Secrets, Lies And Daily Life
A Ration Book Dream by Jean Fullerton is a marvellous historical novel and the first book in the East End Ration Book series which promises to be fascinating.
The book covers the beginning of the war from 1939 and into 1940. The reader meets the characters, many of whom are of good east end stock and community minded. We see hearts that want to do their bit for the war effort.
Fact and fiction blend together as we meet Oswald Moseley and his supporters. Ironically, they are living in freedom whilst terrorising the local Jewish population. In contrast good British-minded people who happen to have their roots in Italy are viewed and treated with suspicion. Friends and neighbours turn on those they view as enemy aliens once Italy enters the war.
It was a time of espionage. The reader meets characters loyal to the Nazi cause, as well as MI5 agents. Secrets and lies abound.
In spite of the backdrop of war, ordinary lives continue. Characters marry, have children and conduct relationships.
All the characters are warm and welcoming. The reader feels included in the action.
I thoroughly enjoyed A Ration Book Dream and look forward to reading more in the series.