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The Light over London

Narrated by: Lucy Brownhill
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Reminiscent of Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale, this sweeping, entrancing story is a must-listen for fans of remarkable women rising to challenges they could never have predicted. 

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 dealer is perfect. While clearing out an estate, she pries open an old tin that holds the relics of a lost relationship: among the treasures, a World War II-era diary and a photograph of a young woman in uniform. Eager to find the author of the hauntingly beautiful, unfinished diary, Cara digs into this soldier’s life, but soon realizes she may not have been ready for the stark reality of wartime London she finds within the pages.  

In 1941, 19-year-old Louise Keene’s life had been decided for her - she’ll wait at home in her Cornish village until her wealthy suitor returns from war to ask for her hand. But when Louise unexpectedly 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 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 relish in their duties to be exact in their calculations, and quick in their identification of enemy planes during air raids. The only thing that gets Louise through those dark, bullet-filled nights is knowing she and Paul will be together when the war is over. But when a bundle of her letters to him are returned unanswered, she learns that wartime romance can have a much darker side.  

Illuminating the story of these two women separated by generations and experience, Julia Kelly transports us to World War II London in this heartbreakingly beautiful novel through forgotten antique treasures, remembered triumphs, and fierce family ties. 

©2019 Julia Kelly (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Lovely

A compelling story about two women who find themselves during dark times. I couldn't put it down.

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Historical romance

This is chick lit with WWII as a backdrop. This might sound like a condemnation, but actually this is a pretty good book as historical romances go....yes, there were some plot elements were totally predictable, but I enjoyed the alternating stories. And good narration, too.

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Fantastic

A great read. You'll enjoy this story. Hard to put down. We'll Worth it.! Looking forward to other stories by this author.

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Recommend it! lovely story

loved it. great war story with lovely narration interesting descriptions..well written loads of facts...a great read if you love an English war theme ..

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Great book!

Great book! This story tugged at my heart and made me feel all kinds of emotions. I made the mistake of reading it while away from my love which made it all the more depressing.

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Such a nice "read"

I just loved this book. Well written with a nice twist in the end.
I liked the narrators voice, very soft and good with the different characters.
I can really recommend this book.

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Very sappy and thin...soap opera. Disappointing. H

Very dissappointing. Sappy soap opera. Present ation was good just didn't l care the story.

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Good Story

I love World War II fiction and this one didnt disappoint. The present day romance and the mystery of Louise's diary was interwoven with Louise's story of being an Ack Ack bomber spotter in London. Louise discovered her strengths thro her work. it was a good slice of British history and women's contributions to it.

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