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A Wartime Christmas Paperback – 10 Oct 2013
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About the Author
Mother-of-three Carol Rivers, whose family comes from the Isle of Dogs, East London, now lives in Dorset. Visit www.carolrivers.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @carol_rivers
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Christmas 1941 and Slater Street have been doing their best to keep their spirits up during the Blitz. And although her husband Alan has been called to serve his country, Kay is determined to give their son Alfie and friend Vi a nice Christmas. But unexpectedly, a woman and her son arrive on her doorstep. But who are they? And is there any truth to the accusations they have made about Alan?
I really enjoyed this, I was drawn in straight away from the first page and I read the book in one sitting.
I liked Kay, I warmed to her straight away and I really felt for her as she worked hard to make sure things were running smoothly at home with Alan away. Kay's story really touched me because she had to live her life and carry on even through the tough times and the horrors of the Blitz. I admired her bravery and her courage and how she coped with everything that was thrown at her. I was very curious about Alan and the claims surrounding him, was it all true? Who was Alan really? I was hooked to this part especially, I wanted to find out the truth about him and so I was racing through the pages determined to find out.
Carol Rovers is such a talented writer, her descriptions are so detailed and vivid that I could picture every scene clearly in my mind, and it was almost as if I had been transported back in time and was standing amongst the characters, with the sights and sounds of that time around me. It was very realistic and I was often quite moved by what I was reading.
A Wartime Christmas is a story of bravery, love, sad times, pulling together and hope. Carol has written a fantastic story that had me gripped until the very end.
This is a story of how people cope in such hardship, of how friendships and love are tested and how they survive in the most challenging of situations, living in constant fear of air raids and the deadly doodlebugs. How they try to grasp a little happiness in such desperately sad and lonely times.
I thought the blurb was a little misleading, it reads as if it's one Christmas but the book covers several Christmases while Alan is away at war, and Kay's mind is in turmoil over the strange woman and her small son who makes hurtful claims about her husband.
While overall the book was an enjoyable read, I would have liked to have known what Kay was really thinking and feeling about her husband being missing - did she think he was dead or alive - was she moving on or was she still holding out hope for him? I thought the author did not make it clear.
The writing was clear though and made for an easy read with resilient and sympathetic characters. What I did like was how the author kept us guessing as to what was happening with Alan, there was just one teaser chapter which gave us more questions than answers!
I enjoyed reading the story and would read another one by Carol Rivers.
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