Review: A Ration Book Wedding
Updated: May 14
A Ration Book Wedding
Because in the darkest days of the Blitz, love is more important than ever. It's February 1942 and the Americans have finally joined Britain and its allies. Meanwhile, twenty-three-year-old Francesca Fabrino, like thousands of other women, is doing her bit for the war effort in a factory in East London. But her thoughts are constantly occupied by her unrequited love for Charlie Brogan, who has recently married a woman of questionable reputation, before being shipped out to North Africa with the Eighth Army. When Francesca starts a new job as an Italian translator for the BBC Overseas Department, she meets handsome Count Leonardo D'Angelo. Just as Francesca has begun to put her hopeless love for Charlie to one side and embrace the affections of this charming and impressive man, Charlie returns from the front, his marriage in ruins and his heart burning for Francesca at last. Could she, a good Catholic girl, countenance an illicit affair with the man she has always longed for? Or should she choose a different, less dangerous path?
Can love conquer all? Well, maybe? Or not? This book will definitely leave you questioning what you consider a happy ending. These books have a strong sense of character and history. I've loved learning more about this time in Great Britain. The many sacrifices given by the sisters have been heartbreaking and inspirational. This book is no different, though I spent much more time biting my nails and pondering moral quandaries than in the previous episodes! You can read this as a standalone but I highly recommend picking up the previous entries so you have sufficient background to understand all the choices being made.
Author Bio – Jean Fullerton is the author of thirteen novels all set in East London where she was born. She also a retired district nurse and university lecturer. She won the Harry Bowling prize in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is halfway through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.
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