Title – The Light Over London
Author – Julia Kelly
Rating – 4/5
Release Date – January 8th, 2019
Publisher – Gallery Books
Format – ARC received from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review
Cara works with an antiques dealer. Dealing with the past of others is better than dealing with her own difficult past of course. At one estate she finds an unfinished WWII diary. Cara pours herself into finding the author and learning more about her wartime life, which turns out to not be what Cara expected. As a nineteen year old in 1941, Louise Keene knows that her life has already been set for her. When she meets a pilot who is from a local base, Louise finally decides to take control of her own life. Louise joins the British Army women’s division and while she loves what she is doing for the war effort, she finds that wartime romance is not like she thought it would be. The stories of these two women intertwine as the reader is brought to London during WWII.
I loved this book! I can’t recall any other historical fiction books that I have read, so I believe this is my introduction to the genre and what an introduction it was! I cannot wait to pick up more from the historical fiction genre. I definitely recommend this i you are trying to get more into the genre or start getting into the genre! The Light Over London is such an easy but still very engaging read and it is so hard to put it down! I feel like I flew through it!
The story switches from the perspective of Cara and the perspective of Louise, and since each character’s voice is so unique I never felt like I was confused by perspective shifts. Each of the two main characters were so realistic. Both of them dealt with situations that I feel like many people can relate to as readers and I feel that they reacted to their situations accordingly. They showed emotion which really allows the reader to connect to them and empathize with them. I really love good characters and the amazing story line of the book just all came together to make a great book.
Liam and Paul are the main guys in the story and I loved Liam but Paul kind of sketched me out. I loved Paul when he was first introduced because he was so caring and such a gentleman, but then some things happened and I ended up hating him in the end haha. Liam is so smart, awkward, and kind which made him so lovable and I am glad he arrived in Cara’s life at just the right time.
The whole concept of Cara’s job helping an antique dealer is so unique and interesting! I loved how her job easily led into her finding the diary and then everything just fell into place so nicely. There were so many different aspects to the story and little details here and there which made the story so intricate and enjoyable.
There is so much more to this book in terms of finer details and a few plot twists that I think you should pick it up and give it a read! I think that even if you don’t like historical fiction then this one could still work for you because there is Cara’s perspective that is in the modern day so the book is not heavily historical.
Have you read this book? If yes, what did you think? If not, are you planning on picking it up? Let me know in a comment!