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A Ration Book Daughter [9781838950927]

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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?


Jean Fullerton is the author of nineteen historical novels. She is a qualified District and Queen's nurse who has spent most of her working life in the East End of London, first as a Sister in charge of a team, and then as a District Nurse tutor. She is also a qualified teacher and spent twelve years lecturing on community nursing studies at a London university. She now writes full time.

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    An endearing historical romance!

    Posted by Eloise Spencer on 1st May 2021

    Rounded up from around 3.5 stars ⭐️

    A Ration Book Daughter follows Cathy, a young mum trying to look after her young son during WWII. Memories of her brutish husband frequently surface thanks to her equally horrible mother-in-law. After finding out her husband is missing in action, a chance encounter with Sergeant Archie has the ability to change her life for the better.

    I absolutely love historical fiction books based in WWII. I felt like I was walking alongside Cathy, through the good and bad times. I was left completely immersed in the history and learnt some really interesting new things. I also really liked some of the characters. I fell in love with both Cathy and Archie and I loved to hate Cathy’s evil mother-in-law. It is definitely a feel-good, romance novel, with just the right amount of drama.

    Unfortunately for me, there were times when I lost my focus whilst I was reading this novel. It occasionally felt a little slow and repetitive. But it definitely sped up a little in the second half. I felt so many emotions throughout the last half of this book, and at times I didn’t want to put it down! I haven’t read any of this book series before, but I will definitely be looking into getting the others now. This book does work as a stand alone, however, I feel there were plot lines and characters that weren’t fully clear to me because of missing the previous books. That being said, you can still easily follow the plot of this edition without reading the previous books.

    I am so grateful to have received a review copy of this novel. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical romance novels!

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