About In Times of Rain and War
During World War II, an American soldier encounters a German woman living a secret life in bomb-blighted London.
In September of 1940, during the Blitz in London, Audrey Stocking is blending in with other civilians who are trying to survive the nightly bombings, but she has a secret. She’s not British; she’s German. Her fake passport and nearly perfect English allow her to blend in as she works hard to help evacuate British children into the countryside. Audrey longs to reunite with her family in Hamburg, but her double life, the bombings, and the watchful British Military Intelligence have forced her to stay put. And then there are the paralyzing nightmares . . .
Lieutenant Wesley Bowers, an American soldier training with London’s Bomb Disposal Company 5, meets Audrey when an air raid leaves an unexploded bomb on the floor of her flat. She is attractive, intelligent, and compassionate, and there’s an immediate connection between them. As they get to know each other, Wesley realizes Audrey is the one bright spot amid the war’s unending bleakness and constant threat of death. But will he still feel the same if he discovers the secrets she is hiding? Secrets even Audrey is unaware of?
In Times of Rain and War is a gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful story about the strength and resilience of the human heart and spirit, reminding us there is always hope in hard times.
This book is so great! I loved the way the author wrote this book. The characters are fantastic. And the plot is unlike any World War II book I’ve seen yet.
The main characters are Audrey and Wes. These two are unlikely friends, a German Jewess and an American bomb disposal man. Yet, they become dear friends in their trials. And that was beautiful. I loved the way the book shifted around between characters. It made it so the reader gets a very complete picture of what was happening and when. There are many amazing characters in this one. The author does a great job with them.
I loved the way this author painted pictures in my mind with his words. It was almost as though I was in England during World War II. And the part of the plot with the letters, I love that whole idea. I might start my own letter box like Audrey had.
If you like World War II books, this one is a must read. I loved everything about it!
I was sent a copy of In Times of Rain and War as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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