Monday, 22 October 2018

A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton - Blog Tour

A Ration Book Christmas
With Christmas approaching, the Brogan family of London's East End are braving the horrors of the Blitz. With the men away fighting for King and Country and the ever-present dangers of the German Luftwaffe's nightly reign of death and destruction, the family must do all they can to keep a stiff upper lip.

For Jo, the youngest of the Brogan sisters, the perils of war also offer a new-found freedom. Jo falls in love with Tommy, a man known for his dangerous reputation as much as his charm. But as the falling bombs devastate their neighbourhood and rationing begins to bite, will the Brogans manage to pull together a traditional family Christmas? And will Jo find the love and security she seeks in a time of such grave peril?

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Author Bio

Jean Fullerton is the author of eleven novels all set in East London where she was born. She also a retired district nurse and university lecturer.  She won the Harry Bowling prise in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family. 

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My Review
What an absolute delight this book was to read! I love a wartime-based family saga. A Ration Book Christmas had everything I hope to read in a book of this type.
Jo and Tommy care deeply for each other, but are being kept apart by their respective families. Tommy's brother is not keen for him to be getting involved with Jo, and is doing all he can to stop that happening. Jo's father isn't very happy about the budding romance either, the Sweete brothers have a bad reputation. Unfortunately for Tommy, not many can see he isn't like his brother.

Jo returns from being evacuated with her little brother and begins to help with the war effort, helping people to safety after bombings of homes. She has a slightly troubled relationship with her sister, which causes a bit of tension when she returns from evacuation.

All this is set against the backdrop of war time London. Everyone is trying to get by as best they can, including making the rations stretch as far as possible. Improvising Christmas dinner to whatever the family can get hold of.

An extra little bonus in this novel that I loved was that the author added some recipes at the end of the book. These recipes are some of what Jo's family would have had for their Christmas dinner. I thought this was a lovely thing to add, although I won't be trying ox heart anytime soon!

Jean Fullerton has delivered a brilliant story and I will certainly read more of her work. This is the second part of a series, I haven't read the first part but that didnt affect my enjoyment of this novel. I am hoping there will be another part, that follows what happens next for Tommy and Jo.

Thank you so much to Rachel from Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this blog tour. To find out what others thought make sure to follow the blog tour, dates and blogs below.



  1. Excellent review. I really enjoyed A Ration Book Christmas. And yeah haha, I won't be trying the ox heart!
    Cora |

    1. Thank you x I do enjoy a wartime based book. Yeah ox heart certainly won't be making it onto my Christmas dinner this year! X


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