A Ration Book Childhood by Jean Fullerton

      I borrowed this book from Swindon Libraries new books display.

The publisher comments:-

In the darkest days of the Blitz, family is more important than ever.

With her family struggling amidst the nightly bombing raids in London’s East End, Ida Brogan is doing her very best to keep their spirits up. The Blitz has hit the Brogans hard, and rationing is more challenging than ever, but they are doing all they can to help the war effort.

When Ida’s oldest friend Ellen returns to town, sick and in dire need of help, it is to Ida that she turns. But Ellen carries a secret, one that threatens not only Ida’s marriage, but the entire foundation of the Brogan family. Can Ida let go of the past and see a way to forgive her friend? And can she overcome her sadness to find a place in her heart for a little boy, one who will need a mother more than ever in these dark times?

My thoughts:-

This is the first book I’ve read by Jean Fullerton and I will now be looking to read more of The Ration Book series (this is number 3 in the series).

I have been choosing lots of historical fiction set during or after World War 2 (a period of history I studied for my O’ Level History) and this is one of the best I have read.

Jean Fullerton brought the streets of London to life, so that you experience the sights, sounds and smells of the capital in 1941. The Brogan family are facing many challenges and I loved the way the story evolved – the family dynamics, the romances and the heartbreak. The ending suggested another book could follow and I have just seen that A Ration Book Wedding is due to be published in May 2020.

The author, Jean Fullerton:-

I was born into a large, East End family and grew up in the overcrowded streets clustered around the Tower of London. I still live in East London, just five miles from where I was born. I feel that it is that my background that gives my historical East London stories their distinctive authenticity.

I first fell in love with history at school when I read Anya Seton’s book Katherine. Since then I have read everything I can about English history but I am particularly fascinated by the 18th and 19th century and my books are set in this period. I just love my native city and the East End in particular which is why I write stories to bring that vibrant area of London alive.

I am also passionate about historical accuracy and I enjoy researching the details almost as much as weaving the story. If one of my characters walks down a street you can be assured that that street actually existed. Take a look at Jean’s East End and see the actual location where my characters played out their stories