Nineteen-year-old April Wilton has just enlisted in the WRENs in Portsmouth, where she works servicing engines on ships. She finds herself immersed in dockyard life and surrounded by soldiers - from England and America.
The atmosphere is one of spontaneity and impulsiveness, brought on by the unpredictability of war. So when April meets Daniel, a young American soldier, whose mother is Sioux and father is of African descent, she doesn't hesitate when she starts to fall for him. The attraction is immediate, and coming from strict racial segregation in South Carolina, Daniel finds the freedom he has in England overwhelming.
Daniel and April endeavour to spend as much time together as possible - every moment is precious with the threat of Daniel being sent to fight overseas looming over them. But with war and race both involved, their relationship was never going to be simple....
©2016 Ellie Dean (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
I'm always listening -from driving to working out and I'm learning..Historical Fiction is my love currently WWII. Prefer British Narrators
Warm, Inspirational, Comforting
It's difficult to describe just one moment. All of Ellie Dean's "Beach View Boarding House" series of books are memorable. The story changes with the addition of new characters being introduced with their own set of troubles, problems, etc. However, the best part for all of us who absolutely love Ms. Dean's series is the core family at the center of each book.
The warmth of Peggy and Ronan Reilly, as well as other members of the Reilly family, spread throughout the UK and abroad during WWII is what draws back the many fans of this series!
It's not like a "cozy mystery" because even though many of the new characters bring mysterious problems with them into the welcoming warmth of Beach View house, murder is not one of them.
If you like WWII Homefront stories from a British perspective as I do, then you will love them. I dare you not to "fall in love" with Ronan Reilly or the lovely but strong Peggy Reilly.
Yes, in other Beach View Boarding House books. She's a lovely narrator in all of the stories.
I think this is perfect. The author, Ellie Dean, is an amazing author and her titles and her prose bear this out.
Yes, my additional comments are directed towards Audible in the USA. Please, please, don't forget all of us readers/listeners in the states that truly love this author, series, and the genre of WWII Homefront in the UK perspective. If at all possible, please make these books available to all of us here in the USA. Thanking you in advance!
"certainly a tear jerker"
Yes, it bought tears to my eyes, but throughly enjoyable. love the story & narrator
Another great story from this author and am waiting eagerly for the next to come out.
"Another Ellie Dean"
Been waiting for this book the 11th in a series, very much enjoyed, loved all the characters including the new ones.can't wait for next one
Narrated by Julie Massey, brilliant, she brings every character to life, hope she is reading the next book
It was a lovely surprise to find Ellie Dean had written another book in this series. It was narrated beautifully as usual by Julie Maisey. Each book picks out a different difficult aspect of life during WW2, and this one concentrated on a story less covered by others in this genre. The outcome is often unsurprising but these books are written so well that I don't mind being able to guess even though I don't see how the story is going to get there because it is in the telling of the story that these books are little gems.
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