter, stays strong for her beloved little son Peter.

When a telegram arrives declaring that her husband is missing in action, Cathy can finally allow herself to hope – she only has to wait 6 months before she is legally a widow and can move on with her life. In the meantime, she has to keep Peter safe and fed. So she advertises for a lodger, and Sergeant Archie McIntosh of the Royal Engineers’ Bomb Disposal Squad turns up. He is kind, clever and thoughtful; their mutual attraction is instant. But with Stanley’s fate still unclear, and the Blitz raging on over London’s East End, will Cathy ever have the love she deserves?

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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 Daughter.

Jean Fullerton writes family sagas that take you right into the lives of those living, working and surviving during some of the most pivotal moments in history. The Ration Book series takes you to life during WWII and the author’s words have kept me fascinated and gripped throughout the series. Although each book can be read as a standalone story I would highly recommend reading all the books in order to fully appreciate the characters history, setting and follow their progression as war rages on.

A Ration Book Daughter is Book 5 in the series and focuses on Cathy’s story of survival of a marriage she went into blindly and now suffering physically and emotionally the torment her husband has caused. However, as Stanley is now overseas with the war effort she has a slight respite but still suffers the malicious spite from her mother-in-law but the love of her young son, Peter, keeps her going.

Life is very busy for young mum Cathy volunteering with the WVS and looking after Peter, she’s also making time to learn a new skill to help her gain employment. All this juggling and ensuring Peter and the rest of her family are bedded down at the shelter each night.

Cathy meets Sergeant Archie McIntosh from the Bomb Disposal Unit and a friendship soon blossoms. Cathy soon realises there may be another chance of happiness for her but life is full of many complications.

With the daily uncertainty of war landscapes are shifting and lives will never be the same but there’s a spirit within people of making do and keeping calm in a crisis.

A Ration Book Daughter held me captive with it’s storyline which at times was gripping me with fear and at others I was lost with a tale of love fighting it’s way through turmoil.

Atmospheric, gripping and captivating.

Author Bio – Born and bred in East London Jean is a District Nurse by trade and has worked as a NHS manager and as a senior lecture in Health and Nursing Studies. She left her day job to become a full-time writer in 2015 and has never looked back.

In 2006 she won the Harry Bowling Prize and now has seventeen sagas published over three series with both Orion and Atlantic all of which are set in East London.

She is an experienced public speaker with hundreds of WI and women’s club talks under her belt, plus for the past fifteen years she has sailed all over the world as an enrichment speaker and writing workshop leader on cruise ships.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://jeanfullerton.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Fullerton-202631736433230/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JeanFullerton_

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A Ration Book Wedding by Jean Fullerton @JeanFullerton_ @CorvusBooks @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #WWIIsaga #RationBookseries

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A Ration Book Wedding written by Jean Fullerton, publisher Corvus, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and paperback.

Book Blurb

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?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ration-Book-Wedding-Perfect-Gibson-ebook/dp/B081DDLWQD

US – https://www.amazon.com/Ration-Book-Wedding-Perfect-Gibson-ebook/dp/B081DDLWQD

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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 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!

a ration book wedding Portrait_Jean-1022 RNA resizedAuthor 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.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://jeanfullerton.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Fullerton-202631736433230/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: @JeanFullerton_

 

 

 

The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton @JeanFullerton_ @CorvusBooks @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #historicalsaga #RegencyRomance #HistFict

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The Rector’s Daughter written by Jean Fullerton, publisher Corvus, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and audio CD format.

To buy links:

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rectors-Daughter-stunning-sweeping-sense-ebook/dp/B07RZVTKNZ/
US – http://www.amazon.com/Rectors-Daughter-stunning-sweeping-sense-ebook/dp/B07RZVTKNZ/

Book Blurb
Charlotte, daughter of Reverend Percival Hatton, has been content to follow the path laid out for her. Charlotte has an understanding with Captain Nicolas Paget – every inch the gentleman – who she expects someday to marry. But then she meets Josiah Martyn, and everything changes…
A driven and ambitious Cornish mining engineer, and the complete opposite to Captain Nicholas, Josiah has come to London to help build the first tunnel under the river Thames. When unpredictable events occur at the inauguration of the project, Josiah and Charlotte are suddenly thrown into an unexpected intimacy.
But not everyone is happy with Charlotte and Josiah growing closer. As friends turn to foes, will they be able to rewrite the stars and find their happy ever after, although all odds seem to be stacked against them…?

