Book Club Favorites Pick: The Light Over London New entrancing and heartbreaking novel from award-winning author Julia Kelly dives into the world of the World War II gunner girls.
Posted on Sep 4, 2019 04:00pm

By Heather Rainbow

Burying herself in the past while working for an antiques dealer, Cara Hargraves escapes the memories of a failed marriage and the tragic death of her parents. But when she finds a World War II-era diary and photograph of a young woman in uniform—the same uniform her grandmother wore—her life will change forever. Captivated by the hauntingly beautiful diary, Cara searches for the author, never guessing that it will reveal her own family's wartime secrets.

In 1941, nineteen-year-old Louise Keene feels trapped in her Cornish village until she is swept off her feet by a dashing RAF pilot stationed at a local base, Flight Lieutenant Paul Bolton. When Paul is sent to war, Louise cannot simply wait for him—she's desperate for a larger life. Joining the women's auxiliary branch of the British Army in the anti-aircraft gun unit, she becomes a "gunner girl". Bombs fall on London, and the only thing that gets Louise through those dark, bullet-filled nights is knowing that she and Paul will be together when the war is over. But when a bundle of her letters to him are returned unopened, she learns that wartime romance can have a much darker side.

Julia Kelly is an award-winning author who tells the stories of ordinary women with extraordinary lives. The Light Over London will have you rapt in the tale of a forgotten diary, a forbidden love affair, and one woman's desperate fight to save her country.

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