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The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club by Nina Manning #Review

I am delighted to be part of the celebrations for the publication of Nina Manning's The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club . It was published by Boldwood Books on September 26th.     Whatever the question, the answer is wine! They’ve swapped the dark and lonely baby days for school gate chaos, but Aisha, Sophy and Mel are discovering that there are new parenting pitfalls just waiting for them… Influencer Sophy, is trying to keep on top of home and work life but is finding it all a bit tough! Everyone thinks she’s living her best life, but the pressure to maintain perfection at the school gates when all she wants to do is cry, is taking its toll on Sophy. Aisha doesn’t know what to do with all her spare time now her twins are at school. Maybe it’s time to focus on herself and the dreams she’s put on hold? But when her mum suddenly begins to feel unwell, Aisha has to rethink everything. And when Mel is offered a chance to live her dream, she grabs it with both hands. But there’

A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton ** Blog Tour Review**

We are returning to the Second World War today, to wartime London, for A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton. This is Book 2 of The Ration Book Series but can be read as a standalone.

With Christmas approaching, the Brogan family of London's East End are braving the horrors of the Blitz. With the men away fighting for King and Country and the ever-present dangers of the German Luftwaffe's nightly reign of death and destruction, the family must do all they can to keep a stiff upper lip.

For Jo, the youngest of the Brogan sisters, the perils of war also offer a new-found freedom. Jo falls in love with Tommy, a man known for his dangerous reputation as much as his charm. But as the falling bombs devastate their neighbourhood and rationing begins to bite, will the Brogans manage to pull together a traditional family Christmas? And will Jo find the love and security she seeks in a time of such grave peril?

                                                                                    My Thoughts

Wartime London is always a fascinating period to read about and I am struck by the research which must have gone into the writing of this book. It is full of period detail and really conjures up the spirit of the Blitz. From the descriptions of the destroyed streets to the courage of the Home Front, from the making do and mending to the saving up for ingredients for Christmas, the pages drip with authenticity. 

    In Jo and Tommy's families, you could not have more of a contrast. Tommy shows his mettle through his instinctive reactions and has to prove that he can rise above the criminality he was brought up in. Jo is a delightful character. Full of good intentions, she nevertheless proves that she is not to be trifled with. Her dealings with the wife of the family she has been evacuated with shows you that she is no one's fool. The Brogans are a great family unit, family loyalty being stronger than any little disagreements. You feel that they could each have a book, so strongly are they evoked. 

In short: Love grows amid wartime shortages.

                                                                              About the Author

Jean Fullerton is the author of eleven novels all set in East London where she was born. She also a retired district nurse and university lecturer.  She won the Harry Bowling prize in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.

You can follow Jean here: Website   |  Facebook   |  Twitter

Book link: Amazon UK 

Thanks to Jean Fullerton and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources  for a copy of the book and a place on the tour. 

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