Tuesday 8 January 2019

Review ~ The G I Bride by Eileen Ramsay


My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book

When trainee nurse April suffers a personal tragedy during the London Blitz she decides to move to Cornwall where she hopes to find out more about her mother's family. Taken in by the kind hearted landlady, Mrs Teague, April starts to put her life back together again. Continuing her nurse training at the hospital in Truro and making new friends helps April to come to terms with all the losses in her life. Romance starts to blossom when April meets a dashing American GI, but she finds out, to her cost that the course of true love, particularly in wartime never runs smoothly.

I really enjoyed this WW2 romantic saga which has just the right amount of tragedy interspersed with some lovely romantic interludes. The characterisation is charming, particularly Mrs Teague, whose motherly care of April is truly heart warming. The excitement comes from the interaction between April and her nursing friends and the GI soldiers who are stationed in this small Cornish town.

The author writes this genre really well and whilst there are no real surprises to be had throughout the story, overall it's an entertaining and  heartwarming historical saga.

Eileen Ramsay was grew up in Dumfriesshire. After graduation she went to Washington DC, where she taught in private schools for some years, before moving to California with her Scottish husband. There, she raised two sons, finished her Masters Degree, fell in love with Mexico, and published her first short stories and a Regency novel. The family returned to Scotland where Eileen continued to teach and write and to serve - at different times - on the committees of The Society of Authors in Scotland, The Scottish Association of Writers and The Romantic Novelists Association. In 2004, her novel SOMEDAY, SOMEWHERE was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year award. Eileen is currently Chair of the Romantic Novelists' Association.

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