Historical fiction · War

*12 Days of Clink Street* The Keeping of Secrets – Alice Graysharp ★★★★★

Blurb; The keeper of family secrets, Patricia Roberts grows up isolated and lonely. Trust no one and you won’t be disappointed is her motto. Three men fall in love with her and she learns to trust, only to find that their agendas are not her own. With secrets concealed from her by the ultimate love of her life, and with her own secret to keep, duplicity and deceit threaten their relationship.

In a coming of age story set against the sweeping backdrop of the Second World War – evacuation, the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, buzz bombs and secret war work – Patricia ultimately has to decide whether to reveal her deepest held secret for the sake of her future happiness.

My Review; This is a beautiful coming of age story during the war. It is emotional in parts but beautifully written. I fell in love with Pats character she had to endure a lot. Evacuation, several house moves, death, love and secrets. I dont want to give much away but you watch this young lady grow throughout and its beautiful.

I’m personally very interested to read books like this and learn more about the wars and how life was back then, very different to how it is today. I did find some of the chapters were a little long for my liking, but I did lose myself into this story. The Keeping of Secrets took me back to those days.

A brilliant read. Highly recommend. Five stars from me. Pats character will be staying close to my heart, not a character that can easily be forgotten or a story to forget. I enjoyed every page, it brought a tear to my eye in parts. Emotional in parts, bound to tug on your heart strings.

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Historical fiction · War

*12 Days of Clink Street* The Watcher – Monika Jephcott Thomas ★★★★★

Blurb; It’s 1949 when Netta’s father Max is released from a Siberian POW camp and returns to his home in occupied Germany. But he is not the man the little girl is expecting – the brave, handsome doctor her mother Erika told her stories of. Erika too struggles to reconcile this withdrawn, volatile figure with the husband she knew and loved before, and, as she strives to break through the wall Max has built around himself, Netta is both frightened and jealous of this interloper in the previously cosy household she shared with her mother and doting grandparents. Now, if family life isn’t tough enough, it is about to get even tougher, when a murder sparks a police investigation, which begins to unearth dark secrets they all hoped had been forgotten.

My Review; This book is so touching and heart-breaking in parts. It’s the aftermath of coming back from war, it doesn’t just affect that one person it affects the whole family.

My heart went out for little Netta and what she had seen, been through and witnessed. Poor girl, I loved her character. Max is struggling coming back from the war… His wife Erika has her own battles to fight while being there for Max and Netta.

I loved this story, I felt a whole range of emotions throughout reading this story. It is beautifully written. A must read. Powerful. Highlights how different and hard it can be for a soldier and their family after coming home. A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. A must read. A must buy. A book that makes you open your eyes. A story that will stick with you forever.

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