• Under a Sky on Fire

  • A Gripping and Utterly Heartbreaking WW2 Historical Novel
  • By: Suzanne Kelman
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance, Historical
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (217 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In the middle of the road, the child stood wearing a blue flannel nightie, her feet bare and dirt-splattered. Her blonde flyaway hair was golden, aglow from the fires that lit her up from behind. Stumbling over, Lizzie reached her side. The little girl's eyes were closed, her palms facing upwards. If she’d been in church, you would have thought she was praying. 

September 1940, London 

As the German Luftwaffe begin a terrifying bombing campaign that will come to be known as the Blitz, thousands are evacuated to safety. But Lizzie Mackenzie finds herself heading toward London.  

She knows she must help in the war effort. But she has another reason for leaving the security of her Scottish village: the illegitimate child she gave up for adoption nearly five years before is somewhere in the city. And - as the bombs rain down - she will stop at nothing to find her and make sure her little girl is safe. 

Then she finds herself trapped in a dark theatre during a bombing raid, where she meets Pilot Officer Jack Henson. Against all her instincts, she falls in love. But what chance is there for that love to flourish? Because if he discovers the secret shame of her past, he may never forgive her. And with Jack facing the enemy every day in the sky, and Lizzie’s job guiding pilots into battle - life and love has never felt so fragile. 

Until a chance encounter with a little orphaned girl changes everything, forcing Lizzie to ask herself what truly matters. Because, in the darkest days of war, every life counts. And - when tragedy strikes - saving one child’s life might just give Lizzie a reason to survive....

An unforgettable story about sacrifice, love, and heartbreak set in World War Two London during the Blitz. If you liked All the Light We Cannot See, My Name Is Eva, and A Fire Sparkling, you will love Under a Sky on Fire. 

Praise for Suzanne Kelman: 

"Oh my goodness! Evocatively unsettling yet hauntingly beautiful.... the story is incredibly powerful.... I read this book with bated breath. I cried, I grieved and I hoped.... I was left both heartbroken and satisfied. Suzanne Kelman...has floored me with this book." (Robin Loves Reading)

©2020 Suzanne Kelman (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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OMG! SO GOOD

The narrator was fantastic. It amazed me how she can do so many accents. I have loved Suzanne Kelman's WWII novels. It makes me think how awful and sad it must have been to live during that time. It also makes me feel sad that my grandfather had to fight in that war.

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A Story worth reading or listening too

I absolutely loved this book, telling of the women, the men and the children they loved!!

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The narrator is incredible!

Since this book is about three women and WWII, I’m not really the target audience for it and consequently it just seemed so-so to me. But wow! I’d listen to it again just to hear Alison Campbell narrate. She is quite gifted. One of my favorite narrators and I listen to a lot of audible books.

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Fabulous story of women's courage and Friendship.

This was a beautiful story and the narration was great. If you enjoy WWii stories, this is one of the best I have listened to.

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Sweet story, but...

I loved her first book so much. I know every book cannot be the same, but this was just a little bit too much like a chick flick for me. It’s written well and you can definitely follow through with character development and I love the historical accuracy. The reader is one of the best. She is very skilled with accents and conveying emotion.

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I love this

These are such heartfelt stories. The narration is superb and makes you feel the emotion of each character.

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Soppy

The narration was stunning and salvaged what was a contrived and soppy story. It was a tad above a harlequin novel.

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Too many tears for me

This is a book about friendship first and foremost not really that much factual information about WW2. I found it a bit melodramatic for my taste. I liked Kelman’s other WW2 books better.

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Women supporting each other

The only reason the performance doesn't get 5 stars is because Lizzie's Scottish accent is too thick in places, especially when she is on the train heading to London. The first time I tried to listen to this story I gave up on it.

I really enjoyed the friendships of the three woman. It showed London's strength during the blitz.

The most interesting parts were the jobs the women where doing while the men were off fighting. They held their families together and did what up until that time had been considered men's work.

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Fantastic!

Suzanne Kelman is a fantastic author of historical fiction! And can we give a round of applause to Alison Campbell for her incredible narration! I couldn’t stop listening and finished this book in 2 days. I felt the pain, sorrow, happiness, and love of all the characters. The braveness and bond of these 3 women is inspirational! Definitely a must read/ listen for any historical fiction fan!

If you’re a fan of Under a Sky on Fire, you’ll definitely enjoy a View Across the Rooftops and When We Were Brave by Suzanne Kelman! Under a Sky on Fire was my third book I’ve listened to by Suzanne and she doesn’t disappoint!

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  • 10-29-20

England during the war

I found the story relatively pleasant but predictable slightly cheesy The characters where also predictable Overall it was just ok

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  • Carol Welsh
  • 01-18-21

WW2 Saga

Enjoyable WW2 story based on 3 women and their children. Great story and narration. Go ahead and buy.

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  • myra reynolds
  • 12-11-20

Don't waste your money on this book

worst book ever bad bad bad narration story line boring. Don't know how l manager to stick with it.