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From one crazy period in history to another.
Whisked by some unseen force from the Covid-19 ridden world of 2020 in Australia, to an equally horrific time in the past, carer Chloe Simpson finds herself in North London during the Blitz of 1940...
Could be that Chloe became too immersed in the stories related to her by Minnie, a woman in the Australian nursing home where she cares for elderly people? Stories about the dreadful days and nights endured during the Blitz.
Engrossed in the stories surrounding photographs in 98-year-old Minnie Clacton’s cherished album, back in time Chloe meets up with the young Minnie plus her own Great Great Grandmother Aggie.
In the midst of an air raid, Chloe is discovered, wet and confused, by a man and his dog. A man and his canine companion who coincidentally appeared prominently in the photo album alongside the young Minnie and Aggie. Did Chloe simply answer the call of Destiny?
Sometimes we readers become so engrossed in a book that we become that person or we live in that setting. That’s what happens to Chloe in this book only much of her absorption comes from listening to a dear lady in a nursing home. A lady who has handled the worst and the best of it and lived right through a WWII blitz in London. Now Chloe seems to have fallen into that time. Is it real or in her mind? I’m not sure she knows.
The author sets each of these scenes so perfectly that it isn’t hard to feel or believe that you’re there yourself while reading. First in the nursing home talking with Minnie about her friends, her life, her family. Then picked right up out of the woods by a sweet and good man in the 1940’s era.
This is a sweet book. I won’t deny that romance is not my favorite genre, but this didn’t strike me as a romance. I think the reason was because there was nothing uncomfortable, nothing lewd, just sweet as I said. Everybody likes a little bit of sweet love, don’t they? It was the historical side of this that made it all so interesting. Tricia McGill has several books published. She has crossed genres in her writing, but it looks to me that it is this sort of historical setting that has given her the highest reviews. Check them out here: https://amzn.to/2SWupVy
read an excerpt...
She settled back and began to turn pages with extreme care. When she found what she was obviously looking for, she pointed to one photograph and said with a grin, “There’s me and Aggie your dear old Gran, Chloe. Oh the fun we had, Aggie and I. So sad she couldn’t remember our good old days in the years before she went up there.” A finger pointed to the ceiling.
I sat on the bed and looked down at the faded sepia photo. “You were a good looking pair, Minnie, no wonder all the boys in Highbury were chasing you.” I pointed to a man who stood just behind my Gran, and asked, “Who’s the good-looking hunk there? Is he one of the boys who was after you?”
The hunk in question must have been about six feet tall and as far as I could tell, had a good body on him and a thick mop of dark hair brushed back from a very handsome face.
Minnie rearranged her spectacles on her nose and peered closer. “Oh, that’s good old Bill—William McGrace—all the girls hoped he would choose them…”
about Tricia McGill...
Award winning author Tricia McGill spent her early days in Highbury, London, England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family she was never lonely or alone. Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer. Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart.
Tricia’s love of animals has always shown up in her books. Tricia devotes as much time and money as she can spare to supporting worldwide conservation groups and is passionate about supporting those who do all they can to preserve our wildlife for future generations. She also volunteers for a local community group that helps disabled adults and children to connect to the internet with provided computer equipment. When people ask what she does in her spare time, she is heard to ask, “Spare time, what is that?”
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