The Very White of Love: The Heartbreaking Love Story That Everyone is Talking About! Hardcover – 14 Jun 2018
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‘A love story told in exquisitely poetic letters’ DAILY MAIL
‘An unforgettable read that draws you into the tenderness, heartbreak and drama of Nancy and Martin’s love story.’ WOMAN MAGAZINE
[A] powerful story of love and war…hauntingly poetic.’ THE SUNDAY POST
‘Touchingly intimate yet scorchingly dramatic… The Very White of Love takes you step by step into another time, heartfelt and beautiful.’ LOVEREADING
‘Simon Worrall's The Very White of Love is one of those books that after a few chapters, becomes as vital and immediate as real life; an elegant, heart-pounding narrative that bears all the hallmarks of great literature and classic Hollywood.’ – SIMON VAN BOOY, author of Love Begins in Winter
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Mother has died and her son after a few weeks is going through a chocolate box filled with love letters all tied up with knots and one rainy day she unties the knots.
These love letters are during world war 2 - people did not know if they would survive the war, nothing was certain and love blossomed in difficult circumstances.
This was a beautiful book that I too sat on a bleak over cast day and like the son I untied the knots and turned the pagers.
this is a true story this gets better and better - Martin Preston and Nancy Whelan who meet in Oxford in 1937 and fall in love, then the war looms and Martin enlists. They are engaged before he goes.
So many at that time relied on letters to keep their love alive and they never knew if their loved ones would return.
This is not just a series of letters but the quest for the son to find out what happened to Martin as the son knew of this man due to a photo Nancy kept next to pictures of his father and other family members.
This is so moving and the reader yearns to find out what happened till the very last page. The sad thing is the son finds out what his mother never knew.
This was such a great read with wonderful writing I just loved reading this
What a privilege to be asked to review this book
Will definitely be in the top ten this summer. Published 14th June 2018.
The talent that devised this tale, researched it so meticulously, and expressed it so unbelievably beautifully and authentically, is prodigious. Any cinematic reproduction will be well deserved, but, one feels, prove sadly inferior to the marvellous verbal virtuosity and sensitivity of the book.
A wonderful discovery, and my gratitude to the Daily Mail of 14th June 2018 for highlighting the book's appearance that month. It truly merits the widest circulation among readers who still pulsate to the tragedy of human affairs. (As the Roman poet Virgil said: SUNT LACRIMAE RERUM.)
The two main characters are called Martin Preston and Nancy Whelan. Martin is a student in his second year at Oxford University. Whilst he is in the midst of a hangover, he rushes to the post office before it closes. It is here that he (& we) first meets Nancy Whelan and from that moment on, he falls madly and passionately in love with her. Nancy is about all Martin can think about and when he isn’t with her, he dreams about her. When Martin is not in Oxford, he stays with his aunt, who is really like a surrogate mother to him. His own parents are overseas and to be honest they are not that close to their son. Martin’s mother is certainly a one off and Martin isn’t sure how his mother is going to take to Nancy. Nancy charms Martin’s family and even Martin’s mother isn’t as insulting as she has been known to be when meeting people for the first time. Nancy sounds as though she was a lovely woman. Initially she plays a bit hard to get but it isn’t long until she realises that Martin is the man for her and so the romance begins. Their love seems so passionate, so true and so intense.
Oh my this is one seriously fantastic book. The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story from the first word on the first page. The book is really well written too. The story is based on a true story and details from certain historical events are interweaved with the story. This way of telling the story really works and the book has an added authenticity to it as a result. For a history nerd like myself, this book was very interesting as despite the fact that I studied A Level Modern History, which included the Second World War, there were details within the book that I hadn’t previously either known or realised. The saying ‘you learn something new every day’ is certainly true in this instance. I also loved the way in which famous people from that era make an appearance and are acquaintances of the couple. The author uses such vivid descriptions that I was swept along by the story and I really did feel as if I had been transported back to the late 1930s. Everything that the characters went through, I felt as though I went through and the feelings that the characters felt were similar to how I felt reading the book. Once I picked up the book and started to read, I found myself addicted to the story. I just had to get my next fix of reading ‘The Very White Of Love’. I would pick the book up with the intention of only reading a chapter or two but 4 chapters later I would still be sat there. I just had to read on to see what fate had in store for Martin and Nancy and if they got the happy ever after that they so deserved. It’s just as well that I had a box of tissues handy whilst I was reading the book because this book really did take me on one hell of an emotional rollercoaster ride.
As previously mentioned, I absolutely loved reading ‘The Very White Of Love’ and I will strongly recommend it to other readers. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board for such a fantastic book, just has to be 5* out of 5*.
The writing is so gorgeous you will feel like raising your own glass to the lovers and drinking the prose with them. This is a story that transforms the reader in the same way their love transformed Martin and Nancy. You won't forget your journey through the pages and discover the very white of love.
Martin Preston, a university student bumped into Nancy Whelan, a beautiful redhead. He became infatuated, however their future changed due to his training and fighting in France, a year later.
I found the story began extremely well, describing their love in the Buckinghamshire countryside and thoroughly enjoyed their relationship blossoming. This is another novel which highlights the unfortunate timing of war for many couples, old and young.
There are strong themes of love, family and war.
A beautiful tale of young love torn apart by war. The author has researched different elements of war in great detail which makes it a compelling read.