Top positive review
Another brilliant book by this engaging author..
11 August 2013
On A Wing and A Prayer by Helen Carey for me was another wonderful read as we are brought once again into the lives of the many varied and colourful residents of Lavender Road. This book is based on the year of1941 /1942 when America has entered the war and the American soldiers are making themselves known to everyone who comes across them. Once again Helen Carey has written a historical accurate novel based on real people who helped win the war and I have followed this series first of all in paperback and then when it was published in Kindle I once again treated myself to three wonderful books which had me captivated with characters who were so real to me I felt I knew them personally.
All our favourite characters are but within this well written book and for me my two favourite women Helen and Kate stood out once again as women of strength and pure loyalty to those they cared about who lived near and afar. Lady Helen de Burrel is one of the main characters of this brilliant book and her character is shown fully to the reader as she will soon become a resident of Lavender Road in the most unexpected way as she realises why Lavender Road residents are as nice as they are as they show her the true meaning of friendship and community spirit. Her choice of landlady is strange yet perfect and she will soon realise that her stature in life means nothing when Britain is at war as Helen applys to become a member of the Special Operations Executive as she wants to serve her country more and she believes she could do this in France as she spent her childhood there and can speak fluent French but knowing the language is not her only skills which will take her away in the most unexpected way. Helen really stands out in this book and I loved how they developed her and her friendship remains strong with Kate and the very spoiled Louise. Kate is still waiting on her husband Ward coming home to her, the man who she has not seen from they parted on honeymoon while coping with a new baby she still runs the pub her father ran prior to her. Kate has changed so much from the first book and she still is my favourite character, though I have to say Jen has changes of her own to go through as her life has indeed changed for the better but she has personal problems to face, as she matures in her own funny way as her sense of comic timing has not left her she receives help from two people who in the past she would have walked over to get her own way in life. Also the very snobby and even more spoiled Louise finally grows up in the most unexpected way as not everyone is around her is there just for her convenience and are not willing to give into her many tantrums. There are so many characters within this book and each one of them was not wasted as they all brought something to this book of pure escapism.
I have to say this is my favourite book of this wonderful series(so far) as we learn so much about the Special Operations Executive and the many dangers they faced in France. Helen Carey is a wonderful author and she has a way of giving us characters who have so many depths to them as the story continues I was always learning more about them or seeing subtle changes. I was so pleased to learn there is going to be a fourth book in the series and this one is going to feature a lot of Molly Coogan who we met through Kate working as a nurse in the second book Some Sunny Day (Lavender Road) as she does indeed move to Surrey to train further in Midwifery. The fourth book is titled London Calling and according to Helen Carey's own website is due to be published in 2013 and I know the moment it is released I will be once again getting into the lives of Lavender Road as I want to see Joyce Carter getting the happy ending she deserves after the horrible life she had under the fist of her husband Stanley.
I would recommend On A Wing and A Prayer by Helen Carey to anyone who likes to read historical fiction laced with historical facts especially a book which will show how dangerous life was for those in the S.O.E. during the Second World War not knowing who could be trusted even those who were supposed to be fighting on your side could turn on you quicker than any Nazi or Gestapo agent.