East End Ration #5
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
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?
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
Trapped in a violent marriage, when a letter arrives stating that Cathy’s husband is missing in action, she dares yo hope. She must wait for six months before being legally declared a widow. Meanwhile, to earn some money, she rents a room in her house. In comes the dashing, handsome, and dark-skinned Seargant Archie McIntosh. Sparks fly between them. But will they have a happy ending?
I loved the characters in A Ration Book Daughter by Jean Fullerton. However, Cathy was my favorite. She was an incredibly strong woman. She did not let her abusive mother-in-law or husband deflate her spirits. She adored her son and lived for him.
I also loved Cathy’s family. They were very supportive of her and everyone doted on her. I also liked the brewing romance between Archie and Cathy. The snide remarks passed by some holier-than-thou women did add to the drama but it riled me up. So, be aware of these trigger warnings.
The book provides the perspectives of both Cathy and Archie which let me know about their feelings for each other.
One thing I did not like is the lengthy descriptions of daily events. It unnecessarily dragged the story. However, there was enough suspense in the story to spur me on till the last page.
Recommended for lovers of romance, women’s fiction, and WWII historical fiction.
Genre: Women’s fiction, WWII || Pages: 304 || Published on August 6th 2021 by Atlantic Books
Many thanks to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
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.