A Ration Book Christmas, Jean Fullerton
In the darkest days of the Blitz, Christmas is more important than ever.
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?
I wasn’t sure what expect from this novel but I enjoy historical fiction and war time stories so I thought this book would be an enjoyable read for me. This is a follow up book to Pocketful of Dreams, I didn’t know this at time of review but I’d highly recommend reading the first in this series before moving onto this one. Having said that though this novel does work as a standalone also. I’m not going back to read Pocketful of Dreams as I didn’t want to stop reading about the Brogan family once I finished.
From reading the first few chapters I could see how much work the author had put into their research, as there is a lot of detail in this book. (I loved the food details and recipes! ) Not only is it a touching read but I kept learning things along the way that I didn’t know. Fullerton really knows how to tell a story in a very heart warming way. Once I started this book, I didn’t want to stop, I felt so immersed in the world Fullerton creates and was desperate to know what would happen right up until the end. This would make a great Christmas book gift. I highly recommend it and I have a bought a copy as a gift already.
‘… larger-than-life characters and convincing period detail.’ Author: The Daily Express
‘Beautifully written and some sharp dialogue.’ Author: The Lady
‘… larger-than-life characters and convincing period detail.’ (The Daily Express)
‘Beautifully written and some sharp dialogue.’ (The Lady)
From the Author
Jean Fullerton is the author of ten historical novels and two novellas. She is a qualified District and Queen’s nurse who has spent most of her working life in the East End of London, first as a Sister in charge of a team, and then as a District Nurse tutor. She is also a qualified teacher and spent twelve years lecturing on community nursing studies at a London university. She now writes full-time.
Find out more at http://www.jeanfullerton.com
About the Author