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The Light Over London

– tekijä: Julia Kelly

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Reminiscent of Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale, this sweeping, entrancing story is a must-read for fans of remarkable women rising to challenges they could never have predicted. It's always been easier for Cara Hargraves to bury herself in the past than confront the present, which is why working with a gruff but brilliant antiques dealer is perfect. While clearing out an estate, she pries open an old tin that holds the relics of a lost relationship: among the treasures, a World War II-era diary and a photograph of a young woman in uniform. Eager to find the author of the hauntingly beautiful, unfinished diary, Cara digs into this soldier's life, but soon realizes she may not have been ready for the stark reality of wartime London she finds within the pages. In 1941, nineteen-year-old Louise Keene's life had been decided for her--she'll wait at home in her Cornish village until her wealthy suitor returns from war to ask for her hand. But when Louise unexpectedly meets Flight Lieutenant Paul Bolton, a dashing RAF pilot stationed at a local base, everything changes. And changes again when Paul's unit is deployed without warning. Desperate for a larger life, Louise joins the women's branch of the British Army in the anti-aircraft gun unit as a Gunner Girl. As bombs fall on London, she and the other Gunner Girls relish in their duties to be exact in their calculations, and quick in their identification of enemy planes during air raids. The only thing that gets Louise through those dark, bullet-filled nights is knowing she and Paul will be together when the war is over. But when a bundle of her letters to him are returned unanswered, she learns that wartime romance can have a much darker side. Illuminating the story of these two women separated by generations and experience, Julia Kelly transports us to World War II London in this heartbreakingly beautiful novel through forgotten antique treasures, remembered triumphs, and fierce family ties.… (lisätietoja)
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Cara Hargraves discovers her grandmothers secret past as a pilot in the RAF women’s auxiliary during WWII. Told in alternating chapters between 2017 and 1941. Recommended. Intriguing story. ( )
  pennykaplan | Sep 7, 2021 |
I'm a huge fan of dual timeline books AND of WWII fiction, so this book ticked all the boxes for me: historical fiction, romance, compelling characters - AND I learned a bit more with the Gunner Girl storyline.
While Cara's present day story was interesting, it was the WWII setting and Louise Keene's storyline that really sucked me in. She was a strong and pretty complex character, and the author paints a vivid (and bleak) picture of life both in Cornwall and London.

Strong women, secrets, the perils of war time romance - this book was hard to put down. ( )
  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
The Light Over London is a dual timeline novel about two women trying to find their place in their changing world. I found this book very moving and enjoyed learning more about the women that were gunner girls during WWII. I highly recommend this book for those that enjoy war genre historical fiction. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
I received a complimentary review copy of this book from GoodReads Giveaway and publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

Cara Hargraves wants to make a good impression as she begins work for Jock Wilson at his antique shop in Barlow, Gloucestershire, England in 2017.
Wilson’s Antiques and Curiosities respectfully evaluates and acquisitions items from the estates of the wealthy after their passing.

While assisting Mrs Leithbridge with her great aunt Lenora house, Cara discovers the diary of Louise Keene. Since it is of no value to the family they allow Cara to keep the diary which she hopes to return to the owner. As she is drawn into this woman’s story as she describes life during the war. Her emotional investment in the life of Louise Keene spurs her curiosity into her own family history.

After both her parents were killed in a car crash, Cara maintains a close connection with her maternal grandmother, Iris Warren. Her grandmother although in her 90’s does very well living at Widcote Manor. After a traumatic divorce, Cara is content with her job and supportive friend Nicole. She unexpectedly develops a friendship with her new neighbor, Liam who works as a history professor.

Much to her chagrin, Cara finds herself seeking Liam’s assistance while investigating the owner of the diary. The more she reads this woman’s intimate journey during the war effort the more invested she becomes in returning the diary. When she discovers that the woman joined the military ATS during the war, it stirs up questions regarding her own family history.

Cara recalls an argument between her mother and grandmother just prior to the car crash. Her grandmother has always refused to discuss it or her own military service where she served the ATS as a gunner girl. The history of these brave women during the war fascinates Cara who continues to delve into history which uncovers secrets of the past.

The story provides a unique perspective of the British women during the war effort. Although fiction, the story does explore the courage and dedication of the gunner girls who were specially recruited. A touching and remarkable story of love, courage, betrayal and resilience.
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  marquis784 | Feb 15, 2020 |
I enjoy these novels that weave two stories together of different time periods. I always like learning something new and in this book I learned about the women who served in WWII in England in working the anti-aircraft guns. I liked the characters and the romances developing, even though Louise's turned out to be a disappointment. ( )
  eliorajoy | Feb 9, 2020 |
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Reminiscent of Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale, this sweeping, entrancing story is a must-read for fans of remarkable women rising to challenges they could never have predicted. It's always been easier for Cara Hargraves to bury herself in the past than confront the present, which is why working with a gruff but brilliant antiques dealer is perfect. While clearing out an estate, she pries open an old tin that holds the relics of a lost relationship: among the treasures, a World War II-era diary and a photograph of a young woman in uniform. Eager to find the author of the hauntingly beautiful, unfinished diary, Cara digs into this soldier's life, but soon realizes she may not have been ready for the stark reality of wartime London she finds within the pages. In 1941, nineteen-year-old Louise Keene's life had been decided for her--she'll wait at home in her Cornish village until her wealthy suitor returns from war to ask for her hand. But when Louise unexpectedly meets Flight Lieutenant Paul Bolton, a dashing RAF pilot stationed at a local base, everything changes. And changes again when Paul's unit is deployed without warning. Desperate for a larger life, Louise joins the women's branch of the British Army in the anti-aircraft gun unit as a Gunner Girl. As bombs fall on London, she and the other Gunner Girls relish in their duties to be exact in their calculations, and quick in their identification of enemy planes during air raids. The only thing that gets Louise through those dark, bullet-filled nights is knowing she and Paul will be together when the war is over. But when a bundle of her letters to him are returned unanswered, she learns that wartime romance can have a much darker side. Illuminating the story of these two women separated by generations and experience, Julia Kelly transports us to World War II London in this heartbreakingly beautiful novel through forgotten antique treasures, remembered triumphs, and fierce family ties.

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