Hello Everyone! Welcome to my stop today on the Blog Tour for A Ration Book Wedding by Jean Fullerton. I am so excited to share my review with you on this fabulous book! First a thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to participate and a thank you to author Jean Fullerton and the publisher for giving me the privilege to read and review this book. Now to find out more about this book…
A Ration Book Wedding
(East End Ration #4)
Charlie Brogan/Francesca Fabrino
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
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?
A Ration Book Wedding is the fourth book in author Jean Fullerton’s “East End Ration” series. Although I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the previous books in this series, I didn’t have any problems keeping up with the storyline and the characters and felt it could easily stand alone. But after getting to know the Brogan family, I look forward to going back at a later date to read the previous books in this series!
Charlie Brogan is fighting in North Africa and dreaming of coming home to his wife and son. When an injury has him shipped home to recover, his homecoming is not at all what he expected.
Francesca “Fran” Fabrino has been in love with Charlie Brogan ever since she was a young girl of six years old. When Charlie gets married and ships off to North Africa, Fran tries her best to get over him and move on. Then Charlie returns to recover and everything changes for both of them…
This is the second book I’ve had the pleasure of reading from Ms. Fullerton and the first in this particular series and I must say she’s definitely an author I enjoy and recommend. From the moment I picked up this story, I was transported back in time to London in 1942 during WWII. Ms. Fullerton’s writing draws the reader in and keeps them captivated till the end with the sights and sounds of WWII and her fascinating characters and intriguing storyline.
Charlie and Fran were a sweet couple and the reader can’t help but want to see them overcome the impossible and find a way to be together. The secondary characters in this book were fabulous and I must go back to read the previous books in this series in the near future. I really enjoyed my time with the Brogan family and I definitely wouldn’t mind revisiting them again in the future! A fabulous story that I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend!
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 half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.
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