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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: The Rector’s Daughter.

I can honestly say I was totally enthralled with this story.  Set in 1825 when London was in high anticipation for the commencement of an engineering feat by Brunel on building the first tunnel under the River Thames.  A tunnel that was an ambitious goal and one that would cost in both monetary value and humankind.  Author, Jean Fullerton, puts you at the heart of the beginning of this highly anticipated event in engineering history and also the history of transport in and around the city of London.  Driving through the tunnels today I have never thought about what the workforce went through back in Regency England when the first tunnel was originally built but Jean Fullerton’s words in The Rector’s Daughter gives you a glimpse into a time gone-by and to a new beginning for many.

This is the story of Charlotte Hatton, the daughter of the local Reverend.  Charlotte is committed to her work as the Rector’s daughter and is very efficient in her parish duties helping the needy and also taking stock of the parish accounts.  On 2nd March 1825, the official ceremony of the commencement of the tunnel works is taking place and all villagers and VIP’s have been invited to attend.  Charlotte is due to attend but a mishap at the ceremony puts her in danger and also under the spotlight of the Assistant Engineer, a Cornish man in the name of Josiah Martyn.  There is an instant attraction between the Rector’s daughter and the Assistant Engineer and during the next few weeks Charlotte and Josiah keep bumping into each other and a friendship develops.  However, another suitor has eyes for Charlotte and he is none too pleased with this blossoming friendship.

With the tunnelling works in operation the villagers are coping with an influx of workmen and plenty of dignitary visiting the site.  New friendships are blossoming but not everything goes to plan for all concerned.

With new exciting constructions comes danger and Jean Fullerton has included plenty of drama in this storyline leaving you on edge and gripped with concerns for the outcome.  My heart was pulled in all directions and I was left on tenterhooks many a time with this thrilling story.  A story that was full of historical events, family saga, dramatic scenes and a romance to leave you wanting more.  I loved every page of this story, thank you so much to the author for introducing me to an event in history I knew nothing about.

About the Author

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 half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.

Social Media Links –
Website: http://jeanfullerton.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Fullerton-202631736433230/?ref=bookmarks
Twitter: @JeanFullerton_

 

A Ration Book Childhood by Jean Fullerton @JeanFullerton_ @CorvusBooks @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #WWIIsaga

 

a ration book childhood

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

Book Blurb
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 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 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
a ration book childhood Portrait_Jean-1022 RNA resizedJean 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.

Social Media Links –
Website: http://jeanfullerton.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Fullerton-202631736433230/?ref=bookmarks
Twitter: @JeanFullerton_

 

 

The Best of the Best from my reads in 2018

books and glasses clipart2018 was a brilliant year in books for me and I achieved my personal Goodreads challenge of 100 books by reading 114 books.  2018 was also a year that I became a host on blogtours for Rachel’s Random ResourcesRandom Things Tours and Love Books Group.  I have also continued to work with Faye Rogers PR Bookouture and Bookollective.

Working with new blogtour organisers has opened my eyes to new authors and I have also continued to work with indie authors.  This year alone I have discovered 50 new authors.

It’s always difficult to pinpoint your favourite books from the year especially as I choose books I know I’m going to like.  However, from the 100 odd books I’ve read in 2018 I’d like to give a special mention to the following:

 

I’d like to express my thanks to all the other fellow book bloggers, especially the WordPress Wonders (as I call them in my head), your help sharing the book love is greatly appreciated and I’m so pleased to consider you my friends.

I’m looking forward to another great year in books.

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.

Social Media Links
Website: http://jeanfullerton.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Fullerton
Twitter: @JeanFullerton_