Hello lovely readers, today I have for you a #christmasread this one I loved. It’s Historical, has Irish characters and is simply a good, enjoyable read.
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Title – A Ration Book Christmas
Author – Jean Fullerton
Published – October 2018
Rating 4.5 /5
Location set in – London.
A Ration Book Christmas
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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A Ration Book Christmas is set during the world war 2,in East End, London. The characters are of working class locals as well as of Irish origin.
I love a good Irish backdrop, it is boisterous, passionate and the right amount of drama. This story too fulfilled that part well with the Brogan family. Besides the raging war around them the family has secrets and grudges amongst themselves too.
What I enjoyed was how love and family bonds remained well and alive amidst the effects of war. The family stuck by each other, snatched every moment of calm, happiness and love, it could. The Brogan sisters and their men kept going, contributing to the war effort and keeping their love and lives lively.
The story showed how the working class survived the war with loads of hards work, grabbing every available bit of love and happiness that came their way. It was quite engaging to be in the middle of all the war and personal drama of the characters.
Jean Fullerton is the author of eleven 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.
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Reviewed by Bharti (Bee)