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Review of The Light Over London

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In The Light Over London it’s easier for Cara Hargraves to bury herself in the past than to confront the present, which is why working for a gruff but brilliant antiques dealer is perfect. While clearing out an estate, she pries open an old tin that holds the relics of a lost relationship: an unfinished diary from World War II and a photo of a young woman in uniform. Captivated by the hauntingly beautiful diary, Cara begins her search for the author, never guessing that it might reveal her own family’s wartime secrets.


In 1941, nineteen-year-old Louise Keene feels trapped in her Cornish village, waiting for a wealthy suitor her mother has chosen for her to return from the war. But when Louise meets Flight Lieutenant Paul Bolton, a dashing RAF pilot stationed at a local base, everything changes. And changes again when Paul’s unit is deployed without warning.


Desperate for a larger life, Louise joins the women’s auxiliary branch of the British Army in the anti-aircraft gun unit as a gunner girl. As bombs fall on London, she and the other gunner girls show their bravery and resilience while performing their duties during deadly air raids. 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.


More About Julia Kelly


Julia Kelly is the international bestselling author of historical fiction and historical mystery

novels about the extraordinary stories of the past. Her books have been translated into 13 languages. In addition to writing, she’s been an Emmy-nominated producer, journalist, marketing professional, and (for one summer) a tea waitress. Julia called Los Angeles, Iowa, and New York City home before settling in London.


My Thoughts about The Lights Over London


Lights Over London is a two timelines book and I was puzzling over how these two women were ultimately connected. Was it just random? Bravo, Julia! A twist I never saw coming.


I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of wartime England. It makes you feel as if you're right in the middle of the action. If you're looking for a beach read without surrendering to the meet-cute, boy meets girl, boy loses girl, love conquers all book The Lights Over London is for you. Romance, adventure, mystery, female friendships and a rogue or two.


A Little Extra


I am a big fan of Julia Kelly and read The Last Garden in England. See my review here. Next up? I think A Traitor in Whitehall. Hoping to get it finished in time to grab the sequel Betrayal at Blackthorn Park when it's released in October! And if you're wondered about the story after the last page of The Lights Over London, sign up for Julia Kelly's newsletter for a fun bonus epilogue.

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