The Light over London

Gallery: S. & S. Jan. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781501196416. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501172922. F
Antiques dealer Cara finds a tin of letters and photographs from World War II that pose a mystery she feels compelled to investigate. Through the contents of the box, readers enter 1940s Great Britain and are privy to Louise Keene's life during that era. Louise is tested when she joins the women's army and is chosen as a new "gunner girl." Dangerous antiaircraft action during the Blitz bombings in London ensues and makes exciting reading. Kelly moves from historical romance (The Allure of Attraction; The Taste of Temptation) into mainstream fiction with this dual time-line story. Romance is not entirely forgotten while both heroines struggle with life's difficulties; however, the development of the main characters takes center stage. Cara gradually learns of Louise's life via the letters, detective work in the military files, and finally through a 94-year-old woman. Surprises involving a selfish mother, dashing RAF pilots, and a grandmother with a secret keep the guesses coming.
VERDICT For fans of historical works by and about women.—Mary K. Bird-Guilliams, Chicago

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