FICTION

Goodnight from London

Morrow. May 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780062675576. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780062389855. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062389848. F
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Growing up in an orphanage, Ruby Sutton understands how to make the best of a bad situation, but she's determined to improve her lot in life. By the summer of 1940, Ruby finally gets her big break as a journalist when she heads to London to report home-front stories for Picture Weekly. Getting to know a tight-knit group of Brits, Ruby is wary but can't resist opening herself to love and loss, even as the civilian and military tolls rise with the heavy German air raids. By making her protagonist a young woman with plenty of compassion, self-reliance, and street smarts, Robson (Somewhere in France) allows poignant moments to blossom without becoming overly sentimental or cloying. The mix of secondary characters creates a realistic network for Ruby's wide range of experiences.
VERDICT Dedicated fans of World War II fiction will be surprised by new details about life during the Blitz that Robson presents here. Readers seeking history and romance will find plenty of both here.

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