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Connie of Kettle Street - Carol Rivers

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Carol Rivers / Paperback / 480 Pages / Book is published 2007-02-05 by Pocket Books

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      16.07.2011 17:00
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      A typical book from this genre, but atmospheric to boot.

      Connie is like so many other young women of her time, hardworking, hopeful and unfortunately living through a daily hell, being bombed almost nightly by the Germans.

      7th September is the first of a long line of blitz's, and with her living in the Isle of dogs in the heart of London's docklands, she is almost considered a sitting target.

      Connie is out and about the first night of the bombing (due to her much beloved but incredibly silly younger brother becoming embroiled in a botched burglary), with Connie trying to hide evidence from the police, this is when she is caught outside when the bomb's start to fall.

      As chance would have it a familiar face from school an a very handsome one to boot!) is there to help, helping Connie hide until the bombs stop dropping, but when they both find a newborn baby in the arms of his dying mother, half buried with rubble she feels her life is about to change.

      Connie names the child Lucky and feels her life is complete, but in wartime things are always changing, and when her knight in shinning armour's (Vic) call up papers arrive Connie can feel a whole new sort of heartbreak coming.

      This is a nice enough book that I have to say is nowhere near the best I have ever read, but is still entertaining enough to be enjoyable.

      I have now read a fair few of these types of books (thanks to my mum in law!), and do love the seemingly unquenchable spirit of these people, especially in the face of such adversity and almost daily death, with the ever increasing lack of food and essentials to daily life just being got on with, I can't imagine we would be half as cheery in that situation!

      As is life, life does continue even in such extreme circumstance so there is the obligatory love story, complete with the separation of war, but with the added "dangers" of the American GI's, with one particular man Clint Hershey being more than willing to offer a shoulder to cry on for Connie!

      The book is really well written and seems to have plenty of atmosphere, with the blitz scene's being quite chilling at times, with the idea that the little world the characters have created within their own Anderson shelters being home until the all clear is sounded, then having to walk out and see god only knows what scene's of destruction is quite upsetting in places.

      As with many war books you can never quite hope for a happy end as the authors like to through a little death and destruction in to the throw the pot off line for a while, but I always live in hope!

      This is (as I said earlier) a nice enough read, quite generic feeling of this type of genre, but with a little more atmosphere, recommended!

      Price wise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for around the £4.00 mark.

      Thanks for reading x

      ISBN 978-1-84739-795-9

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