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Review by Brenda

The Light Over London by Julia Kelly

First I really have to start off by saying it’s too much of expectations here to compare The Light Over London with The Nightingale or Lilac Girls. The Light Over London is a much lighter historical fiction and more towards a historical romance. I thought they were very different stories and had different tones to the stories. I think you are much better off going into this story without the expectations of comparing it to The Nightingale or Lilac Girls.

Now that I got that off my chest on to my thoughts for The Light Over London. Julia Kelly tells a tender story of war and love and she creates two different, remarkable and strong women here with Louise and Cara who are from two different timelines. They both are struggling with love and their self-worth. We follow along as both find their independence, inner strength and worth.

 I was intrigued by both storylines and thought each brought something very different to the story. I really enjoyed Louise’s courageous journey to self-discovery and was intrigued by the history of the gunner girls. I wish that Julia Kelly would have spent more time on this part of the history.

Now, what makes this story is that it is on the lighter side and it’s a nice change of pace to read a tender yet intriguing WWII story that is safe from the dark side of the war. I highly recommend for readers who like to keep things light.

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Julia Kelly for gifting me a physical advance uncorrected proof to read.

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13 thoughts on “The Light Over London by Julia Kelly @The_Julia_Kelly @SimonSchusterCA #BookBloggers #travelingsistersread #BookReview #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

  1. Brenda, I did like this one, but I did wish for a bit more historical elements in it. Glad you liked it, but felt the same way as you in the comparison of it to some of those that were deeply historical and serious.

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      I went in not remembering the summary and the comparison and I was really glad I didn’t. I hope more people don’t either.

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  2. Wonderful review, Brenda! Thanks for explaining how this differs from those two books that are significantly steeped in historical facts.

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Jonetta! I really glad I added that. I think it will work better for everyone not expecting the depth of the dark side of the war.

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  3. Tiffany says:

    I want to read this one. Self discoveries are so interesting to me. Sounds enjoyable 😊

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      This one will be really good for you! I thought of you while I was reading and as excited that I found a lighter one for you! You know where to find it!

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      1. Tiffany says:

        Oh I’m so lucky!!!!

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  4. It’s hard to imagine a light book about WWII but this one sounds like a sweet story! Great review 💕

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Yeah I haven’t read to many of them but have read a couple and they are such a nice change of pace.

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  5. Madam Mim says:

    This sounds great! Definitely adding to my TBR!

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      I am so glad you are adding it. I hope you really enjoy it!

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  6. carhicks says:

    Glad it was still an enjoyable read for you Brenda even if is was more of a romance than historical fiction. I sometimes wonder who writes those blurbs comparing a book to another one, I wish they wouldn’t do that. Nice review.

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  7. Nice, honest review. I have to admit, when it comes to books set in Europe during WWI or WWII, I’m expecting gut-wrenching and when that isn’t delivered, I’m disappointed. This book probably isn’t for me, but I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!

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