Friday 4 March 2022

πŸ“– Blog Tour ~ Love in a Time of War by Adrienne Chinn

One More Chapter
25 February

The Fry Sisters #1

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of the book
and to Rachel's random Resources for my invitation to the blog tour

Three sisters
The Great War
The end of innocence…

In 1913, in a quiet corner of London, the three Fry sisters are coming of age, dreaming of all the possibilities the bright future offers. But when war erupts their innocence is shattered and a new era of uncertainty begins.

Cecelia loves Max but his soldier’s uniform is German, not British, and suddenly the one man she loves is the one man she can’t have.

Jessie enlists in the army as a nurse and finally finds the adventure she’s craved when she’s sent to Gallipoli and Egypt, but it comes with an unimaginable cost.

Etta elopes to Capri with her Italian love, Carlo, but though her growing bump is real, her marriage certificate is a lie.

As the three sisters embark on journeys they never could have imagined, their mother Christina worries about the harsh new realities they face, and what their exposure to the wider world means for the secrets she’s been keeping...

πŸ“– My Review…

As the story opens, sisters, Cecilia, Jessie and Etta Fry live quietly at the romantically named Clover Bar, in London with their parents, but this is 1913 and the country is on the cusp of war. Each sister will come of age during this time and each will have a very different experience of finding love in a time of war. During this period of great change, the sisters find themselves in exceptional circumstances, each caught up in the war in different countries, and with different expectations.

I enjoyed getting to know Celie, Jessie and Etta, their individual stories are done with a fine eye for historical detail, bringing both time and place to life. There is much to consider, especially the impact of war, the rise of the suffrage movement and the role of the army nurses working in challenging war zones. Whilst I enjoyed getting to know the sisters and became involved in their lives, I also found the parents of the girls, Gerald and Christina, to be just as interesting, especially as, bubbling beneath the surface, are secrets involving Christina, going back to the 1890s. The story does switch timelines to include details of what has gone before which adds a different dimension to the story.

Love in a Time of War is a beautifully detailed, sensitively written, and emotional story about finding love in a time of war. As this is the first book in a proposed trilogy about the Fry sisters there is certain amount of scene setting which, undoubtedly, gets the series off to an interesting start.

Best Read with... a bowl of rich, Italian pasta and a glass of  sweet lemonade

Adrienne Chinn was born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, grew up in Quebec, and eventually made her way to London, England after a career as a journalist. In England she worked as a TV and film researcher before embarking on a career as an interior designer, lecturer, and writer. When not up a ladder or at the computer writing, she often can be found rummaging through flea markets or haggling in the Marrakech souk. Her second novel, The English Wife -- a timeslip story set in World War II England and contemporary Newfoundland -- was published in June 2020 and has become an international bestseller. Her debut novel, The Lost Letter from Morocco, was published by Avon Books UK in 2019. Her latest novel, Love in a Time of War, set during WWI, is the first in a series of three books based around the changing lives of three English sisters and their half-Italian mother, with a timeslip to 1890s Capri and London.

Twitter  @adriennechinn #LoveInATimeOfWar



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