Keep The Home Fires Burning
Louisa by Jacqueline Carpenter is a comprehensive historical tale that covers the World War II period. It is mainly set in London with a short foray to Kent.
This is a work of fiction that seamlessly blends with facts to cover key dates and happenings.
Londoners are a stoic breed, even after nightly raids, they just keep calm and carry on.
It is the women who keep the home fires burning. They step into the roles vacated by men. Pockets of friendships form as women help and support each other.
The bulldog spirit is very much alive as we witness the grit and determination to carry on.
All the characters were well drawn and realistic.
Among the tragedies life still happens. As well as death and destruction, we see marriages and new life.
I thoroughly enjoyed Louisa and admired the strength of characters to keep on keeping on.
I received a free copy from the publishers. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.