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The Light Over London
The Light Over London | Julia Kelly
Reminiscent of Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale, this sweeping, entrancing story is a must-read for fans of remarkable women rising to challenges they could never have predicted. Its 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 soldiers life, but soon realizes she may not have been ready for the stark reality of wartime London she finds within the pages. In 1941, nineteen-year-old Louise Keenes life had been decided for hershell 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 Pauls unit is deployed without warning. Desperate for a larger life, Louise joins the womens 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.
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RvnclawWhovian
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This was a fun, light historical fiction read. While predictable at times, it still made me want to keep reading and find out what was going to happen to our two main characters. This overall light, and at times romantic, feeling of this book is the perfect palette cleanser after something more emotionally heavy or a big series read

SilversReviews Enjoyed this book. 1mo
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 1mo
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xxjenadanxx
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@ljuliel posed the question of preferred time periods to read about. I tend to gravitate mostly to WWII era books. I've been obsessed with the war my entire life and am always looking for a new perspective of it. Everyone who lived during that time experienced it uniquely and all of their stories deserve to be heard. I am also a sucker for all things Gilded Age especially if they involve circus or vaudeville types, and pioneer/westward expansion.

ljuliel Very interesting choices. We had so many different answers for these. The circus topic would be especially interesting ! What‘s a favorite in that category ? 1mo
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Insightsintobooks
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This is a good book!! It's on sale this week if interested.

#kindledeal #kindledeals #ebooksale

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SilversReviews
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Antiques, a tin box with a diary, a mystery about who wrote the diary, WWII, and a secret kept by Cara‘s grandmother, is how we begin THE LIGHT OVER LONDON.

Historical fiction fans and women‘s fiction fans will enjoy LIGHT OVER LONDON.

REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/yyhsxhzk

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SilversReviews
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Don‘t miss the LIVE Chat on September 30.

LOVE the paperback cover.

Great read..Antiques, a tin box with a diary, a mystery about who wrote the diary, WWII, and a secret kept by Cara‘s grandmother.

@simonandschuster

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SilversReviews
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Love the cover!!

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Jnnlb
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ two compelling stories that will have you wishing for more Light over London #netgalley #wordpress #juliakelly #lightoverlondon full review at thejwordpress.wordpress.com

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pocket.full.of.books
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Cant wait to read this book...
The light over London by julia Kelly
#book #lightoverlondon

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bg_reads
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I figured the best way to follow up a GREAT read #WARBREAKER by Brandon Sanderson - was to pick a completely different genre. Haha! The book after the 5⭐ read is always a fail because nothing can follow that up! I'm enjoying this so far. It's shorter and a dual POV story. It's rather sweet!

bg_reads Got a 5⭐ rating from me, by the way! 😆 5mo
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From my Goodreads tbr.

#LondonCalling #WanderingJune

Cinfhen Good one 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻I think @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks would like this book based on the cover and blurb 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen awesome!! I‘ll stack it!! Thank you!! ❤️ 6mo
Cinfhen I just had a feeling @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘 6mo
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RvnclawWhovian
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Current reading view: dogs, chickens and a tortoise. Hope all you Littens are enjoying your Saturday!

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DivineDiana Love this view!!! 6mo
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RvnclawWhovian
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Coffee and reading, my favorite kind of Sunday morning 😊☕️ Hope everyone enjoys their Sunday

madamereadsalot1 Love your mug! 7mo
RvnclawWhovian @madamereadsalot1 thanks!! I‘m going to the zoo later today, mostly to see the elephants lol, so I thought it was appropriate today 7mo
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Follow.my.read
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Thank you Goodreads!!! Cannot wait to read! Review to follow!

Sweetdgabe87 💜 8mo
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ReadingMeagan
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I am a fan of WWII historical fiction and have read a lot. When I heard that this book was for fans of the Nightingale I was intrigued because that book made me sob like a baby. I didn‘t even tear up for this one. It was interesting to learn about the Gunner Girls but the mystery was just alright and the romance angle was lukewarm.

CoverToCoverGirl I had the same experience with the sobbing AKA ugly cry when I read 9mo
ReadingMeagan @CoverToCoverGirl That is the best way to describe it. I was soaked in tears 9mo
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Aswenson
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Stayed up late to finish this gorgeous novel. 5 💫s 😍

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xxjenadanxx
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Lately there seems to be an abundance of books with switching timelines from modern day to WWII but I'm not mad about it! I guess there are so many of them because they're just so good. The Light Over London does not disappoint. In my opinion it is equally as good as The Nightingale. I loved the themes of love and betrayal and the strength of the women in both time periods. And the twist, oh the twist! I never saw it coming.

