Saturday, 9 May 2020

A Ration Book Wedding by Jean Fullerton - Blog Tour Review


Because in the darkest days of the Blitz, love is more important than ever.

It's February 1942 and the Americans have finally joined Britain and its allies. Meanwhile, twenty-three-year-old Francesca Fabrino, like thousands of other women, is doing her bit for the war effort in a factory in East London. But her thoughts are constantly occupied by her unrequited love for Charlie Brogan, who has recently married a woman of questionable reputation, before being shipped out to North Africa with the Eighth Army.

When Francesca starts a new job as an Italian translator for the BBC Overseas Department, she meets handsome Count Leonardo D'Angelo. Just as Francesca has begun to put her hopeless love for Charlie to one side and embrace the affections of this charming and impressive man, Charlie returns from the front, his marriage in ruins and his heart burning for Francesca at last. Could she, a good Catholic girl, countenance an illicit affair with the man she has always longed for? Or should she choose a different, less dangerous path?

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My Review

What an absolute pleasure it was to catch up with the Brogans again. I have absolutely loved this series. Jean Fullerton writes so well and describes the settings so well. She has written a fantastic piece of historical fiction based during the second world war in London. 

The characters are brought to life through the pages, from the descriptions of the air raid shelter to the family home I could picture it all. A Ration Book Wedding is a historical family saga that was a delight to read. I am really invested in this series and I loved finding out what has happened in all of the families lives.

As always Jean Fullerton's characters are great and evoke different emotions. Stella for one evoked very strong emotions and not necessarily nice ones! I loved learning more about Francesca, an surrogate member of the family. She lives with her father but has been in love with Charlie since she was a young girl. 

Another one of my favourites is Queenie, i just love her. She is a tough, no nonsense woman who will not stand for anyone hurting her family. She is a formidable force against anyone who upsets her family! 

If you are a fan of family sagas and historical fiction then A Ration Book Wedding is an absolute must-read. It is a brilliant book written by an outstanding author who has a spectacular writing style and I found myself completely immersed in the story she was telliing. I can't wait to read more from Jean Fullerton and have my fingers crossed that there will be more stories featuring the Bogans and their extended family. 

Author Bio 



Jean Fullerton is the author of thirteen 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 halfway through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.

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