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In wartime it takes courage to follow your heart.
Everyone hated the heat and the deafening noise, but for Gracie the worst thing was the smell of chemicals that turned her stomach every morning when she arrived at the Rosenberg Raincoats factory.
Gracie is a girl on the factory floor. Jacob is the boss’s charismatic nephew. When they fall in love, it seems as if the whole world is against them – especially Charlie Nuttall, who also works at the factory and has always wanted Gracie for himself.
But worse is to come when Jacob disappears and Gracie is devastated, vowing to find him. Can she solve the mystery of his whereabouts? Gracie will need all her strength and courage to find a happy ending.
It is very rare to find me reading a book set around wartime but this book intrigued me. The book starts in the days and weeks before the Second World War where everyone is anticipating the potential of something happening but still going on with life as normal.
Gracie is your normal everyday girl, working for a local business, going out with her friends, returning home to her widowed mother of an evening. She never expected to fall in love with the nephew of her boss, it seems to completely take her by surprise. They enjoy a whirlwind romance and go through the ups and downs that all relationships go through before Jacob suddenly disappears and Gracie is left with lots of unanswered questions.
As the war rages on, you begin to wonder if she will ever be reunited with her lost love and feel her anguish as she tries to find out where he is. The pain and distress she goes through due to certain events in the book had me almost weeping with her and I truly admired her bravery through such emotional times. Not only did Gracie have to deal with the disappearance of the man she was going to marry but she also had plenty of other things happening in her personal life – more than any one woman should have to deal with at one time.
The author is incredibly talented – she wrote the characters well and I found myself constantly rooting for Gracie to get her happy ending. I did feel a little sorry for her mother but also couldn’t quite believe she had kept a secret from her daughter for so long. I also loved Maria, she sounded like the best friend every girl needs.
I really enjoyed this book. The ending was lovely, if a little bittersweet, and I’m glad I got to see Gracie blossom into a woman as the novel went on. I will definitely be checking out more books by this author.
About The Author
Alrene Hughes grew up in Belfast and has lived in Manchester for most of her adult life. She worked for British Telecom and the BBC before training as an English teacher. After teaching for twenty years, she retired and now writes full-time. You can find her on Facebook here and Twitter here.