The Light Over London
It’s always been easier for Cara Hargraves to bury herself in the past than confront the present, which is why working with a gruff but brilliant antiques deale ...more
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The publisher recommends this book for those who liked The Nightingale or Lilac Girls, which is what drew me to it. In truth, it struck me as more romance than historic fiction. That’s not to say it’s not enjoyable. Just know what you’re getting going into it.
Drawing on two parallel storylines, it tells of Cara, who works for an antique dealer and finds a diary from a WWII “gunner girl”. We read about Louise as Cara reads her diary and determines to find out more about her.
Both of the female c ...more
Cara has buried herself in work to avoid dealing with the grief and pain in her life recently. The diary gives her another outlet for distraction, and she tries to use its story to connect with her grandmother, Iris, who has always avoided talking about her time in the ...more
In this book we meet two woman of two different time periods. The first is Cara Hagraves, a young woman devastated from a current divorce who works with a antiques dealer classifying objects. The other is Louise Keene, a young woman who is stifled by her overbearing parents and looks for a way to escape their confines. She finds it by running away and then working as one of the ack ack girls during World War II. Both girls are trying to find a place where they belong, a place where they ...more
Fair warning! Tissues needed!
Positively touching, a sweet romantic slow burn sweep through two historical timelines. Separate, yet intertwined are the walks of two woman from different backgrounds and times, who want to follow their hearts and are thrown devastating challenges their way.
Moving back into her hometown to restart her life after a painful divorce, Cara Hargraves works on estate inspections, appraisals and sales. Her interest in all old things and historical treasures take ...more
A compelling dual narrative taking place in 2018 and during WWII that was Impossible to put down
The Light Over London is probably what many of us WWII readers would refer to as "historical lite", simply meaning it's a bit more heavy on the relationships between people ( in the case of this book- the gunner girls), families, and of course the romantic kind. But it was just the type of story to start on a cold(-50 celsius ) Saturday morning over my coffee. I really lov ...more
While I enjoyed The Light Over London, I didn't love it like I hoped that I would, especially since I requested it because it is compared in the blurb to The Nightingale, which is one of my most favorite WWII historical fiction novels. I've made this complaint several times this year about books being marketed as either the wrong genre or indiscriminately compared to other books in the hopes that readers would pick them up because they were fans of those other books, and that's the cas ...more
First I really have to start off by saying it’s too much of expectations here to compare The Light Over London with The Nightingale or Lilac Girls. The Light Over London is a much lighter historical fiction and more towards a historical romance. I thought they were very different stories and had different tones to the stories. I think you are much better off going into this story without the expectations of comparing it to The Nightingale or Lilac Girls.
Now that I got that off my chest ...more
The Light Over London is a compelling tale set during the early 1940s, as well as the present day, and is told from two different perspectives. Louise, a young girl who finds adventure outside her hometown by becoming a Gunner Girl in the British Army and being swept off her feet by a dashing RAF pilot; and Cara, a recent divorcee who after finding an old locket, photograph, and diary during an estate sale embarks on a journey to discover the owner's identity and ...more
I won this book in a Goodreads drawing. It is a novel about two women. One, whom we could call an English little small town country girl, started keeping a diary when she fell in love with a Spitfire pilot at the beginning of World War II. The other female of interest is a current day young woman, divorced, who finds the diary while helping her employer go ...more
Just when I think I've read about many of the facets of WWII, along comes another book to prove me wrong! This book has dual storylines -- a modern story with Cara, and a WWII era story with Louise. Cara works in antiques and discovers Louise's diary when she served as a Gunner Girl and sets out to learn more.
These WWII women were recruited to serve in a nearly-combat role, spotting the enemy planes, dialing in the instruments, but they were not allowe ...more
In THE LIGHT OVER LONDON, Julia Kelly introduces readers to a new group of WWII heroes—the gunner girls. Deftly weaving together past and present, Kelly tells a fresh, heartfelt story of sisterhood and sacrifice, culminating in a gut-punch finish. Perfect for fans of THE ALICE NETWORK.
The book interweaves the story on Cara, an antique dealer in the present day, with that of Louise, a young woman who runs off to join the war effort in 1941. There are some similarities between the two woman. Both woman are unlucky in love and feel they will never meet the man ...more
Desperately stuck in a small town and itching to escape an overbearing mother,, nineteen year old Louise runs away, enlisting in the military to do her part in the WWII war effort shortly after falling head over heals in love with Paul, a handsome and sophisticated fighter pilot.
In current day, we meet young Cara, an antiques apprentice charged with fleshing out facts behind ...more
Flashback, we meet Louise who feels stuck in her small village. And so the story begins. I liked the characters and most of the story, but Iris seemed thrown into the mix. Her actions were over the top for me, so I really didn't care for her. However, with out the drama of Iris, learning/reading about Louise ...more
Cara Hargraves is an antique dealer. While cleaning out the house of a woman who has recently passed away, she finds a diary. Her curiosity is instantly piqued and she is determined to find the person who wrote it and return it to them.
This story is written in dual time periods (present day and 1941). Present day is told by Cara whose search for the diary owner will open up old wounds and eventually bring much needed closur ...more
I enjoyed the dual timeline storylines, and the mystery behind finding the woman behind the diary that was discovered. I loved the romances within this book, and I admired the inner strength of the women that volunteered to help during the w ...more
Cara Hargraves works for an antiques dealer and one day, while going through an estate, discovers an old tin with secrets of a long lost relationship. Inside are a diary from WWII and a photo of a uniform-clad young woman. What she finds as she looks into the woman’s life astounds her.
She learns that the woman is nineteen-ye ...more
The present meets the past in this pleasant book by Julia Kelley. Cara is the modern day character, broken by a divorce and the death of her parents. Louise is a young woman in the 1940’s, growing up in a small village in Cornwall.
Cara has left her posh life in London and retreated to a small town, where she works for an antique dealer. She discovers a diary in a dusty armoire, reads it and bonds with the writer. She decides to track down the write ...more
There was some love scenes in this book, but they were handled tastefully.
How hard it must have been to see bombs coming down and also ...more
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I requested this book on the marketing promise that this book was for fans of Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale.
While I enjoyed the story of Louise and the other Ack-Ack Girls, the present-day story with Cara and her grandmother Iris was wasted. I was waiting for a big reveal that somehow tied the two stories together - given that Iris and Louise were both serving during the war, I thought perhaps Louise ...more