The Light Over London by Julia Kelly
Paperback release: September 2019 – Gallery Books
Book courtesy of the publisher
Description: 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. (publisher)
Guest Review by Bookfan daughter:
I devoured this enjoyable book in short order. When I first noticed the author employed the alternating narrator technique, I was not thrilled. I have had my fill of juggling two voices in different time periods. However, this story was woven together with the vehicle of the diary and that helped provide continuity. There is a bit of mystery as Cara attempts to find the author of the diary and I loved that I could not figure it out. I was pulled along with Cara in her search. I wish I could follow these characters further in their story.
7 thoughts on “The Light Over London by Julia Kelly”
I like the sound of this one, and the dual time lines and voices can be challenging, but it does sound like this author did a good job. Thanks for sharing.
I’ve been on the fence in regards to reading this one due to the dual time lines. I don’t dislike them, just have read so many lately! After hearing your thoughts, I’m moving this one up on my TBR. Thank you!
I enjoyed the short review by Bookfan daughter. It sounds like a moving story set in an uncertain time.
Welcome Bookfan Daughter! I’m kind of over the dual narrative too. This must have been good to draw you in the way it did.
This sounds a delightful read. A new book is also out on Netgalley by this author.
I’d noticed this cover on NG and been drawn to it. Sounds good, like you two different time lines – I feel done with, but sometimes they work. Nice to hear from you!
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