My thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster / Touchstone for a pre-publication e-copy to read and review.
|Published June 5th 2012 by Touchstone|
Brought up in Tiger Bay with a domineering Turkish father, Saba Tarcan uses her exceptional skill as a singer to escape the narrow confines of home. Drafted into ENSA, the wartime entertainment troop, Saba becomes part of a group of singers sent out to the Middle East to entertain the troops stationed out there.
Dom Benson is a young fighter pilot, who suffers severe injuries in a wartime incident, he never forgets the beautiful young singer who added a touch of magic to his convalescence. Against all adversity, he is determined to get back to flying his beloved aeroplanes, and his strength of character shines throughout the story.
Overall, I thought that this was an entertaining love story / adventure story. The book gets off to an initial slow start, but once the action moves to the Middle East, the story really starts to build up. The added suspense of Saba’s involvement in undercover operations helps to make the action all the more interesting.
Julia Gregson has created a rich and dramatic story of wartime, the underlying theme of living life to its fullest is expertly explored.
I enjoyed it.
Julia Gregson has now written three novels:
East of the Sun
The Water Horse