Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Release Date: 19 July 2015 p/back; 29 July 2015 e-book
Publisher: Silverwood Books
ABOUT THE BOOK
London, 1917. Lizzie Fenwick is young, ambitious, and in love. At least, she thinks she’s in love with the soldier who answered the note she concealed in a box of ammunition shells. She spends her days filling shells with TNT, and her nights dreaming of the mysterious Harry Slater.
Eunice Wilson knows the exact moment her marriage to Jack began to fracture. He refused to enlist, and their patriotic neighbours never let her live it down. Now he’s been conscripted and she can’t help but feel regret for shunning Jack before his departure.
As separate tragedies cause Lizzie to make hard choices and Eunice to cope with loss, the two women are unsure how to adjust when peace finally returns. Little do they know that an earlier war-time betrayal will force Lizzie and Eunice to confront everything they knew about friendship, loyalty, and love.
A Kiss From France is a historical fiction romance novel set in London’s East End during World War I. If you like compelling human stories, believable female protagonists, and the suspense and intrigue of war-time London, then you’ll love this heartfelt tale of two women who yearn to feel alive in a broken world.
For me this was a winner from the first page. A great story, well written with a true feeling for the period. There’s everything here: love, guilt, loss, betrayal and a lot of sadness – so have the tissues handy!
Lizzie, Eunice and Peggy all work together in a munitions factory in London. Eunice’s husband Jack has gone off to war, conscripted after he refused to volunteer – something that has angered and humiliated her. Lizzie has slipped a note into a box of ammunition. The note has been responded to by soldier Harry Slater and now he’s coming home on leave to see her. Lizzie is looking forward to meeting him and seeing if he measures up to her romantic vision. And Peggy is a girl who lives for the moment. In her words ‘we could all be dead tomorrow.’
The book follows these three characters, although Lizzie and Eunice take the lion’s share of the story as their lives become caught up in a most unexpected and ultimately tragic way.
I really couldn’t put this book down and as I reached the end I was sure how it was all going to finish. I have to say I was surprised when I’d reached the last page and the outcome was quite different. I’m not sure what the author’s plans are but I would love to see a sequel. A fabulous read – thank you!
I would like to thank the author and Brook Cottage Books for providing a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Susan Hughes grew up near a small mining village in Northumberland, England. When she didn’t have her nose in a book and, careless of the class and gender expectations of her upbringing, she was climbing trees, catching water boatmen in a jar from a nearby burn or go-karting round country lanes with the kids next door before taking herself off to University.
A career in the City of London during the frenetic ‘Big Bang’ boom of financial de-regulation was followed my marriage, children and a desire for a change of gear. A move to the rural West Country enabled her to raise her sons near the coast and indulge her penchant for visiting stately piles while finding time to keep up her reading habit.
After she found a handful of WW1 silk postcards among her grandmother’s possessions, the romantic greeting on one of them inspired her to weave a story around its imagined sender and recipient. It became her first novel, A Kiss from France. She is now working on her second book send in inter-war London.
A paperback copy of the book (open internationally)