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I am not what you would call loyal author wise, with me reading pretty much anything I can lay my hands on, but due to my mother in law is a massive fan of a local author Rosie Goodwin I find myself reviewing another book from her collection......again!
The book in question is - "Moonlight and ashes".
Despite being stuck in an abusive marriage Maggie Bright feels she has been dealt a lucky hand, she owns her own home and has three beautiful children who are her entire world, so what if she was tricked into bed by her then boyfriends identical twin brother, which then of course produced her own set of twins Danny and Lizzie.
Things look set to remain as they always have been, after she married Sam she decided it would only be fair to them both if she made a real go of their marriage, but David has always been in the background so never really giving her the chance to fall out of love with him.
When world war 2 is declared their lives change abruptly and it soon shows which of the men are worth their salt, but Maggie has only one concern and that is the evacuation of her children.
Will the children be safer before or after evacuation? And will they have a family to come home to?
I have to say I was expecting this to be a generic wartime book, which I have read many of (and still have a shelf full to read thanks to my Mum in law!), but found that this book contained not only war and destruction, combined with the stiff upper lip, but also some of the darker sides of human nature, which in fairness made the characters much more believable to read about.
The book seems to be split into two separate stories that then come together towards the end, these being the story of Maggie and her one remaining child (the youngest is too young to be evacuated), and how she copes living in central Coventry during the blitz and then her twin children Danny and Lizzie, who have been sent to a small village in Wales, both being placed with people who seem eccentric in there ways, but both with big stories in their pasts, that have then gone on to shape their presents circumstances, I loved how these characters seemed to be really easy to decipher to me, but as you read more of the book they were then turned onto their heads, with the outcomes being completely opposite to what you expected, I like a book that keeps me guessing!
As with many books in this genre I did feel at times a little uncomfortable with some of the things I was reading, probably more so due to many of the incidents (of course with the Coventry blitz too) being written from fact with embellishments into fiction, this more so for me as I only live down the road!
This was a beautifully heart-warming book written by a local author, about local places, which to me adds a bit more depth to the books, but are still more than readable to anyone, recommended!
Price wise this retails around the £4.99 mark via www.amazon.co.uk
Thanks for reading x