Lesley1 I enjoyed the Nightingale and am looking forward to reading this one, too :) 9mo
xxjenadanxx @Lesley1 definitely pick it up! I would also recommend The Alice Network and everything by Ruta Septys if you haven‘t read them yet! 9mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Historical fiction set in England. A woman finds a diary of a girl during wwii and gets into researching it and finding out who wrote it and what happened to them.

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Reecaspieces
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Love these questions @SailorMoon Thanks for the tag @SilversReviews #frideas
1. Fiction with a little bit of nonfiction thrown in.

2. The Light Over London. ❤️❤️❤️ review is here https://reecaspieces.com/2019/01/08/light-over-london-by-julia-kelly-historicalf...

3. English, I know I am a huge reader...but I hated English class. Boring

4. WWII and The Tudor time period

5. @LauraBeth @Bklover

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 9mo
Bklover Thanks for the tag!❤️❤️ 9mo
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Aswenson
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This was a guilty pleasure #barnesandnoble #bookhaul for sure. Pretty much historical fiction and beach reads! #sorrynotsorry
I did snag some books for my kiddos too, for a grand total of $11 b/c husband gave me a gift card for Valentine‘s Day.

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SassyBookworm
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This was a great historical fiction, and I loved the majority of the book but I would have liked to read more about the Ack-Ack girls. This was the first historical fiction that I have ever read about those women and I wanted more! The love stories in both perspectives were a bit overwhelming at times. Though I have to admit the twist was pretty shocking! Overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 stars

#SassyBookworm😏 #TheLightOverLondon #HistoricalFiction #Libby

Suzze My sister just started this. I‘m looking forward to reading it too. 10mo
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IndoorDame
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Also arrived today, courtesy of goodreads, my thanks to #simon&schuster

Laura317 I look forward to your review! 10mo
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wallacereads
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Onto book 2 for #24B4Monday.

Andrew65 Good luck. 😊 11mo
TheReadingMermaid Woot woot 🤘🏻 11mo
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karajay
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Slightly predictable, but still engaging.
I wish the characters had drawn me in more, but they didn't turn me off.
Overall I do recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction. It's a quick read and an intriguing one.

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karajay
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"When she'd finally let herself admit that she wanted a divorce, it was as though a fog had lifted. "

Not the most prolific quote, but poignant to me.
Enjoying this book thoroughly!

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karajay
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Starting this one now. Has anyone read? Interested in thoughts!

Hollie It looks so good! As soon as I get my hands on a copy I‘m going to give it a whirl! 11mo
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Reecaspieces
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🍭🍭🍭🍭🍭 FANTASTIC. Review is up on my blog stop by and say hi! https://reecaspieces.com/2019/01/08/light-over-london-by-julia-kelly-historicalf...

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LibraryCin
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I really liked this. Initially, I liked both stories equally well, but as it continued, I did prefer Louise‘s story. There were some twists at the end, though I did figure out one of Cara‘s Gran‘s twists. The Ack-Ack Girls were a part of WWII that I didn‘t know anything about, so it was interesting to read about.

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BarkingAboutBooks
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Daylight savings time means an extra hour of reading!
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Today is my favorite kind of Sunday, a day full of reading, meal prepping, and cuddling with puppies.

akckitty Happy for daylight savings! Cute picture btw :) 13mo
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eanderson
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My #goodreadsgiveaway came in! In the letter they are comparing it to Lilac Girls and The Nightingale... so it should be good!!! #bookmail

Insightsintobooks I really enjoyed this one. I hope you like it. 1y
robinb I ❤️ that cover! 1y
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eanderson
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Oooo!!! Another win!!! #goodreadsgiveaway

DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 1y
Sace Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 1y
AmyG Yay 🎉 1y
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tammysue 👏🏻👏🏻📚🎉 1y
readordierachel Woo hoo! 1y
robinb Good for you!!! 🙌🏼 1y
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🎉 1y
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Insightsintobooks
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I finished this book in one day, or should I say night? I enjoyed learning about the "gunner girls" of WWII era England. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from #Netgalley and the publisher.

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"The room fell silent, each of the women refusing to flinch. It would be dangerous, yes, but what they would do would matter. They wouldn‘t just be support staff, confined to the administrative side of bases . They would be helping shoot down Luftwaffe planes and keeping the people of Britain safe."(From ARC subject to change in final edit)

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Insightsintobooks
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I'm enjoying this so far.

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ReadingOver50
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This is not the sort of book I would usually pick up. There is a historical war time romance story and I prefer contemporary books. But once I started, I found myself pulled into the story and I ended up really enjoying it. The story alternates between 2 women. 1 in the past, 1 in the present. The book moved along at a nice pace and I was never bored reading it. I would recommend this book, especially for fans of war time romances.

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